A FOOTBALL MATCH I HAVE WITNESSED
My favourite game is football. So I never miss the opportunity to watch a football. The European Cup contest of 1996 was held in England in June 1996. All the matches were very interesting. But the most exciting match was played between Germany and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium in London. I watch this match on the television.
Germany prevailed over the Czech Republic by 2 to 1 the strength of a golden goal by Bierhoff in the European Football Championship. The Czechs took the lead in the second half and Bierhoff who came in as a substitute equalised to stretch into extra time. The match- winner goal came in the 7th minute of the extra time. The two goals were born from his leg in this crucial match.
Germany forced a corner in the opening minute and won a free kick deep inside the Czech half after Mehmet Scholl was fouled by defender Miroslav Kadlec. But they failed to capitalise on either opportunity or on the two more corners they forced in the first seven minutes. The Czechs made a dangerous attack in the 13th minute. Kuka sent in a cross from the left. Poborsky met it but volleyed over the bar. The Czechs won a free kick when Markus Babbel fouled Kuka and then forced a corner but the German goalkeeper Andreas Koepke plucked in the incoming corner out of the air with no trouble. Kuka and Pavel Nedved combined in the another good Czech break way which was halted by a foul by Thomas Strunz. Kadlec touch the free kick to Nedved but the midfielder blasted his shot into the German defensive wall.
Christian Zeige headed over the Czech bar in the 28th minute after Dieter Eilts had won a corner. Germany came desperately close to a goal in the 35th minute. Stefan Kuntz found space for a close-range shot which hit goal-keeper Petr Kouba but was still on its way to the goal before defender Karel Rada hooked it clear off the line. Kouba was the Czech hero a minute later, saving at the feet of Kuntz, who had been put a clear the box by telling through pass from Ziege. But two minutes before the interval, the situation was reversed. Kuka beat his market Eilts and burst through on goal for fierce right foot shot. But the German goal-keeper Koepke did well to block the effort. It resulted in a corner for the Czechs. But Rada sent it over the crossbar.
The Czechs took the lead in the 60th minute when Berger converted a penalty into a goal. Poborsky was fouled by Sammer in the penalty area and the Czechs got the penalty kick. Patrick Berger took the penalty and converted it into a goal which gave the Czech the first lead in the match. In the 74th minute substitute Bierhoff amply justified the decision of the German coach Berti Vogts with an equaliser. Ziege took a long free kick into the box and Bierhoff got in front of his markers and headed it into the net. Thus the two teams got one goal each and the match went to the extra time. The match – winner goal came in the seventh minute of the extra time from Bierhoff. Thus Germany became the new Champion of the European Cup 1996.
As expected, it was an exciting match between two equal teams. The spectators at the Wembley Stadium enjoyed the beauty, rhythm and speed of football.