During over two hours of unbearable tension at Italia '90, West Germany made the phrase 'penalty shootout' go on to see grown men reach for the nearest pillow to sob uncontrollably, whilst diving for cover behind the sofa.
The Germans were a rising force in football at the time and having lost to Diego Maradona's Argentina at Mexico '86, Beckenbauer's men were intent on going the distance.
After a cagey opening period, West Germany were awarded a free-kick on the hour mark from just outside the penalty area.
Paul Parker raced out to block Andreas Brehme's shot but in doing so, flipped the ball up into the air. The ball spun and arced over Peter Shilton in the England goal and looped into the net.
Gary Lineker's equaliser led to an extra time saw a battle of wills between the two sides, which led to the iconic moment of Paul Gascoigne bursting into tears after receiving a booking which would rule him out of the final.
After six immaculate penalties, Stuart Pearce's effort was blocked by the feet of Illgner to plunge a nations into despair.
A sheer bloody-minded Chris Waddle stepped up knowing he had to score, but with the adrenaline coursing through his veins, smashed his left-footed high over the bar and sent England crashing out in the cruelest of ways.
For England fans, Nessun Dorma will never sound the same.