World Cup Recap – Germany vs. England

June 27, 2010


(Sunday, June 27th)

Final Score: Germany 4, England 1

Bloemfontein, South Africa – A pair of second-half goals from Thomas Muller helped Germany advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday at Free State Stadium with a 4-1 win over England.

Miroslav Klose got the Germans off the mark with a goal in the 20th minute before Lukas Podolski added a second 12 minutes later. England then responded through Matthew Upson before the most controversial moment of the match arrived seconds later.

Frank Lampard chipped a shot over the head of German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer that struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the goal line. However, the goal was ruled out and Muller went on to score twice in the second half to seal the win.

“It was a fantastic performance against a very experienced England team,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “We definitely played with lot of confidence, and the first goals were good for our morale.

“I said to my team at the halftime break, we need to try and score the third goal. We knew we could hit England on the counter-attack because they were open. Our players carried it off brilliantly.”

The Germans will now face the winner of the Argentina and Mexico match to be played later on Sunday.

The opening 15 minutes were cautious as Germany’s Mesut Ozil provided the lone chance of the game with a tame shot from a tough angle.

But the match sprung to life in the 20th minute when a long goal kick from Neuer was allowed to skip through the middle of the England defense for Klose to stab past goalkeeper David James.

Klose was then denied by the legs of James before Germany found another goal minutes later.

A great build up saw Klose play a ball over the top to Muller, who then slid it across the box to Podolski at the back post. He was at a tight angle but was able to beat James with a low shot that slipped inside the far post.

Lampard had England’s first real chance when he was denied at close range by Neuer following a James Milner cross, but England scored one minute later from a short corner kick as Steven Gerrard’s service was nodded home by Upson in front of goal.

The equalizer almost came 30 seconds later when Lampard had his goal ruled out, and instead of going into halftime on level terms, England was one goal down.

The Chelsea star was inches away again after halftime when his 30-yard free kick crashed off the crossbar, but Germany soon grabbed control of the game.

With England pressing players forward in the last 25 minutes it was caught twice on the break, with Bastian Schweinsteiger setting up Germany’s third goal as he got to the top of the penalty area and played the ball wide to Muller, who beat James at his near post on a shot the goalie should have kept out.

Gareth Barry then allowed Ozil to dash past him at midfield and get all the way into the box on the left before squaring the ball to a wide open Muller for a simple tap in.

Gerrard tried to pull a goal back for England in the last 10 minutes, but Neuer did well to tip the shot past the post.

“Germany are a fantastic team and they deserved their win. We’ll go away and have a think about what went wrong and why we didn’t progress further in the tournament,” Gerrard said. “As a team we’ve made a big mistake today and we’ve been beaten by a good team.

“They were more clinical in front of goal and they made less mistakes than us and we got punished for that.”

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