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Sunday, 27 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Finals Round of Sixteen, Match Three

Germany 4 England 1 [2-1]

Vodacom Park, Willows, Bloemfontein, Manguang, Vrystaat
Attendance: 40,510; Kick-off: 4.00pm SAST, 3.00pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: Guy Mowbray

Germany - Miroslav Klose (twelve-yard poke-in 20 19:41), Lukas Podolski (eight-yard shot 32 31:52), Thomas Müller (thirteen-yard shot 67 66:18, seven-yard tap-in 70 69:33).
England - Matthew Upson (five-yard header 37
36:49).
Match Summary
Germany Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 Germany - Arne Friedrich (47 46:46).
England - Glen Johnson (82
81:02).

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (46 & 47).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Uruguay

Germany

Type

England

Referee (blue) - Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa
42 (9 March 1968), Montevideo, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Pablo Javier Fandiño Abate, 43 (11 October 1966) & Mauricio Espinosa Rodríguez, 38 (6 May 1972).
Fourth official - Martín
Emilio Vázquez Broquetas, 41 (14 January 1969), FIFA-listed 2001.
Fifth Official/Reserve Assistant Referee - Miguel Angel Nievas Acosta, 35 (16 December 1974).
Match Commissioner - Rignaal Francisca, Antilles.
General Co-ordinator - David Petriashvili, Georgia.

17 Goal Attempts 19
 7 Attempts on Target  9
 0 Hit Bar/Post  2
 4 Corner Kicks Won  6
 4 Offside Calls Against  2
 7 Fouls Conceded  6
 48% Possession  52%

Germany Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (26th May 2010) 6th
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: Made by Adidas - White shirts with black Adidas trim, black shorts with white Adidas trim, white socks with black Adidas trim;
Capt: Philipp Lahm Coach: Joachim Löw, 50 (3 February 1960), appointed Head Coach on 13 July 2006.
53rd match, W 37 - D 8 - L 8 - F 125 - A 37.
Germany Lineup
1 Neuer, Manuel 24 27 March 1986 G FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 9 6 GA
16 Lahm, Philipp  26 11 November 1983 RB FC Bayern München eV 69 4
3 Friedrich, Arne 31 29 May 1979 CD Hertha Berliner SC von 1892 eV 76 0
Friedrich cautioned in the 47th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Jermain Defoe. 
20 Boateng, Jérôme A. 21 3 September 1988 LB Hamburger SV eV 7 0
17 Mertesacker, Per 25 29 September 1984 CD SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 66 1
6 Khedira, Sami 23 4 April 1987 M VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV 9 0
7 Schweinsteiger, Bastian 25 1 August 1984 M FC Bayern München eV 78 21
8 Özil, Mesut 21 15 October 1988 M SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 14 2
13
Müller, Thomas, off 72nd min. 20 13 September 1989 F FC Bayern München eV 6 3
10 Podolski, Lukas 25 4 June 1985 F 1.FC Köln 01/07 eV 77 40
11 Klose, Mirosław J., off 72nd min. 32 9 June 1978 F FC Bayern München eV 99 50
Germany Substitutes
15 Trochowski, Piotr A., on 72nd min. for Klose 26 22 March 1984 M Hamburger SV eV 33 2
23 Gómez, Mario, on 72nd min. for Klose 24 10 July 1985 F FC Bayern München eV 37 12
9 Kießling, Stefan, on 83rd min. for Özil 26 25 January 1981 F TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 5 0

unused substitutes:

2-Marcell Jansen, 4-Dennis Aogo, 5-Serdar Taşçι, 12-Tim Weiss, 14-Holger Badstuber, 18-Toni Kroos, 21-Marko Marin, 22-Hans-Jörg Butt.
 
4-5(2-3)-1 Neuer -
Lahm, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Boateng -
Khedira, Schweinsetiger -
Müller (Trochowski), Özil (Kießling), Poloski -
Klose
(Gómez)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 46.4 10.6

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (26th May 2010) 8th
ELO rating 5th to 6th
Colours: The 2010 away uniform - Red shirts with white cuffs, red shorts with white trim, red socks.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 12th captaincy. Coach: Fabio Capello, 64, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
28th match, W 19 - D 4 - L 5 - F 64 - A 25.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 39 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 53 42 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M., off 87th min. 25 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 26 1
Johnson cautioned in the 82nd minute for Ungentlemanly Conduct for pulling back a sprinting Özil. 
3 Cole, Ashley 29 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 82 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 30 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 84 17
15 Upson, Matthew J. 31 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 21 2
6 Terry, John G. 29 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 64 6
16 Milner, James P., off 64th min. 24 4 January 1986 M Aston Villa FC 11 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 32 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

82 20
19 Defoe, Jermain C., off 71st min. 27 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 43 12
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 24 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

64 25
14 Barry, Gareth 29 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 39 2
England Substitutes
11 Cole, Joseph J., on 64th min. for Milner 28 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 56 10
21 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 71st min. for Defoe 32 11 January 1978 F Aston Villa FC 62 7
17 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 87th min. for Johnson 28 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 34 6

unused substitutes:

5-Michael Dawson, 9-Peter Crouch, 12-Robert Green, 13-Stephen Warnock, 18-Jamie Carragher, 20-Ledley King, 22-Michael Carrick, 23-Joe Hart.
 
4-4-2 James -
Johnson
(Wright-Phillips), Terry, Upson, A.Cole -
Milner
(J.Cole), Lampard, Barry, Gerrard -
Rooney, Defoe
(Heskey).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.9 Appearances/Goals 51.7 7.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Our worst fears were realised in this latest chapter of the England v Germany saga, and on the evidence of the World Cup fixture it will be a long time before we beat the Germans again.  England had improved against Slovenia after an abject display against Algeria and this time we were looking for another improvement.  Unfortunately, and we really should be used to this by now, the England players once again let their fans down badly on the big stage.

When all eleven England players play well then the team is a match for anyone, but on the night only two or three gave performances that you could call their club form and some of the defending England showed was dreadful.  The warning signs were there from the start and after just three minutes Ozil was clean through only for David James to get down well to save.  England were working hard but passes were continually overhit in the first ten minutes, something you rarely saw from the Germans.  Ozil is a class act, a real find for Germany, and he and Schweinsteiger were bossing the midfield.  England's midfield looked disjointed by comparison although Frank Lampard looked the most likely to breach the German defence.

On the 20 minute mark Germany took a deserved lead, and it came from a goal kick from Neuer.  Unbelievably it travelled the whole length of the pitch without an England player touching the ball.  Klose easily held off Matthew Upson's feeble challenge and slotted it past James for what was yet another awful goal from England's point of view.  England's response was a Wayne Rooney shot that went high and wide and a Gareth Barry shot easily saved.  Time and again passes were poorly hit by England and at times it was embarrassing.  The back four were run ragged by the swift German attackers and on the half hour Ozil again went close.  Two minutes later and England were staring down the barrel.  Defoe had just hit the bar after being wrongly given offside and then Ozil, Klose and Mueller walked through England's defence and Mueller found Podolski wide left and completely unmarked.  His first touch was poor but he had time and space for a second touch and this time it was lethal, in off the far post.

To their credit England tried to hit back, not altogether convincingly, but on 34 minutes, from James Milner's first telling ball into the box, only a fine save from Neuer stopped Lampard's shot from going in.  At the other end Germany were still finding it easy to break through and Klose's runs were always dangerous.  Glen Johnson was having a poor game and the positioning of both John Terry and Upson sometimes beggared belief.

It WAS over the line, part twoWith England almost down and out, suddenly from nowhere they found a lifeline.  A corner was taken short and Steven Gerrard put in a superb cross that Upson met well to head home.  Suddenly the Germans looked less assured and a few moments later came the turning point of the game.  After a scramble on the edge of the box the ball broke for Lampard to chip the keeper.  It was a brilliant effort but the ball hit the bar and bounced down.  In 1966 there was some doubt about 'that' goal by Geoff Hurst, but this time there was no doubt as the ball was a clear foot over the line.  Unfortunately for the disbelieving England players Neuer gathered and cleared downfield and the referee waved play on!!!  It was an abysmal error by the linesman and the referee and once again the bad luck that dogs England in these tournaments had struck again.  Having said all of that, England could have quite conceivably been three or four goals down at the break.  A strange half.

After the break England began in determined fashion and early shots from Milner and Gerrard went over and wide respectively.  On 52 minutes more bad luck for England when Lampard struck a great free-kick from 30 yards only to see the ball crash against the bar.  Gerrard had a shot saved, and Defoe almost got through as England strived for an equaliser.  But Mueller gave England another warning when he shot narrowly wide from a good position.  On 60 minutes England's best move saw Rooney set up Milner who really should have done better but saw his shot blocked.  It was Milner's last contribution as he was then replaced by Joe Cole.

Ironically it was the 66th minute when Germany settled the game.  A free-kick from Lampard was blocked, and when Barry lost possession it gave Germany the chance to break swiftly.  Johnson was the only covering player as the Germans bore down on him.  The rest of the defence was labouring to get back to help.  It was so easy for the impressive Schweinsteiger to lay the ball to Mueller who had an age to pick his spot.  If that wasn't bad enough for the England fans, then three minutes later it was even worse.  Again England were on the attack and when a throw was cleared wide towards Ozil it looked odds on that Barry would reach it first.  But Ozil left him for dead, sprinted towards goal and then laid the perfect pass into the path of Mueller who again scored with ease. 

Fabio Capello's answer to all of that was to bring on Emile Heskey!

The remaining 20 minutes saw England create a few chances, the best seeing Rooney combine with Gerrard for the captain to bring yet another fine save out of the impressive Neuer.  Several other efforts came in on the German goal but in between the Germans passed and moved like England never did in the whole tournament.  Germany now have a very young and talented team but should take care not to believe their own hype, because the England team they thrashed in this game was dreadful.  Argentina in the next round may exploit their flaws a little better than we could.

Meanwhile England will fly home after yet another ultra disappointing World Cup.  All the players need to have a long, hard look at themselves, The Golden Generation is no more and, if we continue to encourage more and more foreigners into our game, then the 2014 World Cup may not see a challenge from us at all.  The Under 21 side will play an important role over the next couple of years but do we have the likes of Ozil, Mueller and Neuer coming through?  Only time will tell.  As for Capello, he made many mistakes during this tournament and the FA will need to look closely at his performance.  Capello will have learned a lot though and maybe he won't make those mistakes again, one way or another.

Thank goodness the cricketers beat the Aussies!  Come on Andy Murray!!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
ITV.com/football
DFB website
FIFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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CG