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FINAL MEETING vs. GERMANY
  Tuesday, 29 June 2021
2020 UEFA European Championship Second Phase Round of Sixteen match seven

England 2 Germany 0 [0-0]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
 the 300th match at Wembley Stadium

Kick-off (BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: 41,973

Harry Kane won the toss
95½ minutes
46:28 & 49:09
 Timo Werner kicked off
 after 'taking the knee'
 
   
[1-0] Raheem Sterling 75 74:45
 right-footed stretched leg on 6 yard line to convert a Luke Shaw cross
[2-0] Harry Kane header 86 85:03
 crouched down to head in from 6 yards a Jack Grealish cross 
VAR checked
Declan Rice 8 7:20
 
Kalvin Phillips 45 44:38

  Matthias Ginter 25 24:42
 
Harry Maguire
77 76:42 
Robin Gosens 72 71:17
Commentator: Guy Mowbray with Jermaine Jenas - watched by peak 20.6 million TV audience
 

"IT'S COMING ROME"  Daily Mirror

Officials (sky blue) from the Netherlands England Squad

Type

Germany Squad
Referee
Danny Desmond Makkelie
38 (28 January 1983), Willemstad, Curaçao
, FIFA-listed 2011
5 Goal Attempts 9
4 Attempts on Target 3
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Hessel Steegstra
43 (27 March 1978)
Jan de Vries
39 (14 July 1982)
3 Corner Kicks Won 3
Fourth official
Srđjan Jovanić 35 (9 April 1986), Beograd, Serbia

Fifth Official - Uroš Stojković, Serbia
UEFA Referee Obsever - Roberto Rosetti
, Italy
UEFA Delegate -
Myrsini Psarropolou, Greece
2 Offside Calls Against 2
11 Fouls Conceded 9
47% Possession 53%
   
Video Assistant Officials from the Netherlands Assistant one - Bernie Raymond 'Kevin' Blom, 47
Pol Van Boekel
45 (19 September 1975), Vierlingsbeek, FIFA-listed 2008
Assistant two - Íñigo Prieto López de Ceraín, Spain
Assistant three - Alejandro José Hernández Hernández, 41, Spain
  

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home shirt - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
The 100th match wearing a Nike uniform
Capt: Harry Kane ²⁸
36th, W 23 - D 6 - L 7 - F 77 - A 28
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
58th match, W 37 - D 11 - L 10 - F 115 - A 38
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
114 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 35 27ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 31
32 days
28 May 1990 RD Manchester City FC 58 0
5 Stones, John 27
32 days
28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 46 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 28
116 days
5 March 1993 LD
 
Manchester United FC
 
34
 
3
 
77th min. for tripping Josh Kimmich as he sprinted into the penalty area.
     
12 Trippier, Kieran J. 30
283 days
19 September 1990 RWB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 30 1
the 124th player to reach this milestone
14 Phillips, Kalvin M. 25
209 days
2 December 1995 RDM
 
Leeds United AFC
 
12 0
45th min. after his foot bounced off the ball into Toni Kroos' shin.
4 Rice, Declan, off 88th min. 22
166 days
14 January 1999 LDM
 
West Ham United FC
 
21 1
8th min. for an adjudged foul on Gortezka just outside the penalty area.
     
3
Shaw, Luke P.H. 25
352 days
12 July 1995 LWB Manchester United FC 13 0
25 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., off 69th min. 19
297 days
5 September 2001 RF Arsenal FC 7 1
9
Kane, Harry E. 27
336 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 58 35
10
Sterling, Raheem S. 26
203 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 65 17
second most appearances as a City player
England Substitutes
7
Grealish, Jack P., on 69th min. (68:23) for Saka 25
292 days
10 September 1995 RF Aston Villa FC 10 7 0
3
scoreline: England 1 Germany 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B., on 88th min. (87:10) for Rice 31
12 days
17 June 1990 LDM  Liverpool FC 61 43 0
18
result: England 2 Germany 0
 

unused substitutes:

11-Marcus Rashford, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 15-Tyrone Mings, 16-Conor Coady, 17-Jadon Sancho, 19-Mason Mount, 20-Phil Foden, 23-Sam Johnstone, 24-Reece James, 26-Jude Bellingham.

manager records:

It is Gareth Southgate's record 27th match at the National Stadium, five more than Hodgson.
Southgate, Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson all managed their 58th matches against (West) Germany, only Southgate won.
Southgate is also the first to manage England on three separate occasions against Germany.

Wembley Stadium record:

The 300th match at the Empire and new National Stadiums combined. W 188 - D 73 - L 39 - F 648 - A 226.
It is the 33rd time England have recorded a 2-0 victory at the venue, now equal with the record 1-0's.

records:

England's first competitive win over Germany/West Germany at Wembley since 1966.
Bukayo Saka is England's youngest starter in a Finals knockout match since Wayne Rooney in 2004.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
The last time England kept four Major Final Tournament clean sheets was for the 1966 World Cup Finals, and only Germany have done it in the European Championship Finals, in 2016.
This is the first time England have won a European Championship Finals knockout match outright since their 1968 play-off victory against USSR.
This is the fifth time England have kept a record number of six consecutive clean sheets (1966-67, 1974-75, 1983 and 2006).
Manager Gareth Southgate first played for England against Germany in the Euro 1996 semi-final. His shoot-out kick being saved. He was an unused substitute for the match during Euro 2000. He did start in the qualification match that was the last at the old Wembley Stadium, but an unused substitute in the 5-1 victory in Munich.
 
3-4-3 Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Maguire -
Trippier, Phillips, Rice (Henderson), Shaw -
Saka (Grealish), Kane, Sterling

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26 years 230 days Appearances/Goals 34.5 5.3
 

Germany Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (23rd May 2021) 12th
EFO ranking
Group Five
ELO rating 10th to 12th
Colours: made by Adidas - Carbon grey jerseys with black sleeves/neck/collar, carbon grey Adidas sleeve stripes,, lack/red/yellow cuffs. Black shorts with carbon grey Adidas side stripes, Black socks with grey Adidas striped tops.
Capt: Manuel Neuer Head Coach: Joachim Löw, 57 (3 February 1960), appointed Head Coach on 13 July 2006.
198th & Final match, W 124 - D 40 - L 34 - F 467 - A 200.
Germany Lineup
1 Neuer, Manuel P. 35
94 days
27 March 1986 G FC Bayern München 104 0
4 Ginter, Matthias L., off 87th min. 27
161 days
19 January 1994 RD Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach 44 2
25th min. for dragging down Luke Shaw next to the penalty box. Suspended.
     
5 Hummels, Mats J. 32
195 days
16 December 1988 CD BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund 76 5
2 Rüdiger, Antonio 28
118 days
3 March 1993 LD Chelsea FC, England 45 1
6 Kimmich, Joshua W. 26
141 days
8 February 1995 RWB FC Bayern München 59 3
8 Kroos, Toni 31
176 days
4 January 1990
in Greifswald, East Germany
RM Real Madrid FC, Spain 106 17
final app 2010-21
18 Goretzka, Leon C. 26
143 days
6 February 1995 LM FC Bayern München 35 15
20 Gosens, Robin E., off 87th min. 26
359 days
5 July 1994 LWB Atalanta BC, Italy 11 2
72nd min. for a late kick on Kieran Trippier's foot near the halfway line
         
7 Havertz, Kai L. 22
18 days
11 June 1999 RAM Chelsea FC, England 18 5
11 Werner, Timo, off 68th min. 25
115 days
6 March 1996 CF Chelsea FC, England 42 6
25 Müller, Thomas, off 90th+2nd min 31
289 days
13 September 1989 LAM FC Bayern München 106 39
Germany Substitutes
10 Gnabry, Serge D., on 68th min. (67:52) for Werner 26
350 days
14 July 1995 CF FC Bayern München 26 16
scoreline: England 2 Germany 0
23 Can, Emre, on 87th min. for Ginter 27
168 days
12 January 1994 RD BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund 37 1
19 Sané, Leroy A., on 87th min. for Gosens 25
169 days
11 January 1996 LWB FC Bayern München 34 7
14 Musiala, Jamal, on 90th+2 min. (91:07) for Müller 18
123 days
26 February 2003 LAM FC Bayern München 5 0
result: England 2 Germany 0

unused substitutes:

3-Marcel Halstenberg, 9-Kevin Volland, 12-Bernd Leno, 15-Niklas Süle, 17-Florian Neuhaus, 21-İlkay Gündoğan, 22-Kevin Trapp, 24-Robin Koch.

records:

Thomas Müller has now appeared in a record-equalling 26 consecutive Major Tournament matches (equal with Mesut Özil).
Harry Kane's goal was the 200th goal Germany have conceded under Joachim Löw.
Toni Kroos announced his retirement from international football on 2 July.
 
3-4-3(2-1) Neuer -
Ginter (Can), Hummels, Rüdiger -
Kimmels, Kroos, Goretzka, Gosens (Sané) -
Havertz, Werner (Gnabry), Müller (Musiala)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 200 days Appearances/Goals 58.7 8.6
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

What a night, what a game and what a performance! England 2 Germany 0, how good that scoreline sounds. This was always going to be a special match in the England team’s long and rich history, and with Wembley half full, the expectation was felt in the stadium and all around the country. Was it going to all fall flat, like it had so many times before? Not tonight Josephine!!

At the start, the England players showed a bit of nervousness, and the experienced and tournament-adept Germans certainly began on the front foot. In the third minute a cross from the left was headed out for a corner by Kyle Walker. Then, a minute later, Leon Goretzka hit a firm shot at goal, but straight at Jordan Pickford. There was a period of probing by both sides without success, but on eight minutes Goretzka homed in on goal between two chasing defenders. As he approached the penalty area, he dramatically went down in a heap as Declan Rice drew level with him. Rice was booked, harshly as it turned out, because replays showed that Rice never challenged him, but the German stuck his foot out towards the West Ham man, and then fell. Only eight minutes gone and dark tactics already there to be seen. Luckily the free-kick from Kai Havertz was blocked by the wall and was cleared.

The first 10 minutes had been dominated by Germany, but, just gradually, England settled, with Bukayo Saka trying to make ground down the right before being fouled by Antonio Rudiger. England did have a bit more possession in the next five minutes and it culminated with a surging run and shot by Raheem Sterling which brought a flying save from Manuel Neuer in goal. That was better from England and Saka made another good break before being crowded out by the strong German defenders. When the ball was in promising positions for England, the Germans packed their penalty box, with Harry Kane on his own, and not receiving the ball at all. For a while it seemed that Germany always had a spare man to pass to, whereas England were struggling to put their own passes together. This frustrated their fans at times, as once again the ball went backwards just a little too often.

Matthias Ginter blatantly pulled down Luke Shaw on 25 minutes, and deserved his booking. From the free-kick Kieran Trippier won a corner. When that came into the box, Harry Maguire missed the target with his header. Havertz should also have been booked, when he blatantly barged Maguire over from behind shortly afterwards. Just after the half-hour Joshua Kimmich put over a very dangerous cross, which thankfully eluded the incoming Robin Gosens and went out harmlessly for a goal-kick.

The Germans then created another good chance as the England defence were split open by a through pass to Timo Werner. He looked odds on to score but out came Pickford to dive at his feet and smother the shot. The England fans could breathe again.

Goretzka committed several fouls in this opening half, and he clattered Kane down with yet another fierce challenge two minutes from half-time, no reaction from the referee. Seconds later Kalvin Phillips was booked for his first foul of note. With seconds to go before the break, England had a great chance. Sterling made another of his surges into the danger area, and as he was challenged the ball broke to Kane. A normal, confident Harry Kane, would have snapped that chance up, but as he turned to avoid one defender, another came in to desperately hack the ball away with neither Kane nor Saka able to finish it off. That was close. The half had been reasonablyen, with both sides having chances. Meanwhile, the crowd, and all the millions watching the TV coverage, had bitten down their finger nails, now it was time for the toenails!

The first chance of the second-half brought one of the best moments of the match, especially from an England viewpoint. A cross came into the England box, and the defence failed to clear properly. The ball dropped to Havertz, just on the edge of the box, and the Chelsea player fired in a great shot. Somehow though, Pickford made the save of the game, leaping high to tip the ball over the bar, much to the dismay of the Germans. It was a wonderful save.

England defenders in a back three formation, were doing lots of unheralded play, with John Stones, Walker and Maguire excelling. As the clock ticked round to the hour mark, one couldn’t help thinking that the Germans were frustrating England atery turn. Anden when England gained a promising position, they would turn and go backwards again, giving the Germans time to reorganise their massed defensive set-up.

It was therefore no surprise that one of the biggest cheers of the night, amongst many I might add, came in the 68th minute when Jack Grealish appeared on the line ready for action. Saka, who had played well, was replaced by the talismatic Aston Villa player, and there is no doubt it visibly gaveeryone a lift. The noise increased, (were they sure there were only 43,000 inside?), and within seven minutes of coming on, Grealish had a hand in a goal for England.

Sterling began the move with another of his surging runs at the defenders, the ball went to Kane, on to Grealish, who then fed the overlapping Shaw. The ball from Shaw into the six-yard area was perfect and there was Sterling, following up, to poke it over the line! Cue pandemonium!!

Maguire was harshly booked by the referee, and then came the game’s turning point on 81 minutes. Sterling was again at the heart of the moment, but this time for the wrong reasons. With the England defenders caught out, his backpass went straight to Havertz, who then laid the perfect through ball for Thomas Muller to run on to, with not an England player in sight. The crowd held its breath, Muller must score, surely? His record for goalscoring is fantastic, this was the German moment, surely? It was like watching a slow-motion replay, Muller pulled back his foot, Pickford came out, and Muller beat him easily, but then watched in horror as his shot went inches wide of the left-hand post. No-one could quite believe it, and the roar that went up was a mixture of relief, disbelief, dismay and agony!

At that moment the fans around the country had the belief that maybe, just maybe, this could be England’s day. Four minutes later that notion was confirmed. Great play by Shaw pushes England forward, he laid the ball to his left to Grealish, who looked up to see an England man in the middle. The cross came in and the ball was headed past Neuer by the man we all knew would finally come good, HARRY KANE!!! Get in!

Jordan Henderson came on for the final five minutes, replacing Rice, who had worked his socks off in a thrilling display. Still the Germans pushed forward as the England fans had no toenails left, it was still in doubt, for many of us until that referee blew his final whistle to end an amazing afternoon’s football. 

I will end this report with a quote from a beautiful little girl, dressed in her England colours waving her St George’s flag, who would have only been about eight or nine years old, being interviewed by the ITN news. "What did you think of that?" said the reporter,  she replied, "That’s the best game I’ve seen in years!"  Bless her.
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
DFB
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributo
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