World Cup Recap - Germany vs. England|
(Sunday, June 27th)
Final Score: Germany 4, England 1
Bloemfontein, South Africa (Sports Network) - 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 now face Argentina on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Argentina won
3-1 over Mexico on Sunday to advance.
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
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
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
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."
06/27 16:21:32 ET