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  • Date: Sun 27 June 2010
  • Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
  • Ref: Larrionda, J
  • Attendance: 40,510
Germany

Germany

Klose (20)

Podolski (32)

Muller (67)

Muller (70)

4 - 1
England

England

Upson (37)

Germany vs England

Team Lineups

Germany

Manuel Neuer
Arne Friedrich
Philipp Lahm
Per Mertesacker
Jerome Boateng
Sami Khedira
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Mesut Ozil (Stefan Kiessling, 83)
Lukas Podolski
Miroslav Klose (Mario Gomez, 72)
Thomas Muller (Piotr Trochowski, 72)

England

David James
Glen Johnson (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 87)
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Matthew Upson
Steven Gerrard
Frank Lampard
Gareth Barry
James Milner (Joe Cole, 64)
Wayne Rooney
Jermain Defoe (Emile Heskey, 71)

Match Report
England's World Cup campaign ended in total humiliation in the first knockout round as they suffered their worst-ever finals defeat, being comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello named the same side that started in the 1-0 win over Slovenia which edged England through to the knockout stages. Striker Miroslav Klose started for Germany in place of the injured Cacau, while Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger recovered from knocks to feature. The first chance of the game fell to Germany five minutes in as Mesut Ozil got clear on the right and under pressure from Ashley Cole saw his shot blocked away for a corner by David James. Soon after a long ball through the middle almost caught England out and a similar move led to the opening goal with 20 minutes played. John Terry and Matthew Upson were sleeping as Manuel Neuer's long goal-kick bounced through and the predatory Klose pounced to slide a right-foot shot past the exposed James. Just past the half-hour mark it was almost 2-0 as a fluent passing involving Sami Khedira and Per Mertesacker move played Klose through on goal, but James was out quickly to block with his legs. Within a minute Germany did get a second, as Thomas Muller got in on the left and lifted the ball out to Lukas Podolski at the far post and he smashed a left-foot shot through the legs of the advancing James. Five minutes later England were back in the game, as Steven Gerrard crossed into the area from the right and Upson made up for his earlier error by heading home past a hesitant Neuer. Inside a minute it should have been 2-2 when Lampard's exquisite chip from 20 yards beat Neuer and hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down well over the line. However, no goal was given and Germany survived to take a slender lead into the interval. The second half got off the a slow start, before seven minutes in Lampard lashed a long-range free-kick against the crossbar with Neuer grasping at thin air. Just before the hour mark Philipp Lahm's weak backpass almost let in Defoe, but Neuer got there just in time to hack the ball clear, as England turned up the heat and went in search of an equaliser. However, midway through the half, England were caught on the break yet again and Germany restored their two-goal cushion. A quick counter ended with Schweinsteiger calmly taking the right option, playing in Muller on the right side and he blasted a shot past James at his near post. Three minutes later and it was 4-1 as Germany's quickfire attacks paid off yet again. Ozil ran clear down the left and sidefooted the ball across the area for Muller to power home his second of the game. Muller's double extinguished the fight in the England team, with their only late chance coming nine minutes from time when Neuer made a fine save as Gerrard broke into the area on to an accurate Rooney lay-off. The final whistle sounded after two minutes of added time, with England a sorry and well beaten outfit and Germany looking forward to yet another quarter-final.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: GERMANY 4-1 ENGLAND.

90

What can you say, England have been torn apart on the counter-attack by Germany and the Lampard 'goal' seems like an age ago.

90

Two minutes of added time to endure.

90

Wright-Phillips crosses from the right, but it's straight at Neuer.

90

Into the final minute of normal time.

89

Lampard strikes a superb right-footer from distance, but Neuer is right behind it.

89

The next flag-kick is touched goalwards by Rooney and Neuer collects comfortably.

88

Rooney and Gerrard set up a short corner and Neuer makes a block at his near post.

87
Substitution
 

Johnson limps off and Shaun Wright-Phillips is on.

87

Podolski is caught offside on the edge of the area.

85

Five minutes to go and England are set for an embarrassing exit from the competition.

83
Substitution
 

Stefan Kiessling takes the place of the impressive Ozil.

82
Yellow Card
 

Glen Johnson is cautioned for a foul on Ozil.

81

Neuer makes a fine save as Gerrard breaks into the area on to an accurate Rooney lay-off. That was a rare spark from the England captain.

79

Gomez wriggles clear on the right before firing a shot well wide of the near post.

78

Germany knock the ball around with ease, England's fighting spirit has been extinguished.

77

Gomez turns back inside when played clean through, a wasted opening.

77

England are heading for their worst-ever World Cup finals defeat at the moment.

75

Schweinsteiger wins a free-kick as Germany wind down the clock.

75

Fifteen minutes to play and the England fans cannot be heard now, it has all gone horribly wrong.

73

Germany coach Joachim Low still looks a little worried, he should be smiling by now.

72
Substitution
 

Piotr Trochowski takes over from two-goal Muller and Mario Gomez replaces Klose.

72

England are surely dead and buried now, their defensive play has been an absolute joke.

71
Substitution
 

Defoe is off and Emile Heskey is on.

70
Goal
 

GERMANY 4-1 ENGLAND, unbelievable. Another quick break and Ozil calmly sidefoots the ball across the area for MULLER to power home his second.

69

Muller slices a shot wide from 20 yards with England all over the place.

68

England got caught cold yet again, they were on the attack and within seconds they are two goals behind again.

67
Goal
 

GERMANY 3-1 ENGLAND, England are caught on the counter and Schweinsteiger coolly plays in MULLER, who blasts a shot past James at his near post.

66

Rooney is blocked by Friedrich 35 yards out, free-kick to England.

65

Twenty-five minutes to go and England are still very much in the game.

64
Substitution
 

Milner makes way for Joe Cole.

64

Boateng blasts a shot hopelessly over the top from distance after good work by Ozil and Khedira.

63

Schweinsteiger smacks a shot a yard wide of James' far post from 20 yards out.

62

Defoe is denied by a vital interception by Friedrich.

62

England are starting to boss the game, with Germany looking shaky.

61

Rooney plays in Milner on the right, but his shot is blocked by Boateng.

61

Milner whips in a cross from the right, it's just too close to Neuer.

60

Rooney tries to find Lampard, who has been a key figure after a slow start to the game.

60

Muller makes space just outside the area and thinks he has won a corner, but a goal-kick is given.

59

Upson lifts a throughball out for a German goal-kick. Apart from his goal he has had a nightmare so far.

58

Lahm's weak backpass almost lets in Defoe, but Neuer gets there just in time to hack the ball clear.

57

Gerrard wastes a good position as he lifts an attempted shot weakly into the arms of Neuer.

56

Germany take a short corner and then knock the ball around patiently.

55

Terry concedes a corner with a hint of a handball.

55

James collects as Schweinsteiger overhits a throughball.

54

Neuer is warned for taking time to take a goal-kick.

53

Klose is caught offside as the England fans start to burst into life.

52

Lampard whips in a superb effort which hammers against the crossbar and comes back out, what a let-off for Neuer.

52

Rooney wins a free-kick 40 yards out, a chance for England to test Neuer again.

51

The pace of the game has dropped off to a jog.

50

Even the crowd are a little quiet at the moment, the England fans were making a right racket at half-time.

48

Capello looks a little more calm now.

47
Yellow Card
 

Friedrich is booked for a foul on Defoe.

47

A low-key opening after the hurly-burly of the first 45 minutes.

46

Germany start the second half.

Half time
 

Half-Time: GERMANY 2-1 ENGLAND.

45

One minute of added time to be played.

44

Cole reaches a Gerrard pass just before the goal-line, but his cross is cleared by the first defender.

43

Ozil trips his way past Cole, but Barry is back to cover and England get a goal-kick.

42

Well, as always with these two countries, there's been plenty of action and plenty of talking points.

41

Shades of 1966 and all that, but this time the decision went against England, Lampard has been robbed.

39

Podolski rockets a shot narrowly wide of target from long range.

38

It should have been 2-2. Lampard's exquisite chip from 20 yards beats Neuer and hit the underside of the crossbar and bounces down well over the line, but no goal is given.

37
Goal
 

GERMANY 2-1 ENGLAND, UPSON partially redeems himself as he meets a Gerrard ball into the area and heads home with Neuer nowhere near the ball.

36

Klose almost gets in following a corner as England's defence yet again stand still like statues.

35

Lampard is within inches of pulling a goal back as he reaches a James Milner cross, but sees his effort hit Neuer.

34

The English defence were all over the place again, Capello is looking for divine help.

32
Goal
 

GERMANY 2-0 ENGLAND, Muller is in on the left and lifts the ball out to PODOLSKI at the far post and he smashes a left-foot shot through the legs of the advancing James.

32

Defoe heads against the crossbar, but the offside flag is already up.

31

James saves England. A fluent passing involving Khedira and Per Mertesacker move sees Klose through on goal, only for the England keeper to block with his legs.

30

Half an hour gone and England have yet to force Neuer into serious action, they need to up the pace.

29

Upson sprays a long ball way upfield and out for a Germany goal-kick.

28

Capello is off the bench and barking out instructions.

27

Schweinsteiger loses the ball as he tries to lead an attack, but Germany have the advantage at the moment.

26

Upson wins a free-kick as he is put under more pressure from Klose.

25

Barry tests Neuer with a shot from long-range after England play the ball around patiently.

24

Rooney drifts in off the left flank and fires a shot well wide of the far post from distance.

22

Arne Friedrich heads away as Defoe tries to make something happen.

21

What a terrible goal to give away, both Terry and Upson were asleep as the ball came through.

20
Goal
 

GERMANY 1-0 ENGLAND, Terry and Matthew Upson are caught out by a long goal-kick and KLOSE runs through and slides the ball past the exposed James.

20

Gerrard's ambitious cross from the right just beats the corner flag and is out for a goal-kick to Germany.

19

Lampard's free-kick is straight at the defensive wall.

18

Frank Lampard is on the pitch and wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal, a chance for England to test Neuer.

17

Glen Johnson brings down Podolski after Rooney gave up possession with a misplaced pass.

16

Khedira makes space 25 yards out, but his left-foot shot is sliced well wide of target.

15

Lahm lifts a cross in from the right towards Sami Khedira, but James is out to make a confident catch.

14

Cole almost gets in down the left, but Philipp Lahm is back to cover and win a goal-kick.

13

Cole leaps into a challenge on Thomas Muller and the German forward is down.

11

Podolski leads a German counter, but he shoots when he had team-mates well placed.

10

Steven Gerrard attempts to find Defoe, but his pass is overhit and keeper Manuel Neuer collects.

9

James comes to John Terry's rescue after he was beaten to a looping ball by Klose.

8

It's been lively stuff so far.

7

Ozil threatens again on the right, but his weak cross is cleared away and England break.

6

That was a bit of an escape for England, who got caught by a simple ball over the top.

5

James deals with the corner and England clear.

5

First chance of the game as Mesut Ozil runs clear on the right and under pressure from Ashley Cole sees his shot blocked away for a corner by David James.

4

Wayne Rooney tenaciously wins the ball in midfield and a matter of seconds later an offside flag stops his clear run through the middle.

3

Gareth Barry shields the ball out for a goal-kick under pressure from Lukas Podolski.

2

England enjoy the early possession.

1

Jermain Defoe chases a long ball over the top, but cannot find a team-mate with his pass.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Jorge Larrionda gets the game underway, with England in all red taking the kick-off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Striker Miroslav Klose starts for Germany in place of the injured Cacau, while Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger have recovered from knocks to feature.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello has named the same side that started in the 1-0 win over Slovenia which edged England through to the knockout stages.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England take on Germany in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in the pick of the World Cup round of 16 ties.