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  • Date:27 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Free State Stadium
  • Attendance:40,510

Live Commentary

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is ruled offside. Steven Gerrard takes the indirect free kick.


A cross is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, save made by Manuel Neuer.


Frank Lampard takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.


Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.


Shot from 12 yards by Gareth Barry. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.


Short corner worked by Wayne Rooney.


The official flags Lukas Podolski offside. Glen Johnson goes off and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on. Indirect free kick taken by David James.


The ball is crossed by Lukas Podolski.


Stefan Kiessling on for Mesut Ozil.


Glen Johnson challenges Mesut Ozil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson receives a caution. Jerome Boateng takes the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard.


Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.


Shot on goal by Mario Gomez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.


Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger by Glen Johnson. Bastian Schweinsteiger takes the direct free kick.


Mario Gomez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by John Terry.


Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mesut Ozil. Lukas Podolski takes the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.


Miroslav Klose goes off and Mario Gomez comes on.


Thomas Muller goes off and Piotr Trochowski comes on.


(England) makes a substitution, with Emile Heskey coming on for Jermain Defoe.


Thomas Muller gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Germany 4-1 England.Assist by Mesut Ozil.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Sami Khedira makes a clearance.


Shot from just outside the area by Thomas Muller misses to the right of the target.


Thomas Muller finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Germany 3-1 England.Assist on the goal came from Bastian Schweinsteiger.


Arne Friedrich gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard.


Jerome Boateng takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.


Joe Cole on for James Milner.


Bastian Schweinsteiger produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.


James Milner takes a shot. Blocked by Jerome Boateng.


Thomas Muller produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.


Steven Gerrard has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.


Steven Gerrard has a curled shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.


A cross is delivered by Philip Lahm, Wayne Rooney makes a clearance.


Mesut Ozil decides to take the corner short.


Centre by Miroslav Klose, blocked by John Terry.


The referee blows for offside against Miroslav Klose. David James restarts play with the free kick.


Centre by James Milner.


Arne Friedrich gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard,


Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.


James Milner has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.


Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Arne Friedrich results in a free kick. Arne Friedrich booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.


Ashley Cole produces a cross, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.


Inswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.


Frank Lampard takes a shot.


Corner taken short by James Milner. Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Matthew Upson finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Germany 2-1 England.Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.


Inswinging corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line, David James makes a save.


Miroslav Klose takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.


Inswinging corner taken by Philip Lahm.


The ball is swung over by James Milner, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.


Lukas Podolski finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Germany 2-0 England.The assist for the goal came from Thomas Muller.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.


Miroslav Klose takes a shot. David James makes a save.


Miroslav Klose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.


Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.


Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.


Miroslav Klose fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Germany 1-0 England.Assist on the goal came from Manuel Neuer.


Centre by Steven Gerrard.


Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Bastian Schweinsteiger results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard.


Unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger.


Sami Khedira takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.


A cross is delivered by Sami Khedira, David James makes a save.


The ball is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.


Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.


The offside flag is raised against Miroslav Klose. Indirect free kick taken by David James.


Inswinging corner taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger from the left by-line, save made by David James.


Mesut Ozil takes a shot. David James makes a save.


Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.

The game begins.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Gerrard - Rooney can still make big impact England skipper Steven Gerrard has warned Germany that Wayne Rooney's World Cup is ready to spark into life in Bloemfontein. Rooney has so far struggled to make the expected impact in South Africa despite England advancing to the knockout stages. The Manchester United striker failed to hit the target in all three group matches with United States, Algeria and Slovenia. But Gerrard is convinced the explosive form of the 24-year-old in training is a clear sign Rooney is in the mood to punish England's old rivals. The Liverpool midfielder said: "The pressure is not just on Rooney but all the team - but top players put pressure on themselves. I'm sure Wayne does so in his own spare time. "But it's only a matter of time before Wayne scores in this tournament and hopefully that is on Sunday. "I have every confidence that he will play well because he played well in the last game and he is looking really sharp in training." Coach Fabio Capello echoed Gerrard's sentiments about Rooney. The Italian said: "Wayne is training very well and scored a lot of goals. We hope it will be the same. "Always Rooney is a very good player. He didn't score in the last few games but always he is a very important player for us with his movement and everything he does during the game." Gerrard insists England will be ready for all eventualities - including the last 16 meeting going to penalties. England suffered the heartbreak of losing the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 semi-finals to Germany on spot-kicks. He said: "We are very confident going into the game. We are on the back of a good performance against Slovenia. "The mood is good, we have prepared hard for this game and we will do whatever it takes to get across the line into the last eight. "It is going to be a very difficult game. Ideally we want to win the game in 90 minutes but if we have to go to extra-time and penalties, we will be ready." Capello has faith in his players to deliver the victory millions of supporters back in England are hoping for. He said: "It is a very important game, one of the more important, because we want to go forward and play the next game. "I know the value of Germany but I also know the value of my players." Germany coach Joachim Low failed to show up for the official press conference and no player was present either - contrary to FIFA regulations - with goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke conducting the briefing. There was speculation that Germany were angry at not being allowed to train on the Free State Stadium pitch. Instead they used the facilities at a nearby university complex before the press conference. Kopke said: "This is not a protest at all. People were not able to get here on time. "We were not able to use the stadium. We had to use another site and tried to be punctual (for the press conference)." When pressed on what will be viewed as a snub by Low, Kopke became irritated. He said: "We were not able time-wise to get here. We want to be well prepared, that is the reason. "We were not able to practice on the pitch for logistics reasons. But it is the same for England. We are used to it. We did not practice in the actual stadium the last two times. "It is not a protest, that's the way it is. There is no point in asking the question again and again." Kopke is well informed about penalties, should it come to that again when a place in the quarter-finals is at stake. He saved Gareth Southgate's effort for England in the semi-final at Euro 96, on the way to his team winning the championship. Kopke has no fears that current number one Manuel Neuer will rise to the challenge if needed. Kopke said: "I think it would be great not to have to go to a penalty shoot-out. If we have to go for it, we are prepared. Manuel will of course get the info he needs. But I am not going to give any secrets away. "We practise penalties but cannot simulate this situation. You have got 120 minutes behind you, the atmosphere is completely different." While Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng have both trained they remain doubtful through injury while Cacau will be absent after suffering an abdominal muscle strain. Kopke said: "We will have to talk to our doctors and see if they can play. They need to be at 100% in terms of fitness." end

Formation:451Manager: Joachim Low


Formation: 442Manager: Fabio Capello


  • Manuel Neuer
  • Philip Lahm
  • Arne Friedrich
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Jerome Boateng
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Sami Khedira
  • Thomas Muller
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Miroslav Klose
  • SUBS
  • Tim Wiese
  • Marcell Jansen
  • Dennis Aogo
  • Serdar Tasci
  • Stefan Kiessling
  • Holger Badstuber
  • Piotr Trochowski
  • Jeronimo Baretto Cacau
  • Toni Kroos
  • Marko Marin
  • Mario Gomez
  • Jorg Butt



Match Report

England out as Germany shine England suffered the pain of German revenge as Fabio Capello's men made a controversial World Cup exit with a 4-1 defeat. The Three Lions had hoped 44 years of hurt would end in South Africa. It did. German hurt. When Frank Lampard's first-half shot crashed off the bar and bounced a clear two feet over the line, only for assistant Mauricio Espinosa to miss it, grainy images of England's controversial third at Wembley in 1966 immediately sprang to mind. To his total disbelief, Capello's celebrations of what would have been an equaliser were cut short. Everyone in the ground, except the men who mattered, knew what had happened. Germany made the most of their good fortune, as England did back then, to book a quarter-final place with what turned out to be their biggest win over a rival they have not lost to in a major tournament since that fateful day and the Three Lions biggest defeat in Finals combat. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski's first half-goals were doubled by a pair from the excellent Thomas Muller after the break. But no-one will be talking about them on the streets of England. Nor will they discuss a Matthew Upson header that brought the Three Lions back into it. Eventually they might get round to the clear defensive deficiencies in a team Capello claimed was good enough to reach the final. But tonight, all they will snarl and rage at his how on earth Lampard's shot was missed. The stench will tinge the remainder of a tournament England will play no part of. In a stormy few weeks, Franz Beckenbauer's first attempt to stoke Anglo-German relations came when he branded England a long-ball team. Yet a true exponent of the art would surely be pretty good at defending it. England had already been warned. One long punt down field from David James required a single bounce to rocket over the goal-line. So there was no excuse for John Terry being so far up field when Manuel Neuer launched the ball from his six-yard line that he was taken completely out of the play by its flight. Upson was left one-on-one with Klose and had neither agility, nor the strength to prevent the striker advancing on James and poking the ball into the England goal. It was the start of an exceptionally uncomfortable period for Capello's side as Germany rampaged right through the heart of their midfield almost at will. Mesut Ozil was an obvious problem, but Muller - the 20-year-old who helped destroy Manchester United with Bayern Munich this term - was emerging as the real danger man. When he skipped off the right flank onto Klose's short pass, the English defence was again ripped to shreds. Despite his tender years, Muller retained a cool enough head to flick the ball square to Podolski, whose finish, from a tight angle, went straight through James' legs and in off the post. As James had already made two feet-first saves as German eyes lit up at a clear sight of goal, it seemed there was no way back for a team being completely outmanoeuvred. Yet in a confrontation dripping with history, nothing is really new. For two goal comebacks, think Leon 1970, when Sir Alf Ramsey made the fateful mistake of whisking off Bobby Charlton with a semi-final place supposedly assured. Upson's reaction header from Steven Gerrard's cross brought that dream a bit closer to being realised. As they celebrated, little did England know that within 60 seconds their opponents were about to enjoy the ultimate act of revenge. It is frankly ludicrous that Sepp Blatter and his FIFA mandarins continue to shrug their shoulders at such injustices as the one Lampard suffered when the entire stadium, through all manner of new technology, knew within minutes the ball had crashed off Neuer's bar and bounced at least two feet over the line. It was not even close, which is what David Beckham was presumably telling the South American officials as they made their way off at half-time. Within seven minutes of the restart England were suffering again as Lampard let fly from fully 35 yards with a free-kick that again shook Neuer's crossbar. At least this time there was no claim for a goal. It sparked a frenzied second half though, by far the most compelling period of play in the entire tournament, Germany defending manically, then trying to break on the counter. Bastian Schweinsteiger had already come close to killing the game when another Lampard free-kick cannoned off the wall. Gareth Barry was robbed, Muller set Schweinsteiger free and began a run that ended with him burying England's dream. Germany were not finished. With their opponents committed to desperate attack, Ozil raced past Barry with alarming ease and presented a gleeful Muller with a tap-in. Four goals for the victors. Just like 66. end