FIFA World Cup 2010: Germany Thrash England to Book Place In Quarterfinal
Nobody could have predicted a 4-1 scoreline before the kick-off to the derby game between Germany and England in the round of 16. As it turned out, it could have been 5-2 or even 6-3 to Germany. But in the end it was "only" a 4-1 scoreline.
This was the most entertaining game so far in the 2010 World Cup. The game also had it's fair share of controversy when Lampard's shot ricocheted off the cross bar to the turf. At 2-1, the replays showed the ball clearly crossed the line but the linesman didn't see it.
Once again voice may be raised for the use of video technology in football. The game would have turned on its head if that goal had stayed, but that wasn't to be. And Germany deservedly won the game to make it into the quarter final.
In 1966, England got the benefit of doubt and here it was Germany's turn to enjoy the benefit. It's as simple as that.
England didn't deserve to go through to the next round.
One must wonder why Fabio Capello is given such lucrative money. For playing unattractive and awful football? For a moment, it seemed like the Italian team in England colours. No prizes for guessing where the credit must go for this transformation.
Germany and Joachim Loew should be proud of this achievement.
The sceptics believed that Germany's young team might not even pose a threat to the vastly experienced England side that boasts the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, and John Terry.
However, they not only threatened The Three Lions but also dug the grave for what is called as the Golden Generation of English football.
Germany were cohesive and inventive from the very start. They played super-flowing football, something which is new to the German fans.
Mesut Ozeil was once again splendid. There shouldn't be any doubt as who is going to win the Best Young Player of the Tournament award.
He was the fulcrum of the German attack, once again, with the able support of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira. How well has Khedira substituted for Michael Ballack?
German defender Arne Friedrich, too, deserves credit for his tidy defensive work. Goalkeeper Manuel Neur was also in fine form. He made some fine saves in the second half to deny England. Rene Adler wasn't missed at all.
If anyone needs a lesson or two in counter-attacking football this is the game. Watch it over and over.
In the second-half, Germany scored two on the counter, and Mueller did extremely well to finish off both in style. He's some talent.
German clubs have been more keen on grooming quality youngsters from their academy. And see what it has done. German National team is reaping the reward for the good work done by the Bundesliga clubs.
Maybe some of the English Clubs, too, should learn a thing or two and spend more on their respective Youth Academies. Do clubs like Liverpool even have a Youth Academy?
Moving on, Lampard could be the most frustrated man after this game as he hit the post a couple of times but failed to score thanks to the linesman.
Lampard was persistently troubling the German goalkeeper and led the England attack in second half.
Rooney should have been the man. But was he playing?
The damage has already been done in the first half. It took 25 minutes for England to even get a shot on goal. Until then it was all Germany.
In the later stages of first half a resurgent England team bounced back, but they were unlucky not to draw parity. In other words, controversial refereeing decision.
Blame it on the referees to hide your inability. All in all, England had 9 shots on target to Germany's 7. But the German's knew how to score. Second half was a lot more easier for the Germans.
They professionally kept England at bay and hit them on the counter.
It was simply beautiful to watch for a neutral. Exemplary show from the Germans. Let's hope they will continue this brilliant form to make the World Cup further enjoyable.
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