England vs. Germany FIFA World Cup 2010: Germany Knocks Out England In 4-1 Win
England bowed out of the World Cup in the last 16 in humiliating fashion as they were thrashed 4-1 by a youthful German team.
Despite the awful scoreline, there was simply one moment that everyone will be left talking about—a disallowed goal for England a few minutes before halftime when the game was 2-1.
Germany took the lead deservedly. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski scored within the first half hour, but were then pulled back to 2-1 by a Matthew Upson header. This gave the English team and fans hope.
Then, just 54 seconds later, Frank Lampard volleyed a shot past Manuel Neuer. It hit the bar and bounce down onto the ground.
The whole world saw it as a goal. All 40,000 fans in the stadium, even the German ones, saw the ball go over the line, but the officials didn't.
Instant replays on the big screen in the stadium showed the ball was nearly a yard over the line.
England was denied a clear and much needed goal.
Three quarters of the stadium booed when the halftime whistler was blown. The referee Larrionda was surrounded by Rooney and Defoe, who were outraged the goal wasn't given.
After the break, England carried on their fine performance that they showed at the end of the first half.
Milner and Gerrard both had efforts that were spooned over and wide, before Lampard almost levelled the game as he thundered a free-kick from around 40 yards, if not more, against the crossbar.
England was the team pushing on and looked the more likely to score. However, with 20 minutes remaining, two devastating counter-attacks ended in two goals for the Germans. They managed to make the score go from 2-1 to 4-1 in three minutes and 14 seconds.
Both goals were scored in the same fashion. England lost possession when on the attack just outside the German box. The ball was quickly passed to the half way line. They dribbled up the wing and played the ball into Muller who slotted both into the back of the net.
England will feel cheated with the injustice that was Lampard's disallowed goal, but their overall performance was still not good.
The goal may have changed the game, but England should have still kept pushing and scoring.
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