Round of 16 – England versus Germany

Has never scored a World Cup goal. Will today be his first?

PEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP. Well England are sent home in emphatic style by Germany. England were never in this world cup. Best they go home.

2 minutes of added time

89:00 – Lampard tries a shot from far out that Neuer saves. Going through the motions here as England just want to get on the plane. They played well for about 20 minutes but their patchwork aged defense was finally called out against some beautiful, quality, slick, attacking from Germany.

87:00 – SWP on for Johnson. Well that shows the lack of depth in this England squad. I’m pretty sure after Joe Cole, that Crouch should have been introduced.

81:00 – Gerrard has a nice run and shot but it is very well saved by Neuer and goes out for a corner.

71:00 -Heskey on Dafoe. Not very inspiring that. England’s defense, good in the group games is obviously not up to defending against quality opponents.

70:00 – GOOOOAAAL – Terrible defending by England as their slow defense gets ripped part and Moller sends his second into the back of the net. Germany 4 – England 1

67:00 – GOOOOOAAAL. Muller with a classic counter goal as off a terrible Lampard free kick that hits the wall and its a 3 on 2 that Muller slams home. Germany 3 – England 1

64:00 – Joe Cole on, Milner off. The media and public have been clamoring for him. Lets see what he can do.

63:00 – The boss of pigs goes very close as his shot fizzles just wide.

61:00 – England starting to maintain more possession and looking slightly more dangerous. Rooney beginning to wake up ever so slightly.

53:00 – Lampard tries his luck from a long distance and it hits the cross bar. Close their from the Chelsea man.

49:00 – Gerrard does well to run down the wing and cut back but instead of shooting goes for it himself. Nice play poor decision.

47:00 – Friedrich gets the first yellow of the match for a foul on Dafoe.

TWEEEET. second half is underway.

Mick Jagger signing autographs. Wonder how is night with Bill went?

1 minutes of added time.

40:00 – That was a great shot by Lampard. Momentum has switched. England need to be careful they don’t give up anymore.

39:00 – England have a goal disallowed as his shot is a 2 feet over the line but the ref and sideline judges make an error.

37:00 – GOOOOOOOOAAAAAL. Upson with a fine header of a Gerrard cross. Germany 2 – England 1

35:00 – Milner sends in a great ball, that Lampard touches goal bound but Neuer does very well to save.

34:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAL Podolski. England are in shambles as they get carved up again and the ball ends up in Podolski’s feet and he scores from a very tight angle. Germany 2 – England 0

32:00 – Dafoe has a header off the bar but he was barely offside.

31:00 – Lovely bit of one touch football, including a back heel completely shreds the English defense but James does very well to save with his feet.

27:00 – England trying to regroup here. Germany seems content to defend for a bit

20:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAL. Klose. A long boot from the German keeper takes once bounce between Terry and Upson, who seem confused and Klose slides in and taps it beyond James. That was very poor from the English center backs.

19:00 – Lampard wins a free kick in a dangerous area and per usual slams it hard against the wall.

18:00 – Rooney showing some industry but his passing is poor as for the second time he sends a long pass askew.

17:00 – Khedira runs across the pitch and tries his luck but it was very high.

12:00 – Both teams playing well, feeling each other out. Milner sends in a cross looking for Dafoes head. Tough strategy that — looking for the smallest player in a sea of tall Germans.

5:00 – Ozil breaks clear and has only James to beat but his shot is weak yet awkward and James saves an easy shot awkwardly. Corner for Germany but it goes straight at James.

4:00 – Rooney called for an offside and gives a death stare at the ref.

3:00 – Ozil looks like the danger man as he holds up for Podolski but he is muscled out by Barry. I can see this being either a terribly exciting game or frightfully boring.

Tweeeet. They’re off


No love lost here, as Macca reports that South American teams wold be hugging each other…hmmm not sure if Brazil versus Argentina would do that but as you were.


Line ups

Germany: Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiessling, Badstuber, Trochowski, Cacau, Kroos, Marin, Gomez, Butt.

England: James, Johnson, Terry, Upson, Ashley Cole, Milner, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Defoe, Rooney.
Subs: Green, Dawson, Lennon, Crouch, Joe Cole, Warnock, Wright-Phillips, Carragher, Heskey, King, Carrick, Hart.


Well it’s a battle of the “old” enemies.

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/27 at 7:00 AM

    Good luck Shaun.


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/27 at 7:09 AM

    England look to be defending with passion. What James Milner is doing in and meandering down the right flank though….I’m not sure.


  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/27 at 7:11 AM

    Podolski ignores all his friends and takes a poor shot. That should have been a chance for Germany.


  4. Posted by Jared on 2010/06/27 at 8:07 AM

    Do you still think video technology is a bad idea FIFA? I hope they’re ready for the English media sh!t storm if England lose by a goal. If there’s one thing the English love more than complaining about how crap their team is it is moaning about how they were screwed by the ref.


  5. Posted by John on 2010/06/27 at 8:12 AM

    How is this the same Rooney that I watched tear up the EPL. He seems to be getting worse game by game in the world cup


  6. Posted by Jake on 2010/06/27 at 8:28 AM

    It’s a good thing we didn’t have to play the germans…


  7. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/27 at 8:39 AM

    Well, I really hope that if one thing comes out of this WC, it’s that video technology needs to be implemented. I wish the national federations would get together and insist FIFA find a way to integrate it. It’s impossible for me to understand why people continue to accept it.
    I still think Germany would’ve done the same thing in the 2nd half. England really can’t figure out how to play like a team.


  8. Posted by steve dc on 2010/06/27 at 8:50 AM

    World cup experience is worthless, as taught to us by france, italy and now england


  9. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/27 at 9:05 AM

    In the end, video technology doesn’t really matter if you get smashed by 3 goals does it? Therefore you won’t see much banter about it.

    And I think it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t have given up 4 goals. Yes, an early one of course, but not 4


    • Posted by Jared on 2010/06/27 at 9:07 AM

      No, there won’t be much discussion of the goal that wasn’t given. Which is too bad, it could have been the moment that forced FIFA into action.


    • Posted by kaya on 2010/06/27 at 11:59 AM

      It changes the game… you can’t argue that it doesn’t… I never thought for a 2nd that England had a chance against Germany, but you just don’t know what happens if a game is 2-2 instead of 2-1.
      It seems to me there have been far more gross errors this cup than at least what was caught by the cameras in previous ones.


  10. Posted by Bob on 2010/06/27 at 9:29 AM

    Another blow for the EPL! Another dominating performance by the Bundesliga!


  11. Posted by s44 on 2010/06/27 at 9:35 AM

    On the one hand, Capello didn’t start Clark.

    On the other hand, Bradley managed to pick a good 23.


  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/06/27 at 10:13 AM

    The “goal” would have pegged us back to 2-2, so it was a game changer. But, in all honesty, I would be bleating here if it happened in the 80th minute but not the 40th. We had more than enough time, but we created sweet FA in the second half, except some efforts from range.

    The best team advanced today, and it is as simple as that. They were more incisive with their passing and more clinical with their finishing. Although some first-half schoolboy defending like a Sunday pub team on Hackney marshes didn’t do us any favours.

    Why Johnson didn’t conceded the ‘tactical’ foul when they broke is beyond me – he was not the last player and would have got a yellow…

    Antonio, re. your comment, if Ghana’s forwards could run the line properly, you would have been in trouble in ET. A better team would have made you pay as you committed forward in search of the equaliser.

    Last of all, I wonder how much Capello regrets taking Lennon and SWP over Walcott and Johnson?


    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/27 at 11:24 AM

      Right George, I can work the line better than the Ghanaain forwards can. And I’m not being sarcastic.

      And I’m talking about conceding against Germany. It’s all a moot point now as were both companions in elimination, but the 1st goal(haha) we would’ve given up(again) although the 2nd goal would have most likely been a save on howard. Which reminds me, David James did pretty well on the dad despite the 4.

      Furthermore, at the end of the day it seems we both lost because of our managers:

      Bob can’t get the lineups/decision making right

      Capello can’t get the 23 right. He definitely did not tchose the most tactically sound 23


  13. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/27 at 11:25 AM

    Also, welcome back!


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