England vs. Germany: 1966 reversed as Three Lions slain by four goals
A shockingly disallowed goal for England will make all the news. But for the most part, England was played off the pitch by a young, energetic Germany in the England vs. Germany round of the World Cup.
The first half of today’s match began as one for the history books (or perhaps the history I Pads), but ended in a crushing defeat for England.Skip to next paragraph
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The Three Lions showed glimpses of why many analysts picked them to be among the top teams in the tournament (and, yes, they were robbed of a clear goal right before halftime), but over the course of the match they were overpowered by an organized, efficient, and downright lethal German attack.
Germany repeatedly caught the English defense off guard, sending the red-shirted Englishmen scurrying like bewildered schoolchildren.
The Germans opened up the Deutchlandergoalfest in the 20th minute with a goal from their go-to guy, striker Miroslav Klose.
Goalkeeper Neuer, playing some sort of German Moses, split the English defense like the Red Sea with a punt that bounced deep in the English half of the field and into the path of Klose, who kept sturdy England defender Matthew Upson at bay with a stiff arm that would have made Walter Payton proud. Then, with reptilian poise, the killer, Klose, prodded the ball past English goalkeeper David James as he tumbled to the turf.
Klose was thwarted on another great chance in the 30th minute as England’s defense once again crumbled like a shortbread cookie. (Or should I say biscuit?) But they were made to pay again just two minutes later by Germany’s other top attacking threat, Lukas Podolski, who fired off a rocket from a seemingly impossible angle.
But the Three Lions weren’t about to take that lying down. Their pride had been pricked. It was time to go out on the prowl, hunting for goals.
They shook their manes and struck back struck back immediately. First Upson made up for being overpowered by Klose earlier and headed the ball home on a corner kick cross. After the goal, the stubble-faced Upson was seen roaring “C’mon” to teammates. The goal and the fire from Upson must have given the Three Lions the boost they needed, because star Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard then scored less than two minutes later.
That’s when history intervened.
What happened next was a stunning reversal of 1966 – the famous “Ghost Goal” against West Germany by England’s Geoff Hurst in the final. To this day, Germans say the ball never crossed the line, and without the dozen-odd camera angles of today's World Cup, the video is inconclusive. But it was granted, and England went on to claim its only World Cup title, 4-2.