Germans crush archnemises England in 4-1 victory

June 27th, 2010

The controversial moment mirroring Germany and England's 1966 World Cup match. No goal, for England this time.

Disappointment, anger and fury are just some of the emotions scores of English fans wolrdwide are struggling with after their long-time rivals Germany completely obliterated any hopes they had for the World Cup.

Here’s how the Daily Mail is reporting it!

At least the sun’s still shining! Germany crush toothless England 4-1 (with a LOT of help from a short-sighted Uruguayan linesman)

Millions of England fans had their World Cup dreams shattered this afternoon after their team suffered a crushing – and highly controversial – defeat at the hands of their oldest enemy.

Germany won 4-1 after an epic encounter in which a wrongly disallowed goal had prevented England completing a stunning comeback when the score stood at just 2-1.

But the match officials’ blunder was rendered almost irrelevant after England’s woeful defending in the second half allowed the Germans to complete an embarrassing rout.

England coach was furious at the decision – saying the referee made ‘bigger mistakes’ than the England player.

The shocking blunder by the Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistant brought echoes of Geoff Hurst’s famous winning goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany – but that goal was given.

After Germany had taken a 2-0 first half lead, England responded with a goal from Matthew Upson before Frank Lampard’s shot clearly crossed the line but was ruled out by match officials.

TV replays confirmed the ball was at least 18 inches over the line and triggered fury among the millions of England fans.

The goal would have pulled England back into the contest but a poor second half performance, in which Germany scored twice more, left England staring into the abyss and a humiliating defeat at the hands of their arch rivals.

Capello refused to blame his players for the loss, instead focusing on the decision to disallow Frank Lampard’s equalising goal.

‘It was one of the most important things in the game,’ Capello told BBC1.
England fans in Queens Square, Bristol

‘The goal was very important. We could have played a different style. We played I think well at 2-1, but after the third goal it was a little bit disappointing.

‘We played well. Germany is a big team. They played a good game. We made some mistakes when they played the counter-attack. The referee made bigger mistakes.

‘Little things decide the result always.’

Captain Steven Gerrard admitted the disallowed goal had an effect but made no excuses for the heavy defeat.

‘There were big key decisions in the game, at 2-1 we had a goal disallowed. At 2-1 we were hurting them and we were still in the game,’ he told BBC 5 Live.
Desolate: Fabio Capello, pictured after the game, reacted angrily to the referee’s controversial goal decision

‘I think it (the disallowed goal) had an effect but we cannot use that as an excuse with being beaten 4-1.

‘That would have been a big goal for us. It’s all ifs and buts. Germany are a fantastic team and they deserved their win.

‘You go away and you have a think about what went wrong and why we didn’t progress further in the tournament.


It is one of the most debated points of the beautiful game, and the argument for the introduction of technology in football was bought to the fore again today.

England midfielder Frank Lampard thought, along with the vast majority of people packed into the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, that his cute lob had pulled England level against Germany.

Replay showed the ball to have landed at least a foot over the line, but two men remained unmoved, the referee and his assistant.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, the most vocal defender of keeping the game ‘pure’ sat watching in the stands. As the boos rang out at half-time he may well have turned a funny shade of red.

It was Blatter, along with football’s rule-makers, who in March this year shut the door on goal-line technology and effectively ended any chance of video replays coming into the game.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said: ‘The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all.’

But a number of viable methods have been put forward in recent years, from the simple reference of a fourth official using TV replays to the implantation of HawkEye between the posts.

HawkEye is already used successfully in cricket and tennis but is seen by FIFA as having no place in football.

Other suggestions, which have both been trialed, are the presence of an extra referee behind the byline and the use of a chip inside the ball which signal to the referee when it had crossed the line.

The use of extra officials was used during last season’s Europa League and the adidas smartball technology was unsuccessfully trialed at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 2005.

‘As a team we’ve made a big mistake today and we’ve been beaten by a good team.”They were more clinical in front of goal and they made less mistakes than us and we got punished for that today.’

About 25million viewers were glued to their TV sets, with power demand on the National Grid expected to surge to the highest level since England played West Germany in the World Cup semi-final of Italia ’90.

Nervous fans had feared a repeat of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 semi-finals when England lost to Germany on penalties.

But as the game wore on, and the Germans piled on the agony, England fans’ biggest concern was that Germany did not match England’s famous 5-1 victory in September 2001.

Up to 20,000 travelling fans had converged on the ‘City of Roses’ for the most anticipated match of the World Cup so far.

England fans at home and in South Africa reacted furiously to the decision to disallow Lampard’s goal, while referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistants left the field at half time to a chorus of boos.

Mark McGraw, 46, a ground worker from Eastwood in Nottingham, said: ‘It’s a joke. The linesman was half way up the pitch. They’re trying to get us back for ’66.’

Richard Carter, 37, a professional gambler from Shaw in Oldham, said: ‘I’m sitting a hundred yards away and it was definitely in.

‘I would like to know what the referee and linesman were looking at. They clearly weren’t watching the game.’

Another fan chipped in: ‘We need a Russian linesman.’

TV presenter Jonathan Ross was likewise left dumbfounded by the disallowed goal.

‘That was so far in even I could see it without my lenses in!!,’ he tweeted.

Bookmaker William Hill said it would pay out to their customers who bet on Frank Lampard scoring against Germany.

‘Even Sepp Blatter knows Lampard scored so we have already begun paying out to punters who backed him to do so at odds of 10/3. It will cost us a six figure sum,’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Distraught England fans left the stadium saying England just weren’t good enough.

Darren Garner, 26, a digger driver from Peterborough, said: ‘They just don’t seem to have the heart.

‘We’re supposed to be Three Lions.

‘We looked old and useless. They looked young and fresh.’

His friend, Damien Masham, 26, a window cleaner, from Peterborough, said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated. They perform at club level but when it comes to internationals they look like a Sunday league side.

‘We paid a lot of money to come here, you just start to wonder if it’s worth it.

Mr Cameron was involved in top-level talks with other world leaders at the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, when the game kicked off in South Africa.

But he hoped to watch at least part of the second half with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who he is sitting next to at the summit.

He yesterday joked that he would try to restrain himself from putting his shirt over his head and running round the room in celebration if England score, or wrestling Ms Merkel to the ground if Germany once again on penalties.

Today, the PM said: ‘Like the rest of the country I’m excited but just a bit anxious about the game.

‘I’ll be concentrating on G20 business during the first half but will hopefully watch the second half with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

‘I wish Fabio Capello and the team the best of luck and I’m sure they’ll make us all proud.

‘Come on England.’

At Wimbledon, Andy Murray breezed through the first half of a great British sporting weekend yesterday – then urged England’s footballers to follow suit today.
The British No 1, who has been wearing red and white sweatbands during his Wimbledon onslaught, found it tough to predict a victor between Germany and England.

But gone are the days when the Scot – who secured his fourth round place last night with a quickfire victory over Gilles Simon – supported ‘anyone but England’.

When asked if he would be supporting the Three Lions, the 23-year-old said: ‘I would like to see England win, but Germany did look pretty good. But you never know in a knockout.

‘England have got the players to win the match but they just need to play well.’

Murray said he would probably only be able to catch the second half of the crunch clash in South Africa as he would be training at SW19 at lunchtime.

The player went on to pay tribute to the 14 members of the Armed Forces who were guests of honour in the Royal Box for the tennis.

Source: Daily Mail

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