Bloemfontein: An astounding performance by Germany saw them advancing to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2010 with a flattering 4-1 victory over Fabio Capello’s England.
German blitzkrieg had washed away England’s hopes as Thomas Müller netted his second one of the night in the 71st minute to give his team the super 4-1 lead.
A brilliant counter attack from the Germans exposed the chinks in the England defence as Müller netted the third goal for Germany in the 67th minute. With the lead widening 3-1, it was near impossible for Gerrard and his men to bounce back.
The second half started with both the teams vying for a goal. In the 58th minute, a brilliant one-touch play among the German players saw Mueller land with the ball in a central position just outside the England penalty area. He got into a more comfortable zone and shot on the England goal but it went wide.
England had come up with the first goal of the match off a fine header by Matthew Upson in the 37th minute.
A minute later, another one was fired from their side into the German net by Lampard but sadly, the referee could not see the Jabulani going into the net, thereby denying England an equaliser before half time.
The truly shocking display by the referee did not auger well with the fans who clearly saw the real thing on video screens and booed it. The fault might very well be called the most controversial call of the Football World Cup 2010.
Lucas Podolski lived up to his reputation of being a German serial goal scorer and netted a superb one to go two-up against the England outfit. One thing was evident in the first half hour of the match- German speed was too much for the English team as both the goals came off with the strikers having a long free run ahead of the final kick.
Miroslav Klose came up with his 12th goal in World Cups to set a national goal scoring record for Germany and give them a 1-0 lead over England.
The first fifteen minutes of the game saw Germany going for three shots at the net while England could not fire even one towards it.
England striker Wayne Rooney was caught offside just as he was about to embark on a one-on-one in the 4th minute and this was followed up with a superb counter by Germany.
Oezil, Germany playmaker, was sent a ball over the top of the England defence by Schweinsteiger and he took a shot on the England goal from an acute angle from the right. However, David James stood strong and the ball went out for a corner.
England coach Fabio Capello decided to stick with the same starting XI that ensured England`s passage to the last 16 in their high intensity match against equally fast Germany.
Matthew Upson kept his place alongside John Terry, while Jermain Defoe started ahead of Emile Heskey.
James Milner, who impressed against Slovenia started on the right-hand side of midfield once more as England look to overcome Germany and progress to the quarter finals of the tournament.
Germany made just one change from the side that defeated Ghana 1-0 in their final group match, with Miroslav Klose returning from his one-game ban to replace Cacau in attack.
Bastian Schweinsteiger recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place in central midfield, and ahead of him the trio of Mueller, Oezil and Podolski all play.
James, Johnson, Terry, Upson, A. Cole - Milner, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard - Rooney, Defoe
Neuer, Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng - Khedira, Schweinsteiger - Mueller, Oezil, Podolski - Klose