England liberated themselves from their compound in Germany in the knockout matches. Gareth Southgate’s team wins the Round of 16 by beating Wembley Stadium in London 2-0. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane meet in the last quarter of the hour.
After a nice first half, little happened in the second half for half an hour – until Raheem Sterling started the decisive attack in the 75th minute and completed it after stopping on Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Luke Shaw. After 11 minutes, Kane completed an English counterattack with his first goal in the tournament on the cross of Aston Villas main player Grealish.
England’s victory over the unconvincing 2014 world champions in the past few months, who have won their last four head-to-head knockout rounds against the Three Lions, was well deserved. Only in the early stages of the match were the opponents the best team on the field. For Joachim Loew, the German national team’s tenure ended after 15 mostly successful years and 198 games without a happy ending. England, who have not won anything since the 1966 World Cup title, can now dream of a truly big hit. Until the final, Denmark will be the nominally stronger contender.
Thomas Muller awards compensation
Substitute Grealish in the 69th minute, Southgate gave the match a decisive turn. And Sterling’s strike gave the tense, but somewhat flattened game at this point in time the necessary momentum. Since then he has been touring back and forth in front of some 43,000 audiences, mostly English. The Germans came close to equalizing. Six minutes after Sterling’s goal, Thomas Muller suddenly came out alone on Jordan Pickford. But the goalless German attacking strategist shot far from the left post.
Germany – with Goretzka in place of ailing Gundogan in midfield alongside Kroos, Werner im Storm and Kimmich as usual on the right wing at 3-4-2-1 – started better. After an excellent cross from Muller, Goretzka made a dangerous start towards the English goal, but Declan Rice saved it just before the penalty area. Havertz’s next free kick was blocked. Half an hour later, a Kimmich cross narrowly missed Goossens’ head and Jordan Pickford parried Werner’s shot, which was sent by Havertz.
There were Germany’s best chances until the last chance for Muller and a long-range shot by Kai Havertz (48th place) guided by Pickford over the gate. The closest to the goal was the English in the first half. A mistaken pass from Muller made way for Sterling in the penalty area. After the audacious intervention of Matthias Ginter, who had already been warned, the ball reached Kane. This, in turn, was about to turn into noir when Hummels approached the two of them in the extreme. Neuer saved a long-range shot from Sterling and a header from Maguire earlier in the match.
England command was postponed but not abolished. After four matches in London, the British are anticipating the first and only game of the tournament on July 3 in Rome.
England – Germany 2: 0 (0: 0)
London. – 41,973 spectators. – S. R. Makkelie (NED). – rip: 76. Stirling (Shaw) 1: 0. 86. Kane (Grealish) 2: 0.
England: Pickford. Walker, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Phillips, Rice (88. Henderson), Shaw; Saka (69. Grealish), Kane, Sterling.
Germany: new; Ginter (87 Kahn), Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Goretzka, Kroos, Gosens (88 sani); Havertz, Muller (Musyala 92); Werner (68 Jan.).
Notes: Germany without Hoffmann and Klostermann (both injured). Warnings: 8. Rice (beans). 25. Ginter (Bean). 45. Phillips (Vol). 72. Gosens (Foul). 77 – Maguire (Fault)