• FT

    Germany

    4

    England

    1

  • FT

    Argentina

    3

    Mexico

    1

FIFA WORLD CUP

Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Referee: Jorge Larrionda | Attendance: 40510

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Germany

  • Miroslav Klose 20'
  • Lukas Podolski 32'
  • Thomas Müller 67'
  • Thomas Müller 70'

4 - 1

FT

England

  • Matthew Upson 37'
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  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: See you then!

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    Jeff Bradley: Go Diego Go!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We'll be back with tonight's game, Argentina-Mexico at 2 p.m. ET.

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    Jeff Bradley: Looking forward to Germany-Argentina in the quarters

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This is one dangerous Germany team.

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    Chris Jones: 4-1. Wow.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Schweinsteiger and Lampard have a heart-to-heart.

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    Chris Jones: Thanks for joining us everybody.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England, to borrow a cliche, is all played out.

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    [Comment from BCRGirl]
    Well played, Germany. Congrats.

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    [Comment from Dennis K]
    LOVED IT

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Just a clinic.

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    [Comment from Me]
    It's a great game. The best game so far.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    How much of this comes down to young legs and how much comes down to heart and effort?

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    Chris Jones: Yep, a great team, Jeff. No mistake.

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    Jeff Bradley: Full time

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    Jeff Bradley: It's time for people to start appreciating the soccer that Germany has brought to the last two World Cups. Attacking, fun to watch, incredible coordination and timing

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    [Comment from North Korea]
    What a slaughter.

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    Chris Jones: I'm in such a sulk, I feel like a French player.

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    Jeff Bradley: when you start having the quick turnaround games, it helps to be youthful

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    [Comment from Mike]
    No don't end it! Let England suffer 2 minutes more!

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    Jeff Bradley: Germany, I believe, proving that this is a tournament for young legs

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    ESPN Stats and Info: As it stands, by score margin, this would be the worst loss for England at the World Cup. Ever.

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    [Comment from The future]
    Already predicting Argentina and Germany...BEST GAME EVER

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Wright-Phillips sends a cross into Heskey. But Neuer was there.

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    Chris Jones: Please just end this.

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    Chris Jones: Two minutes of extra time.

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    Chris Jones: Yeah, that game... Holy smokes.

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    Jeff Bradley: For the sake of great soccer, it could not get much better than Germany vs. Argentina if Diego and Co. can take care of Mexico tonight at Soccer City

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    [Comment from Pleasantly Surprised]
    Haven't seen hardly diving in this game

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    Jeff Bradley: Lampard from long range. Saved

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    Jeff Bradley: Rooney sets up Barry, but his close range shot is saved

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    [Comment from English in Canada]
    Rooney doesn't play well with others. Also, throws toys from pram. Please ask parents to see me.

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    Jeff Bradley: Not happening for Rooney

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    Chris Jones: A sentence never before spoken, written, or thought.

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    [Comment from ]
    Oh Good. Wright-Phillips is in the game. We're saved.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Wayne Rooney did not complete a pass to Defoe. At all. Defoe completed 3 to Rooney.

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    Jeff Bradley: Wright-Phillps is in for England

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    Jeff Bradley: Podolski is offside as Germany play a little keep away

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    Jeff Bradley: Last five minutes here. Deutschland knocking it around

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    Chris Jones: Craig got it.

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    [Comment from Craig]
    Yes, Chris, but is he sad?

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    Chris Jones: Just saw Mick Jagger. He has a long face.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Muller in rarified air: last German Under 21 to score a brace was Franz Beckenbauer in a group match in 1966 (20 y, 304 d).

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    [Comment from Kaiser Chiefs]
    I Predict A Riot

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But for more on that check out the grades we'll have up after this game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Splendid performance by Ozil.

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    [Comment from Throwin64]
    Chris - please note, "save" (ball prvented from going in the net" by Neuer. Please inform David James this phenomenon IS possible....

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Kiessling coming on for Ozil.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yellow card.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil got on the run after the England corner but Johnson brought him down.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard made a lovely run and got the ball from Rooney but his shot was slipped wide by Neuer.

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    Chris Jones: The Germans have been better at every position.

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    Chris Jones: Neuer makes another nice save.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Whether they be bandwagoneers or actual fans, you stand not alone.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And so on and so forth...

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    [Comment from Ian]
    I couldn't be more happy

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    [Comment from Kat]
    I'm very happy

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    [Comment from Marc]
    No: Tony - I'm pretty pleased.

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    [Comment from Zac]
    I'm happy too lol

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    [Comment from Jules]
    oh no i'm very happy

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    Chris Jones: And Tony. Tony is happy right now.

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    [Comment from Tony]
    I think I might be the only person in this chat who is happy with the current situation

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Correction to the previous note: it was Belgium and Uruguay that scored 4 on England in 1954.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gomez tries another shot.

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    Chris Jones: People who are happy right now: Germans; window repairmen in Bloemfontein.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Everyone says Italy and France went out in disgrace but this is the true definition of disgraceful for England

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    Chris Jones: 40,510 in attendance.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There you go, Ned. Chris will be mything away in Jeff's stead.

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    Chris Jones: Very large numbers of orange-coated security guards are now lining the pitch.

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    [Comment from Ned]
    Sure Jeff - Myth away

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    Chris Jones: I believe I'll be stealing that, Jeff, for today's post-game column.

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    [Comment from Keith]
    The German passing is just clinically precise.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gomez had a clear path to the English goal but decided to cut back and ran into a defender.

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    Jeff Bradley: England, in my opinion, still have a HUGE beef. An equalizer could have changed this. But you don't want me to get into the "myth of the pre-determined outcome" now do you?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany playing keep-away now.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England has conceded 4 goals twice before at the World Cup, against Belgium and Hungary in 1954.

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    Jeff Bradley: Germany had an off day against Serbia. And missed a penalty.

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    Chris Jones: Oh, right... officiating.

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    Chris Jones: How did this team lose to Serbia?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Brazil has been solid but not amazing.

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    [Comment from Patti]
    please hand me a tissue - Im going to have a good cry

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany and Argentina have certainly been the most impressive thus far.

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    Jeff Bradley: I think a lot of American soccer fans are totally unaware of how good the Bundesliga is...a lot of folks who focus totally on the EPL. The top 5 in the BL are really good teams, loaded with talent

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    Does this make Germany the team to beat?

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    [Comment from ]
    Heskey? Really? That's going to salvage this game?

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    [Comment from Gavin]
    Needless to say, at least half of this team won't be around in 2014

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    [Comment from RR]
    Capello wondering if they're hiring at Marks

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    [Comment from USA]
    Boy Im glad that we played Ghana and not Germany... It could have been a blow out

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    Chris Jones: Stats, what is England's worst World Cup defeat, by goals?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not to mention angry.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Capello looks, well, disturbed.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Barry's free kick into the box is punched away by Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Emile Heskey on for Jermaine Defoe.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mario Gomez is on for Miroslav Klose.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Make that 4 goals from 7 shots on target for Germany.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: At least four mistakes there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: To say the English defense was porous on that play would be to pay it a compliment.

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    Chris Jones: The winner of Argentina-Mexico better be ready.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil escaped on the left, played it out beautifully to Mueller who had trailed on the right and he slotted it home.

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    Chris Jones: Clinical.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 4-1!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil on the run!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Last time England conceded more than two goals in the World Cup was vs. W Germany in 1970.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard wins an England corner off a blocked cross.

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    Jeff Bradley: I don't care who wins. But regardless of what the final score is, England had a goal stolen from them. And every goal has the potential to change the game

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller attempts another shot, but he couldn't kick it off the bounce properly and it went wide.

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    Chris Jones: The tragedy of the non-goal: It will overshadow both a terrific German performance and a weak English one at the back. The right team is winning, but people will assume it's for the wrong reasons.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany: 6 shots. 3 goals.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They broke out with a three-on-two advantage, Mueller hit a long pass to Schweinsteiger, who found Mueller again on the right after Ozil distracted the defense with a run, and Mueller finished wiht a shot that James again didn't cover himself in glory on.

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    Chris Jones: They are very, very good.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thomas Mueller on a text-book counter-attack!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 3-1!!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany on the break!

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    Chris Jones: German counter...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Into the wall.

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    Chris Jones: Let's see if Lampard can hit the bar a third time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long free kick for Lampard from 28 meters.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney is knocked over.

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    [Comment from Kanye West]
    Wayne Rooney doesn't care about black people.

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    [Comment from Neutral]
    I think Capello just made a mistake taking Milner off

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lampard's cross out to Gerrard is long.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I thought Milner was having a solid game, actually.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Wayne Rooney's pass to Defoe a moment ago was the first time he passed to Defoe in the entire match.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Joe Cole is on for James Milner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil to Khedira, to Ozil, to Boateng, whose shot from distance is skied.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany on the break.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Boateng again jumps and blocks a Milner cross.

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    Chris Jones: James was very late there. That non-goal will actually take some focus off his play... A small silver lining.

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    Jeff Bradley: And no sooner do I criticize Germany's ball movement, they string about 10 passes together to create a chance for Schweinsteiger

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Had some good late spin on it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Schweinsteiger with a shot from distance that is only just wide!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney threads Defoe and it almost fell to Gerrard for a shot, but Friedrich wouldn't allow it.

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    Jeff Bradley: Germany's sharpness with the ball has left them. Very choppy play right now. Will England punish them?

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    Chris Jones: English still pressing here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney to Milner again, but his shot was absorbed by Boateng's hind parts.

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    Chris Jones: Very well held by Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney to Milner on the wing, whose cross is picked up by a diving Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney attempts a ball into the box for a striker to run onto but it was too long.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The defense parted for him as he undertook a run into the box.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: "The door is closed. The decision was not to use technology at all," - Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke. That is from a BBC article dated March 6th in regards to goal-line technology.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Muller felt like he deserved a corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany with the chance!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Capello is chewing somebody out on the bench.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard with another poor shot from distance.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Speaking of...

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England having problems finding Jermaine Defoe. He has just 14 touches and 7 passes, the lowest of any player in the match for either team.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney played Defoe on but Neuer got to it in time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard with a bad back pass that nobody pounced on.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Right at Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard with a shot from distance.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller almost played through by Khedira.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It seemed close, AK.

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    [Comment from AK]
    Was that not off terry's shoulder?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany still deep into English territory.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The short corner is eventually headed away by Rooney.

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    Chris Jones: Well cleared by Rooney there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Terry blocked it for a corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose on the break!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Which I had told you before, but my wireless is letting me down.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It went off the bar!

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    Chris Jones: That one went off the bar, only not then into the net.

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    [Comment from J]
    Another thought, Leander: If you have assistant referrees on the side, wouldn't either one of them have been able to see the goal?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lampard was the one who was robbed of a goal by a bad bounce and poor refereeing before.

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    Chris Jones: Oh for the love of Christmas...

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    Jeff Bradley: I feel an England equalizer coming up here. Germany have come out flat and lost some of their swagger

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lampard to take a long free kick from 34 meters.

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    Chris Jones: Okay, English pressing pretty well. Good opening to the half. They don't look demoralized.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There's a battle being fought in the midfield here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thought: if the game has gotten quicker, better and harder to follow, why do we still play with one referee? The only help he's gotten throughout all of this evolution is that linesmen became assistant referees and can now call fouls.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard's shot from 25 yards is wide.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Saving them for their country? Podolski: 2 goals in 27 league games...7 goals in 13 internationals. Klose: 3 goals in 25 league games...5 goals in 11 internationals.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Friedrich chops down Defoe. Long England free kick is headed away and the Milner rebound is well over.

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    Chris Jones: Lights are on here, sun is setting.

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    [Comment from Xose Morales]
    England 4-Germany 3

  •  

    [Comment from eugene]
    predicition is england lose 5-1 they are demoralized and germany will attack

  •  

    [Comment from Brian Schmude]
    My prediction: Germany 4, England 2

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    [Comment from JC]
    England scores late to tie it up, but Germany wins in PK's!

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Predictions for second half: World War III

  •  

    [Comment from Mr. T]
    My prediction? Paaaain!

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: First Half touches in the box: Germany 11, England 3.

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    Chris Jones: England down by one.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Second half to kick off here.

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    Chris Jones: All right, new half.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not touching that one with a 50-yard pole.

  •  

    [Comment from James R]
    Predictions for the second half Chris and Leander?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: So that leaves only one option.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Chris sides with all goalkeepers in distress.

  •  

    [Comment from Englishman]
    The second half is massive. 50 million of us biting our nails. Time for lions to roar.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Full disclosure Kipa: English-born, emigrated to Canada. After Canada, England's my team. Can't help it.

  •  

    [Comment from Kipa]
    Is Chris actually English? He seems to be taking this awfully personally. I know it's a grave injustice, but...

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    Chris Jones: Also not valid to say that today's goal should have been missed because of something that happened 44 years ago.

  •  

    [Comment from Johany]
    Three rights make a left Chris

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    England won 4-2 because Germany pushed everyone forward to equalize. Not a valid argument

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They always do. And they always do.

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    Chris Jones: No matter what happens in the rest of this terrific game, it will be overshadowed by the goal that never was.

  •  

    [Comment from @Fifa is a joke]
    Do you think FIFA will still stand by "controversy makes the sport more interesting." I think they'll get crucified for the officiating at this World Cup.

  •  

    [Comment from Deutschland Uber Alles]
    Tell me a sport where the officiating doesn't suck. Human error is a part of sports globally.

  •  

    [Comment from Erik]
    My dad just called my shouting conspiracy theory and expletives. And we're American.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Also, England won that game 4-2, not 3-2.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Two wrongs don't make a right, Dave.

  •  

    [Comment from Dave]
    They just showed the '66 no goal... I feel justice has been done.

  •  

    [Comment from FIFA is a joke]
    Embarrassed to be a soccer fan right now, now I have to hear how my sport sucks because the refereeing ruins the game

  •  

    [Comment from Bill Tilley]
    Well that settles a bet. Many thanks, gang!

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: The last run of play penalty missed by Germany (ie, not a shootout) was Uli Hoeness against Poland in 1974. It was saved by Jan Tomaszewski (who had saved another penalty earlier in the tournament).

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    Chris Jones: I have a terrible headache. What a disaster. I really, really hope this result doesn't stand, or this stadium might not.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: We will find you that penalty!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I can name about 12 games at this tournament that weren't as exciting in their cumulative totality than 45 minutes of this game was.

  •  

    [Comment from USA]
    Shades of 1966 for England, shades of 2002 for us.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Statsie?

  •  

    [Comment from Bill Tilley]
    Question for ESPN Stats: When was the last penalty Germany missed? You know, prior to the Serbia match...

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    [Comment from LPR]
    Germany fan here. I would hate to see the final score be 2-1 because of a bad call. I agre Germany needs to score a few more for this match to not be remembered for that bad. Or England needs to win.

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    Chris Jones: No. Not possible.

  •  

    [Comment from Mb16]
    Is it possibel that during half time they will review the goal and give it to england?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Ponch, I'm going to need some back up.

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    [Comment from Jethrow]
    great uptempo game from these European sides

  •  

    Chris Jones: Beckham now talking to them, holding his hands a yard apart. "That's how much it was over the line."

  •  

    [Comment from Your Name]
    Germany needs to win by two for their win to be legit.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Who are walking off to a chorus of boos.

  •  

    [Comment from nabenom]
    Have any of you ever officiated??? 1 official, 22 world class athletes...

  •  

    Chris Jones: Defoe talking to the officials.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Half-time.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney flops and whinges about not getting a call.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Rooney screams at the linesman.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Rooney 46% pass completion so far.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I might need finger transplants. They're just worn out.

  •  

    Chris Jones: It's been a terrific half of soccer.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Unbelievable action here.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: One minute of added time.

  •  

    [Comment from Jon]
    The scary thing here is that England and Ireland now have something in common...

  •  

    [Comment from Maine Boy]
    I really hope England comes back to win this game or this will be quite a tragedy

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If England goes out here, the English tabloids will go ballistic.

  •  

    Chris Jones: If England lose this game, things might get really ugly here. Very tense now.

  •  

    [Comment from Calmaity Jane]
    It's great how supporters from a country that only won the world cup through crap official can bleat so much about it

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Robbed twice, perhaps!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That goal that wasn't a goal might have gone in twice, it bounced off the bar twice. The first time it was well behind the, the second time it might have crossed it too.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil cut in and out at the end of the box but lost it.

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    Chris Jones: Everything we hoped for... apart from the crap officiating.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney is still not a factor though.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Yes, fantastic game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England is most certainly back in this game.

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    Chris Jones: I'm in the upper tier of the stadium, and I saw that was clearly in, without replay. It wasn't even close.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Americans are no longer the team robbed the worst in this tournament.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: What drama in this splendid game!

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: I was at a Europa League game this past December, and they have endline officials...maybe we'll see that next World Cup

  •  

    [Comment from Tea and Crumpets]
    I can't believe it!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: That was so clearly in.

  •  

    [Comment from Kipa]
    Let the calls for that goal line technology to begin again

  •  

    [Comment from USA]
    wow they were robbed

  •  

    Chris Jones: Fans are still booing.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It bounced off the bar, well behind the line and spun back out.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Both of Upson's goals for England have come against Germany.

  •  

    [Comment from BA14]
    The English will be screaming for replay after this game.

  •  

    [Comment from Karthik]
    This is an absolute disgrace ! Horrible refreeing !

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The ball was more than half a yard behind the line.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That was 2-2.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I can't believe it.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Horrible call, reminiscent of the 1966 final.

  •  

    Chris Jones: It's 1966, except the reverse.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: On the other end, Germany shot it just wide.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Tragedy.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Leander, type for me!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lampard 's chip went over Neuer and bounced back and forth, hitting behind the line by some margin, but bouncing back out and not being given!

  •  

    Chris Jones: OH NO!

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    Chris Jones: THAT WAS IN!

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    Chris Jones: OH MY GOD!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard had a lot of space at the edge of the box and deposited it on a soaring Upson's head.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Life!

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    Chris Jones: Fantastic header there by Upson.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Upson!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 2-1!!!

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has not lost a World Cup match when holding a 2 goal lead since 1938 against Switzerland. That's 89 matches.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The corner fell to him and with some splendid skill on the ball he almost beat England before Gerrard got it away. The second corner was snapped up by James.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose so close!

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Germany's passing, timing and movement is spectacular

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner to Germany, Klose again went on a ramble through the English box but Johnson tackled it away before the back line.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I fear things might get ugly in Bloemfontein tonight.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Neuer makes the save... an interesting concept.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The ball thrown in front of the goal mouth by Milner and Lampard slid to it but Neuer's hand blocks it.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Very close for Lampard!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Wouldn't that be fun?

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff]
    Thinking Portugal/North Korea Leander?

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    [Comment from Robert Green]
    Do I get my spot back?

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    [Comment from Matt]
    James looks terrible again

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    [Comment from Tim Howard]
    Some really shoddy work in goal.

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    [Comment from Carlina]
    Bloody hell

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This, ladies and gentlemen, could degenerate into a destruction.

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    Chris Jones: I need some pills.

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    Chris Jones: Hey James, nice work. One save out of three. Not bad.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He played it wide to Podolski who had a very bad angle, and didn't put down the best of touches, but finished it into the far corner through James's legs regardless!

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    Jeff Bradley: They are playing some beautiful soccer, the Germans. Just picking England apart

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    Chris Jones: And then Mueller, also a very nice pass.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller was played into space beautifully!

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    Chris Jones: That was a fantastic pass by Klose to start that.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 2-0!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was a lovely chip over the top by Johnson.

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    Chris Jones: John Terry looked floundering on that last German attempt.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was offside.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Defoe off the bar!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He didn't get it off the ground on the finish.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or you can credit James...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Played into space in the box by Mueller but his chip was too low.

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    Chris Jones: Full credit.

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    Chris Jones: Okay, very good save by James there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose so close to a second!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not quite, Matt, Barry's shot was on target, but not a bad shout.

  •  

    [Comment from matt]
    England also has 100% of the off-target shots

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: 6 of Klose's 12 World Cup goals have been scored between the 16th and 30th minute.

  •  

    [Comment from Literary Effect]
    You're assuming I am a woman. Disturbing, but curious feelings wash over me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But Germany is quite clearly the better team here, even though England is coming around now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England has 58 percent of possession.

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    Chris Jones: Capello just barked at Milner from the sidelines.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Milner loses the ball to the ref! Who was standing still!

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    Chris Jones: 50 million people, all of them play soccer, and not one of them can be decent in goal? It's statistically impossible. I don't get it.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England are 1-11-5 when allowing the first goal in a World Cup match.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney is having to drop really far from the goal again. He's playing more as a playmaker than as a striker today.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England has only come from behind to win a World Cup match once: the 1966 Final.

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    [Comment from Lionwriter]
    If you can clone a sheep, clone Gordon Banks

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    Chris Jones: On target at least. Rooney, take a lesson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long shot from Barry but it darted straight to Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: In Chris's mind, a failure to produce goalkeepers is akin to a failed state.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Goal kick to England after Ozil kicks it into Klose's heel.

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    Chris Jones: Still not over that goal. Stupid English keepers. A national failing.

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    [Comment from robert green]
    I would have made that save

  •  

    [Comment from Kipa]
    That's what, Klose's 12th World Cup goal? That's a lot.

  •  

    [Comment from SP]
    I applaud the English defense on that goal...

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    Chris Jones: You are a fickle mistress, Literary Effect.

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    [Comment from Willie G]
    James was fixing his braids; he didn't realize the game was going on

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    [Comment from Literary Effect]
    Sorry, Chris, I am not impressed

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    Was John Terry off with someone's gf?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: To add insult to injury, it was a classic kick-and-rush move.

  •  

    [Comment from Ken in NJ]
    That goal pretty much sums up England's cup. Pathetic lazy play.

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    Chris Jones: Only the second goal Klose has scored with his feet.*

    *Exaggeration for literary effect.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A well deserved lead I would call this.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: 50 goals for Germany for Klose, 2nd only to Gerd Muller.

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    Chris Jones: I think Upson laid off him fearing a penalty, but still, he never should have been free there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mueller with a little header on goal but it hops simply to James.

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    Jeff Bradley: I credit Klose for keeping his feet and not falling down

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A loooong kick by Neuer bounced to Klose, who wriggled by Upson while James was late.

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    Chris Jones: Brutal.

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    Jeff Bradley: And what was James waiting for? He's got to come off his line

  •  

    Chris Jones: Terrible mistake by the English defense there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose!!!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: GOAL!!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Sorry Leander. Stepping on your toes.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No good. Into the wall.

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    Chris Jones: Blocked by the wall.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A wall of white to get past.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Shot from 28 meters.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lampard to take it.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Little bit of a flop from Lampard on a Schweinsteiger and Khedira sandwich.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: England pass completion in the final third is only 56%.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Free kick for England, not far outside the German box.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This is a zippy game, played tough but fair.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I miss Luke Cyphers.

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    Aaaaaaiiiiir baaaall

  •  

    Chris Jones: That was not close.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: James glares at his defense.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Khedira attempts a shot from 25, but it's skied.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: James picks a cross from the air.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Klose just dumped the ball away on an English throw-in... Bush move.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Agreed, Leander. Really good game so far.

  •  

    [Comment from Elwood]
    I like how the Germans play the whole width of the field, not many teams are doing that.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The pace and skill on show here are appetizing.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You are being influenced by the English....

  •  

    Chris Jones: Clean tackle. Hard, but clean.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Moeller is mowed down by Cole on a nice long ball.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: An English cross is cleared by Mertesacker.

    This England team has just never gotten into a rhythm this tournament, every game has been a slog. And this one might prove no different.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Very clean so far, though. Nice pace of play.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Most definitely.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Germany looking the better side at the moment.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The dots didn't connect.

  •  

    Chris Jones: German break...

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think his cleat got caught.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Neuer, Germany's goalkeeper, somehow tripped taking a goal kick.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I'm surrounded by Englishmen. It's rubbing off, geezer, right?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He has stolen my all-purpose description. Now I'm going to have to come up with something else.

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Did you just say "lovely" control. I thought you were Canadian

  •  

    [Comment from Mariano]
    You wouldn't let Bob Marley drive a school bus?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lovely control by Rooney there. He's looking much sharper.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil with a cross but into James's arms.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany in possession and passing circles around England right now.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Tootie disagrees.

  •  

    [Comment from Your Name]
    Mariano : no one with braids ever exudes confidence. Fact of life, man.

  •  

    Chris Jones: James just waved at the ball and kicked it out at the other end. Man, that guy has distance.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Brave John Terry is screaming bravely.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Yes, that was... unorthodox.

  •  

    [Comment from Mariano]
    The English goalkeeper doesn't exude confidence

  •  

    [Comment from sontla]
    James barely getting it done there...

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Very awkward save

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Caught by James.

  •  

    Chris Jones: James very fortunate that ball didn't go in over him.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: On the other end Ozil finished on target on a long run but James get a leg to it, avoid it going through his legs. Corner to Germany.

  •  

    Chris Jones: He's livid with the call.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney almost away with it but he was offside.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Rooney showing more jazz there than he has all tournament.

  •  

    [Comment from Fiji Fred]
    The fans have been missing from this WC. Songs, chants, etc. Vuvuzelas sound like a dentist drill

  •  

    [Comment from Elwood]
    Agreed, the singing is much more "soccer" than the horns..

  •  

    [Comment from African Soccer Fan]
    I would have to learn the words to the songs.....

  •  

    [Comment from Lucero]
    'Come on England', from Hawaii

  •  

    Chris Jones: This feels like a proper football game in here. Awesome.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    Hey I can actually hear some team chants instead of horns for once!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Those must be proper fans than, that sing, rather than do the lazy thing and make an instrument do the singing for them.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Back and forth it rolls.

  •  

    Chris Jones: This stadium is largely vuvuzela free. Almost sounds weird without them.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're off.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Tense, but not overwhelmingly tense, Joe in Europe. We'll see what happens when someone scores.

  •  

    [Comment from joe]
    Hi Chris, this is joe in europe. I was wondering if you could tell me about the tensions in the stadium right now.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Gotta say, I love the all-red strip. Looks super retro awesome.

  •  

    Chris Jones: What a weird, unexpected sentence.

  •  

    [Comment from patrick]
    England so fortunate not to have to play Ghana.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Including all four of their starting midfielders.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Germans have five players who are a yellow card away from a quarterfinals suspension.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There's a good Canadian.

  •  

    Chris Jones: A nice remedy to my U.S. hangover.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wow. Goosebumps after that.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    I have loyalties to both U.S. and England, this could be the worst weekend of my life.

  •  

    [Comment from Kipa]
    Dale, tell that to Robbie Findley

  •  

    [Comment from Dale]
    Speed kills - England doesn't have a chance

  •  

    [Comment from Stan]
    Come On ENGLAND

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Anthems.

  •  

    [Comment from Da Weef]
    Darn right.

  •  

    Chris Jones: England in their rare all-red strip. Germany in their classic white and black.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Here come the teams... Loudness.

  •  

    Chris Jones: The couple that punches together, stays together.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: She and Chris seem well-matched.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: She threatened me with a knuckle sandwich if I called her Lee Jones again.

  •  

    [Comment from Pimple on Rooney\'s cheek]
    I'm ready to play coach!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lovely South Africa, of course.

  •  

    [Comment from Go England!]
    are ya'll commenting from england or america?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Greetings to Lee not Jones.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Da Weef, not the pimple, I'm talking about.

  •  

    Chris Jones: That is actually my wife. She's the bee's knees.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Wayne Rooney has a serious pimple on his left cheek. I'm eager to see how that will affect his game.

  •  

    [Comment from Da Weef]
    You go Big Man! Love from home. xo

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Love the tunnel shots before the games. Always gets me pumped

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany has been in the last eight at 14 straight World Cups; the 2nd-longest streak ever is Brazil with 5 from 1938-62 (Brazil is currently on 4 as well).

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Milner, if nothing else, is very versatile, and that can be very handy in games with a potential to last 120 minutes.

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Hello folks. Ready for 120 minutes of football?

  •  

    Chris Jones: And yet, you're one of Capello's five picks for penalties, James... If it comes to that.

  •  

    [Comment from James Milner]
    Anyone notice how much better the other 21 players are than me...?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Helicopters flying very low over the stadium. Security here was far tighter than at any other game I've attended.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: David James has never kept three successive clean sheets before for England.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Serena & Dave, Just Married, have been following this team around, and they're here again today. I can see their flag. Lovely couple, I'm guessing.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lots of police here today, and not a little tension, but so far, everything seems good natured. Of course, the anthems haven't been sung yet.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Capello said the same thing, Ayaz.

  •  

    [Comment from Ayaz]
    I hope Rooney shows up to play today

  •  

    Chris Jones: A beautiful day here in Bloemfontein, by the way. Blue skies and warm. Stands are filling up. Expected to be 25,000 English here, 10,000 Germans, and me.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany are 4-0 in World Cup penalty shootouts. England are 0-3.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think some Americans thought that a little while ago too.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I think so, too.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mariano seems to think that's a done deal for Argentina.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The winner of this game will play the winner of Argentina-Mexico.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Tottenham is the best represented English side, with five players. Only one, however, is a starter: Jermain Defoe.

  •  

    [Comment from Mariano]
    As an Argentine fan, go red cards!!!!!!

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Frank Lampard has hit 33 shots (incl. blocked) at World Cups without scoring, the joint-most of any player since 1966 along with Jay-Jay Okocha of Nigeria.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Do we have a stat-off on our hands here?

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: All four knockout matches between England and Germany in major international tournaments went into extra time.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Here's one! Every English player plays professionally in England; every German player plays in Germany. Seven of them for Bayern Munich.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I am, I am!

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: England have only won six of their last 20 meetings with Germany, losing ten and drawing four.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Who's ready for some pre-match facts?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not much to see or do in that stadium, huh Chris?

  •  

    Chris Jones: You both have 14-letter last names beginning with S, Leander. Coincidence? I think not.

  •  

    [Comment from Elwood]
    Jumped off the 47th floor. landed on 46 story building next door. Twisted ankle and slight concussion. Since I'm up, might as well watch Germany and England.

  •  

    [Comment from Greg]
    I have corgis like the queen, so I'm rooting for England!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Let's leave it at that.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Also wrong.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Sarcasm lost on Internet, the most literal of mediums.

  •  

    [Comment from correction]
    Pig herder

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not quite, Chris, but we have to keep this PG.

  •  

    Chris Jones: He is dreamy, Leander.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If nothing else, David Beckham looks smashing today, in a vest, shirt-sleeves rolled up, to show off his tats, and a nice tie.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I believe his last name, translated, is Pig Stick.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Schweinsteiger a surprise starter -- was expected to be out with an injury. His presence is a big lift for the Germans, depending on how fit he is.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Germany:

    Neuer in goal.

    D: Friedrich, Lahm (C), Mertesacker, Boateng
    M: Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Mueller
    F: Klose, Podolski.

  •  

    Chris Jones: UK:

    James in goal.

    D: Johnson, Ashley Cole, Terry, Upson
    M: Gerrard (C), Lampard, Barry, Milner
    F: Rooney, Defoe

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lineups here... a couple of surprises...

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ouch.

  •  

    [Comment from James]
    I'm so pumped for the USA game later today! .... What do you mean it was YESTERDAY?

  •  

    Chris Jones: I pulled into Bloemfontein at six this morning, after the long drive from Rustenburg. Feeling sleepy, yet also energized. This is the game of the tournament so far for me.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hangovers hopefully nursed and readers ready to get excited about the rest of the tournament.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Good afternoon. Ready for England v. Germany?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good afternoon, everybody!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 17(7)

  • 23

  • 7

  • 48%

    52%

  • England

  • 19(9)

  • 20

  • 6

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • England
17(7) Shots (on goal) 19(9)
7 Fouls 6
4 Corner kicks 6
4 Offsides 2
48% Time of Possession 52%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 2