Germany thumps England 4-1 to enter quarterfinals

08:06, June 28, 2010      

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Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates a goal during the 1/8 final match between England and Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on June 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Ga)
Germany inflicted England's biggest defeat in the World Cup history on Sunday, winning 4-1 in a goal-flushing last 16 match to advance into the quarterfinals.

Opposite to the tension and high anticipation before the game, both sides started lack of creativity and inspiration until the 20th mintue. A Germany's long cross found dashing Miroslav Klose well, who held off Matt Upson in the box to poke the ball past David James.

Lukas Podolski added a second in the 32nd minute to put Germans well up. Although England pulled one back only 5 minutes later through Upston's header, Thomas Mueller made a double within three minutes after the break to put the victory well beyond the Three Lions' reach.

Seven minutes before halftime, Frank Lampard's blasting shot went off the bar before seemingly bouncing over the line but was not given by referee Jorge Larrionda.

That reminded of England's highly controversial goal in the 1966 world cup final against Germany, which was awarded and helped England eventually lift the trophy on home soil.

Klose bagged his 50th goal for Germany and his personal 12th in the world cup, only three short of leading scorer Brazil's Ronaldo (15). The Bayern Munich forward could have even added two more but saw his efforts blocked.

Source: Xinhua
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