Category: Internationally Friendly

Inspired England takes comeback win against Germany

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A youthful and inspired England side resurged from sure defeat to take the friendly game against Germany by 3-2, offering hopes for the youngsters in the summer.

It was an exhilarating second half for the Three Lions as England had begun by conceding two goals from the Germans on either side of the break. Toni Kroos scored Germany’s first with a swerving shot that beat Jack Butland at his near post from outside the box.

Mario Gomez then doubled the lead at 57th minute with a header past substitute keeper Fraser Forster.

But England responded in style, as Harry Kane displayed tenacity and skill to hold a cross from the right corner, turns, evades two opposing players and slot in diagonally to the far corner 4 minutes later.

Then, at 71 minutes after play, Jamie Vardy equalized after being just subbed in for 3 minutes with an improvised back heel touch to flick in Nathaniel Clyne’s right wing cross into the German net.

The crowd in the Olympiastadion charged up with nervous energy as the game entered the dying minutes, as an energetic England chased after a winner relentlessly. Dele Alli missed a chance uncharacteristically over an exposed net, but his Tottenham teammate Eric Dier headed in Jordan Henderson’s corner.

This win against the World Cup winners had raised hopes for England’s Euro chances, as coach Roy Hodgson describes the win as his “finest night as England manager”. Still, he admits that there is work to ahead for the team.

“It is a friendly game and we have got an awful long way to go before we can claim to be anything like Germany with all they have achieved,” Hodgson said.

German midfielder Sami Khedira admits that Germany is in need of reflection after the defeat.

“We all need to take a look at ourselves and work hard now,” he said. “We did a lot right up until the second goal, then after that we were much worse – and England punished us.”

“However, we played well for an hour. We need to play well for 90 minutes against Italy [in Tuesday’s friendly] and in the European Championship.”

Germany match against Netherlands called off

Security were seen patrolling around Hannover Stadium.
Security were seen patrolling around Hannover Stadium.

A suspiscious package found inside the Hannover stadium forced an evacuation two hours before the international friendly between Germany and Netherlands.

Following the bomb threat, fans were told to return home “quickly, but without panic”.

Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference: “The match was called off on my recommendation.

“There is a high level of threat for Germany and Europe.”

The players, coaches and national football association of Germany had previously decided to proceed with the game in a show of unity with the French.

The German national team was en route to the stadium at the time of the evacuation, but Jens Grittner, the German FA press officer, has since confirmed that the team had been taken to an undisclosed location.

The Associated Press agency reported there had been an earlier bomb threat outside the stadium, with streets leading to the ground being sealed off before the all-clear was given.

Germany was playing against France when the waves of attacks struck. Explosions was clearly heard during the match.

Their contingent of 80 Germans, including players, coaches and staff members spent the night in the changing rooms of the Stade de France stadium, before leaving for the airport on Saturday morning.