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Wednesday, 19 November 2008
International Friendly Match

Germany 1 England 2 [0-1]
 

Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
Attendance: 74,244; Kick-off: 8.50pm CET, 7.50pm GMT;
Live on ITV One (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Matthew Upson (three-yard poke-in 23 22:57), John Terry (seven-yard header 84 83:30).
Germany -
Patrick Helmes (tapped into an empty goal 63 62:50).
Match Summary
Germany Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Shaun Wright-Phillips (30).

Germany kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).

Match Summary

 

Officials from Switzerland

Germany

Type

England

Referee (charcoal) - Massimo Busacca
39 (6 February 1969),
Bellinzona, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Stephane Cuhat, 45 (8 October 1963) & Francesco Buragina, 42 (7 January 1966).

Fourth official - Felix Zwayer, 27 (19 May 1981), Berlin, Germany.

Teams presented to former England and German internationals, including Sir Geoff Hurst and Bert Trautmann.

7 Goal Attempts 11
3 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
0 Offside Calls Against 5
11 Fouls Conceded 15
55.4% Possession 44.6%

Germany Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12th Nov 2008) 2nd
ELO rating 5th to 7th
Colours: Made by Adidas - White shirts with black collar/cuffs/Adidas trim and black (red/yellow trim) chest band, black shorts with white Adidas trim, white socks with black Adidas trim;
Capt: Miroslav Klose for the first half. Coach: Joachim Löw, 48 (3 February 1960), appointed 12th July 2006;
33rd match, W 23 - D 5 - L 5 - F 80 - A 25
Löw was suspended for Germany's Euro 2008 quarter-final 3-2 victory over Portugal.
Germany Lineup
1 Adler, René, off 46th min. 23 15 January 1985 G TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 3 2 GA
17 Mertesacker, Per 24 29 September 1984 CD SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 52 1
3 Friedrich, Arne, off 68th min. 29 29 May 1979 RB Hertha Berliner SC von 1892 eV 64 0
16 Compper, Marvin, off 78th min. 23 14 June 1985 LB TSG 1899 Hoffenheim eV 1 0
5 Westermann, Heiko 25 14 August 1983 CD FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 9 1
6 Rolfes, Simon 26 21 January 1982 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 17 1
7 Schweinsteiger, Bastian 24 1 August 1984 M FC Bayern München eV 62 17
8 Jones, Jermaine, off 46th min. 27 3 November 1981 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 3 0
14 Trochowski, Piotr A. 24 22 March 1984 M Hamburger SV eV 18 1
18 Gómez García, Mario, off 57th min. 23 10 July 1985 F VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV 20 6
11 Klose, Mirosław M., off 46th min. 30 9 June 1978 F FC Bayern München eV 87 44
Germany Substitutes
12 Wiese, Tim, on 46th min. for Adler 26 17 December 1981 G SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 1 1 GA
13 Marin, Marko, on 46th min. for Jones 19 13 March 1989 M Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV 4 1
9 Helmes, Patrick, on 46th min. for Klose 24 1 March 1984 F TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 9 1
10 Podolski, Łukasz, on 57th min. for Gomez 23 4 June 1985 F FC Bayern München eV 60 31
4 Taşçι, Serdar, on 64th min. for Friedrich 21 24 April 1987 RB FC Bayern München eV 4 0
19 Schäfer, Marcel, on 78th min. for Compper 24 7 June 1984 LB VfL Wolfsburg 1 0

unused substitutes:

2-Andreas Hinkel, 15-Thomas Hitzlsperger, 20-Tobias Weis
 
4-4-2 Adler (Wiese) -
Friedrich
(Taşçι), Mertesacker, Westermann, Compper (Schäfer) -
Schweinsteiger, Rolfes, Jones
(Marin), Trochowski -
Klose
(Helmes), Gómez (Podolski).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 30.5 6.6

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12th Nov 2008) =10th
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: The 2008 away uniform - Red shirts with navy/white shoulder trim/white trimmed collar, white shorts with red pinstripe, red socks with navy trim/white Umbro diamonds.
Capt: John Terry, 18th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 62, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
10th match, W 8 - D 1 - L 1 - F 25 - A 8.
England Lineup
1 James, David B., off 46th min. 38 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 45 38 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 24 23 August 1984 RB Portsmouth FC 10 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M. 28 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 32 1
4 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 26 1
5 Upson, Matthew J. 29 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 12 1
6 Terry, John G. 27 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 48 5
7 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 90th+3 min. 27 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 22 4
Wright-Phillips was cautioned in the 30th minute for Unsporting Behaviour; for an aerial foul on Compper.
8 Carrick, Michael 27 28 July 1981 M Manchester United FC 15 0
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 46th min. 26 7 October 1982 F Portsmouth FC 32 6
10 Downing, Stewart 24 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 21 0
11 Agbonlahor, Gabriel I., off 77th min. 22 13 October 1986 F Aston Villa FC 1 0
England Substitutes
12 Carson, Scott P., on 46th min. for James 23 3 September 1985 G West Bromwich Albion FC 3 4 GA
21 Bent, Darren A., on 46th min. for Defoe 24 6 February 1984 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
19 Young, Ashley S., on 77th min. for Agbonlahor 23 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 4 0
20 Crouch, Peter J., on 90th+3 min. for Wright-Phillips. 27 30 January 1981 F Portsmouth FC 30 14

unused substitutes:

13-Joleon Lescott, 14-Micah Richards, 15-Michael Mancienne, 16-Curtis Davies, 17-Scott Parker, 18-Jimmy Bullard, 22-Paul Robinson;
 
4-4-2 James (Carson) -
Johnson, Terry, Upson, Bridge -
Wright-Phillips
(Crouch), Carrick, Barry, Downing -
Defoe
(Bent), Agbonlahor (Young).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 24.0 1.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

There is never any International match between these two teams that could be described as 'friendly' and this competitive match certainly showed that.  It also showed the rapid strides the England team has made under the Italian coach Fabio Capello.  If there were still any doubters amongst the England fans that he is not the man for the job then most of those will have been dispelled by this fine win.

Funnily enough England beat Germany at their own game, and it was very satisfying to watch.  Pressing hard from the back, moving the ball swiftly and precisely in midfield and putting all the German defenders under pressure from start to finish, the England players carried out Capello's tactical plan to the letter.  Both teams were missing several regulars in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, but England's red shirted 'second string' certainly looked more equipped than their white shirted counterparts.

Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry quickly gelled in the midfield and England kept possession well, something Capello has been drumming into his players.  In the 23rd minute their good play was rewarded with the opening goal, although from a German point of view it was not a good one.  Stuart Downing took a corner from the right and goalkeeper Rene Adler missed his attempted punch completely.  The ball hit debutant Gabby Agbonlahor and bounced to Matthew Upson who gleefully fired home his first goal for England.  Ten minutes later Germany should have equalised when Heiko Westermann completely messed up a header from Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick as England's defenders lost concentration.  Dead ball situations seemed to be Germany's only hope as their general play was very poor.  England, meanwhile, were playing well, so the visitors remained on top for the rest of the half and could have added to their lead on more than one occasion.

Agbonlahor was making a lively start to his England career and his pace and off the ball running gave the German defenders problems all evening.  He was desperately unlucky not to score on his debut after an offside decision ruled out a goal.  Glen Johnson was also impressive and if he plays his cards right he could make the problem right-back berth his own.  His surging runs down the right wing added a new element to England's attacking options.

At half-time Capello decided to give Scott Carson another chance in goal, his first appearance since the Croatian debacle at Wembley a year ago, and the manager also brought on Darren Bent.  Unfortunately, both players managed to enhance their 'reputations' with clangers.  Carson's was the more serious as his indecision, coupled with John Terry's wrong decision, gave Germany an equaliser they barely deserved.  The incident came in the 63rd minute as Terry tried to shield the ball back to his goalkeeper.  Neither player took command of the situation and Patrick Helmes was lurking, taking advantage by toe poking the ball through Carson's legs to score what was a farcical goal.  But credit Carson who then made a good save from Marko Marin to prevent what would have been an unthinkable 2-1 lead for the Germans.

At the other end Bent had his 'moment' when he did well to round substitute keeper Tim Wiese only to fall over his own feet when it looked certain he would score.  That was a little embarrassing for the big Tottenham forward but England were still in the ascendancy despite this.  They knew that anything other than a win would be a travesty on the night and thankfully in the 84th minute the skipper took a more decisive hand in matters.

Shaun Wright-Phillips had already seen a shot tipped onto a post as England tried to recover from the shock equaliser, and then, when Downing sent over a corner from the left Terry dived in bravely to head home what proved to be the winner.

England had played well, there was no denying that, no matter how poor this German side was, and Capello's influence is really starting to take effect.  The team and the fans are now starting to look forward to the next game again, something that couldn't be said a year ago.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Matchday Programme
TheFA.com
SkySports.com
UEFA.com
Marcel Hoefsmit - football historian and friend
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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