H-T England 1-2 Germany: Klose and Podolski give Germans controversial lead
Published 15:47 27/06/10 By MirrorFootball
Frank Lampard was denied an England equaliser when the ball was clearly over the line in a pulsating World Cup last 16 match with Germany in Bloemfontein.
Germany had raced into a two goal lead through Miroslav Klose - his 50th international goal - and Lukas Podolski.
But Matthew Upson pulled one back and then TV replays showed Lampard's shot, which hit the underside of the bar, was at least a yard over the goal-line.
England named an unchanged side for the first time in nearly three years. The last time it occured was in September 2007 under previous head coach Steve McClaren for the Euro 2008 qualifiers with Israel and Russia at Wembley.
Fabio Capello decided to keep faith with the starting line-up which had overcome Slovenia 1-0 on Wednesday to secure England's qualification from their group as runners-up.
Matthew Upson held onto his place alongside John Terry at the heart of the defence even though the experienced Jamie Carragher was available again after suspension.
Maybe Capello took account that England have won all five competitive games featuring the Terry-Upson partnership.
Germany made one change from the side which overcame Ghana with striker Miroslav Klose back after suspension in place of Cacau.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has recovered from a thigh muscle injury and retains his place in the side.
The Free State Stadium was not at full capacity as England, who were wearing their red kit, kicked off.
Gareth Barry did well to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal-kick after Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski had combined down the left.
Germany skipper Philipp Lahm inadvertently deflected the ball into the path of Wayne Rooney in a dangerous position but he was adjudged offside.
The first clearcut chance fell to Germany when Schweinsteiger's pass picked out the run of Ozil into the box.
But David James was well positioned to block his shot from a narrow angle with his legs at the expense of a corner.
John Terry blocked a shot from Podolski after a quick counter-attack by Germany.
Ashley Cole announced his presence with a hard but fair tackle on Thomas Muller who looked in some pain but was able to resume without treatment.
James had made a confident start and dealt comfortably with a centre from Lahm.
Sami Khedira was allowed time to line up a shot on the edge of the England box but his effort flew high and wide.
Frank Lampard was brought down by Schweinsteiger 25 yards out only for his free-kick to be blocked by the defensive wall.
Then after 20 minutes Klose stunned England by giving Germany the lead with his 50th goal for his country.
Manuel Neuer's goal-kick flew over the head of Terry, who had advanced too far forward, and straight to Klose who held off the challenge of Upson before sliding the ball wide of James into the corner of the net.
Klose's half century came in his 99th international.
England tried to retaliate and Gareth Barry had their first shot on target after 26 minutes but it flew straight at Neuer.
Germany were looking the more dangerous and England needed another fine save from James to prevent them from going further behind.
Khedira and Muller combined to carve open the England defence before releasing Klose and it needed James to come quickly off his line to block with his legs.
Germany doubled their lead after 32 minutes through Lukas Podolski.
Klose's first time flick from the touchline found Muller and he had time to pick out Podolski whose shot from a narrow angle was too powerful and accurate for James to keep out.
But England hit back and in the 37th minute Upson reduced the arrears.
James Milner's short corner was latched on to by Gerrard and his cross was headed home by the West Ham defender.
Then came controversy 60 seconds later with Lampard denied an equaliser when the ball was clearly over the goal-line.
His speculative 20-yard dive beat Neuer, bounced down off the underside of the bar, and replays showed it was at least a yard over the line.
But referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on in an incident which revived memories of England's third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany.