A Thomas Müller (pictured) brace within the span of three second half minutes turned a controversial 2-1 lead into a 4-1 thrashing for Germany over England at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Germany took an early two-goal lead after fine goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podoski, but England pulled one back from a Matthew Upson header. The controversy came when Frank Lampard’s shot just moments later glanced off the crossbar and into the goal, before bouncing out and into the hands of German keeper Manuel Neuer. The referee and his assistant incorrectly failed to award England their equalizer. Yet it was Germany who took back control of the match they so nearly gave away with two lightning-quick counter-attacks in just three minutes to see off the miserable English. The defending by England was poor all day and if David James had not made several key saves, it could have easily been six or seven German goals. And still it was the worst ever World Cup defeat for England. Germany advance to the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the Argentina-Mexico match coming up later today.


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