Germany did not lose a knockout match to England in a major international after the 1966 World Cup final, but the second half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane won 2-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals.
As for neutrality, it’s definitely not a thriller. At times, both sides seemed to be more apprehensive about the chances of defeat than they were excited about the idea of winning.
The chances were slim; In fact, Germany had their best chances until Sterling’s close-range finish as England stole the lead in the 75th minute.
A partisan who felt like Wembley Stadium was capable of playing in front of a crowd of 40,000 took advantage of their opportunities when England were important.
England head coach Gareth Southgate’s introduction of Jack Graylish in the second half also helped change the course of the match.
Grealish was involved in both of England’s goals and would have certainly confirmed his claim to start Perth in the next round.
“It’s Coming Home” – “Three Lions”, England’s adopted anthem – echoed around Wembley as English players took the lap of due respect and soaked in the glory of an ecstatic crowd.
Nerves and expectations
Hours before the famous road leading to the UK National Stadium – Wembley Way, where thousands of expectant fans had gathered – kicked, their nerves revealed in a cocoon of songs and spells that had never been synchronized.
Went through a sea of white shirts in small pockets of German fans; They were in large numbers in a crowd of 40,000.
Even if the fans joined in with the songs that exploded on Wembley’s PA, you would have been forgiven for thinking the stands were filled to the capacity of 90,000 – just like it has been a while since England’s own stadium jumped and was thrown into an atmosphere, due to the ongoing Govt restrictions in the country.
German fans gathered in the far corner of the stadium continued to try to hear their voices, but the wild, Partisan England crowd overwhelmed them.
The noise – now in the form of boos and zealots – continued throughout the German national anthem, which was unheard of on home supporters.
England have won only one knockout tie in European Championship history, with a quarter-final shootout victory over Spain in Euro ’96.
With Germany dominating the opening 10 minutes, the current team of young English players feels the weight of anticipation.
England’s defense was then shattered as Leon Goretska was spotted side by side with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was deformed by Teklon Rice.
As the English fans waited anxiously for the referee’s decision to land on a tense Wesley, the crowd was quiet for the first time; Even though Rice received a yellow card, only one free-kick was awarded to Germany, so let the collected sigh of relief.
That moment seemed to inspire England, who for the first time started attacking in all competitions. The first sterling brought an amazing save from Manuel Neuer, from which Harry Maguire’s title was conveniently collected by the German goalkeeper from the next corner.
As things got more frantic and decibels increased, Southgate appeared to be a quiet man inside Wembley Stadium, he kept his hands in his pockets as he browsed around his technical area, occasionally reaching out to give his players some tactical advice.
England are definitely over the top now, but without bothering Germany much. Maguire rose to the top after some good linking games between Calvin Phillips and Kieran Trippier, but his effort rose to the bar when he did better.
Germany gradually started to get back into the game and got the best chance of the game when Timo Weiner played towards the goal. The angle may have been right, but his effort was still well saved by Pickford.
When Tripper had the opportunity to put the ball in the box, the departure began to enjoy an extra hand and the frustration of home fans boiled over to the chorus of zealots, but instead opted for a shorter pass.
England captain and thriving striker Kane has come under some criticism during Euro 2020, failing to get a scoresheet – or even failing to get into the game – in all three of England’s group matches, he touched the ball twice and opened here in 30 minutes.
Germany continued to advance at the start of the second period and caught the cold of England within the opening five minutes. Guy took an amazing saving from the pickboard to deny Howard’s long-distance strike, looking for a split second as it sneaked under the crossbar.
However, a jingling run from Sterling, between this route and the German defense, pulled the crowd back on its feet. Manchester City seemed to have designed a start forward, but the wall of black shirts quickly closed to block any chance.
With only 20 minutes left in the game for both managers to make the first change, Graylish came on for a big roar to replace Bukayo Saga and Joachim Low, who wanted to bring down Werner for Serge Knabri.
Then, all of a sudden, England fans got the improvement they had hoped for.
Shaw found a small pocket on the left side of the German box and was knocked out by Greeleys, tapping under Sterling Neuer before shooting straight into the goal for a delicious low cross.
The queue at Wembley began to convince the crowd that their match against Germany was finally over.
That feeling grew when Thomas Mல்லller was clean towards the goal after Sterling gave the ball away cheaply, but Bayern Munich pulled his shot wide forward.
At the other end of the pitch, Wembley sank to the ground, drowning in sterling relief.
With five minutes to go before Muller’s miss, Kane’s second, when the home crowd replaced Graylish’s cross, the home crowd knew their team had advanced to the quarterfinals.
Wembley’s noise is deafening – this is not an opportunity for supporters to cheer for a quarter of a century. They hope to go two steps ahead of 1996, but for now, they are only going to enjoy their second knockout victory at a European Championship.