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6.30.2010

Round of 16: Germany take revenge of World Cup 66 by eliminating England

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Germany booked a place in the quarterfinals with a stunning 4-1 win over England. And it was stunning because England was still a strong favorite, even after their disappointing performance in their group. The British team had mega stars such as Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, but that was not enough. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski put Germany 2-0 up early on the match, and Thomas Muller scored twice in the second half to assure the result.

Upson scored the only valid goal for England, but the most controversial moment of the game happened when referee Jorge Larrionda ruled out Frank Lampard's goal, after the ball hit the bar and bounced behind the goal line. That move was similar to England's third goal against Germany in World Cup 66, but there was an important difference: in that World Cup, the ball did not cross the line, but was considered a valid goal. This time, the ball did cross the line, but the referee said the opposite thing.

Despite that goal, Germany was a fair winner and will now face Argentina in quarterfinals. With playmakers like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mezut Ozil, they know that reaching the semifinals is perfectly possible for them. The only man that could keep them from reaching their goal is called Lionel Messi.

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