England 2 – Germany 0

The ‘pross’ go to the quarterfinals with goals from Sterling and Kane, while their rival closes the stage of Joachim Lw.

Sterling celebrates his goal against GermanyJOHN SIBLEYAFP

Good saves Sterling’. Dios salve a Sterling, the small striker who with his goals allows a great team to mature, to the most rounded England in time. To his collection of thoroughbreds, he adds defensive security, as evidenced by his fourth game without conceding a goal, and the common sense of a characterless coach, Gareth Southgate, grown in the structure of the FA. Among other things, he knows how to listen. After reaching the semifinals at the World Cup in Russia, he is in the quarterfinals of the Euro with the feeling of having won a final, because that is what it always feels like to defeat Germany, a rival in every way, football and history. . It is the engine of the continent against Brexit England. The road to the semifinals and the final, in a Wembley that challenges the Covid, as yesterday, is clear for the ‘pross’, but before a last step awaits him, in Rome. The tournament has shown that danger is where it is least expected. ‘Be careful’.

Germany, for its part, closes a cycle, that of Joachim Lw, with a renovation half done, since in the team they coexisted Neuer, Hummels, Kroos o Mller con Havertz, Gnabry o Goretzka. With his elimination, the last two world champions and the last edition of the Euro are out. Almost nothing.

Sterling, whose ownership was in question, signed the first victory and opened a very close score in these eighths, very tactical until that moment. He started the action with her robbery in the media and crowned her in the area. Similarly, a loss of the striker could ruin everything, but Mller The simplest thing failed. It was clear where fate was or where God was, it depends.[Estadsticas del partido]

Southgate did not hesitate with Sterling, but he returned to the formula of the three centrals, which already gave him excellent results in the World Cup in Russia. A little more security was not too much in a clash less typical of the eighths than of later phases of the tournament. Germany, no matter how bad times it has gone through, is the archetype of competitiveness, and it had shown it in this Euro: it always comes out of the box. Not yesterday. Lw’s selection started from a similar drawing on a Euro that has brought the line of three back into fashion, which is five without the ball. The complement is the long sides, the lanes, types like Trippier O Kimmich, which returned to its original position. They always have danger and they showed it in a first half in which they put some of the most dangerous balls in the area. Neither Maguire ni Gosens, for England and Germany, they got it right.

Respect was mutual in a very tactical clash, with Kroos at the controls and Kalvin Phillips with the studs out. There was little room for Sterling’s getaways, although the first time he found the hallway inside, the City player had already connected with Kane. Hummels was on time. The second time, it was impossible. It was a goal.

The poor fluency initially suffered the English attack, despite the fact that Southgate’s men were able to reverse the good German start and have control. However, that is not their thing, it is not what they do best. The ‘pross’ offer their good version when they run amok, given their collection of thoroughbreds. Many were in the bank as well as in the stables, nervous, seething. They were Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Grealish, Mount… Not at the Grand National.


Southgate knew that he needed the imbalance, because in equilibrium he was not capable of generating real occasions and, instead, suffer them, albeit in isolation. The connection between Havertz Y Werner, teammates at Chelsea, was able to put Germany ahead twice, with the balls into space. Pickford I won a heads up in front of Werner Y Maguire He arrived in time to avoid the shot from the same forward. The English goalkeeper also put a firm hand on a powerful shot from Havertz, a footballer exquisite in technique and vision, but also very aggressive in driving. His best companion at Chelsea, Mount, remained on the English bench, after not training with the group for a period of quarantine.

The English technician’s first choice was Grealish, which caused the tingling in the stands. It is fashionable without being David Beckham, in the Wembley box. Not yet. He is an unclassifiable footballer, effervescent, somewhat irregular, but of unquestionable talent. What touches near the goalkeeper means imminent danger. His participation in both England goals was no accident. In the first, started and finished by Sterling, he was one of the vertices of the rondo in the ergen zone of the German area; in the second, he offered the center to Kane, after Mller had missed the opportunity to come up with another extension. The captain broke the suspense. He both rehabilitates him just at the right time and place.

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