England end Germany’s decades of Dominance with a knockout punch

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On June 29, 2021, Germany failed to score a single goal against England for the first time in a knockout game as they crashed out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16.

In the game which took place at the Wembley Stadium, London, England beat Germany 2-0 which happened to be the first time since the 1966 World Cup that the English team recorded a win over Germany in a knock-out game.

England came out burning too hot for Germany to handle that the two teams could not penetrate each other defense in the first half. It took Raheem Sterling’s effort in the 75th minute of the game to break the deadlock.

England end Germany's decades of Dominance with a knockout punch
Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring against Germany.

Eleven minutes after Sterling scored the first goal of the encounter which happened to be his third in the ongoing European Championship, the captain of the Three Lions, Harry Kane scored his first goal in Euro 2020 in the 86th minute to double England’s lead.

England end Germany's decades of Dominance with a knockout punch
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Germany.

Some of the best chances for Germany fell in the hands of Chelsea’s duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz but England’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford proved too good to allow any goal in. Hence, the match ended 2-0 in favor of England.

As it stands, England are going into the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 without conceding a goal after playing four games. They have scored a total number of four goals in the ongoing tournament, Raheem Sterling scored three of the goals.

Before the game, Germany had recorded 15 wins over England while the English team had recorded 13 wins over the German team. The win over Germany on Tuesday did not only end the journey of the German team in the Euro 2020, but it also put on hold their dominance over the English squad.

Aside from that, it marks the last game of coach Joachim Low as the head coach of the German national team. Recall that the German tactician had announced that he would step down after Euro 2020 and the German FA has commenced a search for his replacement.

While addressing the press after the win, the coach of the England national team, Gareth Southgate praised the performance of his players and the support of the 45,000 spectators that were allowed to watch the game inside the Wembley Stadium.

He said: “The players were immense, right the way through the team. The fans in the stadium were also incredible.

“I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!

“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.

“It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.

“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have a feeling around the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing now, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on. The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.

“To see the second goal was a really special moment. But we’ve not achieved what we want to achieve yet. We can look back on a day like today in the future, but I want to get my focus right and look ahead to Saturday.”

While Raheem Sterling told BBC Sport how special it feels to be one of the goalscorers in a big game like the England vs Germany tie and praised his teammates for the win.

“We knew we needed a big performance against a difficult side, and we did that today”, he said. “Doing it for your country is always special. For half a second I thought ‘let it not be offside’, but I’m so happy it went in.

“We knew the intensity we could play at, not a lot of teams can deal with it. We kept going, (Declan) Rice and (Kalvin) Phillips ate up ground and were animals in there. All-round, great team performance.

“We take it game by game, we go away, recover and get focused onto the next one.”