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England vs. Germany in World Cup round of 16

The sleepy city of Bloemfontein has made preparations for its biggest event ever, most importantly relaxing alcohol regulations so the English and German fans can enjoy a beer or two.

The two sides have played in numerous big matches, with England taking a 4-2 win in the 1966 World Cup final and Germany (well, West Germany) knocking out the champions with an extra-time win in the quarterfinals four years later. West Germany also defeated the Three Lions in the 1990 semifinals, on penalty kicks, and also scored a penalty-kick win in the 1996 European Championship semifinals (the tournament was held in England).

The Germans already have had an encounter with lions. They handled that well; how they handle the Three Lions is another matter.

Live game stats here, in-game commentary here and shot chart here.

Streaming online video can be found here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 27, 2010; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Germany  
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So nice to be able to hear singing at a match!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 27, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

didn't we have this poll already?

Posted by: fedssocr | June 27, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I am stunned. If this is what we have to look forward to for the next couple of weeks with respect to DC United from the WP then I'm finding another soccer blog to visit in the meantime. See you guys in a few weeks. FYI- I like England today.

Posted by: croftonpost | June 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

2-1, welcome to a classic

Posted by: Kev29 | June 27, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

1966 reversed!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 27, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So, what's the reason we don't have goal line technology, again?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Exactly Jacob, at least goal line tech is now needed. Embrace it!

Posted by: carr530 | June 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. In this age of technology, the integrity of the game is suffering for the whole world to see. The chorus for instant replay and/or officials behind the goals will increase.

Posted by: tcbannon | June 27, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

so nice to hear crowd noise and not just those plastic horns.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Looking on the bright side of this World Cup, Sepp Blatter will certainly die someday. Maybe.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Schelotto handball anyone?

Posted by: tcbannon | June 27, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Schellotto handball was lame. I blame it on the Jabulani...

AS for the WaPo coverage, I thought Paul Tenorio was supposed to be working on it? Maybe without Goff around to crack the whip dude has gotten lazy. Then again, I think Goff did explain earlier this year that it wouldn't be possible to have someone on the story for every away game. Besides it's not like you couldn't watch the game, do you really need someone to write about it to validate it? I'm just happy the game was on period.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Findley is no Mueller. WOW. What a shot.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry. That should be Muller.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 27, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Findley is definitely no Mueller, but not even a Muller. On the other hand, he;s got the raw athleticism. If he could get the proper instruction and training...

I fell the same way about Chris Pontius. Physically, he's almost perfect. Reminds me f a blend of Ronaldo and Klose. If he could somehow get the polishing he needs -- to finish chances like he had last night...

Posted by: fischy | June 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

pedantry time! actually, the u with an umlaut is usually but not always transposed as ue, so either Muller or Mueller would be correct.

the movers pack up my computer tomorrow or tuesday so you will be pedantry-free thereafter.

Posted by: troy6 | June 27, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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