Full time: Germany 1-0 England
Peep peep! That was a decent night’s work for England, despite the scoreline. They lost to a screamer from the retiring Lukas Podolski but played some sophisticated football and were the better team for plenty of the game. The 3-4-2-1 system worked well, and Alli and Lallana were outstanding in everything apart from their finishing. Thanks for your company; goodnight.
84 min England have a lost a bit of impetus in the last few minutes. The substitutions don’t help. Here are two more: James Ward-Prowse (another Southampton debutant) and Luke Shaw replace Jake Livermore and Ryan Bertrand.
I love that it was against Real Madrid, too. It’s fascinating how often the greats save their highest peaks of genius for the toughest opponents.
GOAL! Germany 1-0 England (Podolski 69)
Oh my goodness!
60 min An England corner breaks to Alli, whose shot is desperately smothered by Hummels.
53 min Livermore curves a ball down the right for Vardy, who easily beats Hummels for speed. His cross is deflected towards Alli, who arrives late but can’t connect properly with a left-footed volley on the stretch.
Advance apology. There will be a lot of substitutions in this half. If I miss one, sue me.
46 min Peep peep! Germany begin the second half, kicking from left to right.
“Is Lallana maybe not quite clinical enough to be a top-rated player?” says Neil Hattersley. “I like him a lot – but would he get a start for e.g. Chelsea?”
I know what you mean. There is so much to like about him – Ryan Giggs just came out with a nice line on ITV about Lallana “setting traps” before nicking the ball high up the pitch – but he’s not a killer. I do think he’s becoming more efficient under Jurgen Klopp though, and I’d always have him in the England team.
“Not to rain upon the parade – well done all around and all that – but Germany are notorious for not taking friendlies serious,” rains Andreas. “Just ask the Argentinians: they beat Germany in the last three friendlies and got kicked out of the last three World Cups for their trouble. And Jogi Löw has taken this to a whole new level, handing out debuts like vaccinations and having already said that he will be using the Confed Cup to “experiment”. And let’s face it – this is not even a friendly, this is a vehicle for Podolski, who’d never even play under different circumstances.”
Oh it’s okay, having an open-top-bus parade for winning a friendly is so 2016. We’ve changed now.
Half time: Germany 0-0 England
England should be ahead; they aren’t. But they have played well, with Dele Alli and Adam Lallana very lively. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.
45 min Weigl smacks an ambitious long-range shot well wide of the far post.
43 min England look much sharper and hungrier than Germany, which I suppose is a qualified compliment given the status of the game. They have played really nicely going forward.
41 min Alli misses a great chance! Germany lost the ball in their own third, with Bertrand and Vardy working the ball quickly from left to right to give Alli a clear shooting chance. He was 15 yards from goal but hit it too close to ter Stegen, who spread himself to make an excellent save. “He’s got to score,” says ITV’s ever excellent co-commentator Glenn Hoddle. “It’s not good enough just to hit the target from there. You’ve got to pick a spot.”
40 min Dier took the free-kick – and sidefotted it a few yards over the bar.
35 min “After booing the German anthem, England fans do their 10 German Bombers bit,” says Dave Hickey. “How predictably tasteless.”
What’s the point? Of anything, but specifically war-themed banter like that.
31 min: Lallana hits the post! It was all his own work. He intercepted a poor pass by Kimmich towards Rudiger on the halfway line, stabbed it past him and set off. He had to run half the length of the field with the ball but had enough pace to keep ahead of the defenders. Eventually he got into the box and place a low left-footed shot that beat ter Stegen and bounced off the far post.
30 min “So far no game for those of us in the U.S. due to technical difficulties at ESPN so please do extra good describing for us,” says JR in Illinois. “Instead I am watching Scotland v Canada. Canada is winning 1-0. Oof.”