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England v Germany Live Commentary, 26/09/2022

FT
3 - 3
ENG
GER
L. Shaw (71)
M. Mount (75)
H. Kane (83 pen)
İ. Gündoğan (52 pen)
K. Havertz (67)
K. Havertz (87)
Wembley Stadium

Commentary

That's all from Wembley today, after a breathless conclusion to the match, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Despite their fightback, England's failure to register a victory today means they have posted a six-match winless streak for the first time since 1993. The Three Lions' next chance to end that run comes in November's World Cup clash with Iran in Doha. Meanwhile, Germany will play a pre-tournament friendly against Oman before kicking off their quest for a fifth global crown versus Japan.
Following a tame first 45 minutes, the final half-hour saw the teams trade blows throughout a dramatic denouement, in which the result could easily have gone either way. England showed great character to fight back from two goals down and facing a fresh wave of criticism, while Germany were clinical up front but lacked the defensive discipline to keep their hosts at bay. Individual errors and moments of brilliance marked an entertaining conclusion to the Nations League, and both sides are soon off to the World Cup.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 3-3 GERMANY
90' + 5' Both Saka and Henderson fail to get the ball under control on the brink of the German box, and surely that's England's final chance of a winner gone.
90' + 3' In the third of six additional minutes indicated by the officials, the outcome remains in the balance, and this remarkable second half could yet have a suitably dramatic conclusion.
J. Henderson
J. Bellingham
England
90' + 1' A superb shift from Bellingham is brought to its end, as Henderson makes a brief cameo from the bench.
A. Bella-Kotchap
K. Havertz
Germany
90' + 1' Having scored twice, Havertz is now withdrawn for a defensive reinforcement, Bella-Kotchap.
90' CLOSE! Saka almost snatches it, as he races clear from the halfway line before letting fly from the right side of the area. His low shot slips narrowly wide of the far post, and Germany escape! What a conclusion to this match - it's exploded into life!
K. Havertz
Goal
Germany
87' GERMANY LEVEL! A speculative long-range shot by Gnabry squirms out of the grasp of Pope, whose error sees the ball break to a razor-sharp Havertz, who then turns the ball into the net from close range! Incredibly, Germany pull themselves back level: 3-3 at Wembley!
85' Kane has now scored in all four of his appearances against Germany - most notably in their last encounter at Wembley; the 2-0 Euro 2020 victory in June 2021.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
England
83' ENGLAND COMPLETE THE COMEBACK! Without a hint of doubt, captain Kane steps up to the spot and thunders a superb penalty-kick into the top-left corner! It's 3-2 to the Three Lions! An incredible fightback!
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
Germany
82' Yellow Card Jan Thilo Kehrer
N. Schlotterbeck
Yellow Card
Germany
82' Schlotterbeck is cautioned for his challenge that led to the penalty.
82' PENALTY AWARDED! The referee concurs with the VAR: it's a penalty! Schlotterbeck made contact with Bellingham inside the area and England have a spot-kick!
82' ENGLAND PENALTY!? The referee is sent to the pitchside monitor by the VAR, as a potential foul by Schlotterbeck on Dortmund team-mate Bellingham could result in a penalty for the hosts! Surely, they'll now have a chance to go in front from the spot!
81' CLOSE! Kane slams a shot into the side-netting from the edge of the area, ending another attacking move. However, there was a penalty claim earlier in the move, and the referee will now consider it carefully.
T. Müller
J. Musiala
Germany
79' Flick opts for more experience in order to see this game out, as Musiala ends an impressive shift and makes way for Muller.
77' The atmosphere inside Wembley is transformed from moribund to buoyant, as England now go in search of an improbable winner. They trailed by two goals only minutes ago, but are in the ascendancy now!
B. Saka
Assist
England
75' A driving run down the right flank by Saka opens up space, and he releases the ball with a smart pass to Mount for the equaliser.
M. Mount
Goal
England
75' ENGLAND PULL LEVEL! After Saka slips in Mount with a low pass from the right, his fellow substitute slams the ball past Ter Stegen with an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area! A super strike, and the crowd roar their delight as the Three Lions roar back! 2-2!
R. James
Assist
England
71' James sends across a dangerous ball from the right, which evades everyone in the centre and reaches Shaw at the back post.
L. Shaw
Goal
England
71' ENGLAND STRIKE BACK! Just squeezing the ball over the line, Shaw chests the ball down inside the six-yard box and forces a shot beyond Ter Stegen from close range, hauling his side back into the match! Bellingham drove England forward, and it was then James who supplied the cross!
S. Gnabry
L. Sané
Germany
68' Sane comes off; Bayern team-mate Gnabry will be his replacement.
R. Gosens
D. Raum
Germany
68' Germany respond to increasing their lead by making a double change: First, Raum is replaced by Gosens on the left.
K. Havertz
Goal
Germany
67' GERMANY DOUBLE UP! The visitors go two goals in front, and perhaps secure the win, as Havertz curls a superb finish into the top corner from the edge of the box! Werner picked him out after Maguire erred again by losing the ball, and the Chelsea forward conjures up a delightful strike, which leaves Pope well beaten. It's 2-0 to Germany!
T. Werner
Assist
Germany
67' Werner was able to pick out Havertz on the edge of the England area, and the latter's fine finish puts Germany two goals ahead.
M. Mount
R. Sterling
England
66' Having posed a threat throughout, Sterling makes way for his Chelsea team-mate Mount.
B. Saka
P. Foden
England
66' Foden is the first man replaced for England, and Saka comes on.
66' Schlotterbeck has to intervene to clear away James' cross for a corner, which is then swung into the box by Foden. The cross is met by Dier near the penalty spot, but his header rises clear of the crossbar.
64' It seems that Southgate has seen enough, and is preparing to make at least a couple of personnel changes. Not only have his side gone behind, but Germany are increasingly growing in attacking confidence.
62' MISS! Werner once again fails to take a gilt-edged chance, as he receives the ball from Musiala on the left side of the six-yard box and puts his low strike wide of the far post - that really should have been Germany's second goal!
60' CLOSE! Soon after Werner spurns a half-chance by cutting back from the byline instead of unleashing a shot, Sule steps into a central area, 20 yards out, and zips a powerful shot just wide of Pope's left-hand post!
58' Foden's corner just about reaches Bellingham in a shooting position, on the edge of the box, but he slips as he's about to let fly and the shot spins harmlessly off target.
57' England continue to apply pressure, as Ter Stegen is forced to punch away a dangerous cross, and James wins a corner for the Three Lions soon after.
55' James lays the ball perfectly into the path of Bellingham on the edge of the box, but the young midfielder can only slash his shot over the crossbar.
İ. Gündoğan
Penalty Goal
Germany
52' GERMANY LEAD! Following Maguire's trip on Musiala, Gundogan steps up to the spot and converts the subsequent penalty! The Manchester City midfielder places his shot into the bottom-right corner; leaving Pope with no chance!
51' PENALTY FOR GERMANY! Musiala is rewarded for his sharpness; Maguire punished for his sloppiness: the visitors have a penalty!
50' GERMANY PENALTY!? An awful double error from Maguire is exploited by Musiala, who intercepts the defender's pass out from the back before driving into the area with a direct run. Maguire then seems to trip the teenager, and though a spot-kick is not initially awarded, the VAR immediately directs the referee towards the pitchside monitor!
49' Sterling again picks the ball up on the left side of the area, but this time curls a tame effort straight at Ter Stegen in the centre of the Germany goal.
48' It is England who have the early momentum at the start of the second half, but one sideways pass too many draws groans from the frustrated home crowd.
T. Werner
J. Hofmann
Germany
46' Germany have made a half-time substitution, as Hofmann makes way for a more direct attacking threat, Werner. That could mean a change of role for Havertz.
England kick off, and we are back under way at Wembley!
Undoubtedly, the combination of Sterling and Shaw on England's left has shown the most promise so far, and Germany have sometimes struggled to combat their threat on that flank. Meanwhile, the visitors' forwards have rarely been involved, as most of their possession has come in midfield - perhaps Flick could make a switch up front sooner rather than later.
A tepid first 45 minutes reflects the nature of today's occasion - far removed from the last time these nations met at Wembley, in the Euro 2020 finals - and the game remains goalless at half-time. England's ability on the break has made them the more threatening of two uninspired sides, while Germany have bossed the ball to very little effect. With both teams' Nations League fate already decided, and a World Cup looming on the horizon, how this match has panned out is perhaps no surprise.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 0-0 GERMANY
45' + 1' CLOSE! A tightly-built wall of four red England shirts closes down Musiala inside the area, but when the ball breaks out to Kimmich 20 yards out in a central position, the Bayern Munich man drills a low effort narrowly past the right-hand post!
44' At the end of a promising move from England, Sterling slips into the area and has a tame left-footed shot from the left of the six-yard box saved by Ter Stegen at his near post.
43' Hofmann sends in a speculative ball from the right, towards the six-yard box, but Walker coolly intervenes with a calm chest-down for Pope to collect the ball.
41' Another England attack flounders when Sterling and then Foden take slack touches on the edge of the box, following more positive work from Shaw in an advanced position.
39' An overlapping run by Shaw ends with the wing-back receiving the ball near the left touchline, and his cross is then deflected behind for a corner. From the subsequent set-piece, Maguire can only steer a looping header well over Ter Stegen's crossbar from near the penalty spot.
K. Walker
J. Stones
England
37' An enforced change due to Stones' injury sees the Manchester City centre-back replaced by his clubmate Walker, who wins his 70th cap today.
35' It seems that Stones' game could be coming to a premature conclusion, as he pulls up suddenly with a probable muscular injury. He's clutching his leg while the medical staff assess him, and the action is brought to a temporary halt.
33' Raum flips a casual ball into the box from the left, which Dier nods away under pressure, and another attempted German attack runs out of steam. There's been very little cohesion to the visitors' play in and around the opposition area so far, for all their dominance of the ball.
30' Kehrer manages to sneak inside the England area, on the right, and ends up hurtling to the turf; claiming a penalty for a supposed shirt-pull by Sterling. The referee is not interested, but Flick animatedly protests on the touchline.
29' Following their close escapes, Germany have regathered their composure are back in dominant possession of the ball. Patiently, they push further inside the hosts' half.
27' CLOSE! England are suddenly on top; causing their visitors all kinds of defensive problems! Positioned on the right side of the box, the ball drops into Kane's path and the striker lets fly with a volley that drops narrowly wide of the left-hand post!
25' SUPER SAVE! Exposed one-on-one, Ter Stegen denies Sterling on the edge of his six-yard box with a low, diving stop to his right. The Chelsea forward was released by a ball from deep by Shaw, checked back inside and then took aim for the bottom-left corner! That's the closest either side have come so far.
23' Bellingham and then Maguire are both needed to intervene deep inside the England area, as Raum attempts to force the ball across the six-yard box. That was alert defensive work from both.
21' Germany have been in charge of the ball so far, and their share of possession stands at 61 per cent for the opening 20 minutes.
19' Considering this match is effectively a dead rubber between two teams searching for their best form, such an insipid start to proceedings shouldn't be a surprise. There has certainly been very little for the Wembley crowd to cheer as yet.
17' After James apparently accidentally trips Raum five yards outside the box, Germany are awarded a free-kick in an inviting position. Of the candidates to send in a strike on goal, Sane is offered the chance to shoot, but thumps his effort straight into the wall of red shirts in front of him.
15' Kimmich sends over an outswinging corner from the right, but twice the England back line manage to clear their lines under intense pressure inside their own area.
13' England make progress down the left, but as they breach the German box a throughball just catches Rice offside and their attack comes to a premature end.
11' CLOSE! After Pope almost gets caught out inside his six-yard box the ball breaks to Gundogan on the edge of the box, but his powerful attempt at goal skews over the crossbar and England escape!
10' Dier has to concede the game's first corner, but Germany are unable to make the most of the set-piece opportunity as Raum overhits his corner.
8' England's first incision into the German defence sees Bellingham win the ball back in midfield, releasing Kane, whose cross just evades Foden at the back post.
6' Amid a relatively tentative start from both teams, Germany slowly build their first sustained spell of possession in the hosts' half, but it ultimately comes to nothing and England regain the ball on the right.
4' Germany are not only unbeaten in each of their last six away games against England, but have also gone undefeated in their eight most recent away games across all competitions.
2' Early on, the two captains come face to face on England's right flank, as Kane attempts to send a low ball into the box but finds his cross blocked at close quarters by the typically alert Kimmich.
1' Germany kick off, and we are under way in London!
The players are now out on the pitch at Wembley, and following both national anthems, a minute's reflection will be observed following the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Meanwhile, Germany make four changes in response to a 1-0 defeat at home to Hungary on Friday, with Kehrer, Havertz, Schlotterbeck and former England youth player Musiala coming into the side. Rudiger, Gnabry, Werner and Muller therefore miss out. Bayern Munich pair Leon Goretzka and captain Manuel Neuer withdrew from the squad last week due to COVID-19 infection.
Following their defeat in Milan, England make two changes to their starting XI today, as Stones and Shaw replace Walker and Saka respectively. The former joins a back three also featuring Dier and Maguire. Brentford striker Toney awaits his debut on the bench, while Tomori, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold and Ward-Prowse are not named in Southgate's 23-man selection.
SUBS: Kevin Trapp, Oliver Baumann, Benjamin Henrichs, Thomas Muller, Timo Werner, Matthias Ginter, Maximilian Arnold, Robin Gosens, Serge Gnabry, Armel Bella-Kotchap.
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Jonas Hofmann, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane; Kai Havertz.
SUBS: Aaron Ramsdale, Dean Henderson, Ivan Toney, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Tammy Abraham, Jordan Henderson, Marc Guehi.
ENGLAND (3-4-2-1): Nick Pope; Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, John Stones; Reece James, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Luke Shaw; Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden; Harry Kane.
Germany's 1-0 loss at home to group leaders Hungary last week was the first reverse of Hansi Flick's reign, in his 14th match as head coach. Before that setback, their previous defeat was a last-16 exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of today's opponents. Die Mannschaft - who have registered only one win from seven Nations League away fixtures to date - now sit two points behind Italy in third place, and can no longer catch Hungary and reach next year's finals.
Reprising one of international football's most enduring rivalries, England host Germany today at the conclusion of a tough Nations League campaign. Having taken just two points from five games to date, the Three Lions have already been relegated to the second-tier League B - a fate confirmed following defeat to Italy on Friday. Gareth Southgate's men now play their final match before the World Cup, so will be doubly determined to end a five-match winless streak - England's worst such run since 2014.
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