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England and Germany put on a show at Wembley / Nations League / Gr. C / England-Germany (3-3) / SOFOOT.com

A God Save the King poignant in a Wembley which had put on its best costume a few weeks after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, six goals, penalties, the use of VAR, perfect coaching, and a Harry Maguire still as much next to his pumps : this England-Germany which was not attractive on paper gave a smile to the 85,000 spectators.

England 3-3 Germany

Goals: Shaw (72e), Mount (75e) and Kane (83e) for the Three Lions // Gündoğan (52e) and Havertz (67e and 87e) for the Mannschaft

In case some doubted it: no, a meeting without the slightest stake does not systematically offer a purge. And to be sure that no one asks the question again in the future, England and Germany have taken care to serve up a real spectacle for the 85,000 supporters present in the bays of Wembley for the meeting this Monday evening, counting for the final day of the group stage of the League of Nations (3-3). Semi-finalists of the 2018 World Cup and finalists of Euro 2020, the Three Lions suffered severe disappointment a few weeks before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by being relegated to League B a few days ago after their defeat against Italy (0-1). In front, the Mannschaft had also said goodbye to his hopes of participating in the Final 4 by losing last Friday to everyone’s surprise on his ground against Hungary (0-1). In short, the two had little to gain, except perhaps their respective honor. Something to shake the scoreboard.

A nap in the first half

A fine intervention by Marc-André ter Stegen against Raheem Sterling at the conclusion of an English counter-attack (24e), an attempt by Kane out of frame at the fall of the corner following this opportunity (25e), the outing on injury of John Stones (37e) replaced by Kyle Walker, and a timid reaction from the visitors with a low shot from Joshua Kimmich directly out of goal at the very end (44e), here is, in summary, what to remember from the first period. Finally, the most striking moment of this first part was surely the shivering God Save the King in a crowded Wembley, obviously paying a last tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who died on September 8.

Germany-Maguire 2, England 3

Upon returning from the locker room, the cameras have long been trained on Harry Maguire. And not for the right reasons. Still. Clumsy on a raise from his own surface, the one who struggles to find a starting place at Manchester United with the arrival with great fanfare of Lisandro Martinez then completely misses his intervention on Jamal Musiala. With the help of the video, Germany gets a penalty, converted by İlkay Gündoğan (0-1, 52e). In great difficulty on Monday evening, Maguire lost an extremely important ball in midfield a few minutes later, and saw Timo Werner and Kai Havertz perfectly rush into this breach to score the second goal of the game, with a nice combination. (0-2, 67e). Realistically, the Germans then found the net on their only two shots on target in the game. For their part, Gareth Southgate’s men had to rely on their replacements to manage to be dangerous. With a nice counter-attack orchestrated by Bukayo Saka, Reece James finds Luke Shaw in the box, who closes the gap (1-2, 72e). A few minutes later, the wisp of Gunners serves Mason Mount, also entered along the way, who finds the net with a shot from the edge of the box (2-2, 75e). England, which had therefore not scored in the game since the start of this League of Nations and 520 minutes, ended this scarcity by scoring twice in three minutes. The purge becomes a festival, and sleeping fans wake up, only to explode moments later after Harry Kane gives the home side the lead following a Schlotterbeck penalty and foul on Bellingham (3-2, 82e). The visitors finally come back to level with the English following a gross error from Nick Pope and a double from Havertz (3-3, 87e). End of story on this prolific score. If they haven’t shown anything in recent months, the two selections have the merit of leaving this competition by offering a nice show.

England (3-4-3): Pope-Stones (Walker, 37e), Maguire, Dier-James, Rice, Bellingham (Henderson, 90e+1), Shaw-Foden (Saka, 66e), Kane, Sterling (Mount, 66e). Coach : Gareth Southgate.

Germany (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen – Kehrer, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Raum (Gosens, 68e) – Gündoğan, Kimmich – Hofmann (Werner, 46e), Musiala (Müller, 79e), Sané (Gnabry, 68e) – Havertz (Bella-Kotchap, 90e). Coach : Joachim Low.

By Matthew Darbas

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