Three of England’s four goals are named after Raheem Sterling. The fourth, left over, the only non-decisive one, was signed by Harry Kane. England’s solution is drawn as a disappointment for Pep Guardiola, who supposed to dispense with the winger and incorporate the center forward for Manchester City. The tabloids say that Sterling is angry and offended by not being considered essential in his team, but in the national team, where his value is revalued with each game. Kane’s is not depreciating yet, it has credit.
In any case, Sterling transforms that supposed state of mind into a priceless success in front of someone else’s frame, although he was able to destroy his own heroics shortly after scoring 1-0 in a loss that left Thomas Müller riding alone to Pickford. The incombustible German striker threw it out, confirming that it was not the tournament of this unknown Germany that lost with France and drew with Hungary. She arrived with a changed step and the stumble threw her over the side of the road.
The goals came in the last quarter of an hour. What a coincidence that they appeared from the entrance of Jack Grealish, the imaginative Aston Villa footballer and whom Guardiola also loves.
More fear than ambition
Fear of ambition prevailed. Scared by yesterday’s scoring frenzy, with the eight goals of the Croatia-Spain Y the six from France-Switzerland, there was a wave of contention at the Euro. Little given to the revelry on the grass with a tie at stake, England and Germany preferred shield the area than to follow the path of the festive bustle.
Covering up to their eyebrows and with their umbrellas open by the copious waterfall they saw falling, they played to wait for a ray of sun to come out, with a robbery that led to a quick transition or a good set piece. Or Grealish. England changed more than Germany, which slowly closed the stage of Joachim Löw in the national team and, of course, the atmosphere is not for laughter.
In the increasingly crowded Wembley, Gareth Southgate transformed the defense of four to the formula of three centers plus two full-backs. The two teams were equaled in the tactical disposition to neutralize rather than to attack each other, with a manifest inferiority of the forwards. Sterling made Neuer show off and Werner muddied Pickford, but the most dangerous guy of them all, the top hitter, was Harry Maguire with his formidable height. Hummels delayed Kane’s glory until the English captain shook off the hex and rounded the triumph of each game that Sterling is developing.
England: Pickford (8); Walker (6), Piedras (6); Maguire (7); Trippier (6), Phillips (5), Rice (6), Shaw (7); Saka (5), Kane (6); Pound sterling (8). Technician: Gareth Souhtgate (6). Changes: Grealish (7) for Saka (c. 69); Henderson (sc) by Rice (m. 88).
Germany: New (5); Ginter (5), Hummels (7), Rüdiger (6); Kimmich (6); Goretzka (7), Kroos (7), Gosens (5); Havertz (7), Muller (6); Werner (5). Technician: Joachim Löw (5). Changes: Gnabry (6) for Werner (c. 68); Emre Can (sc) by Ginter (c. 87); Sané (sc) by Gosens (c. 67); Musiala (sc) by Müller (c. 90).
Goals: 1-0 (m. 75), Sterling; 2-0 (m. 86), Kane.
Referee: Danny Makkelie (6), Dutch.
Cards: Rice (c. 7), Ginter (c. 25), Phillips (c. 45), Gosens (c. 72), Maguire (c. 77).
Stadium: Wembley (London).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.