England 2 – 3 Germany
(Half Time 2 – 2)
We deserved to win this game as we were the best team throughout the whole game, however details cost us the game.
Despite having played four games in the last forty hours compared to Germany only having played one, we dominated the game in all areas.
We started the game very strongly scoring after only 42 seconds. Our domination culminated with a two goal lead and when we were so close to scoring a third, Germany scored their first goal with the help of a deflection. Then from one of the few mistakes we made in defence cost us their second goal.
We went into half time feeling that this result did not reflect the game so far.
The team started the second half with the same intensity of the first half, retaining lots of ball possession. This in turn meant we were creating many goal opportunities in attacks, which either their goalkeeper saved or our last touch wasn’t right and we weren’t able to score.
In the second half Germany had one clear goal opportunity and a few long shots as England were defending well and were always pushing for that elusive but, we felt, deserved goal.
As I said in the beginning of my report details cost us the game, we can’t miss so many goal opportunities, we missed a penalty and direct free hit whilst Germany missed a direct free hit but scored a penalty. We were very unlucky with referees decisions in the last ten minutes of the game.
Germany scored the their third goal from an incorrectly called penalty decision with two minutes remaining of the game. I felt aggrieved as two blue cards and a penalty should have been called against Germany, but were not given.
I would like to emphasise that we are more responsible for the result than the referees, when we miss so many goal opportunities this can happen.
- Mark Dickin
- Pau Dickin