Germany 2-3 England: Kane, Vardy and Dier complete stunning comeback for the Three Lions in Berlin

27 Mar

England fought back from two goals down to seal a 3-2 victory over Germany at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.


Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier all scored in the second half as the Three Lions stunned the world champions in their own backyard.

England were comfortable in possession for the opening 10 minutes, with Adam Lallana finding himself in space, looking to orchestrate proceedings from deep.

The Three Lions’ play was bright in the final third, as Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and Dele Alli looked to link in the final third – only the final ball was lacking.

Alli, notably, was causing problems for the opposition; leading England’s deep pressing, proving almost impossible to mark.

The opening 25 minutes was a lacklustre performance from the hosts, allowing England to grow in confidence and put pressure on the world champions’ back line.

Such a perception, though, seemed to have been relayed to the Germans, as in the 27th minute Mario Gomez sent the ball into the back of the net. His celebrations were cut short, however, by the offside flag. Replays showed this to be the incorrect call by the linesman.

This incident gave Joachim Löw’s troops a much needed boost and England suddenly found possession difficult to sustain.

Danny Welbeck, nevertheless, had a sublime chance to try his luck on goal, but the Arsenal striker was culpable of taking too long, letting the ball roll to him and consequently allowing the German defence to clear the danger.

And, shortly before half-time, Marco Reus delivered a blow to Roy Hodgson’s men, firing in a low, powerful drive from 25 yards to beat Jack Butland at his near post.

The England bench will have been left frustrated, as seconds before the goal Butland had pulled up, but rather than go down, opted to stay on his feet. The Stoke City stopper couldn’t continue and was replaced by Fraser Forster.

It was more of the same after the break, with England creating chances, yet failing to take advantage.

Fitting with the end to the first period, Gomez, who should already have had his name on the scoresheet, headed home Khedira’s sublime delivery in the 57th minute to double his side’s lead.

Kane, however, was on hand to instantly respond – paying tribute to the late Johan Cruyff with his finish. The Tottenham Hotspur centre forward, with his back to goal, expertly performed the Cruyff turn and sent the ball through Emre Can’s legs, into the far post.

The strike hugely lifted the Three Lions, and it wasn’t long before a certain Jamie Vardy had the visitors on equal terms.

Clyne delivered a ball into the box and Vardy, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, evaded the challenge from Antonio Rüdiger and deliciously flicked his finish past Manuel Neuer to make it 2-2 in the 75th minute.  It was the Leicester City man’s first international goal.

England were the far superior after drawing level, and should have taken the lead with five minutes of the 90 remaining.

Goalscorer Vardy squared the ball to Alli but, with an almost open goal on offer, the former Milton Keynes Dons midfielder fired over, leaving many believing a draw would be the final result.

This missed chance was soon history, though, as Eric Dier, who had struggled at times against Germany’s midfield, headed in at the near post from a corner in the 91st minute to complete a stunning comeback.

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