Germany have beaten England 4-1 in the Last-16 of the World Cup.
However, in almost a replica of Geoff Hurst's controversial shot in 1966 it was England who suffered at the hands of a linesman. With the scores at 2-1, Frank Lampard's chipped effort cannoned off the crossbar and over the line before bouncing out—Germany then ran amok...
With the international transfer window about to open on July 1, English Premier League teams up and down the country have been busy negotiating deals with new players in an effort at either spicing things up or improving their current squads. Here we look at some of the rumours doing the rounds.
Hi everybody, I'm Willie and I’ll be taking you through the play by play for Germany vs. Ghana. With everything to play for in Group D, any of the four teams can still qualify.
Ghana lead Group D with four points, Germany and Serbia have three points each, while the Aussies have a single point. However, given the right run of results, all can qualify.
History will be made tonight, as for the first time ever two brothers will play on opposing teams. Kevin-Prince Boateng will don the white jersey of the Black Stars while his brother Jerome will make his first World Cup appearance in the all black gear of Die Mannschaft.
Germany faces Ghana on Wednesday with the winners guaranteed a place in the Last-16. However, the real story of the night will be the battle of opposing brothers as Kevin-Prince Boateng will be representing Ghana while his brother Jerome represents Germany...
An abysmal England drew 0-0 with Algeria in the ironically named Green Point Stadium to leave their chances of reaching the Last-16 on a knife edge. It was one of the Three Lions' worst ever performances, and they can count themselves lucky that they lived to fight another day.
Should they beat Slovenia on Wednesday they will reach the Last-16. On their last two performances that looks highly unlikely.
South Africa is practically out of the World Cup. Beaten 3-0 by a disciplined Uruguay side in the Loftus Versfield Stadium, the hopes and prayers—not to mention the vuvuzuelas—of a nation were silenced by a Diego Forlan led side who were in no mood for sentimentality.
Having grown into the opening match against Mexico, South Africa were treated to a lesson in organisation and discipline, as Uruguay held the hosts at arm's length for the entire game.
It was the Oranje's sixteenth defence of the "illustrious title."
The first goal came from a highly fortuitous own goal after Simon Poulsen's wayward header cannoned off Daniel Agger's back and into the bottom corner. The game was then wrapped up on 85 after a brilliant move that put Elia clear, his placed shot was touched onto the post by Thomas Sorenson in the Danish goal only for Dirk Kuyt to hammer home the rebound from less than a yard.
Team USA came away with a highly credible 1-1 draw against England, despite Robert Green's huge howler after he allowed Clint Dempsey's tame shot to creep into the goal. The U.S. forced much of the game against an abysmally inept England who played about as bad as they possibly could.
Clint Dempsey's equalizer cancelled out Steven Gerrard's early strike as Team USA were every bit England's equals during the game.
Huge question marks now stand against Fabio Capello who seems to be making the same mistakes Sven Goran Erikkson made in 2006, and one must wonder at his strange selection and long ball tactics...
For many, the World Cup in South Africa will really start when England and the USA take to the pitch in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium for the opening game in Group C. Fabio Capello's men will fancy their chances of making it to the final, and Team USA will provide the first stumbling block.
Englandis the overwhelming favourite to win this match. However, Bob Bradley's boys won't allow the Three Lions to run roughshod over them and are sure to provide a stern test.
As Chelsea romped to their fourth title with an 8-0 win over Wigan, little did Joe Cole know that his final action in a blue shirt would be to provide an assist for the Pensioners last goal.
With the news that Chelsea has decided to dispense themselves with the services of Michael Ballack, Deco, Juliano Belletti, and Cole, it would seem that the English maestro has a whole host of suitors to choose from, but who would be his best choice?
If there is one group that the entire world is waiting for, it is World Cup Group G. Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast, and North Korea will all go to war in a group that could provide as many classic matches are the rest of the other groups put together.
This is a group where no team will want to finish second, as the Netherlands will be most likely lying in wait. Italy is the sure favourite, however neither Slovakia nor Paraguay will be pushovers, and New Zealand's unorthodox approach could cause problems for unsuspecting teams.
Holland are easy favorites to win World Cup Group E, while Denmark, Cameroon, and Japan will all be very optimistic of reaching the Quarter Finals after a favorable drawing against Group F in the Last-16.
The term "Group of Death" is a well worn one, but it is very hard to think of any other term when looking at the physically imposing World Cup Group D where Germany, Serbia, Ghana, and Australia will battle it out for supremacy.
On paper, World Cup Group B is one of the most wide open. Argentina struggled to qualify, South Korea reached the semifinals in 2002, Greece won Euro 2004, and Nigeria is possibly the strongest African nation in the finals.
This was the group that all the top seeds wanted to get. With the least amount of travelling and one fixed hotel throughout the first stage, it's a much-coveted placing.
After two years and 848 qualification matches, the World Cup is almost ready to start. Hosts South Africa will kick off the month long tournament when they take on Mexico June 11. Later that night, Raymond Domenech's French team will entertain Uruguay as the competition begins in earnest.
Liverpool FC have moved swiftly to gain the moral high-ground by offering Rafael Benitez £3 million to resign and walk away quietly. Under the terms of his current contract Rafa would be due around £16m to £20m, if the club were to sack him...
Perhaps the biggest decision awaiting Fabio Capello is which right-sided midfielders he will bring to South Africa. He has at least four to choose from: James Milner, Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Theo Walcott - or maybe even Joe Cole?