Ger­many leg­end Beck­en­bauer rev­els in vic­tory over Eng­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Ger­many leg­end Franz Beck­en­bauer said his nation had “taken eng­land apart” in Bloemfontein.

Der Kaiser, who has not held back in his crit­i­cism of eng­land through­out the World Cup, had more harsh words about Fabio Capello’s men af­ter Ger­many’s con­vinc­ing vic­tory.

“eng­land were over­whelmed - they just could not come to terms with our style of play,” he said.

“We have taken eng­land apart. We were sim­ply bet­ter in ev­ery as­pect.”

matthew Up­son had given eng­land some hope with a goal which made it 2-1 be­fore the break, af­ter miroslav Klose and Lukas Podol­ski had put Ger­many 2-1 up.

It should have been 2-2 just sec­onds later when Frank Lam­pard’s lob can­noned down off the un­der­side of the cross­bar and over the line.

How­ever, un­like in 1966, the goal was not given and a Thomas muller dou­ble put the seal on a com­fort­able win for Ger­many.

and Beck­en­bauer was re­lieved that Ger­many had added two more goals to ren­der that Lam­pard strike in­signif­i­cant.

“The lines­man re­ally has to see the goal which was not given,” he said. “It was a clear goal.

“For­tu­nately, we added two more, oth­er­wise there would be a lot more dis­cus­sion about it.”

Gunter net­zer, who won the World Cup for Ger­many in 1974, re­jected calls for the use of goal-line technology as a re­sult of the con­tro­ver­sial moment.

“De­spite this goal, I am firmly against video ev­i­dence,” he said.

“as bad as it . Foot­ball is not per­fect. even foot­ballers make many er­rors and that is what brings emo­tion to the game.”

Beck­en­bauer was ea­ger to point out that Ger­many coach Joachim Low should also be given credit for his nation’s win.

“We thought be­fore the game that it was go­ing to be a tight one, but you can see Joachim Low’s sig­na­ture on this,” he said.

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