England storms back in Berlin
BERLIN — Jamie Vardy scored his first England goal two minutes after coming on as a substitute and Eric Dier scored in injury time to beat Germany 3-2 and preserve England’s unbeaten record in Berlin on Saturday.
Vardy, who came on in the 72nd minute, produced an audacious flick with his right heel behind his left leg to send Nathaniel Clyne’s cross inside the near post to equalize, and Dier headed in the winner in the first minute of injury time.
Toni Kroos opened the scoring just before halftime and Mario Gomez made it 2- 0 for Germany just after with his first international goal since Euro 2012, but Harry Kane sparked the comeback four minutes later with a fine turn and shot inside the far post.
“It’s annoying for a coach to see your team squander a 2- 0 lead. Even when we were leading we weren’t fully in control,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
Sami Khedira, who was captaining Germany in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s injuryinduced absence, agreed: “We did lots right until 2- 0, then England punished us. We lost our order. We played a good game for 60 minutes, we’ll have to do that for 90 minutes at the European Championship.”
England has won six and drawn three of the nine games against Germany played in Berlin.
England coach Roy Hodgson called it his “best night so far” but warned against the rising expectations that come after beating World Cup winners.