Eng­land storms back in Ber­lin

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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.

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