Germany scored twice in each half en route to a 4-1 win over England at the FIFA World Cup. Jon Decker reports.
Germany gave hundreds of thousands of German soccer fans gathered near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin something to cheer about with a convincing 4-1 victory over rival England in the FIFA World Cup.
Germany began the scoring in the first half thanks to a goal by Miroslav Klose in the 20th minute and added another by Lukas Podolski in the match's 32nd minute.
But England fought back quickly. Matthew Upson closed the gap with a goal in the 37th minute and just a minute later, England appeared to have tied the game when a Frank Lampard shot hit the crossbar and clearly crossed the line. But officials missed the score.
In the second half, Germany's Thomas Mueller added two more goals -- putting the game out of reach.
Fans leaving the stadium in South Africa after the match said Germany clearly outplayed England.
(SOUNDBITE)(German) GERMAN FAN SAYING:
"We are really happy, we were obviously superior. 4-1 just shows the German team is superior."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLISH FAN SAYING:
"Let's play with the under 17s and move on. But fair play to Germany, they played brilliant today, I am really happy with them."
Germany will next play Argentina - with the winner of that match moving on to the World Cup semi-finals.
Jon Decker, Reuters.