Erik Dier’s first England goal completed an impressive Three Lions turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over Germany at the Olympiastadion.
The world champions were cruising to victory thanks to goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez, but Harry Kane managed to pull a goal back with 29 minutes to go.
Jamie Vardy equalised with a superb back-heel and Dier popped up in the 91st minute to send England to their third consecutive victory on German soil.
Germany should have been 1-0 up after 17 minutes but they were wrongfully denied by the linesman’s offside flag. Gomez collected Kroos’ pass and was level with Nathaniel Clyne when making the run, but his great finish was worthless when it was incorrectly disallowed.
The 2014 World Cup winners took the lead with two minutes left to play in the first half. Jack Butland twisted his ankle when clearing a back-pass and failed to regain his concentration as Germany surged forward. Kroos let fly with a left-footed effort from 30 yards and it rattled in at the near post, with Butland slow to get down with a dive. If the goalkeeper wasn’t hurt, Butland would have been the favourite to keep the shot out and the Stoke City goalkeeper left the field on a stretcher.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Germany doubled their lead. Gomez pulled onto the far post where he had a height advantage over Clyne and Sami Khedira’s chipped cross allowed the Turkish Premier League top goalscorer to a power a header into the bottom corner. It was his first international goal for four years and furthered his claims to be Germany’s starting striker at Euro 2016.
England pulled a goal back in the 61st minute with Kane performing an ironic tribute to the late Johan Cruyff, who passed away on Thursday. Jordan Henderson’s corner fell to Kane, who superbly turned past two men on the edge of the box and slammed the ball into the bottom corner. The skill was reminiscent of Cruyff’s famous turn and Kane had his fourth international goal.
The away side had the momentum and nearly pulled level eight minutes after Kane’s goal. Henderson poked the ball away for Alli who smashed a left-footed shot at goal, but Manuel Neuer did brilliantly to keep the ball out with his feet.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper would be beaten in the 74th minute as Vardy grabbed his first England goal. Clyne got forward from right-back and powered a low cross towards the near post where the Leicester City forward brilliantly flicked the ball in with his back heel giving the German goalkeeper no chance.
England should have gone in front with Alli’s late miss. Vardy nicked it off a German defender and pulled the ball back for the former MK Dons midfielder, but Alli fired over with an open goal gaping.
It wouldn’t matter though as Dier powered in Henderson’s corner from six yards to make a good performance even sweeter with a win and Roy Hodgson will be impressed with England’s comeback heading into a friendly with Holland at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)