In a match went unbelievably well for the German’s side, England was sent home from South Africa.  Some kind of deja vu happened in the match, a shot by Frank Lampard clearly cross the goal line but neither the referee or the linesmen saw it, totally opposite what happened in 1966 World Cup when a shot by English player Geoff Hurst struck the crossbar, bounced down, did not cross the line but the referee awarded a goal for England.

Germany went up on goals by Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski before England’s Matthew Upson made it 2-1 in the 37th minute.  Lampard’s non-goal came a minute later. After the ball landed across the line, it spun back into the arms of Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Capello initially celebrated what he thought was an equalizer by clenching his fists and shaking his arms. But his face changed when he realized the goal had not been given. As the players headed off the field at halftime, Wayne Rooney walked over to a linesman and gestured with his hands how far he thought the ball crossed the goal line.

In 1966, England and Germany were 2-2 in extra time in the World Cup final when Geoff Hurst’s shot struck the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and spun back into play. That time, the referee consulted his linesman, who awarded the goal. Hurst went on to score a third goal in England’s 4-2 victory at Wembley.

This time, it was Mueller getting two goals. “We heard that the ball was behind the line, that we were fortunate,” Mueller said of Lampard’s shot. “Before the last two goals, the game hung in the balance, England was putting on the pressure.” The 20-year-old forward finished two quick German counterattacks within 3 minutes to sink England’s hopes of beating Germany at the World Cup for the first time since that ’66 final.

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