England Top the Battle of Europe

Nov 14, 2016Reports

Following a highly succesful four day tour to Singapore, Masters Football played host to the highly anticipated England Masters vs Germany Masters Battle of Europe on 13 November 2016. With both England and Germany Masters boasting some world class names – including World Cup, Champions League and Ballon d’Or winners – it promised to be a real exhibition for the locals to enjoy, in what is still one of the biggest rivalries in international football!
While the stakes weren’t quite as high as they were at Wembley 50 years ago, the England Masters took delight in getting one over their old foes. Goals from Darren Anderton, Emile Heskey and a brace from skipper Teddy Sheringham secured a familiar sounding 4-2 victory for England over Germany!
The encounter marked the first time these fierce footballing rivals have come head to head on Asian soil – and the players were in no mood to let down the 15,000 strong crowd that attended the Singapore National Stadium for this fascinating spectacle.
The two sides played out an 80-minute match, with Die Mannschaft greats Lothar Matthäus, Guido Buchwald and Dietmar Hamann all starting in the German XI. The English Masters came flying out the traps and started the game with much more intensity and got their rewards after only two minutes when Sheringham picked out his former Spurs team mate Darren Anderton’s late run in to the area, who was able to guide the ball past Brautigam with a brave header to give England a 1-0 lead. The early goal clearly dusted down any cobwebs the German Masters may have had, and they quickly realised they had a real battle on their hands. Responding well to the goal, the German’s controlled large parts of the first half with lots of possession and pushed David James into two fantastic saves, one from a Karl-Heinz Riedle header and the other an outstretched arm tipping over a Carsten Ramelow piledriver from all of 30 yards. England then struck on the counter after 25 minutes when an Emile Heskey flick found Teddy Sheringham on the edge of the area who rolled back the years with a silky first touch and side-footed finish into the top corner giving England a 2-0 lead. Minutes later Germany struck back as Zickler found Fredi Bobic with a perfectly weighted through ball before the talisman beat David James with a delightful finish with the outside of his boot. The sides went into the break with England leading 2-1.  
The second half started with the Germans on top, sloppy defending letting Zickler in again who squared the ball for Fredi Bobic to score his and Germany’s second goal of the game. Both sides had chances and Perry Brautigam pulled off an incredible save from a Vassell volley to keep the game at 2-2 before a last ditch tackle from Des Walker denied Oliver Neuville who found himself through on goal after a perfect pass from Didi Hamann. In the 54th minute, England got their reward when man of the match Steve McManaman’s perfectly weighted lay off found Teddy Sheringham on the edge of the area who stroked home his second of the game and gave England a 3-2 lead. As Germany pushed forward searching for an equaliser they were leaving more and more gaps at the back, and with only a few minutes left on the clock Lee Hendrie collected the ball on the edge of the area and drilled in a low cross to Emile Heskey who buried England’s fourth and made sure the score was a repeat of the 1966 World Cup Final!

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