West Germany suffered their first defeat since winning the World Cup last summer when they were beaten 2-0 by a reshaped England at London's Wembley stadium tonight (March 12).
GV England playing from left to right in white shirts attacking, Germans clear upfield
GV Beckenbauer loses ball to England
GV England attack breaks down
GV Free kick by Hudson, Bell scores
GV England kick off second half and mid field play
SV German attack cleared, England break upfield through MacDonald
LV Ball centres and MacDonald heads goal
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Background: West Germany suffered their first defeat since winning the World Cup last summer when they were beaten 2-0 by a reshaped England at London's Wembley stadium tonight (March 12).
Both sides are in the process of rebuilding and experimentation. Manager Don Revie's England line-up included three new caps, and on the rain-sodden Wembley pitch his side showed more enterprise than the Germans.
Colin Bell, one of the veterans of the England side, put his team ahead after 25 minutes. Kullmann fouled newcomer Steve Whitworth, and another new England cap Alan Hudson floated the free kick to Bell, whose shot went in off a defender.
England dominated the second half even more emphatically. And when the second goal came, England captain Alan Ball had a hand in it. Channon was fouled, took a quick free kick to Ball, who advanced up the touchline before placing a precision centre just beyond the reach of the German goalkeeper for Malcolm MacDonald to head into the net.
SYNOPSIS: England, in the white shirts, took on World Cup winners West Germany at London's Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night. The match was billed as an international friendly, but it turned out to be a hard-fought, hugely competitive game between two radically remodelled sides.
Franz Beckenbauer, the West German captain in possession here, was one of the familiar faces in the visiting side. The Germans are unbeaten since winning the World Cup last summer. But on Wednesday night, their record was under constant pressure as England mounted one attack after another.
A German infringement after twenty-five minutes found new England cap Alan Hudson taking the free kick ... and from his centre Colin Bell scored England's first goal.
As England kicked off the second half, they still cling to their one goal lead. The west German had mounted some sustained pressure towards the end of the first half, but after the interval England again took command. The England side included three newcomers, having their first game at senior international level. West Germany also fielded an experimental side, containing only five of the World Cup winning team.
A rare West German attack -- once again foundering on England's solid defence. England striker Malcolm MacDonald, probably the fastest man on the field, constantly troubled the West German with his sudden breaks upfield. And as England stamped their authority on the game, they delighted their supporters with several good scoring attempts, crowning their performance with a second goal after an hour's play.
Captain Alan Ball laid on a precision centre, and Malcolm MacDonald squeezed in to head a close-range goal. England two, West Germany nil.