World Cup Qualifier 2001 Game swings in England’s favour

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Germany led 1-0 after Carsten Jancker’s early strike

Liverpool duo put England in front

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However, the German’s joy was short lived. After just twelve minutes a teasing cross from David Beckham was only partially cleared from the German penalty area.

It was headed back into the danger zone and Oliver Khan rushed off his line to meet the ball, only to be beaten to it by Nicky Barmby who cleverly cushioned his header into the path of Michael Owen who had the simple task of slotting the ball into the unguarded net.

The remainder of the first half was played at a frantic pace with chances at either end, Sebastian Deisler and David Beckham both coming close to giving their side the lead. It was end to end stuff and it seemed the next goal would be crucial.

Just before the half time break it was England that got the breakthrough. Again, it came from a cross from David Beckham. The ball came into the edge of the box and Rio Ferdinand knocked the ball back to Steven Gerrard, unmarked and 25 yards out.

He chested the ball down and struck a sweet shot low into the bottom corner, which Nicky Barmby did well to get out of the way of. Khan had no chance of stopping such a brilliant strike and England went in at half time 2-1 ahead.

Owen completes his hat-trick

England started the second half just as they had finished the first with a cross from David Beckham leading to another goal. He cut back onto his left foot and swung a cross into the middle which Emile Heskey nodded down to the unmarked Owen.

His shot on the half volley was too powerful for Khan and went through the keeper into the net. England were now flying, leading 3-1 over their arch rivals on their own ground.

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As well as the qualification points available, it was sweet revenge for the defeat they suffered in the final game at Wembley.

A great night for England only got better after 66 minutes when Owen completed his hat trick to make it 4-1. Steven Gerrard pinched the ball in midfield and instantly released a perfect through ball for Owen to get clear of the German defence.

The young striker raced into the box and calmed himself to steer the ball past Oliver Khan into the top corner. A superb goal that put the game beyond Germany and the England fans had over twenty minutes to celebrate.

Heskey puts England in dreamland

The scoring wasn’t quite complete though, as on 73 minutes Beckham played a ball from midfield releasing Paul Scholes down the right. Scholes looked up and unselfishly squared the ball to Heskey in the box who held off a challenge from a defender and struck the ball low beyond Khan to complete a perfect night for England.

The Germans couldn’t wait for the final whistle, which mercifully came before England could find the net again. It was a result which helped Sven Goran Erikkson win over the England fans, and only the second ever defeat that Germany had suffered on home soil in a world cup qualifier.

All England’s goals were scored by Liverpool players and Michael Owen was the hero of the night, but it was a superb team performance with every player playing a vital role. England captain David Beckham proved his worth once more, having a hand in four of England’s five goals.

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