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The Cup Running Over


June 27, 2010 11:58 AM

Instant Round of 16 Review: Germany Dominates But "Goalgate" Will Change the Sport

SCORE: Germany 4, England 2 1

TURNING POINT: The blown call late in the first half, which denied Frank Lampard a goal. First, because it obviously changed the shape of this game -- though everyone but the English will think the Germans still would have won. And second (and more important), because it will change the shape of the sport because video replay is now assuredly coming to the next World Cup, if not before. Goalgate is going down in English history: Read the Daily Mail and Sun tomorrow!

PLAYER OF THE GAME: On the field, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder Thomas Muller  -- yet another budding German superstar, who played even better than the sharp 21-year-old Mesut Ozil. Off the field? The back linesman, of course.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: We knew going in that the Germans were inconsistent from game to game. But minute to minute? Usually it takes a tactical shift or a substitution to change the shape of a match. The nation once associated with machine-like soccer consistency now represents the opposite. Good entertainment value, though.

BIGGEST NO-SHOW: Wayne Rooney. Again. England's defense at the back (which given how quickly it moves on the counter is expected back in the locker room any day now). And, of course, the back linesman who blew the call.

IF THE GAME WERE A ROLLING STONES SONG IT WOULD BE: Biggest Mistake

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