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On This Day 11 Years Ago Mesut Ozil Embarrassed Gareth Barry

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On This Day 11 Years Ago Mesut Ozil Embarrassed Gareth Barry

England face their historic rivals Germany on Tuesday evening at the Euros. The last time the two met in a tournament was 11 years ago, and Gareth Barry will not want to remember it.

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England go up against Germany in the last 16 at Wembley and it was also the last 16 when they met at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The game is best known for Frank Lampard's shot that wasn't given as a goal, despite clearly going over the line, that helped speed up the introduction of technology in football.

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Whilst that won't be a problem on Tuesday, thanks to goal line technology and VAR, the current team still might have to worry about a repeat of what happened to Barry.

England trailed 2-1 at the break and were holding on until Thomas Muller made it 3-1 in the 67th minute, but worse was to come.

The Three Lions won a corner but when it was cleared, Mesut Ozil ran onto a ball over the top, completely destroying the then Manchester City midfielder in a foot race, before squaring to Muller to complete the rout.

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Barry had been injured ahead of the tournament and many felt the Three Lions' hopes of progressing far in the tournament relied on him getting back fit.

He started on the bench in the opening draw with USA but started in the 0-0 with Algeria, which saw Wayne Rooney swear at his own fans, and again in the win against Slovakia.

The results were only good enough to finish runners up in the group and they came up against Germany, who'd lost to Serbia on the way to topping their group.

In the 20th minute Miroslav Klose put Joachim Low's side ahead, after a mishap from Matthew Upson and John Terry, before Lukas Podolski doubled their lead just 12 minutes later.

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Muller celebrates scoring Germany's fourth. Image: PA Images
Muller celebrates scoring Germany's fourth. Image: PA Images

Upson made amends from his earlier mistakes just five minutes later, giving Fabio Capello's team some hope ahead of half time.

Hope turned to celebration and then disaster in a matter of seconds, just minutes after the goal, as Lampard looked for sure to have equalised.

The midfielder chipped Manuel Neuer from far out, it clipped the underside of the bar and bounced into the goal and out again, even those high in the stands at the Free State Stadium celebrated.

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Only the referee and his two assistants didn't seem to think the ball was over the line and Germany got some amount of revenge from the controversy in the 1966 World Cup final.

Muller's brace in the second half, with Barry at partial fault for both, merely secured a huge victory for the Germans, who were eventually beaten by Spain in the semi finals.

Southgate will be hoping that things turn out better 11 years on!

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Mesut Ozil, England, Germany, World Cup

Ryan Sidle
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