BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (
) Germany dumped arch-rival England out of the
on Sunday, winning 4-1 to reach the next round of the tournament, where they will face much-fancied Argentina.
England, which finished second to the U.S. in
World Cup group C,
conceded an early goal to Miroslav Klose when its defence failed to deal with a long goal-kick down the field. German midfielder Lukas Podolski soon added a second goal, again exploiting English defensive weakness, before Matthew Upson pulled a goal back.
Shortly after Upson's header, though, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard fired a shot off the crossbar past German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Although the ball clearly bounced over the goal line, referee Jorge Larrionda wrongly waved play on, and a perfectly legitimate English goal was disallowed.
The English team last registered a World Cup victory against Germany in the 1966 final, but were unable to repeat this feat on Sunday as the youthful German side made sure of their place in the next round of the competition. With England forced to chase the game, Thomas Mueller scored two second-half goals to end England's World Cup dream.
Although lucky to see Lampard's strike ruled out, Joachim Loew's German side looked impressive against a defensively frail England team, and must now be one of the favorites to lift the World Cup. With Sunday's win against England, Germany has now reached the final 8 in every World Cup since 1954.
In Sunday's other round of 16 game, Argentina defeated Mexico 3-1 thanks to two goals from Manchester City star Carlos Tevez and a strike from Gonzalo Higuain. Javier Hernandez scored a consolation goal for "El Tri" late in the second half, although the Mexicans were incensed by the opening goal from Tevez, which was clearly offside.
On Monday, the Netherlands face Slovakia in Durban, before Brazil takes on Chile in Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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