England to renew great rivalry with Germany


England and Germany will renew one of the World Cup’s great rivalries in the last 16 after both qualified for the knockout stage on Wednesday.
England went through by beating Slovenia 1-0 with a Jermain Defoe volley, but the United States pipped them to the top spot in Group C when Landon Donovan scored one minute into stoppage time to seal a 1-0 victory over Algeria.
Later, Germany won Group D after Mesut Ozil’s left-footed drive into the top corner on the hour-mark proved enough to beat Ghana 1-0 at Soccer City, setting up the clash with England in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
In Nelspruit, Australia defeated Serbia 2-1 but Ghana still grabbed the second ticket from Group D by virtue of a superior goal difference to the Australians, whose challenge was fatally undermined by their opening thrashing by Germany.
The Ghanaians will ensure Africa has at least one representative in the second round where they will face the US.
In Port Elizabeth, Defoe saved England from a humiliating first-round exit when the Tottenham striker, who replaced Emile Heskey in the line-up, volleyed home from close range in the 23rd minute, connecting with James Milner’s cross. —Reuters