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Women’s Football: England 0-3 Germany

England were roundly beaten by two-time World Cup winners Germany in a historic women’s match at Wembley.

An England record crowd of 45,619 watched the national team’s first standalone game at the home of English football.

But the hosts were given a lesson by the reigning European champions, who England have never beaten in 20 attempts.

Germany – well organised, efficient passers of the ball and clinical finishers – sealed the victory before half-time, striker Celia Sasic scoring two after an own goal by England defender Alex Scott had sent them on their way.

The friendly was organised as a test ahead of next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup to gauge where England were against one of the best teams in the world.

And, on this evidence, there will need to be a lot of improvements if Mark Sampson’s side are to advance beyond the quarter-finals, which is the furthest they have reached on three previous occasions.

Birmingham striker Karen Carney celebrated her 100th cap for England and there was a frenetic opening with the home side dispossessing Germany from the kick-off, leading to Jordan Nobbs rattling the crossbar after eight seconds.

But, within six minutes, Germany were ahead, the ball coming off Scott at an acute angle and into the net after pressure from Simone Laudehr, who was initially credited with the goal

They doubled their lead four minutes later after an England mix-up on the halfway line which let in Frankfurt striker Sasic. After a solo run she finished coolly for her 55th international goal.

England had a period of pressure during the closing stages of the first half with goalkeeper Almuth Schult, a Champions League winner with Wolfsburg, holding onto a half-volley from England’s most capped player Fara Williams.

But they were ripped apart again just before half-time when Sasic scored a simple header from Tabea Kemme’s cross.

England played better in the second half but they rarely troubled Schult, their best chance coming in injury time when substitute Jill Scott fired into the side netting.

England are setting up another home friendly – against world number-one ranked team the United States – before the World Cup in Canada begins in June.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Germany 1-1 Ireland

John O’Shea’s injury-time equaliser earned Republic of Ireland a point with world champions Germany in a dramatic Euro 2016 qualifier.

Germany were aiming to bounce back from the shock defeat by Poland but were frustrated until Toni Kroos fired in on 71 minutes.

However, O’Shea, winning his 100th cap, flicked into the bottom corner in the final seconds of added time.

The Republic are second in Group D, level on points with leaders Poland.

Poland, who drew 2-2 with Scotland, have a goal difference one better than the Irish. On seven points, Poland and the Republic are three points ahead of Scotland and Germany.

Jon Walters, Stephen Quinn and Glenn Whelan came into the Republic side as boss Martin O’Neill added muscle and discipline following the 7-0 hammering of Gibraltar on Saturday.

Eric Durm rattled the bar from 35 yards and Antonio Rudiger headed wide as the hosts pressed early at the Stadion Gelsenkirchen.

The Irish were wasteful in possession, while Aiden McGeady, handed a free hole behind lone striker Robbie Keane, was unable to influence affairs.

However, the Germans were also toothless in attack, failing to penetrate a hard-working and organised Republic defence.

Matthias Ginter headed over, while David Forde saved an angled Julien Draxler drive just before the break, but this was a tame German response to Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Warsaw.

Forde kept out strikes from substitute Lukas Podolski, Karim Bellarabi and Kroos early in the second half as the World Cup winners upped the tempo.

A moment of class from Kroos finally breached Irish resistance, with the Real Madrid midfielder allowed space to fire low off the post and in.

O’Neill brought on Wes Hoolahan and the Norwich playmaker gave a much-needed spark to the Republic attack.

Forde denied Mario Gotze and Durm blocked Hoolahan’s low shot before O’Shea provided the thrilling finale.

The Sunderland defender, who had pushed up as the Irish chased a late leveller, connected with Jeff Hendrick’s pull-back to send the ball beyond Manuel Neuer in the fourth and final minute of injury time.

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Football: Germany 2-4 Argentina

Di Maria rips Germany to shreds as Argentina down world champions

Germany were stunned as Argentina managed to exact some modicum of revenge for their World Cup final defeat with a resounding victory in Dusseldorf.

In the absence of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria was the pivot on which the Argentina team turned. The Manchester United acquisition set up Sergio Aguero for the first goal, playing him in from the right for a relatively simple tap-in; and then set up Erik Lamela for the second, with a beautiful ball to his unmarked team-mate in the box, allowing the Tottenham star to direct a tremendous volley into the back of the net.

As soon as the second half began, he took charge once more, feeding the head of Fedo Fernandez from a free-kick for the third, and scoring the fourth himself chipping substitute goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller after a neat one-two with Pablo Zabaleta down the right.

Germany were not without their chances, with some exceptional opportunities falling to Mario Gomez at close range, but he struggled throughout and failed to regain any composure. Andre Schuerrle finally managed to drag one back, tapping past Sergio Romero after his initial shot from a corner was smothered.

Mario Goetze would be fortunate if he were eventually to be credited with Germany’s second, which he tried to claim but which took a massive deflection off Fernandez and past the goalkeeper.

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F1 : Lewis Hamilton battles to German GP third as Nico Rosberg wins

Lewis Hamilton fought his way up from 20th on the grid to finish third as his team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg won the German Grand Prix.

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The Briton staged a superb recovery drive despite damaging his front wing in a collision at around half-distance when passing Jenson Button’s McLaren.

He caught Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in the final laps but could not pass.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for fourth with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

Rosberg’s victory on home soil leaves him 14 points clear of fellow Mercedes driver Hamilton at the head of the championship with nine races remaining.

“I had great fun,” said Hamilton. “I did as good as I could today. It was very hard to get through the field safely.

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World Cup : Germany Win World Cup

Germany beat Argentina to win World Cup final with late Mario G¶tze goal.

Germany's Mario G¶tze (left) celebrates with Thomas Muller after scoring the winning goal during ext

When the goal finally arrived, 112 minutes into a long, wearing night, there were members of Germany’s entourage who seemed intent on re-enacting the infamous end to the Ryder Cup at Brookline in 1999. Their victory run, en masse, took them all the way from the dugout to the opposite side of the pitch where Andr© Sch¼rrle had set up Mario G¶tze for the decisive moment.

G¶tze had taken down Sch¼rrle’s cross on his chest with his first touch. His second was to arrow a left-foot volley into the net and that ensured Germany will always remember Rio de Janeiro with the same fondness as Bern in 1954, Munich in 1974 and Rome in 1990.

They are worthy champions, even if they could not play with the distinction that made their semi-final such a harrowing ordeal for Brazil, and it was a wonderful goal that ensured their name was engraved into the trophy for a fourth time. It is the culmination of a story that should be an inspiration to others, bringing together intelligent forward thinking and all those other established German qualities, and G¶tze is an apt match-winner as one of the new generation of players to come off the conveyor belt.

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MOTOGP : Marquez Goes into Summer Break With Perfect Record

At the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Marc Marquez made it nine wins from nine races.

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Rain just moments before the race start had riders switching to their wet bikes. However, the downpour was brief and 14 riders, including Marquez and Pedrosa, opted to switch to their dry bikes at the end of the final Warm Up lap and start from pitlane.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) switched to slick tyres on the grid and had an early lead but both Repsol Honda riders quickly caught up. Marquez and Pedrosa passed the German and had their own battle throughout the race. Championship leader Marquez set several fastest laps with Pedrosa responding each time.

Marquez was able to maintain his advantage and win by almost one and a half seconds after Pedrosa made a mistake. Nonetheless Pedrosa was able to claim his seventh podium of the season, and mark Repsol Honda’s third 1-2 result.

“It looked like Assen but in the end everyone came in the pits because we all saw it was dry. I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and (Valentino) Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them. The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit!” commented Marquez.

Second placed Pedrosa added, “I think it was really tough in turn 1 with slicks. We did a good job in the pits. I tried to make it up to Marc but the gap always stayed at 0.5, 0.6. The rhythm was very similar and I wasn’t really gaining or losing at all. I’m happy overall though.”

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World Cup : Argentina Will Play Germany in 2014 Final

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final after beating the Netherlands on penalties in a drab semi-final in Sao Paulo.

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Chances were rare during a forgettable 120 minutes, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain poking the best opportunity into the side-netting in normal time.

Argentina’s Sergio Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the shootout, before Maxi Rodriguez struck.

His winning penalty put Argentina into their first World Cup final since 1990.

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World Cup : Germany Thrash Hosts Brazil 7-1

Brazil’s World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

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A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

Brazil’s players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

Instead, Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who meet on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

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World Cup : Miroslav Klose Breaks Finals Goals Record

Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the record scorer in World Cup history by netting his 16th finals goal in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil.

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The 36-year-old Lazio striker put his country 2-0 ahead as they opened up a 5-0 half-time lead in Belo Horizonte.

Klose moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo by scoring against Ghana earlier in the competition.

Germany’s leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is the third player to net at four World Cup finals.

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