Disallowed goal was crucial, says Capello

2010-06-28 00:00

ENGLAND manager Fabio Capello said his side’s disallowed goal in their 4-1 World Cup second-round defeat against Germany yesterday was the crucial point in his side’s defeat.

After going 2-0 down in an opening 25 minutes in which the Germans were easily the superior side, England should have fought back to 2-2 with two quick strikes — Matt Upson’s 37th-minute header and Frank Lampard’s shot off the crossbar that bounced a foot inside the goal-line a minute later.

But Lampard’s goal was disallowed, and Germany eventually cantered to a convincing victory over the English.

“It is incredible that in the period of technology and with five referees on the field no one can decide if it was a goal,” Capello said.

“If the goal had been allowed, it would have been different because at 2-1 Germany could continue to play the counter-attack. The mistake was crucial.

‘We did not play well in the first 20 minutes and then we scored two goals [one disallowed] and the Germans were suffering a lot in that period. After we went 3-1 down the score was too big.”

Capello has a get-out clause in his contract, which runs until 2012. While ahead of the tournament the Italian expressed his desire to fulfil the full contract, yesterday he was non-committal.

“I have yet to decide. I have to speak to the [Football Association] chairman. But resign, absolutely not,” Capello said.

The manager, who said his players had arrived at the World Cup fatigued from a gruelling Premiership season, was asked about his side’s overall performance at the tournament.

“When I lose, the performance of the manager is not good,” he said. “Our first game against USA was not so bad. We just made a mistake [by goalkeeper Robert Green] that allowed them to draw.

“We had a bad game against Algeria [0-0], and against Slovenia [England won 1-0] we played well,” said Capello.

“Today, I think the mistake by the referee was crucial. Between the score being 2-1 and 3-1, we were matching the Germans and Frank Lampard hit the post,” he said.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said his side had been very successful on the counter-attack.

“We were successful in pulling John Terry out of the defence, and then we used Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller to penetrate the gaps that opened,” he said.

Whoever won yesterday’s early match-up between two tournament heavyweights was going to have their prospects of going all the way to the final boosted, but Loew would not categorise his side as favourites.

“I don’t think we are in a favourite roll,” he said.

“This tournament is like any other, and it is going to be a different situation in the next round.

“We can enjoy our victory today, but in the next round we will meet a better opponent in Mexico or Argentina.

“We got the English on the wrong foot today and we could be very aggressive against them.”

The coach said at half-time that he told his players to look for more goals.

“At half-time I told them that we still have a 2-1 lead, to keep cool, and if we have an opportunity to attack go forward in a very direct manner.

“I said we will have more opportunities and we need to score more goals.”


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