Player ratings: England v. Germany


LONDON — England and Germany put on a show at Wembley stadium in the last 16 of EURO 2020, and the player ratings reflect that.

[ MORE: EURO 2020 hub ]

England scored twice late on to book their spot in the quarterfinals, as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane delivered when their team needed them. Wembley stadium was rocking at full time.

Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions have beaten Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament for the first time since 1966, and the English fans went absolutely wild at the final whistle.

Below are marks out of 10 for both sets of players and more analysis on the England and Germany player ratings.

England player ratings

Jordan Pickford: 8 – Denied Werner brilliantly in the first half and did extremely well to deny Havertz early in the second. England’s player of the tournament, so far.

Kyle Walker: 7 – A little sloppy on the ball at times. Did okay at center back and tracked back well.

John Stones: 7 – Steady and calm on the ball and always looked in control.

Harry Maguire: 8 – See above. Had a few marauding runs forward and headed and cleared everything away. A real leader.

Kieran Trippier: 7 – Locked down Gosens on the flank, so did the job he was brought in to do. His set piece delivery was decent too.

Declan Rice: 7 – Booked early, but he had to take one for the team. Muller and Havertz caused him problems, but didn’t put a foot wrong after being booked.

Kalvin Phillips: 7 – Saw a lot of the ball and had some lovely clipped passes. A little naive positionally from a defensive point of view, but kept calm.

Luke Shaw: 7 – Tough battle against Kimmich but did okay defensively. On the ball he gave it away a lot early, but didn’t have many options. His cross for Sterling’s goal was perfect and then involved in Kane’s goal. Recovered really well.

Bukayo Saka: 7 – Once again he stood tall. Lovely runs, twists and turns to get England going in attack. Involved in everything England did well going forward. Subbed off in second half.

Raheem Sterling: 8 – Curled a shot from distance on target in the first half and scored the all-important first goal. Was always a threat. Worked back hard defensively too.

Harry Kane: 6 – Had a big chance just before half time but a heavy touch saw him totally fluff his lines. Kept going and is clearly lacking in confidence, but headed home the second late on to send Wembley wild.

Jack Grealish (69′ on for Saka): 8 – Changed the game. Helped make England’s first goal, then set up the second for Kane. What a game-changer!
Jordan Henderson (88′ on for Rice): N/A

Germany player ratings

Manuel Neuer: 7 – Great stop to deny Sterling in the first half. Steady throughout.

Matthias Ginter: 5 – Booked and struggled to contain Sterling when he cut inside.

Mats Hummels: 7 – Did well against Harry Kane in the one-on-one battle. Used all of his experience.

Antonio Rudiger: 6 – Solid and steady. Knows this England team well and tried to hold things together at the back.

Joshua Kimmich: 6 – Clipped in some lovely deliveries and linked up well when he got forward. Both balls came down his side late on though.

Leon Goretzka: 6 – Won a free kick right on the edge of the box early on with a driving run, but that was about it. Couldn’t get forward.

Toni Kroos: 6 – Sat in and protected the back three, but couldn’t get on the ball as much as he would have liked.

Robin Gosens: 5 – Couldn’t get into the game from an attacking perspective. Trippier nullified his threat. Booked.

Thomas Muller: 5 – Missed a huge chance to equalize. Very quiet but kept popping up in key areas behind Werner. Germany just couldn’t find him enough.

Kai Havertz: 7 – Lovely ball to set up Werner for a big chance and smashed a shot on goal which Pickford tipped over. Chelsea forward was lively throughout.

Timo Werner: 5 – Had a big chance saved in the first half and then took too long when played in during the second half.

Serge Gnabry (69′ on for Werner): 5 – Didn’t have a real impact.
Emre Can (87′ on for Ginter): N/A
Leroy Sane (87′ on for Gosens): N/A
Jamal Musiala (90′ on for Muller): N/A

England – Germany live analysis from Wembley – By Joe Prince-Wright

GOALLL! Harry Kane scores. He did it! England are in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020. Wembley has lost the plot.

WIDEEEEE! Thomas Muller was clean through on goal and just slotted wide. Massive chance for Germany to equalize after Sterling’s pass deflected straight to Muller. Can’t believe he didn’t score that.

GOALLLLL! Raheem Sterling puts England 1-0 up. Great play by Sterling initially to turn and run at Germany, then Grealish played it wide to Shaw who crosses for Sterling to slot home. Wembley just went absolutely bonkers!

SUBS: After a brief lull in the game, both teams make their first sub. Serge Gnabry on for Germany as he replaces Werner. Jack Grealish on for England, as he replaces Saka.

SAVE! Second half is underway and it starts with a really good stop from Jordan Pickford to tip over a powerful Kai Havertz effort. Germany dominating early in the second period.

CHANCE! Right on half time, Harry Kane has a great chance but his touch is heavy and takes it away from Saka. Huge opportunity for England to take the lead. The ball spun in Kane’s path and he should have hit it first time.

SAVEEE! What a stop from Jordan Pickford. Timo Werner set clean through by Havertz but Pickford races off his line and denies the Chelsea forward. Way too much space for Germany to operate in centrally. England has to sort that out.

OVER! Harry Maguire puts a header over the bar after a great cross from Kieran Trippier. England pressing for the opener.

SAVEEEE! Raheem Sterling cuts inside and drills a superb shot towards goal which Manuel Neuer pushes away. Much better from England after a shaky start. Harry Maguire then heads from the corner straight at Neuer. Bukayo Saka has been brilliant so far.

CHANCE! Germany ripping straight through the middle of England on several occasions early on, and Declan Rice is booked for taking down Goretzka right on the edge of the box. The free kick is blocked, but Germany look so dangerous.

KICK OFF! We are underway here at Wembley amid a real party atmosphere. The 40,000 crowd is largely made up of England fans, but Germany have a solid group of fans in one corner.

Germany have started better than England and look sharp in the tackle. Lively start here!

Prematch preamble: Hello from London! The scenes across the country and around Wembley stadium are epic.

England’s fans are ready to finally beat Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final here at Wembley.

Germany and Joachim Low are here to cause an upset, and Die Mannschaft have been getting better throughout the tournament.

Gareth Southgate and his young side know if they can win today, the route to the semifinals and final (here at Wembley) has been blown wide open. They need Harry Kane to get going.

Here’s a look at the scenes around Wembley. England’s fans are fired up. On a Tuesday afternoon. It is wild here.

Man City vs Man United: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Manchester City vs Manchester United: Erling Haaland is set for his Manchester derby debut when the two-time defending champions host the rapidly improving Red Devils at Etihad Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 9 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm with an absurd 11 goals scored in his first seven games after (ostensibly) choosing Man City over Man United before leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Six weeks ago, Manchester United had not a single point from their first two games, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of tiny Brentford, but Erik ten Hag has since switched tactical course en route to four straight wins, including a 3-1 victory over PL leaders Arsenal last time out, to set up this hugely intriguing showdown on Sunday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Man City vs Man United

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]

How to watch Manchester City vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9 am ET, Sunday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Despite a pair of disappointing draws (Newcastle and Aston Villa), it’s been an unbeaten start to the 2022-23 season for Man City, who still lead the PL in possession (66.4 percent per game) while also becoming an unstoppable offensive force from last season (14 goals in their first seven games) to this season (23). That’s not to say it’s been easy as Manchester City go through a tactical shift of their own to better appeal to the big Norwegian’s poaching abilities. Though they have been forced to grind out results a few times already this season, it’s highlighted a newfound spontaneity for a side that’s been as regimented as any in the world. Will that freedom be what ultimately lands Pep Guardiola his first Champions League trophy since 2011, and perhaps a third straight PL title (and a fifth in six years) to boot?

As for Manchester United, the Ten Hag era has been a wild roller-coaster ride already, short as it’s been. The back-to-back defeats were one thing, but the abject performances were the real cause for discontent. While picking up the four straight victories, the Dutchman has also settled on a midfield setup with Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen operating in (effectively) a double pivot with Bruno Fernandes the most advanced of the three. It has brought defensive stability, of course, but more importantly the change has revealed a deadly counter-attacking side. Each of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Fernandes have scored twice during the winning run, with new boy Antony also getting in on the fun on his debut. With space in behind (and the proper service from deep), Ten Hag might just have his first winning formula (albeit quite unlike him).

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Marcus Rashford (thigh), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE, Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Follow @AndyEdMLS

WATCH: Lionel Messi spins gorgeous free kick goal past Nice’s Schmeichel


Lionel Messi got the better of Kasper Schmeichel with an outstanding free kick as Paris Saint-Germain outlasted Nice 2-1 on Saturday at the Parc des Princes.

The world’s greatest scorer was fouled to set up a free kick just inside the arc. Nice, of course, got into a wall and former Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel arranged it to his liking.

As he does so many times, however, Messi spun a free kick just over the wall. The ball, which came so close to taking a slight turn off a leaping wall member (actually, did it?), tumbled down and right into the side netting to give PSG a 1-0 lead before the match was a half-hour old.

[ MORE: USMNT’s Ricardo Pepi scores relentless Groningen goal ]

Gaetan Laborde tied the match before halftime, and Nice’s revamped roster looked set to hold tight for a point (The club’s signed familiar Premier League names Schmeichel, Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey, and Mario Lemina).

Even that wouldn’t be enough, though, as Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to replace young Hugo Ekitike to finish a Nordi Mukiele assist for a 2-1 win.

PSG has eight wins and a draw this season, good for a two-point lead on second-place Marseille. Messi has five goals and a joint-league-best seven assists, tied with Neymar. Mbappe and Neymar are tied for the league goals lead with eight.

Lionel Messi free kick goal video

USMNT’s Ricardo Pepi defies xG with relentless goal (video)


USMNT forward Ricardo Pepi’s goal while trying to will Groningen back into an eventual 4-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar on Saturday will not be one of the expected variety.

The 19-year-old striker, on loan from Augsburg, ran onto an audacious long pass from 20-year-old defender Neraysho Kasanwirjo but had plenty of work to do with AZ leading 2-0.

[ MORE: Josef Martinez scores audacious overhead goal ]

Pepi sees one defender fall in a race to the ball, then bodies up AZ’s Sam Beukema a little outside the six-yard box.

Hand-to-hand combat sees both players hit the turf, and Pepi probably could won a penalty.

But the World Cup hopeful spins while on the pitch and snaps a shot past charging AZ goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst to make it 2-1.

Video after the jump.

Ricardo Pepi

Ricardo Pepi goal video: Fantastic start to Groningen loan

Pepi now has a goal or an assist in his first three Eredivisie outings, not unlike his fantastic start to life in a USMNT shirt.

His goal contributions have taken a dive since his first two USMNT matches — World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Jamaica — and he only has one assist from the following 10 outings in a U.S. shirt.

Still, Pepi is clearly one of Gregg Berhalter’s favorite options for the upcoming World Cup, and his performances will be measured against Union Berlin’s Jordan Pefok, FC Dallas’ Jesus Ferreira, and others.

In a tournament where every moment matters, his work for this scrappy finish will be well-noted by the USMNT staff.

Josef Martinez scores vicious overhead kick in Atlanta United loss (video)


If this is the last goal of Josef Martinez’s (likely) final season with Atlanta United, it will be very appropriate.

So for Martinez, even in a losing effort, to go airborne for an overhead kick that is a simply sensational feat of athleticism and power, well, it just feels right.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan forward joined the Five Stripes in 2017 in what seemed a massive capture for the club at the time and now seems downright gargantuan, but he’s fallen out with current manager Gonzalo Pineda and was even suspended for a match last month.

[ MORE: West Ham beats Wolves | Klopp reacts to latest setback ]

Martinez has nine goals and four assists in an injury-abbreviated 25-game season, giving him 111 goals in 156 appearances for ATL UTD. The former Torino and Young Boys striker is still being capped for Venezuela and would leave with an MLS Cup, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup as well as a boatload of individual honors.

Atlanta lost 2-1 to New England on Saturday and returns home for their season finale next weekend versus New York City FC. The Five Stripes won’t make the playoffs unless at least two teams decide not to field teams, so if the NYCFC game doesn’t go well, let’s pretend this one was his final appearance for the club.