We were hoping to feel able to use a less jubilant image of German fans at half time. And after a disastrous start it should have been possible as Lampard’s shot came down from the underside of the bar far enough into the goal to fit at least another ball between it and the line.
Incredibly, the ref and linesman must have been quietly humming Deutschland über alles to themselves; they imagined it no more a goal than Rooney’s earlier blast into row Z.
Had the goal counted, it would and should have been a morale-boosting clawback from 0-2 and sinking fast to 2-2. Gary Lineker being proved right again? Football a game played between 11 men on each side and the Germans always win?
At 31 minutes, we had seemed fortunate to be only a goal down with 11 men still on the field. Eleven minutes earlier, Upson would have been off, the penalty doubtless converted, had Klose not chose to stay upright and score after comical defending by Terry and Upson. At 32 minutes, some more shambles at the back and Germany were two up.
Upson quickly made up for his share in the earlier humiliation leading to goal one by heading in Gerrard’s excellent cross. In truth, we could by then have been three or four down, such was the ease with which the fast, direct German attack was playing. And then, suddenly, Lampard – and the watching world – assumed we’d equalised.
Let’s hope the sense of injustice drives England on to better things in the second half and gets this girl smiling as broadly as when she was photographed for this shot. It is not beyond us – even if basic defending, it seems, is.
As the teams left the field, Sir Mick Jagger was signing autographs, other England fans were booing and the Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda, so lamentably served by a linesman with gammy vision, was doing his best not to look sheepish.