LONDON, England -- A goalkeeping blunder by Paul Robinson to gift Kevin Kuranyi an equalizer and a wonder strike by Christian Pander secured Germany a 2-1 win over England in a friendly international at Wembley on Wednesday.
Pander (No 6) and his team-mates celebrate after his superb goal at Wembley.
England were ahead thanks to a well-worked opener from Frank Lampard on nine minutes when Robinson misjudged a cross by Bernd Schneider and palmed the ball into the path of the grateful Kuranyi for a 26th minute leveler.
Robinson had beaten out a shot by Thomas Hitzlsperger moments before the ball found its way out to Germany captain Schneider on the right flank.
However, the German veteran's cross swerved towards the top corner of the England goal - catching out the sleeping Robinson who was substituted at half time by the returning David James.
England almost regained their advantage in the 32nd minute when a free-kick from David Beckham was headed just wide by Alan Smith.
Beckham was also involved moments later as his clever reverse pass saw Lampard bursting through but this time Lehmann was able to keep out his strike.
The misses proved costly as Germany went in front thanks to a 25 meter strike from new boy Pander.
Philip Lahm and Hitzlsperger combined passed before Pander made room for a shot that left the unfortunate Robinson with no chance.
Back came England and a cross from Alan Smith was met by Michael Owen but the Newcastle striker's diving header was superbly kept out by the diving Lehmann.
England had started brightly with Joe Cole making a series of surging runs before the impressive Micah Richards burst down the right and played in Lampard who beat Lehmann at his near post.
The second half saw a spate of substitutions but no addition to the score with England left to rue missed chances.
Kuranyi might have tested James when given the chance to lob the onrushing goalkeeper, but England were more wasteful at the other end.
Second half replacement Kieron Dyer was inches wide after connecting with a Beckham cross after the LA Galaxy man had been sent away by Lampard,
Another second half substitute, Shaun Wright Phillips, beat two men but his cross was steered over by Lampard.
England captain John Terry also had a headed effort cleared off the line by Lahm, but a weakened German team held out for a deserved win.
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