United States bring down soccer giants Germany in a 4-3 thriller at RFK
It took only 13 minutes for the underdogs to draw first blood. Jozy Altidore provided the hosts with the lead moments before Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen doubled United States lead with an embarrassing own-goal.
Germany fought their way back with Heiko Westermann’s goal, but scored a brilliant brace in only four minutes to change the scoreline in 4-1. As the electrifying crowd at RFK Stadium went wild with predictable victory, Germany managed to pull back two more goals once again.
Max Kruse and Julian Draxler scored in the 79th and 81st minute to silence the home crowd. With the score at 4-3 the game could have gone either way. However, sturdy defending in the last 10 minutes of the game set the night for celebrations for United States.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann was exuberant after the victory. The legendary Germany international praised his players for the calm they showed during the turbulent and game. The coach also hailed the support from the fans at the RFK Stadium.
“This was such an entertaining game as your centennial game,” Jurgen Klinsman said in his post-match interview. “This is cool for the players. It’s a special game, playing one of the top teams in the world and adding a sellout here at RFK, and we celebrated that the right way. We saw a lot of good things out there.”
The German boss was unhappy with the late goals his conceded. Nonetheless, Jurgen Klinsman hailed his entire squad, especially Clint Dempsey, who sealed the victory for United States.
“We saw some not good things at the end with conceding the last goals, but over all a good performance,” Jurgen Klinsman added. “Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is a privilege, and if I look back I think this is one of the best players in U.S. history. He performs at almost every game on a very, very high level. Compliments to him and the entire team.
“As you felt, it was hot and not easy to keep the tempo. It was a well-deserved win.”