Bastian critical despite win
Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned Germany they need to learn from their first-half lapse against England.
Last Updated: 27/06/10 7:14pm
Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned Germany they need to learn from their first-half lapse against England if they are to win a fourth World Cup crown.
The Bayern Munich ace came to the fore in Bloemfontein as the Germans booked their place in the quarter-finals of the South Africa finals with a 4-1 demolition of Fabio Capello's Three Lions.
The 25-year-old midfielder ran Germany's midfield during the Free State contest and was instrumental in Joachim Low's side progressing to the next round, courtesy of goals from Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and a brace from Thomas Muller.
Low's side received a scare however, as Matthew Upson pulled a goal back for England before Capello's side thought they had equalised a minute later through the soon-to-be infamous Frank Lampard 'goal' on 38 minutes.
And Schweinsteiger has told his team-mates they will not be so lucky when they play either Argentina or Mexico for a place in the semi-finals.
"We can't afford to give up a 2-0 lead so frivolously again," said the former winger, who has successfully converted into one of the world's leading creative central midfielders.
"We respect both Mexico and Argentina, but there is no fear from us. We are a good team with lots of quality and we can look forward to the quarter-final."