Germany beat England on penalties as amateur rivalry is renewed in Sheffield

Sheffield Steel City FC vs FC Stahl Bier
Sheffield Steel City FC vs FC Stahl Bier
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A team of German amateurs beat their English counterparts both in normal time and on penalties in the third match of a series that began in Sheffield in 2013.

Sheffield Steel City FC hosted FC Stahl Bier at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club in Meadowhead on Saturday.

Match action.

Match action.

It was the third time the amateur sides had locked horns as part of a rivalry that began over a bet between David Allatt and his German friend Christoph Kucik.

Home and away ties since 2013 had the series level at 1-1, so yesterday's game was the decider. And ultimately it was the team from Berlin that triumphed 1-0, despite their Sheffield counterparts' best efforts to disrupt them with a tough pre-match training schedule.

And of course, the Germans won the customary penalty shootout 4-3.

"The game was the closest and hardest fought yet, with only a single first half goal from Plumps Kohnke separating the two teams," said David.

The match finished 1-0 to the Germans.

The match finished 1-0 to the Germans.

"Not since Rocky II has such a close, nail biting sporting battle occurred. Fans were treated to a lovely day of sunshine and a top class show of heart from both sides.

"On Friday the Germans endured a high intensity workout at Knox Boxing Gym, with coach Damien 'Combo' Brown taking no prisoners.

"But although intended to exhaust and neutralise Stahl Bier it only seemed to strengthen their resolve.

"Before the game, the teams enjoyed a visit to Bramall Lane, to walk the sacred turf and explore the stadium."

Pre-match training at Knox Boxing Gym, with coach Damien 'Combo' Brown

Pre-match training at Knox Boxing Gym, with coach Damien 'Combo' Brown

Steel City were always going to struggle after three of their players failed to show up, with David blaming pre-match partying for their absence. But spectators Ross Hooley and Jack Taverner volunteered to step in.

David said: "Saturday night saw a fantastic celebration at the Head of Steam, with all players agreeing that the weekend will go down in history.

"Berlin now lead the series and have begun preparation of the rematch in Germany."

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