In honour of the 1914 Christmas day truce British and German soldiers faced off in a celebration of the 100th year anniversary of that very special day, and it was the British Army that came out victorious 1-0 on bitterly cold December evening.
A phenomenal spectacle occurred before the game, with both the British and German forces coming out onto the pitch accompanied by a roar from the crowd and a real sense of meaning that flooded the stadium.
Each national anthem was observed superbly and with a round of applause, and after the handshakes it was time for the game to commence.
Not only did it commence, it burst into life with the opening goal coming after five minutes. Matt Glass of the British Army saw his shot saved by Andreas Forster, but Calum Wilkinson was there to mop up the rebound with an emphatic finish.
Both the German and British squads had numerous chances to score before half time, but failed to convert due to some superb shot-stopping from both keepers.
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In contrast the second half was significantly less eventful than the first. Each team had a handful of chances, especially the British Army who bombarded the German goal throughout yet failed to add to their first half tally. This was down to an outstanding goalkeeping performance from Andreas Forster, the armed forces version of Manuel Neuer.
Florian Stahl missed the chance to equalize in extra time when he saw his shot cannon off the British crossbar.
The final whistle blew and the British Army come out on top with a scoreline of 1-0 in front of a 2,547 attendance. But at the end of the day the score wasn't important on the evening, what is important is to commemorate and remember those brave men from both sides, that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
This report from Josh Morsman can also be found on ArmyFA.com
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