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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jubilant Hosts Await Germans, Less Klinsmann


LONDON -- Jubilant England fans partied into the early hours Sunday in Trafalgar Square to celebrate England's 4-2 penalties shootout victory over Spain, but the exuberant festivities were marred by a spate of bottle and glass throwing at police.

Scotland Yard said 10 people were arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct during the 7 1/2 hour party in the square, which has become the England fans' chosen place of celebration during the tournament.

Hundreds of supporters clambered onto the base of Nelson's Column after Saturday's victory, chanting "Football's Coming Home" and "Bring on the Germans," anticipating a German victory over Croatia on Sunday. The Germans kept up their end of the bargain, dismissing Croatia 2-1 to set up a Wednesday meeting against England at Wembley.

One young male fan earned the rapturous approval of the crowd by stripping off all his clothes, clambering to the top of one of the square's fountains, and displaying his body for all to see. Dozens more fans dived into the fountains, soaking themselves in joyous celebration.

Passing drivers hooted in a deafening cacophony of delight, and draped flags from their windows.

Mark Simmons, 28, from south London, was among those leading the chanting at the base of Nelson's Column, dressed in Union Jack shorts. His face was painted in England's red, white and blue colors.

"It was brilliant," he said. "At the end of the day, we were worthy winners. We proved ourselves against Holland, the Scots, the Swiss and now the Spaniards. We can win the whole competition."

Mark Leeds, 35, who runs the nearby Brewmaster pub, said there was a great feeling of patriotism.

"What England are doing is lifting the whole country," he said. "Everyone is united behind them."

The only ominous note to the celebration came late in the evening when fans threw bottles and glasses at a line of riot police, wearing face visors and carrying shields, who moved into the square.

The win was assured when goalkeeper David Seaman dived to his left to push out Miguel Angel Nadal's spot-kick. The 4-2 penalties win came after a 0-0 draw after extra time.

Alan Shearer, David Platt, Stuart Pearce and Paul Gascoigne all converted their penalties for England, while Fernando Hierro struck the bar with the first Spanish kick.

England has won just two of the 13 clashes with the Germans since the 1966 final. The last time they met in a competitive match was in the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup in Turin, when Germany won a dramatic penalty shootout. However, England's chances of victory improved dramatically when the Germans announced they will definitely be without their two leading strikers, J--rgen Klinsmann and Fredi Bobic.

As the German players prepared to fly to London from Manchester on Monday after a light morning jog at their hotel, team spokesman Wolfgang Niersbach said Bobic had suffered a serious shoulder injury and would be unable to play for the rest of the tournament.

Captain Klinsmann, who tore a calf muscle in Sunday's win over Croatia, will miss the England game and has only a remote chance of being fit for next weekend's final if the Germans go through.

"Bobic is out for the rest of the tournament. He has torn a cartilage in his shoulder," Niersbach said. "Klinsmann is 100 percent out of the England game. He has no chance."

Klinsmann and Matthias Sammer booked Germany's clash against England with a goal in each half.

It was Klinsmann who gave Germany the initial lead with a 21st minute penalty against the run of play.

Six minutes into the second half Croatia gained an equalizer they thoroughly deserved through Davor Suker.

But Croatia, reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute after Igor Stimac was sent off for a second yellow card offense, was sunk two minutes later when Sammer popped up to hit the winner.