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Germany cruise to finals, France on course

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:20 pm

Germany are through to EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine after an emphatic 6-2 victory over Austria in Gelsenkirchen on Friday, with Bayern supplying no fewer than six of the home team's starting line-up. The result means Joachim Löw's team have nothing but pride at stake when they travel to Turkey on 7 October and entertain Belgium four days later in their final qualifying fixtures.

A 53,313 full house at the Veltins Arena saw Miroslav Klose open the scoring after eight minutes, before Mesut Özil (23) and Lukas Podolski (28) made it 3-0 before the half-hour. Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic (43) pulled one back before half-time, but Ösil (47) and substitutes André Schürrle (83) and Mario Götze (89) sealed the resounding win for the 1996 European champions, although the outclassed Austrians had earlier pulled another goal back through Martin Harnik (51).

Perfect record

"The team showed what it can do today. We have plenty of players capable of delivering the decisive final pass. We're delighted we've comfortably accomplished the job of qualifying, and that we've won all our matches," Philipp Lahm commented afterwards. The team which finished third at the 2010 World Cup now have the maximum 24 points from eight qualifiers so far, and can no longer be caught at the top of Group A by closest rivals Turkey (13 points) or the Belgians (12).

Apart from Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos started the match in the Ruhr Valley. Jerome Boateng came on at half-time, with David Alaba turning in another promising display for the Austrians.

Three assists for Müller

The Germans set off as if they meant business, clearly determined to chalk up the final three points necessary to seal a berth at the continental showdown next summer. The midfield of Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Podolski, Özil and Müller, who finished with three assists, stifled the occasional forays launched by the visitors, who began with seven Bundesliga stars in their line-up. The early goals from Klose, Özil and Podolski underlined the home side's comfortable superiority, although a couple of lapses in concentration led to Arnautovic pulling one back with the visitors' first effort on target.

Ösil restored the three-goal lead immediately after the restart, but Harnik cut the deficit again shortly afterwards. The game meandered for a spell, before late subs Schürrle and Götze gave the scoreline a more realistic look, reflecting the balance of the play throughout.

Win for Ribéry, defeat for Tymo

Elsewhere, Franck Ribéry and his France team-mates took a nervy but significant step towards a place in Poland and Ukraine next summer. The Euro 2000 winners beat Albania 2-1 in Tirana and remain top of Group D. Karim Benzema (11) and Yann M'Vila (18) handed Les Bleus an early cushion, but Erjon Bogdani pulled one back a minute after the restart and the game was a knife-edge affair through to the end. The French held on, and victory over Romania next Tuesday would see Ribéry & Co home and dry.

With EURO 2012 co-hosts Ukraine already guaranteed a place in the finals, a defeat for Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Ukraine in a friendly in Kharkov was disappointing but ultimately meaningless. The East Europeans led twice against Uruguay, fourth-placed finishers in South Africa last summer, but ultimately slipped to a 3-2 defeat. Andriy Yarmolenko (1) and Yevheniy Konoplyanka (45) twice put the home side in front, but Alvaro Gonzalez (43), Diego Lugano (61) and Abel Hernandez (87) turned the tables in favour of the South Americans.
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Re: Germany cruise to finals, France on course

Postby MUTU » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:23 am

FCBayernNews wrote:but Ösil (47)


FCBayernNews wrote:Ösil restored the three-goal lead


FC Bayern made an "Element" :P
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Re: Germany cruise to finals, France on course

Postby Element » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:28 am

MUTU wrote:FC Bayern made an "Element"

no comment :) :P
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