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Klose and Toni on target in national colours

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Klose and Toni on target in national colours

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:50 am


With the European championships barely five months away, Germany recorded a victory in the first international friendly of the year with a vastly improved second-half display to beat Euro 2008 joint hosts Austria 3-0 in front of a 48,000 crowd in Vienna. Former Bayern youth Thomas Hitzlsperger (53), Munich goal-getter <b>Miroslav Klose</b> (63) and Mario Gomez (80) scored the goals for a weakened Germany line-up.

“We can’t be happy with the first half, but we were better in the second half and played some good football,“ commented <b>Philipp Lahm</b>, who joined <b>Bastian Schweinsteiger</b> and Klose in covering the full match distance. The Bayern left-back remained critical of his side’s display. “Our movement, especially going forward, didn’t work out at all in the first half.“

<b>Poldi provides assist</b>

Bayern fans were delighted to see <b>Lukas Podolski</b> make a first competitive appearance of the year after recovering from a slipped disc. Poldi came on as a 59th minute substitute in a left midfield berth, contributing the assist for Gomez’s strike ten minutes from time.

Bundesliga leading scorer <b>Luca Toni</b> also added his name to the scoresheet on Wednesday evening as Italy defeated Portugal 3-1 in Zurich. Toni fired the World Cup holders into the lead on the stroke of half-time, before Pirlo doubled the advantage on 51 minutes. Quaresma (77) cut the arrears for the Portuguese, but Quagliarella (79) struck 30 seconds after coming on as a sub to seal the win.

<b>No joy for Altintop and Sagnol</b>

<b>Hamit Altintop</b> appeared for the first 61 minutes of Turkey’s meeting with Sweden in Istanbul, although the game was a disappointment and finished scoreless. Over in Malaga, <b>Willy Sagnol’s</b> first France outing in eleven months ended in defeat as Spain defender Joan Capdevila sent a 30,000 crowd into raptures with the only goal of the game after 82 minutes. Sagnol completed the full match distance.

Finally, winter signing <b>Breno</b> was a member of the senior Brazil squad for the friendly against Ireland in Dublin. The <i>Selecao</i>, without injured captain <b>Lucio</b>, won the match courtesy of Robinho’s fine 67th minute finish, but the new Bayern man failed to come off the bench
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