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Lahm and Schweinsteiger net for Germans

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:15 am

Ten days prior to their opening World Cup match against Australia, a Germany side inspired by Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger impressively hit their stride in beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in Frankfurt on Thursday. The 48,000 crowd saw team captain Lahm level the scores on 50 minutes and Schweinsteiger net two penalties (73,77) to complete an ultimately deserved victory.

"We're in good shape and I have a good feeling about South Africa," said Lahm after a vastly-improved second-half display by the Germans. Lahm's equaliser was a stunning shot into the top corner, making amends for his part in the Bosnians' 15th-minute opener, when the Bayern man's attempted clearance hit Edin Dzeko and looped into the net.

Lahm right, Badstuber left

Right-back Lahm was one of four Bayern men in the starting line-up. Holger Badstuber earned his second senior cap at left-back, with Miroslav Klose starting up front but coming off at the break after a luckless display.

Schweinsteiger put on a commanding show with a monstrous 120 touches of the ball until his substitution just before the end. He also safely tucked away two penalties. "Every player on the field has to take responsibility," commented Schweinsteiger after striking up an effective partnership with fellow holding midfielder Sami Khedira in their first game together.

Müller adds impetus

Half-time sub Thomas Müller earned praise from boss Joachim Löw. "He was lively up front and frequently got into the box," said Löw. The FCB starlet earned the Germans' second penalty. "We had a few problems early on but the second half was outstanding. I can play on the left, the right or through the middle," said Müller, a realistic candidate to start against Australia.

Mario Gomez also made a brief ten-minute appearance at the end. "Overall it was a good performance. We had good chances in the first half too, but failed to take them," said Lahm, "we just have to improve a little in defence."

Lahm and Co now have a brief break before reconvening on Sunday afternoon in Frankfurt for the evening flight to South Africa, presumably in confident mood after a convincing dress rehearsal.
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