07.09.2006: Löw men set new high score against San Marino

German Football
By German Football September 8, 2006 14:17

07.09.2006: Löw men set new high score against San Marino

Joachim Löw’s side emerged on top of Group D, after thrashing San Marino 13-0 and keeping a third consecutive clean sheet since the coach replaced Jürgen Klinsmann. Having beaten the Republic of Ireland 1-0 on Saturday, Löw’s men established a UEFA European Championship record 6-0 half-time lead in Serravalle before earning Germany’s biggest victory since their 16-0 success against Russia at the 1912 Olympics. The final result bettered Spain’s 12-1 defeat of Malta in qualifying for the 1984 finals.

Having fielded the same lineup that started against Ireland, Löw was delighted to see his team show the European minnows no mercy. “We started with a good, professional attitude,” he said. “You could see that the players wanted to have a lot of fun and enjoy their good performance. They never sat back and always wanted to score – a good omen for the tasks that lie ahead.”

As with most David and Goliath ties, the question was always when, rather than whether, Germany would open their account. Podolski provided the answer after eleven minutes and the FC Bayern München marksman went on to become the first German player to score four goals in a European Championship game since German legend Gerd Müller managed it against Albania in 1967. “We knew San Marino were the worst side we would face so we wanted to score a lot of goals,” said the player fondly known as ‘Prince Poldi’ to his fans. “That’s what we did.”

Germany next face Georgia in a Rostock friendly on 7 October before getting back to qualification business with a trip to more challenging Group D rivals Slovakia four days later. Captain Michael Ballack looked forward with confidence. “When you score 13 goals you have to be happy,” said the Chelsea FC midfielder. “We were focused. We want to keep playing attacking football. It is important now that we steady the rest of our game.”

German Football
By German Football September 8, 2006 14:17
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