07.10.2006: Germany 2 – 0 Georgia; Ten-men Germany wins friendly

German Football
By German Football October 8, 2006 09:42

07.10.2006: Germany 2 – 0 Georgia; Ten-men Germany wins friendly

Germany warmed up for Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia with a 2-0 friendly win over Georgia in Rostock on Saturday. A long-range shot from Bastian Schweinsteiger on 24 minutes and a 67th minute goal from captain Michael Ballack secured victory for Germany who now travel to Bratislava with confidence.

“We played with passion and lots of effort but the team had a lot of changes tonight and we naturally made a number of mistakes,” said Germany coach Joachim Löw. “But the win is important and we now go into the Slovakia match full of confidence.”

Schweinsteiger fired home a shot from 25 metres in the 24th minute after being set up by Ballack and he duly returned the favour in the second half at the Ostseestadion, finding his captain open on the left side of goal for a 22-metre shot in the 67th.

Bayern Munich marksman Lukas Podolski was sent off on 48 minutes for vicious dead ball kick against Georgia defender Zurab Khizanishvili but will not be suspended for the Slovakia game as this match was a friendly.

The Germans controlled Georgia most of the match but were plagued at times by sloppy defence and were lucky that two Georgia goals were disallowed for offside.

Löw rested several key players in anticipation for the upcoming qualifier against Slovakia, such as World Cup golden boot hero Mirsolav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Bernd Schneider and Torsten Frings. Werder Bremen defender Clemens Fritz and SV Hamburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski both made their debuts in the starting line-up as Low tested out some fresh faces.

‘We had to integrate a lot of younger players going into their first match and had some problems in coordination,’ Löw added. ‘We wanted to give some people a chance to show what they can do. We were a bit lucky that we kept a clean sheet.’

Germany have started their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a perfect two wins – a 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland and a 13-0 annihilation of San Marino – but should beware of Slovakia who thrashed Wales 5-1 on Saturday.

German Football
By German Football October 8, 2006 09:42
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  1. Anonymous October 8, 18:24

    Great work! Now to take on Slovakia.

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