02.06.2007: Germany 6 – 0 San Marino; Germany put 6 past San Marino

German Football
By German Football June 2, 2007 21:54

02.06.2007: Germany 6 – 0 San Marino; Germany put 6 past San Marino

Germany scored six times in a brutal 22-minute spell either side of the interval to destroy San Marino 6-0 and move clear at the top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group D on Saturday.

San Marino, still smarting from a 13-0 defeat by Germany at home in September, put up stiff resistance before succumbing to a Kevin Kuranyi header in the final minute of the first half.

Marcell Jansen made it 2-0 early in the second and the sending-off of Davide Simoncini when he gave away a penalty opened the floodgates.

Torsten Frings converted from the spot, Mario Gomez scored two in quick succession and Clemens Fritz rounded off the scoring in the 67th minute.

Victory gave Germany 16 points from six games and took them two clear of Czech Republic, who drew 0-0 in Wales earlier on Saturday.

Joachim Loew’s side play Slovakia in Hamburg on Wednesday when another victory would take them a long way towards their goal of reaching the finals in Austria and Switzerland next year.

‘Really they were a sparring partner for us,’ Loew told reporters. ‘It was important for us to get in rhythm ahead of the Slovakia game.’

After September’s demolition job, the talk before the return match was about the chances of a record victory to beat Germany’s 16-0 win over Russia in 1912.

Germany’s appalling finishing in the first half made a mockery of such predictions.

SIMPLE CHANCES

After Kuranyi, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Hitzlsperger wasted simple chances, San Marino nearly caused a shock in the 42nd minute.

Jens Lehmann was far too casual as he came out to clear near his right touchline. He gave the ball straight to Manuel Marani and the Arsenal keeper looked fortunate to get away with handling outside the area as he dived to keep out a shot that flashed across goal.

A couple of minutes later Germany settled their nerves when Kuranyi’s header looped over keeper Aldo Simoncini.

Germany came out with a new spring in their step in the second half and the second goal from Jansen was a poke from the far post after Simoncini pushed out a corner.

Frings stroked in his penalty two minutes later before substitutes Gomez and Fritz wrapped things up.

Gomez got his first on the rebound in the 63rd minute before the VfB Stuttgart striker netted the pick of the goals two minutes later with a deft flick from Jansen’s cross.

The sixth from Fritz was also nicely taken after a one-two with Frings.

German Football
By German Football June 2, 2007 21:54
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