08.09.2007: Klose scores twice as Germany beat Wales

German Football
By German Football September 8, 2007 22:21

08.09.2007: Klose scores twice as Germany beat Wales

Miroslav Klose celebrated his 70th cap and debut as captain in the starting line-up with two goals as Germany took a step closer to Euro 2008 qualification with a convincing 2-0 win over Wales.

Klose needed just five minutes in Cardiff to celebrate his milestone when Germany’s attack sliced through the Welsh defence and Kevin Kuranyi slid a pass to his skipper for the 28-year-old to put his side ahead. And when Wales defender Gareth Bale was robbed by midfielder Roberto Hilbert just before the hour mark, his cross was met by Klose’s bullet header as the Bayern Munich striker scored his 35th international goal.

With midfielders Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings out with injury, as well as Bernd Schneider serving a one-match suspension, the role of chief playmaker went to Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Bayern Munich player earned his man-of-the-match award and out-shone his captain with a superb performance to boss the midfield as Germany underlined their status as run-away Group D leaders.

An inexperienced Wales side had little to offer with Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Freddy Eastwood, who had been full of talk of embarrassing German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, being given precious little space by the compact German defence.

Wigan midfielder Jason Koumas and replacement striker Robert Earnshaw each had a chance either side of half-time, but Germany were always in control and Klose went close to completing his hat-trick on several occasions. Joachim Loew’s side could have increased their lead still further when Bastian Schweinsteiger clipped the bar late on.

German Football
By German Football September 8, 2007 22:21
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