German press relieved at progress

German Football
By German Football June 25, 2010 01:24

German press relieved at progress

Germany needed to beat Ghana to secure their passage to the last 16 of the World Cup and a stunning strike from Mesut Ozil was enough to take them through and set up the match against England in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

But the relief at avoiding an early exit has outweighed the anticipation of Sunday’s ”classic” in the German press.

”Luck has one name – Mesut Ozil,” said the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

”Germany passes the first test,” proclaimed the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Welt newspaper in unison.

”Our knockout phase started today,” admitted Ozil in the Welt.

But once the realisation of advancing had sunk in, the attention did indeed turn to the meeting with England.

”The duel with England is obviously a classic,” said Germany captain Philipp Lahm in the Welt newspaper.

”The anticipation is huge. We are looking forward confidently, but we know that we have got to do certain things better.”

Sport Bild magazine speculated over the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was substituted 10 minutes from time holding his hamstring.

”Big fear over midfield general Schweinsteiger,” titled the weekly magazine.

”Should Schweinsteiger miss out, it would be particularly bitter because Joachim Low has hardly any alternatives in the defensive midfield position after the losses of Michael Ballack, Christian Trasch, Simon Rolfes and Heiko Westermann.”

The sight of Ozil limping in the final minutes was also a concern, but he ”only had a touch of cramp”, according to Germany’s assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick. ”He won’t need any treatment for that.”

German Football
By German Football June 25, 2010 01:24
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  1. fitriTERRAq June 25, 02:48

    oh no.. get well soon Basti… after looses Michael i don’t want to see Germany without you…

  2. nizar June 25, 10:30

    oh no..!! i think the DMF position in Germany’s squad is cursed .. % players till now…… 🙁

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