Germany rallies to beat Bosnia 3-1 in final warmup

German Football
By German Football June 4, 2010 00:18

Germany rallies to beat Bosnia 3-1 in final warmup

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New captain, Philipp Lahm, and his vice-captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, ensured Joachim Löw’s side defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in Frankfurt tonight in their final warm-up game before the World Cup.

The Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko gave the visitors a rather fortunate lead in the 15th minute but Lahm equalised early in the second half. Two penalties from Schweinsteiger then earned Germany an impressive win which will give them confidence as they prepare to fly out to South Africa this weekend.

Germany started brightly with Lukas Podolski hitting the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute. In an echo of their match against Hungary at the weekend, Germany were unable to take the lead after dominating from the start and were punished after a quarter of an hour.

Lahm was unlucky to see his attempted clearance rebound off Dzeko’s chest, who looked embarrassed to celebrate as the ball looped over the Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into the back of the net.

Despite falling behind, Germany continued to play impressive, swift attacking football, albeit without managing to translate their superiority into goals.

Miroslav Klose was again a disappointment in attack and it was not until he was replaced by Cacau that the hosts began to pose a threat. But it was Lahm who made up for his earlier misfortune to equalise in the 51st minute.

The full-back received the ball midway inside the Bosnia half, advanced towards the edge of the penalty area and drilled his shot into the top left-hand corner of the goal, the ball grazing both the crossbar and post on its way in.

Mesut Ozil was the next Germany player to hit the woodwork less than 60 seconds later, but he suffered the same fate as Podolski as the ball cannoned back into play. The hosts then stepped up a gear and were rewarded when Sanel Jahic fouled Marko Marin inside the penalty area in the 73rd minute.

Schweinsteiger stepped up coolly to convert his first penalty, but the referee, Nicola Rizzoli, was not ready and told him to take it again, which he did with equal aplomb to put Löw’s side in front.

Rizzoli pointed to the spot again five minutes later when Thomas Müller was fouled by Emir Spahic. Schweinsteiger picked the same spot as before to put Germany 3-1 up and give them a comfortable victory in their final warm-up game.

German Football
By German Football June 4, 2010 00:18
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