Germany demolish Kazakhstan to maintain perfect record

German Football
By German Football March 27, 2011 14:35

Germany demolish Kazakhstan to maintain perfect record

A Klose double gave Germany a big push towards qualifying for Euro 2012, as they trounced minnows Kazakhstan 4-0 at home on Saturday to keep their unbeaten record in Group A.

The win sent Joachim Löw’s side eight points clear of the chasing pack in Group A, with Belgium, Austria and Turkey all seeking to close the gap on Tuesday. Kazakhstan remain point-less and goal-less at the bottom of the group.

“We know they weren’t a great side although they were compact and defended pretty well but I’m pleased with my goals at the beginning and the end of the game,” said Klose after the game.

Klose put Germany in the lead after just three minutes when poor defending allowed him to sneak in at the back post to score, tapping in a free kick by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The team, playing in Kaiserslautern, doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Thomas Müller took advantage of a curling free kick from Mesut Özil to head the ball into the corner of the net.

Müller extended the lead further just before half time, chesting down a cross from Özil and shooting past Kazakhstan keeper David Loria.

With Germany enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the second half began with the feeling of a training game and the sell-out crowd at the Fritz-Walter Stadium, home to Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern, began to show its frustration.

The visitors even had a few breakaway chances of their own, forcing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into two sharp saves.

Even the introduction of the Bundesliga’s top scorer, Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez, did not give Germany the required cutting edge as they too often tried to pass the ball into the net.

Another pin-point pass from the impressive Özil found his club colleague Sami Khedira in the 81st minute, but the midfielder could only head wide, capping a frustrating second half for the home side.

But the dependable Klose gave the fans something to cheer about on their way home, tapping home a fourth just before the end for his 61st international goal, bringing him within seven of Gerd Müller’s all-time German record.

“I think the first half was good,” said Löw. “We scored three goals and had plenty of chances against a team that played very defensively. But in the second half, we didn’t keep up the tempo from the first half and we played a bit too slowly.”

Captain Philipp Lahm said, “We did well in the first half, but we were not so good in the second, that was clear.”

Müller said: “We are pleased we won the game and I think it looks good for us in terms of qualification now.”

German Football
By German Football March 27, 2011 14:35
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