Germany trounces Austria, qualifies for Euro 2012

German Football
By German Football September 3, 2011 05:54

Germany trounces Austria, qualifies for Euro 2012

Germany trounced Austria 6-2, making them the first team to qualify for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine next year.

The Germans claimed their eighth straight qualification victory on Friday, giving Löw’s side an unassailable 24 points at the top of Group A, with second-placed Turkey 11 points behind.

The man of the match was Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil, who scored three of the goals in the game, although UEFA made a questionable decision to give one of the goals to Miroslav Klose.

“We played well as a team and we have now qualified for the finals,” said Özil after the match. “We are a very strong team and it has to be our goal that we want to win the title.”

Germany’s three other goals were scored by Lukas Podolski, Andre Schürrle and Mario Götze. Schürrle and Götze were both substitutes and both scored shortly after leaving the bench.

Plucky Austria did expose some weaknesses, with Werder Bremen’s Marko Arnautovic and Stuttgart’s Martin Harnik pulling goals back for their side.

“Austria had two chances and scored twice, but I think we were very dominant,” said coach Joachim Löw. “If you play attacking football, you are bound to give away chances to the opponents.”

The win maintains Germany’s perfect record of eight Euro 2012 qualifier wins. The scoreboard was significantly more lopsided than Germany’s last match with Austria in June, which bodes poorly for Austrian coach Dietmar Constantini.

Germany is scheduled to play Turkey on October 7 and Belgium on October 11. In Friday’s other Group A qualifiers, Turkey beat Kazakhstan 2-1 and Belgium drew with Azerbaijan 1-1.

Team quotes:

Coach Joachim Löw:

We have qualified for the finals at the earliest available opportunity. We must keep up the tension for the next few games. We have scored plenty of goals in qualification and only conceded a few. But if you attack as much as we do, you have to accept you are going to concede a few. We got caught out twice defensively, but I think we restricted the Austrians to just two chances and I prefer to focus on the fact that we created so many chances ourselves. It is our philosophy to constantly attack and we are working all the time to have a team in which we can interchange players. This is what you have to have if you want to be amongst the best in the world.

Özil:

It is not important who scored the goal. As a team, we put in a great performance and deserved the win. Our goal must be to win the Euro 2012 title, we know that we can do it.

Podolski:

That was a beautiful night of football. I have the confidence of the coach and I think I paid that back. We belong amongst the favourites and we obviously want to win the title.

Lahm:

As a defender of course you get a bit annoyed about conceding goals. But the joy of qualifying outweighs any negative thoughts and the team has shown what it is capable of.

Austria coach Didi Constantini:

I think everyone saw there was a huge difference between Germany and Austria. We were chasing the game in the first half. We had a few chances to make it 4-3, but Germany were simply too strong. I have a contract until December 21 and I intend on seeing that through.

Austria captain Christian Fuchs:

We made our lives difficult because we made too many mistakes in the build up. Germany aren’t the third best team in the world for nothing.

German Football
By German Football September 3, 2011 05:54
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