With Spanish exile SAMI KHEDIRA (6) of Real Madrid and Torjaeger MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Bayern Munich watching, Germany’s substitute defender HEIKO WESTERMANN (5) of SV Hamburg chips his own rebound over Azerbaijan goalkeeper KAMRAN AGAYEV of FK Khazar Lankaran to open the scoring at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Koeln. (Reuters photo)
European Championships Qualifying
September 7, 2010
6 – GERMANY ———— Klose 45′ + 2, 90′, Westermann 28′, Podolski 45+1′, own goal 53′, Badstuber 86′
1 – AZERBAIJAN ——- Dzavadov 57′
32-year-old veteran international striker MIROSLAV KLOSE of Bayern Munich scored the last goal of each half as home-standing GERMANY easily put away AZERBAIJAN 6-1 in the Group A qualification match for the 2012 European Championships.
Klose, who provided the only goal of the game as Germany opened its Euro 2012 campaign with a win last week in Belgium, ran his record to 55 goals on 103 appearances for Deutschland.
SV Hamburg defender HEIKO WESTERMANN, forced to come off the bench in the 11th minute as a subsitute for injured World Cup center back PER MERTESACKER of Werder Bremen, sent the hosts to the lead with his third international goal in 21 games for Germany shortly before the half hour mark.
1.FC Koeln World Cup winger LUKAS PODOLSKI fashioned his 41st career goal in 81 games for Germany while 21-year-old World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL of Spanish giant Real Madrid handed out two assists, as well; another 21-year-old, Bayern Munich defender HOLGER BADSTUBER, added his first-ever international goal on his sixth appearance for Germany.
VAGIZ DZAVADOV, on loan to FC Baku from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente Enschede, accounted for Azerbaijan’s solitary strike.
gk — MANUEL NEUER (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen)
df — PHILIPP LAHM (Bayern Munich), PER MERTESACKER (Werder Bremen), HOLGER BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich), SASCHA RIETHER (Vfl Wolfsburg)
df — BASTIEN SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munich), SAMI KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa)
am — THOMAS MUELLER (Bayern Munich), MESUT OEZIL (Werder Bremen), LUKAS PODOLSKI (1. FC Koeln)
fw — MIROSLAV KLOSE (Bayern Munich)
df — HEIKO WESTERMANN (SV Hamburg) for Mertesacker — 11th min
mf — MARKO MARIN (Werder Bremen) for Mueller — 62nd min
fw — CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart) for Schweinsteiger — 78th min
gk — KAMRAN AGAYEV (FK Khazar Lankaran)
df — MAKSIM MEDVEDEV (FK Qarabag), SASCHA YUNISOGLU (FK Baku), RASHAD F. SADYKOV (FK Qarabag), RAIL MELIKOV (PFC Neftchi Baku)
mf — ELNUR ALLAHVERDIYEV (FK Qarabag), MAHIR SHUKUROV (FC Makhachkala – Rus), ALEKSANDER CHERTOGONOV (FC Inter Baku), SAMIR ABBASOV (FK Qarabag), VUGAR NADYROV (FK Qarabag)
fw — VAGIZ DZAVADOV (FC Baku)
df — VURGUN HUSEYNOV (PFC Turan Tovuz) for Yunisoglu — 56th min
mf — RASHAD A. SADYKOV (FK Qarabag) for Chertogonov — 64th min
mf — ARAZ ABDULLAYEV (PFC Neftchi Baku) for Nadyrov — 85th min