As Turkey defender GOKHAN GONUL (7) of SK Fenerbahce Istanbul struggles to find his footing, Germany midfielder MESUT OEZIL (8) of Spanish giant Real Madrid eyes the ball at the Berlin Olympiastadion in the capital city of Germany; Oezil, who was born in Gelsenkirchen to parents of Turkish descent, was jeered resolutely every time he received the ball by the estimated 30,000 Turkish fans in attendance at the match. (Martin Meissner/AP)
European Championships Qualifying
October 8, 2010
3 – GERMANY ———— Klose 43′, 87′, Oezil 79′
0 – TURKEY
Once again, the 32-year-old veteran international striker MIROSLAV KLOSE provided the keys to drive the national team’s car as GERMANY toppled TURKEY 3-0 in the Group A qualification match for the 2012 European Championships.
In spite of the fact that the Polish-born striker has no goals in six Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich this season and, in fact, has scored just three goals in 31 league games since the start of the 2009-10 campaign, the old pro Klose delivered two goals against Turkey, who are expected to provide the biggest obstacle in the group to Germany.
This on a day when Klose, with his 104th appearance for the national team, passed the legendary World Cup-winning sweeper FRANZ “der Kaiser” BECKENBAUER and took over sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list for Germany / West Germany.
Klose now counts 57 goals in the national team kit of Germany, as well, which has him second only to the World Cup-winning striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER.
Germany, winners of their first three Group A qualification matches, thoroughly controlled play against the visiting Turks under the direction of Dutch manager GUUS HIDDINK and enjoyed a healthy 19-4 advantage in shots-at-goal for the game.
The Turks — who fielded three Bundesliga players against Germany — defended well for a while but Klose sent the hosts to the lead shortly before halftime. Turkey goalkeeper VOLKAN DEMIREL of SK Fenerbahce Istanbul almost pulled off a spectacular save from Bayern Munich’s THOMAS MUELLER (der neue Bomber) by tipping the World Cup goal-scoring star’s header off the underside of the crossbar. But the ball popped out to the other German goal shark from the 2010 World Cup final tournament, who headed past Demirel from close range in the 43rd minute.
Turkey international winger HALIL ALTINTOP of German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt had a golden opportunity to tie the match in the 53rd minute, but was denied all alone in front by the foot of Germany goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen.
Real Madrid’s World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL, who was the target of incessant whistles and insulting boos every time he touched the ball by the strong contingent of Turkey supporters at the game in Berlin, made a statement of his own with Germany’s second goal in the 79th minute after running onto a thru ball from Bayern Munich defender and national team captain PHILIPP LAHM.
For the midfield general Oezil, who scored the vital goal in Germany’s critical victory over Ghana in South Africa this summer, the goal against Turkey was his third in the national team shirt (20 games).
Klose added icing to the cake in the 87th minute after an eggregious error by the Turkish goalkeeper Demirel.
gk — Manfred NEUER (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen)
df — Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich), Per MERTESACKER (Werder Bremen), Heikko WESTERMANN (SV Hamburg), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich)
mf — Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich), Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa)
mf — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa), Lukas PODOLSKI (1.FC Koeln)
fw — Miroslav KLOSE (Bayern Munich)
mf — Christian TRAESCH (Vfb Stuttgart) for Podolski — 86th min
mf — Marko MARIN (Werder Bremen) for Oezil — 89th min
fw — CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart) for Klose — 89th min
gk — Volkan DEMIREL (SK Fenerbahce Istanbul)
df — Gokhan GOKUL (SK Fenerbahce Istanbul), Omer ERDOGAN (KD Bursaspor), Servet CETIN (SK Galatasaray Istanbul), Sabri SARIOGLU (SK Galatasaray Istanbul)
mf — Emre BELOZOGLU (SK Fenerbahce Istanbul), Mehmet AURELIO (JK Besiktas Istanbul)
mf — Hamit ALTINTOP (Bayern Munich – Ger), Nuri SAHIN (Borussia Dortmund – Ger), Halil ALTINTOP (Eintracht Frankfurt – Ger)
fw — Ozur HURMACI (SK Fenerbahce Istanbul)
mf — Tuncay SANLI (Stoke City – Eng) for Aurelio — 24th min
fw — Sernih SENTURK (SK Fenderbahce Istanbul) for Hl. Altintop — 63rd min
fw — Sercan YILDIRIM (KD Bursaspor) for Sahin — 78th min