Germany Overwhelms Austria, Qualifies With Ease


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33-year-old Germany World Cup striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome looks to skillfully settle the ball in front of 21-year-old Austria midfielder DANIEL ROYER (18) of German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 during the high-scoring Euro 2012 Group A qualification match in front of 53,313 Zuschauer at the sold-out Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
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European Championships Qualifying
September 2, 2011

6 – GERMANY —— Oezil 23, 47, Klose 8, Podolski 28, Schuerrle 84, Goetze 89
2 – AUSTRIA ——– Arnautovic 42, Harnik 51

GERMANY launched an all-out assault with three strikes in the first thirty minutes and, despite the concession of a pair of well-struck goals by the visiting Alpine neighbors midway through the match, steamrolled to a 6-2 victory over outmatched but willing AUSTRIA.

World-class talent MESUT OEZIL of Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid had a hand in three of the first four German goals against Austria, returning to his regular central attacking midfield slot in trainer JUERGEN LOEW’s formation after missing the recent triumph over five-time World Cup champion Brazil in the recent international friendly at Stuttgart’s Mercedes Benz Arena.

Germany maintained its 100% record with eight wins in as many Group A qualification matches and, with the defeat of the visiting Austrians in Gelsenkirchen, has assured its place at the 2012 European Championships final tournament to be hosted jointly by Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

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A pair of youthful midfielders currently maturing in the Bundesliga with record champion Bayern Munich, Germany’s 21-year-old TONI KROOS (left) and Austria’s 19-year-old DAVID ALABA, compete for the ball in an all-Bavarian aerial duel during the Euro 2012 quialfier at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
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GERMANY
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goal — Manuel NEUER (Bayern Munich / 22 caps)

defense — Benedikt HOEWEDES (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen / 3 caps 0 go), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund / 9 caps 0 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 15 caps 1 go), Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich / 82 caps 4 go)

def mf — Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munich / 89 caps 22 go), Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 20 caps 0 go)

att mf — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 20 caps 7 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 27 caps 6 go), Lukas PODOLSKI (1.FC Koeln / 91 caps 43 go)

attack — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 111 caps 62 go)

substitutes
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def – Jerome BOATENG (Bayern Munich / 15 caps 0 go)
for Hoewedes — 46th min
mf – Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayern Leverkusen / 7 caps 4 go)
for Podolski — 74th min
mf – Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 8 caps 1 go)
for Kroos — 85th min

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Three-time World Cup striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome runs off after redirecting a shot past protesting Austria goalkeeper CHRISTIAN GRATZEI (1) of SK Sturm Graz to score his 62nd international goal on his 111th appearance for Germany.
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World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL (8) of Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid artfully steps around the Austrian goalkeeper Gratzei to score the first of his two goals in the match on his 27th apperance for Germany.
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World Cup winger LUKAS PODOLSKI (10) of 1.FC Koeln left-foots the ball from a sharp angle right past the inexperienced Austrian goalkeeper Gratzei to record his 43rd goal on his 91st appearance for Germany.
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World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL (8) of Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid slips the ball underneath the unconvincing Austrian goalkeeper Gratzei to score his second of the game and the sixth of his international career for Germany.
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20-year-old winger ANDRE SCHUERRLE of Bayer Leverkusen, a summer transfer from FSV 05 Mainz, knocks the ball past the outstretched Austrian goalkeeper Gratzei to register an impressive fourth goal on just his seventh appearance so far for Germany.
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Teenaged midfielder MARIO GOETZE (19) of defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund, the seventh youngest player ever to debut for Deutschland, signals his second career international goal for Germany on just his eighth appearance for the senior national side.

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