Germany, Poland In Frantic Finish


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Germany fullback CHRISTIAN TRAESCH (15) of Vfl Wolfsburg sticks in a foot to confront Poland legionnaire midfielder ADRIEN MIERZEJEWSKI (18) of Turkish Super Lig side AS Trabzonspor along the touchline during the international friendly between the two neighbors at one of the venues selected to help host the 2012 UEFA European Championships final tournamnet next summer, the PGE Arena in Gdansk.
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What looked to be a certain winner from the penalty spot was ultimately canceled out by an equalizer deep into injury time as visiting GERMANY fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with POLAND, the co-host of next summer’s UEFA European Championships final tournament.

Trainer JOACHIM LOEW astutely used the occasion to rest several first team regulars and give valuable Startelf experience to several younger players as well as an international game to a reserve goalkeeper. The German attack, fresh from a six-goal effort against Austria to clinch a spot at Europameisterschaft 2012 a few days earlier, continued unabated in Poland but goalkeeper WOJCIECH SZCZESNY proved difficult to beat. The 21-year-old first choice for English outfit FC Arsenal in London produced a string of highly commendable saves in the first half to hold Germany at bay.

Tne minutes after the break, though, Poland striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI of defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund rolled the ball into an empty net after Germany goalkeeper TIM WIESE of Werder Bremen had wildly rushed out to fell approaching midfielder DARIUSZ DUDKA of French side AJ Auxerre at the top of the box and gave the hosts the initial advantage. However, in the 68th minute, Germany substitute winger THOMAS MUELLER of Bayern Munich was blatantly chopped down in the box by careless Poland defender ARKADIUSZ GLOWACKI. Yet another youngster from the Bayern Munich midfield, 21-year-old TONI KROOS, converted the subsequent penalty to score his first career international goal on his 21st appearance for Germany.

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Germany defender PER MERTESACKER (17), who was sold on the last day of August by Bundesliga side Werder Bremen to Premier League club FC Arsenal of London in exchange for a reported 9.0 million Euros, is late with the tackle while Poland striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (9), who has scored nine goals in 37 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund since a 5.0 million Euro transfer from KKS Lech Poznan in the summer of 2010, prepares to fire during the spirited international friendly at the PGE Arena in Gdansk.
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Glowacki, a legionnaire with Super Lig side AS Trabzonspor in Turkey, would later be issued his marching orders in the 81st minute for a second bookable offense.

In the very last minute of regulation, Wiese once again raced off his line but was harshly whistled for a foul at the edge of the area on the left. Borussia Dortmund midfielder JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI, who had created the first Polish goal with a fine through ball, made no mistake with the ensuing penalty shot. For Poland, a first-ever victory over their neighbors to the west at the senior international level appeared to be inevitable.

But Mueller had other ideas and, having beat his marker just outside the box on the right, made a penetrating run to the goalline. A precision ball arrived soon at the foot of substitute striker CACAU of Vfb Stuttgart, standing just a few yards out in front. In a flash, the game was tied and Cacau, whose last goal for his country came in the 3rd place match against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, had notched his fifth international goal on his nineteenth appearance for Germany.

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On a much-anticipated return to his native land, three-time Germany World Cup striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome found Poland goalkeeper WOJCIECH SZCZESNY of English Premier League club FC Arsenal to be in fine form and failed to score a goal despite a few fine efforts on his 112th international appearance at the PGE Arena in Gdansk.
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GERMANY
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goal — Tim WIESE (Werder Bremen / 5 caps)

defense — Christian TRAESCH (Vfl Wolfsburg / 9 caps 0 go), Per MERTESACKER (FC Arsenal – Eng / 76 caps 1 go ), Jerome BOATENG (Bayern Munich / 16 caps 0 go), Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich / 83 caps 4 go)

def mf — Simon ROLFES (Bayer Leverkusen / 24 caps 1 go )

midfield — Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayer Leverkusen / 8 caps, 4 go), Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 9 caps, 2 go), Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 21 caps, 1 go), Lukas PODOLSKI (1.FC Koeln / 92 caps 43 go)

attack — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 112 caps 62 go)

substitutes
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def – Marcel SCHMELZER (Borussia Dortmund / 5 caps 0 go)
for Lahm — 46th min
str – CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart / 19 caps 5 go)
for Klose — 46th min
mf – Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 21 caps, 7 go)
for Podolski — 61st min
mf — Lars BENDER (Bayer Leverkusen / 1 cap 0 go)
for Rolfes — 77th min

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