Germany winger MARCO REUS (21) of Borussia Moenchengladbach, who has already been signed to play for current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund next season in exchange for a transfer fee of 17.0 million Euros, is chased by a trio of France players — SAMIR NASRI (11) of English club Manchester City, YANN M’VILA (17) of FC Stade Rennes and MATHIEU VALBUENA (8) of Olympique Marseille — during the international friendly match at the Weserstadion in the north German port city of Bremen.
International friendlies, particularly during the winter month of February, always need to be kept in very careful perspective, then, as visiting FRANCE knocked off host GERMANY 2-1 in Bremen. Quality match experience for the younger players selected as well as the overall Learning Process will always trump a feel-good result with the final tournament of the UEFA European Championships this summer approaching fast. Still, losing is never “acceptable” and, therefore, improvement will be expected by national team trainer JOACHIM LOEW.
Germany striker MIROSLAV KLOSE of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio Rome, still chasing the all-time scoring record of 68 goals for the national side by the legendary GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER, did have a couple of excellent chances to score in the first half but was short-circuited by the sliding France defender ADIL RAMI of Spanish La Liga club CF Valencia as well as an excellent save at close range from France’s 2010 World Cup goalkeeper, HUGO LLORIS of Olympique Lyon.
Second half substitute striker CACAU of Vfb Stuttgart tapped home a cross from World Cup Golden Boot winger THOMAS MUELLER of Bayern Munich and netted his sixth career goal for the national team in injury time to allow Germany to avoid the shutout on home ground.
Germany striker and Spielfuehrer MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian side SS Lazio Rome, the 33-year-old veteran legionnarie who has scored 13 goals in 23 Serie A games this term in his first season abroad, jockeys for position with France defender PHILIPPE MEXES (5) of Italian Serie A giant AC Milan during the international friendly match at the football stadium on the north bank of the Weser River.
goal — Tim WIESE (Werder Bremen / 6 caps )
defense — Jerome BOATENG (Bayern Munich / 20 caps, 0 go), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund / 13 caps, 0 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 19 caps, 1 go), Dennis AOGO (SV Hamburg / 10 caps, 0 go)
df mid — Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid / Spa – 25 caps, 1 go), Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 25 caps, 2 go)
att mid — Marco REUS (Borussia Moenchengladbach / 4 caps, 0 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 31 caps, 8 go), Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayer Leverkusen / 12 caps, 6 go)
attack — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio – Ita / 114 caps, 63 go)
MF — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 26 caps, 10 go)
for Schuerrle – 46th min
DF — Benedikt HOEWEDES (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen / 7 caps, 0 go)
for Badstuber – 46th min
AT — Mario GOMEZ (Bayern Munich / 51 caps, 21 go)
for Klose – 46th min
MF — Lars BENDER (Bayer Leverkusen / 4 caps, 0 go)
for Khedira – 70th min
AT — CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart / 22 caps, 6 go)
for Reus – 70th min
goal – Hugo LLORIS (Olympique Lyon / 31 caps)
defense – Mathieu DEBUCHY (OSC Lille / 3 caps, 0 go), Adil RAMI (CF Valencia – Spa / 17 caps, 0 go), Philippe MEXES (AC Milan – Ita / 23 caps, 1 go), Eric ABIDAL (FC Bareclona / 61 caps, 0 go)
df mid — Yann M’VILA (FC Stade Rennes / 18 caps, 1 go), Yohan CABAYE (Newcastle United – Eng / 10 caps, 0 go)
att mid — Samir NASRI (Manchester City – Eng 28 caps / 3 go ), Mathieu VALBUENA (Olympique Marseille / 10 caps, 2 go), Frank RIBERY (Bayern Munich – Ger / 57 caps, 7 go)
attack — Olivier GIROUD (HSC Montpellier / 3 caps, 1 go)
AT — Jeremy MENEZ (Paris St. Germain / 10 caps, 0 go)
for Ribery – 46th min
MF — Florent MALOUDA (FC Chelsea – Eng / 74 caps, 8 go)
for M’Vila — 62nd min
MF — Alou DIARRA (Olympique Marseille / 30 caps, 0 go)
for Cabaye – 62nd min
MF — Morgan AMALFITANO (Olympique Marseille / 1 cap, 0 go)
for Valbuena – 68th min
AT — Louis SAHA (Tottenham Hotspur – Eng / 20 caps, 4 go)
for Giroud – 76th min