Germany captain MIROSLAV KLOSE (11), the 33-year-old veteran striker who scored 12 goals in 27 Serie A games for Italian side SS Lazio Rome this season after leaving Bayern Munich last summer, is tackled by Switzerland skipper and midfielder GOKHAN INLER (8) of Italian Serie A side SSC Napoli during the high-scoring international friendly recently contested at Sankt Jakob Park in the northwestern Swiss border city of Basel.
Minus seven regulars from defeated UEFA Champions League Finalist Bayern Munich on hand to help and starting a debutant between the sticks to make things more interesting, visiting GERMANY were thoroughly humbled by neighboring SWITZERLAND 5-3 at Sankt Jakob Park, thanks primarily to a hat trick from World Cup striker EREN DERDIYOK of, ironically enough, German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.
MATS HUMMELS of 2012 Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund, ANDRE SCHUERRLE of Bayer Leverkusen and MARCO REUS of Borussia Moenchengladbach all got their names on the scoresheet for a disappointing Germany by getting balls past Switzerland goalkeeper DIEGO BENAGLIO, who, of course, plays his professional football for Bundesliga outfit Vfl Wolfsburg.
Both Hummels and Reus ‘celebrated’ their first career goals for Deutschland.
Switzerland World Cup striker EREN DERDIYOK (9) of German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen boosted his career total to seven goals on his 38th appearance for the national team by recording three goals against international novice MARC ANDRE TER STEGEN (27) of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Germany in front of a reported 27,381 spectators at Sankt Jakob Park.
goal — Marc Andre TER STEGEN (Borussia Moenchengladbach / 1 cap)
defense — Benedikt HOEWEDES (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen / 8 caps, 0 go), Per MERTESACKER (FC Arsenal – Eng / 80 caps, 1 go), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund / 14 caps, 1 go), Marcel SCHMELZER (Borussia Dortmund / 6 caps, 0 go)
def mf — Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa / 26 caps, 1 go)
att mf — Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayer Leverkusen / 13 caps, 6 go), Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 13 caps, 2 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 32 caps, 8 go), Lukas PODOLSKI (1.FC Koeln – 96 caps, 43 go)
for — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio – Ita / 115 caps, 63 go)
mf – Marco REUS (Borussia Moenchengladbach / 5 caps, 1 go)
for Oezil – 46th min
mf – ILKAY GUENDOGAN (Borussia Dortmund / 2 caps, 0 go)
for Khedira – 46th min
df – Julian DRAXLER (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen / 1 cap, 0 go)
for Podolski – 62nd min
fw – CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart / 23 caps, 6 go)
for Klose – 77th min
mf – Lars BENDER (Bayer Leverkusen / 5 caps, 0 go)
for Goetze – 78th min
mf – Sven BENDER (Borussia Dortmund / 2 caps, 0 go)
for Hoewedes – 78th min