Germany Blanks Faroe Islands To Begin World Cup Qualifying


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Faroe Islands striker JOAN EDMUNDSSON (11) of Danish side FC Federicia, the 21-year-old currently out on loan from Norwegian club FK Viking Stavanger who previously spent two years on the books at English Premier League side Newcastle United, is effectively tracked by Germany defender HOLGER BADSTUBER (14) of traditional domestic powerhouse Bayern Munich during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 Qualification match at the AWD-Arena in Lower Saxony.
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Even after wasting the lions’ share of the numerous chances created, a first half goal from the nation’s brightest prospect and a second half brace from the country’s contemporary midfield maestro enabled lackluster GERMANY to blank the visiting FAROE ISLANDS 3-0 and formally open its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with the required result in Hannover.

The noteworthy triumph also marked the 500th victory in the long and storied history of Germany’s national football team.

It is to the credit of Faroe Islands goalkeeper GUNNAR NIELSEN that the game did not get completely out of hand in the first half, then. The 25-year-old is out of contract at present after being let go by defending English Premier League champion Manchester City on transfer deadline day and was obviously looking to leave a favorable impression on the international football community with a strong effort for the visitors in the World Cup contest with Germany. Nielsen, who originally signed with Blackburn Rovers in July of 2007 and later made his only Premier League appearance as a substitute for Manchester City in April of 2010, certainly achieved that aim albeit much to the chagrin of the German supporters on hand in Lower Saxony.

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Faroe Islands goalkeeper GUNNAR NIELSEN, only just recently released by reigning English Premier League champion Manchester City on the first of September, makes a sensational, one-handed save to deny talented Germany winger MARCO REUS (21) of defending German Bundesliga titlist Borussia Dortmund in the first half of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 Qualification match at the old Niederschsenstadion in Hannover, Lower Saxony.
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The was nothing that Nielsen could do to prevent the moment of individual brilliance from Germany’s newest rising star in the 28th minute, however. A riveting run into the box and a low, pinpoint drive to the far post saw Borussia Dortmund’s versatile and youthful midfielder MARIO GOETZE register his third career goal for Deutschland. Interestingly enough, the 20-year-old Goetze was deployed alongside Spanish La Liga legionnaire SAMI KHEDIRA of Real Madrid in the defensive midfield by Germany trainer JUERGEN LOEW for the match with the Faroe Islands but had no trouble getting forward and created several quality chances.

MESUT OEZIL, a colleague of Khedira’s in Spain on the roster of current La Liga champion Real Madrid, put the result beyond doubt for host Germany with a pair of well-taken goals in the second half. First, the 23-year-old midfield general both initiated and finished a classic counterattack directly following a failed Faroe Islands corner kick less than ten minutes after the halftime break. Nielsen again had no hope whatsover as Oezil casually side-footed a lovely cross from Bayern Munich’s in-form winger THOMAS MUELLER out on the right and properly celebrated his 40th appearance for the senior national team with a measure of style.

Oezil struck for a second time after taking a smooth feed from new Borussia Dortmund winger MARCO REUS in the box and firing another left-footer past the Faroe Islands shot-stopper to send Germany ahead 3-0 in the 71st minute.

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Germany striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian side SS Lazio of Rome is about to be well tackled by determined Faroe Islands defender ROGVI BALDVINSSON of Norwegian club FK Algard during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 Qualifying match at the AWD-Arena in Hannover … The 34-year-old veteran Torjaeger, who tallied a twelve goals in Serie A last season and already has two more strikes in as many matches for the Roman capital city club early into this 2012/13 term, had a couple of bona fide chances against the visiting islanders but failed to add to his career total of 64 goals for the national team; the out-of-form Klose has managed just one goal (that coming against Greece in the quarterfinal of the UEFA European Championships) upfront on his last ten appearances for Germany.
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GERMANY
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goal — Manuel NEUER (Bayern Munich / 32 caps)

defense — Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich / 92 caps, 5 go), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund / 21 caps, 1 go), Per MERTESACKER (FC Arsenal – Eng / 82 caps, 1 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 27 caps, 1 go)

def midfield — Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 17 caps, 3 go), Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa / 34 caps, 2 go)

att midfield — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 34 caps, 10 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 40 caps, 11 go), Marco REUS (Borussia Dortmund / 10 caps, 2 go)

striker — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 123 caps, 64 go)

substitutes
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MF – Andre SCHUERRLE (Bayer Leverkusen / 18 caps, 7 go)
for Mueller – 68th min
MF – Lukas PODOLSKI (FC Arsenal – Eng / 102 caps, 44 go)
for Klose – 75th min
MF – Julian DRAXLER (Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen / 2 caps, 0 go)
for Goetze – 87th min

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