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Improved Germany ease past Israel

Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 22.59CET
Germany 2-0 Israel
Germany's defeat by Switzerland was quickly forgotten as Joachim Löw's charges clicked into gear against Israel in Leipzig.
by Steffen Potter
Improved Germany ease past Israel
Philipp Lahm and André Schürrle celebrate Germany's second goal ©Bongarts

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Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 22.59CET

Improved Germany ease past Israel

Germany 2-0 Israel
Germany's defeat by Switzerland was quickly forgotten as Joachim Löw's charges clicked into gear against Israel in Leipzig.

Germany rounded off their preparations for UEFA EURO 2012 in the best possible manner, recording a 2-0 win against Israel with a much improved performance.

Shorn of his FC Bayern München contigent, Joachim Löw watched his side struggle in their last outing when they fell to a 5-3 defeat by Switzerland. There were no such concerns here, however, as Mario Gomez broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time and André Schürrle added a deserved 82nd-minute second.

Germany controlled possession from the start, but could not find the target - Toni Kroos missed with a warning shot from range early on, before Jérôme Boateng's shot struck the upright on 19 minutes. When Sami Khedira squandered a headed chance with six minutes left in the half, the first 45 seemed destined to end goalless. But as the crowd became restless, Gomez popped up to put their minds at rest, driving the ball into the roof of the net after brilliantly controlling Thomas Müller's flick.

After the interval, Gil Vermouth forced Manuel Neuer into a good parry, before a fluid Germany ran the show. First a low Mesut Özil drive missed the far post, then Lukas Podolski twice failed to capitalise on two close-range chances. Schürrle replaced the profligate Podolski on 67 minutes and showed the new Arsenal FC man the way, collecting in space and thundering a right-footed effort into the top-left corner from outside the area.

That was a second goal in as many games for the Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward, who now has seven goals from 14 internationals. It was also an emphatic way for Germany to finish their build-up ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign, which kicks off against Portugal in Group B on 13 June.

 
Last updated: 01/06/12 0.32CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Israel

Israel

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
HarushAriel Harush (GK)
2
LahmPhilipp Lahm
2
Ben Haim ITal Ben Haim I
3
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
3
TibiEytan Tibi
4
BoatengJérôme Boateng
4
GershonRami Gershon
5
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
5
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
6
ÖzilMesut Özil
6
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution46
7
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution88
7
NatchoBebras Natcho
Substitution73
8
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution85
8
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Substitution67
9
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution83
9
YadinAvihay Yadin
Substitution86
10
GomezMario Gomez
Goal40
Substitution67
10
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Substitution46
11
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution67
11
ShechterEtey Shechter
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution67
Goal82
12
VermouthGil Vermouth
Substitution46
13
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution67
13
DamariOmer Damari
Substitution46
14
ReusMarco Reus
Substitution83
14
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution46
15
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution85
15
SaharBen Sahar
Substitution67
16
BenderLars Bender
Substitution88
16
BitonNir Biton
Substitution73
17
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
Substitution86

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Eli Guttman (ISR)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Nicky Siebert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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