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Klinsmann double sinks Russia

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.50CET
Russia 0-3 Germany
Captain Jürgen Klinsmann returned from suspension with two late goals to all but put Germany into the last eight and knock out Russia.
Klinsmann double sinks Russia
Jürgen Klinsmann in action against Russia ©Getty Images

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RussiaGermany

Goals scored0
3
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.50CET

Klinsmann double sinks Russia

Russia 0-3 Germany
Captain Jürgen Klinsmann returned from suspension with two late goals to all but put Germany into the last eight and knock out Russia.

Jürgen Klinsmann made a telling return from suspension with two late goals that followed Matthias Sammer's opener and Yuri Kovtun's dismissal for the beleaguered Russians.

Germany had already asserted their authority on the tournament with a 2-0 opening victory against the Czech Republic – this, though, was a real statement of intent. Sammer set the ball rolling 11 minutes after half-time, but it was not until Kovtun was shown red with 20 minutes left that Berti Vogts' team went into overdrive; Klinsmann was at his brilliant best.

It could all have been so different if Russia, a match for their opponents in the first half, had taken the lead when Aleksandr Mostovoi was sent clean through by Dmitri Khokhlov. Ilya Tsymbalar's deflected shot also hit a post but it was not to be – the second half belonged to Germany.

Sammer, previously a strong midfield player, was now a high-class sweeper whose performances in this tournament made him European Footballer of the Year. Coming through from the back, he took Andreas Möller's fine pass, had his first shot saved, and chipped the goalkeeper with his second.

Kovtun was sent off for a foul on Dieter Eilts and that was the end of the Russian challenge; Klinsmann was suddenly allowed far more room up front and duly flourished. His first goal was a virtuoso effort, a clever turn away from Yuri Nikiforov followed by a shot with the outside of his foot which curled high past Dmitri Kharin's right hand.

Germany's third arrived in added time when Nikiforov was robbed of possession by Stefan Kuntz, whose cross was tapped in by Klinsmann to all but cement his country's place in the last eight.

Last updated: 20/01/12 12.45CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Germany

Germany

1
KharineDmitri Kharine
1
KöpkeAndreas Köpke
2
TetradzeOmari Tetradze
2
ReuterStefan Reuter
3
NikiforovYuri Nikiforov
5
HelmerThomas Helmer
4
TsymbalarIlya Tsymbalar
6
SammerMatthias Sammer
Goal56
5
KovtunYuri Kovtun
Red Card70
7
MöllerAndreas Möller
Substitution87
7
OnopkoViktor Onopko (C)
Yellow Card30
10
HässlerThomas Hässler
Substitution67
8
KanchelskisAndrei Kanchelskis
Yellow Card12
14
BabbelMarkus Babbel
Yellow Card16
9
KolyvanovIgor Kolyvanov
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
10
MostovoiAleksandr Mostovoi
18
KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann (C)
Goal77
Goal90
19
RadimovVladislav Radimov
Substitution46
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff
Yellow Card31
Substitution85
21
KhokhlovDmitri Khokhlov
Substitution66
21
EiltsDieter Eilts

Substitutes

6
KarpinValeri Karpin
Substitution46
3
BodeMarco Bode
11
KiryakovSergei Kiryakov
4
FreundSteffen Freund
Substitution67
12
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov
8
SchollMehmet Scholl
14
DobrovolskiIgor Dobrovolski
9
BobicFredi Bobic
15
ShalimovIgor Shalimov
11
KuntzStefan Kuntz
Substitution85
16
SimutenkovIgor Simutenkov
Substitution66
12
KahnOliver Kahn
17
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh
16
SchneiderRené Schneider
18
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
19
StrunzThomas Strunz
Substitution87
20
GorlukovichSergei Gorlukovich
22
ReckOliver Reck
22
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov

Coach

Oleg Romantsev (RUS) Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Carl-Johan Christensen Meyer (DEN), Torben Siersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Lars Gerner (DEN)

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