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Podolski double gets Germany going

Published: Monday 9 June 2008, 0.30CET
Germany 2-0 Poland
Polish-born striker Lukas Podolski scored in each half as Germany made an impressive start in Group B.
by John Mathews
from Wörthersee Stadion
Podolski double gets Germany going
Lukas Podolski is mobbed after putting Germany in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyPoland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners4
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Monday 9 June 2008, 0.30CET

Podolski double gets Germany going

Germany 2-0 Poland
Polish-born striker Lukas Podolski scored in each half as Germany made an impressive start in Group B.

An emotional Lukas Podolski struck in either half to give Germany an ideal start to their UEFA EURO 2008 Group B campaign with victory against debutants Poland in Klagenfurt.

The Polish-born FC Bayern München forward produced a vintage display as the three-time European champions recorded a solid win, putting Germany in front with a simple finish midway through the first half. Poland, in their first EURO finals match, pressed for a way back into the game but struggled to unpick Germany's defence and Podolski finally ended their hopes with an emphatic volley.

With national pride and neighbourly rivalry adding an extra frisson and both sides keen to make a positive start there was plenty at stake, and it was Poland who began the brighter as they went in search of a first victory against Germany. Leo Beenhakker's team came close in the opening minute when Jens Lehmann got tangled up with Per Mertesacker while trying to deal with a high cross and the ball fell invitingly to Jacek Krzynówek, but the VfL Wolfsburg midfielder blazed over.

Germany responded in kind to signal their own intent, and should have opened the scoring after Michael Ballack sprang the Poland offside trap to release Miroslav Klose into an ocean of space down the left. The Mannschaft's other Polish-born striker bore down on Artur Boruc's goal but elected to pass and Mario Gomez was unable to make a proper connection at full stretch with the goalkeeper stranded, the ball slipping narrowly the wrong side of the post.

Germany looked the stronger team as the first half unfolded and duly went ahead on 20 minutes after again catching their opponents flat-footed at the back. Gomez sent Klose clear on the right and this time the square pass was perfectly delivered, leaving Podolski to tuck the ball neatly past Boruc. Head bowed and unsmiling, the scorer denied himself a true celebration out of respect for his heritage. Maciej Żurawski might have levelled while Gomez could have increased the German advantage with a clever flick, yet half-time came with no change to the scoreline.

Ballack could have strengthened Germany's position two minutes into the second period but his attempt skewed awkwardly off his thigh. Poland were far from out of it, however, maintaining a healthy share of possession without making significant inroads, while their supporters behind the goal provided plenty of encouragement. Those fans were further heartened as substitute Roger Guerreiro made some surging runs down the left, then Euzebiusz Smolarek had an effort ruled out for offside.

The alert Boruc tipped over Ballack's well-struck attempt but was powerless to prevent Podoski sealing the points in the 72nd minute – few goalkeepers would have kept it out. A swift passing move was cut off by Paweł Golański yet substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger dispossessed the defender and, although Klose missed his kick, Podolski showed how it should be done with a sweet left-foot volley.

This time he allowed himself a satisfied smile and he was fully entitled to it having given Germany their first finals win since the Czech Republic were defeated in the EURO '96 showpiece. Poland's long wait to overcome Germany continues but they next face co-hosts Austria on Thursday, when Joachim Löm's side play today's other winners Croatia.

Last updated: 10/01/12 16.33CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Poland

Poland

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
Substitution75
4
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution56
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
8
FringsTorsten Frings
6
BąkJacek Bąk
9
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution75
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Yellow Card40
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution90+1
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
Substitution46
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal20
Goal72
17
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
Substitution65
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

12
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
22
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
23
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
2
JopMariusz Jop
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
5
WestermannHeiko Westermann
10
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
11
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Substitution75
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution56
Yellow Card64
15
PazdanMichał Pazdan
10
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
16
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution65
14
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
19
MurawskiRafał Murawski
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution75
20
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
Substitution46
18
BorowskiTim Borowski
21
ZahorskiTomasz Zahorski
19
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
23
KokoszkaAdam Kokoszka
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Substitution90+1

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Leo Beenhakker (NED)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Craig Thomson (SCO)

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