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Podolski leads Germany stroll

Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.52CET
Slovakia 1-4 Germany
Lukas Podolski scored twice to take his qualifying tally to seven as Germany eased to victory in Bratislava.

Match statistics

SlovakiaGermany

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
9
Corners6
 
6
Fouls committed11
 
7
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.52CET

Podolski leads Germany stroll

Slovakia 1-4 Germany
Lukas Podolski scored twice to take his qualifying tally to seven as Germany eased to victory in Bratislava.

Joachim Löw's perfect start as Germany coach continued with a comfortable victory in Slovakia.

Third group win
Slovakia had made their mark in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group D on Saturday with a 5-1 win in Wales but Germany, who defeated the Republic of Ireland and San Marino last month, were three up at the break thanks to Lukas Podolski, Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Podolski took his goal tally in the group to seven late on after Stanislav Varga had reduced the deficit.

Podolski strikes again
Fresh from claiming the only goal against Ireland and then four of the tournament-record 13 in San Marino, Podolski was on target 13 minutes in after Miroslav Klose's pull-back from Bernd Schneider's through-ball. Podolski looked to set up Klose soon after, but the 2006 FIFA World Cup top scorer nodded over from close range. The second goal instead was claimed by Ballack, getting his head to Philipp Lahm's cross from the left.

Emphatic effort
Ballack and Schweinsteiger were Saturday's marksmen in the 2-0 friendly success against Georgia, and the second of those joined the captain on the roll of honour tonight. Slovakia goalkeeper Kamil Čontofalský could only parry a long-range Ballack effort and Schweinsteiger followed up to emphatic effect.

Victory sealed
There was hope for the hosts just before the hour as Varga beat Jens Lehmann to the ball and headed in to end Germany's run of clean sheets since Löw took over, but dreams of a comeback were punctured with 18 minutes left as Klose outdid the offside trap and unselfishly squared to Podolski, who had the easiest of tap-ins. Germany trail the Czech Republic by one point but have a game in hand, as they go to Cyrpus on 15 November. Slovakia are a further three point back in third, and visit Cyprus in March.

Last updated: 12/10/06 11.33CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Germany

Germany

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
2
KozákJán Kozák
Substitution65
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Goal36
Substitution76
4
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
Yellow Card60
8
FringsTorsten Frings
5
VargaStanislav Varga
Goal58
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan (C)
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
Goal25
9
MintálMarek Mintál
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
11
VittekRóbert Vittek
19
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution76
15
P. PetrášPeter Petráš
Yellow Card4
Substitution72
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal13
Goal72
Substitution85
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
20
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
27
FritzClemens Fritz
Yellow Card65

Substitutes

12
HajdúchĽuboš Hajdúch (GK)
12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
8
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution72
9
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution85
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution65
22
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
Substitution76
7
ValachovičJozef Valachovič
28
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution76
16
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
10
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
17
SaparaMarek Sapara
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
19
KratochvílRoman Kratochvíl
26
MadlungAlexander Madlung

Coach

Dušan Galis (SVK) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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