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Cyprus halt Germany sequence

Published: Wednesday 15 November 2006, 23.45CET
Cyprus 1-1 Germany
Cyprus came from a goal behind in Nicosia to bring Germany's 100 per cent start to Group D to a close.

Match statistics

CyprusGermany

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
8
Corners5
 
6
Fouls committed22
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 15 November 2006, 23.45CET

Cyprus halt Germany sequence

Cyprus 1-1 Germany
Cyprus came from a goal behind in Nicosia to bring Germany's 100 per cent start to Group D to a close.

Germany surrendered their 100 per cent record in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group D as Cyprus came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw in Nicosia. Michael Ballack had fired Germany into an early lead but a wonderful strike from Yiannis Okkas earned the home side a deserved point.

Ballack opener
Ballack celebrated his 75th international appearance with his 35th goal for his country as his sweetly struck free-kick from more than 25 metres took a deflection on its way into the corner of the Cyprus net. Germany came close to a second after 26 minutes when David Odonkor set up Bastian Schweinsteiger on the left edge of the penalty area but his effort was well saved by Antonis Georgallides.

Okkas leveller
The hosts were in no mood to capitulate, however, and Okkas earned a yellow card after 40 minutes for a reckless lunge. He made a more meaningful contribution two minutes later: Efstathios Aloneftis finding space down the left and whipping in a threatening cross which was met perfectly by Okkas's fierce right-footed volley from just outside the box.

Cyprus chances
Cyprus threatened again soon after the restart when Michalis Konstantinou charged down goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand's clearance but his subsequent shot was blocked. Minutes later, Angelos Anastasiadis's team had the ball in the net again but Okkas's close-range finish was ruled out for offside.

Profligate
Then, in the 58th minute, Germany spurned an opportunity as Odonkor's cross fell for Schweinsteiger but he miscued his strike when well-placed. Cyprus responded with Aloneftis's cross-cum-shot going narrowly wide of the far post with Hildebrand a spectator, while Schweinsteiger and Mike Hanke squandered openings for Joachim Löw's men.

Leaders clash
The game lost momentum thereafter but Cyprus, who play Slovakia at home in March, will be happy with a draw that lifts them to four points from four games. Germany join the Czech Republic, whom they visit on 24 March, on top of the pool with ten points from the same number of matches.

Last updated: 16/11/06 9.16CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Germany

Germany

22
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
Substitution80
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
4
LambrouLambros Lambrou
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
5
LoukaLoukas Louka
Yellow Card45
8
FringsTorsten Frings
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
10
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Substitution62
8
IliaMarios Ilia
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Yellow Card19
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas (C)
Yellow Card39
Goal43
Substitution72
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
Goal15
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Yellow Card20
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Yellow Card86
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
22
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
Substitution80
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
Substitution68
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
20
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
27
FritzClemens Fritz
Yellow Card78

Substitutes

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
23
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Substitution80
9
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution62
23
KrassasAsimakis Krassas
Substitution68
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution80
29
C. NicolaouCharis Nicolaou
Substitution72
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
25
FathiMalik Fathi
18
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
29
SchlaudraffJan Schlaudraff
26
NicolaouGeorgios Nicolaou
30
FreierPaul Freier

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Joachim Löw (GER)

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