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Kuranyi double lifts Germany clear

Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.58CET
Czech Republic 1-2 Germany Two Kevin Kuranyi headers gave Germany a three-point advantage in Group D despite a late Czech rally.

Match statistics

Czech RepublicGermany

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
11
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners7
 
7
Fouls committed20
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.58CET

Kuranyi double lifts Germany clear

Czech Republic 1-2 Germany Two Kevin Kuranyi headers gave Germany a three-point advantage in Group D despite a late Czech rally.

Germany resisted a late rally by the Czech Republic to clinch a well-deserved victory in this meeting of the Group D pacesetters.

Headers decisive
Kevin Kuranyi headed in twice before Milan Baroš's goal set up a nervous finish. Unbeaten Germany are three points clear of the Czech Republic, who are now ahead of the Republic of Ireland only on goal difference.

Germany on top
It took the visitors just 58 seconds to threaten when Bastian Schweinsteiger's effort from a narrow angle was repelled by Petr Čech. The tempo remained high, with Bernd Schneider nodding a cross from Marcel Jansen past the left post and Schweinsteiger testing Čech again. The goalkeeper then denied the FC Bayern München midfielder for a third time in the first ten minutes with a superb reflex save.

Dominance tells
The home No1 remained busy as Lukas Podolski forced another stop from distance but Germany kept pressing and shortly before the break their dominance told. A Torsten Frings corner from the left found Kuranyi and he rose highest to head acrobatically past Čech. In total control, Germany then hit the crossbar through Podolski who unleashed a powerful shot after Kuranyi set him up.

Advantage doubled
After the interval the Czechs improved, with Jan Koller having an attempt blocked and Baroš going close twice. Germany responded in the 62nd minute with a fantastic counterattack and the rampaging Philipp Lahm's pinpoint cross from the left was nodded in by Kuranyi. With 15 minutes remaining, Jan Polák's long-range strike deflected off Baroš's foot and past Jens Lehmann.

Unbeaten run ends
The Czech Republic had hope again, but despite promising efforts from the goalscorer and Tomáš Rosický their unbeaten start to qualifying ended. They will aim to bounce back against Cyprus on Wednesday while Germany resume qualifying against San Marino on 2 June.

Last updated: 25/03/07 12.35CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Germany

Germany

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
Yellow Card85
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
Substitution84
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Yellow Card82
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
Yellow Card84
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution46
19
SchneiderBernd Schneider
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
8
FringsTorsten Frings
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Yellow Card53
Substitution62
13
BallackMichael Ballack (C)
3
PolákJan Polák
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
9
KollerJan Koller
Yellow Card89
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution89
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal77
31
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal42
Goal62

Substitutes

16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution89
5
KováčRadoslav Kováč
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
28
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
18
KuličMarek Kulič
Substitution62
29
SchlaudraffJan Schlaudraff
19
VlčekStanislav Vlček
Substitution84
33
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution46
35
CastroGonzalo Castro

Coach

Karel Brückner (CZE) Joachim Löw (GER)

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