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Captain Klose takes Germany closer

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.40CET
Wales 0-2 Germany
Two Miroslav Klose goals gave Germany a win which takes the Group D leaders to the verge of the finals.
Captain Klose takes Germany closer
Miroslav Klose celebrates his opener for Germany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

WalesGermany

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners2
 
5
Fouls committed11
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.40CET

Captain Klose takes Germany closer

Wales 0-2 Germany
Two Miroslav Klose goals gave Germany a win which takes the Group D leaders to the verge of the finals.

Two Miroslav Klose goals gave Germany a comfortable win in Wales that takes the Group D leaders to the verge of the UEFA EURO 2008™ finals.

One win away
Klose, captaining Germany for the first time in the injured Michael Ballack's absence, opened the scoring early on in Cardiff and his header on the hour to double the advantage was the very least the visitors deserved. They maintain the best record in any group having dropped just two points and are five ahead of the second-placed Czech Republic. Indeed, Germany go to the Republic of Ireland on 13 October knowing a victory would seal qualification

Klose strikes
Within five minutes Germany were ahead. Kevin Kuranyi raced forward from midfield and played the ball into the path of Klose, who produced a neat finish. Kuranyi broke through again in search of a second goal but was dispossessed by Lewin Nyatanga, before Thomas Hitzlsperger sent a free-kick centimetres over the bar. Kuranyi was then denied by James Collins as Germany's dominance continued unabated, with Wales grateful to go in at half-time only 1-0 down.

Second goal
There was little change to the pattern of the game after the interval. Roberto Hilbert forced a save from Wayne Hennessey, Bastian Schweinsteiger shot on to the top of the bar, before Klose struck again on the hour mark with a close-range header after Hilbert had tackled Gareth Bale and crossed into the box. Klose now wanted a hat-trick to mark his 70th cap but he fired straight at Hennessey before heading just past the post from a Marcell Jansen centre. Robert Earnshaw sent a rare Wales salvo narrowly over the bar but a comeback was never on. Wales, in fifth, visit Slovakia on Wednesday.

Last updated: 09/09/07 17.21CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Germany

Germany

1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon (C)
Yellow Card38
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
5
CollinsJames Collins
Yellow Card41
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
6
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
6
PanderChristian Pander
Substitution46
7
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution46
34
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
3
BaleGareth Bale
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
8
KoumasJason Koumas
Substitution67
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
9
RobinsonCarl Robinson
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
10
DaviesSimon Davies
Substitution79
31
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Substitution72
11
EastwoodFreddy Eastwood
11
KloseMiroslav Klose (C)
Goal6
Goal60
Substitution87

Substitutes

21
PriceLewis Price (GK)
12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
12
MorganCraig Morgan
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution72
14
LlewellynChris Llewellyn
22
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
15
M. JonesMark Jones
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
16
CroftsAndrew Crofts
Substitution79
28
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution46
17
FletcherCarl Fletcher
Substitution67
37
HelmesPatrick Helmes
Substitution87
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Substitution46
38
RolfesSimon Rolfes

Coach

John Toshack (WAL) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Antonio Artero Gallardo (ESP)

Fourth official

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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