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Germany stroll past Austria to reach EURO 2012

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 23.33CET
Germany 6-2 Austria
An eighth win in as many Group A games means Germany are the first side to qualify for next summer's UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
by Steffen Potter
from Arena AufSchalke
Germany stroll past Austria to reach EURO 2012
Mesut Özil was the star of the show in Gelsenkirchen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyAustria

Goals scored6
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts18
 
6
Attempts on target13
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 23.33CET

Germany stroll past Austria to reach EURO 2012

Germany 6-2 Austria
An eighth win in as many Group A games means Germany are the first side to qualify for next summer's UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Germany became the first side to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012, with a 6-2 defeat of neighbours Austria in Group A earning their place alongside co-hosts Poland and Ukraine in next summer's finals.

Miroslav Klose's deflected opener sent Joachim Löw's men on their way after just eight minutes. Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski struck two more before Marko Arnautović reduced the arrears, but the pattern continued after the interval in Gelsenkirchen. Although Martin Harnik responded to Özil's second of the night, André Schürrle and Mario Götze duly fired in late on to give a sell-out crowd of 53,313 more reason to celebrate.

Austria looked set to crash Germany's party in the early stages as Harnik got dangerously close to Ekrem Dag's cross, but the hosts soon asserted themselves. The visiting defence failed to fully clear Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross and it fell to the Gelsenkirchen-born Özil, whose shot on goal glanced in off Klose. It was the striker's 62nd international goal, leaving him six short of Gerd Müller's national record.

Klose set up Özil for the second, as the Real Madrid CF man ghosted through the Austrian defence to slot in, and while Klose saw a further chance go begging, Podolski needed no second invitation after Holger Badstuber set him up for Germany's third of the night. Arnautović's header from a Florian Klein cross beat Manuel Neuer soon after, but a Podolski shot confirmed Germany's continued dominance.

After half-time, Özil rampaged in from the left and saw his strike take a handy deflection off Austria's Christian Fuchs before hitting the net, though coach Löw had reason for a stern look at his side on 51 minutes, as Harnik exploited some lax defending to score. Podolski, Jêrome Boateng and Özil did their best to keep the goals flowing, but it was substitute Schürrle who hit the fifth – his fourth in seven internationals – before Götze rounded off the scoring with customary deftness.

Last updated: 03/09/11 1.09CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Austria

Austria

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
GratzeiChristian Gratzei (GK)
3
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Substitution46
4
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
5
HummelsMats Hummels
5
FuchsChristian Fuchs (C)
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
7
ArnautovicMarko Arnautovic
Goal42
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal23
Goal47
8
AlabaDavid Alaba
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal28
Substitution73
13
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal8
14
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
13
T. MüllerThomas Müller
17
KleinFlorian Klein
14
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
18
RoyerDaniel Royer
Substitution73
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
19
HarnikMartin Harnik
Goal51
18
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution85
22
SchiemerFranz Schiemer

Substitutes

12
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
23
P. GrünwaldPascal Grünwald (GK)
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
3
SchrammelThomas Schrammel
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution73
Goal83
6
WeberManuel Weber
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
9
HofferErwin Hoffer
Substitution73
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution85
Goal88
10
JunuzovicZlatko Junuzovic
20
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Substitution46
11
JantscherJakob Jantscher
23
CacauCacau
20
DibonChristopher Dibon

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Dietmar Constantini (AUT)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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