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Germany stamp out Belgium's fire

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.08CET
Germany 3-1 Belgium
The visitors' dreams of a play-off place were dashed in Dusseldorf as two goals in three first-half minutes set up Germany's tenth Group A win.
by Steffen Potter
from Esprit Arena

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Match statistics

GermanyBelgium

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts8
 
16
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
10
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
6

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.08CET

Germany stamp out Belgium's fire

Germany 3-1 Belgium
The visitors' dreams of a play-off place were dashed in Dusseldorf as two goals in three first-half minutes set up Germany's tenth Group A win.

Germany made it ten wins out of ten in Group A by beating Belgium 3-1 in Dusseldorf – a result that, combined with a win for Turkey against Azerbaijan, ended the Red Devils' hopes of a UEFA EURO 2012 play-off place.

Having weathered some early pressure, Germany took command with goals from Mesut Özil (30) and André Schürrle (33), and the die was cast within three minutes of the restart when Mario Gomez made it 3-0, with Marouane Fellaini's 86th-minute header from a corner scant consolation for Georges Leekens' men.

Needing a win to secure second place, Belgium pressured the home side early on, urged forward by a vociferous and sizeable away support, but they came no closer than Vincent Kompany rifling a low shot past the right post.

At the other end, Simon Mignolet brilliantly denied Gomez when the striker broke through on goal, but the goalkeeper got nowhere near Özil's left-footed rocket from just outside the area from the resulting corner. Things went downhill for Belgium quickly as a text-book counterattack saw Gomez release Schürrle, who beat Mignolet with a cheeky chip.

Shortly before half-time, Jan Vertonghen almost pulled one back from a goalmouth scramble, but his shot was deflected wide of Manuel Neuer's goal, and Mignolet once more denied Gomez from close range before the whistle. The FC Bayern München striker made amends after the restart when he finally beat Mignolet with a low shot inside the box after some fine work by Özil. Neuer did well to keep out a low shot from substitute Romelu Lukaku before Fellaini rose highest at the near post to head in from Dries Mertens' corner.

'One Team – One Goal: Final Kyiv 2012' read a banner hoisted up by the German fans; should Joachim Löw's charges maintain their qualifying form, there may be no stopping them next summer.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.32CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Belgium

Belgium

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
3
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
2
CimanLaurent Ciman
5
HummelsMats Hummels
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Yellow Card76
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal30
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Goal33
6
SimonsTimmy Simons
13
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution71
7
HazardEden Hazard
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Substitution84
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Goal86
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
9
OgunjimiMarvin Ogunjimi
Substitution46
18
KroosToni Kroos
10
WitselAxel Witsel
Yellow Card84
23
GomezMario Gomez
Goal48
Substitution76
11
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution65

Substitutes

22
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
12
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
2
RolfesSimon Rolfes
13
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
4
AogoDennis Aogo
14
DefourSteven Defour
11
CacauCacau
Substitution76
15
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
15
TräschChristian Träsch
16
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
19
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution84
17
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution65
21
ReusMarco Reus
Substitution71
18
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution46

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Georges Leekens (BEL)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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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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