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Gomez strikes in Azerbaijan as Germany march on

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 21.54CET
Azerbaijan 1-3 Germany
Joachim Löw's men have qualification within sight after Mesut Özil, Mario Gomez and André Schürrle earned a seventh Group A win.
Gomez strikes in Azerbaijan as Germany march on
Mesut Özil and Mario Gomez were among the goals for Germany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AzerbaijanGermany

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
15
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
8

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 21.54CET

Gomez strikes in Azerbaijan as Germany march on

Azerbaijan 1-3 Germany
Joachim Löw's men have qualification within sight after Mesut Özil, Mario Gomez and André Schürrle earned a seventh Group A win.

Mario Gomez continued his rich vein of form as Germany maintained their perfect record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group A and secured a top-two finish in the process.

FC Bayerm München striker Gomez supplemented Mesut Özil's opener with his 13th goal in his last eight matches for club and country four minutes before half-time. Though Azerbaijan's hopes of an unlikely draw increased when substitute Murad Huseynov pulled one back with a minute remaining, any prospect of Berti Vogts's team claiming a point were extinguished through fellow replacement André Schürrle.

Proceedings could have unfolded differently had Vugar Nadyrov's early strike from 25 metres found the net rather than being tipped on to the bar by Manuel Neuer. Toni Kroos then hit the woodwork at the other end with a free-kick before his shot from the edge of the penalty area was expertly saved by Kamran Agayev.

The breakthrough arrived on the half-hour mark, though, with Özil picking up Benedikt Höwedes's cross from the right, surging past a defender and firing in from a tight angle via the far post. Scorer then turned provider as an exquisite pass from Özil teed up the hitherto quiet Gomez for the simplest of finishes.

Azerbaijan responded with Aleksandr Chertoganov and Vagif Javadov having efforts before the break, while on the hour Philipp Lahm was thwarted by a clutch of home defenders after being released by Kroos. Gomez, who was denied by Agayev when one on one with the Azerbaijan keeper, Özil and Huseynov all threatened to get on the scoresheet before the home No9 did so when the ball fell kindly at his feet in the area.

Schürrle put Germany's seventh successive victory in the section beyond doubt in added time, leaving Joachim Löw's charges in buoyant mood ahead of their next game in the group, at home to Austria on 2 September, when they could book their place in Poland and Ukraine. Even now, only Turkey are still able to catch them.

Last updated: 08/06/11 19.23CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Germany

Germany

1
K. AgayevKamran Agayev (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
2
MelikovRail Melikov
4
AogoDennis Aogo
5
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
5
HummelsMats Hummels
7
JavadovVagif Javadov
Substitution71
8
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal29
Substitution81
8
ChertoganovAleksandr Chertoganov
Substitution86
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution75
13
V. HuseynovVurğun Huseynov
13
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution88
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov (C)
14
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
15
AbışovRuslan Abışov
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
17
NadirovVüqar Nadirov
Yellow Card64
18
KroosToni Kroos
19
AmirguliyevRahid Amirguliyev
21
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Yellow Card22
22
IsmayilovAfran Ismayilov
Substitution57
23
GomezMario Gomez
Goal40

Substitutes

12
VeliyevFarkhad Veliyev (GK)
22
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
3
YunisoğluSaša Yunisoğlu
2
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
Substitution86
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
9
M. HuseynovMurad Huseynov
Substitution71
Goal89
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution75
Goal90+3
18
MedvedevMaksim Medvedev
17
RudySebastian Rudy
20
IsaevArif Isaev
Substitution57
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution81
21
LevinVladimir Levin
20
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution88

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER) Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE), Christos Baltas (GRE)

Fourth official

Vassilios Pamporidis (GRE)

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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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