By Mark Bennett
Germany's Christian Müller suffered a broken leg early in tonight's game but his side still managed to come from behind to earn a draw with UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 rivals Poland in Cottbus.
Hertha BSC Berlin midfielder Müller was carried off on a stretcher six minutes after colliding with Poland's Grzegorz Fonfara, a blow for Germany coach Dieter Eilts who had already lost Per Mertesacker and Moritz Volz to the senior team and Piotr Trochowski, David Odonkor, Mathias Langkamp, Sascha Riether and Michael Rensing to injury or illness.
It got worse for Germany when Karol Gregorek swiftly gave Poland the lead after a perfect pass from Marcin Klatt, who himself missed a good chance later in the first half. Germany needed a long time to recover, but were rewarded for their efforts 18 minutes from the end when Christian Schulz equalised with a deflected shot from 25 metres.
'Players were in shock'
Eilts, whose side lost their 100 per cent record but still moved to within three points of pacesetters England with a game in hand, said: "It was plain to see that my players were in shock after what happened to Christian and to be honest the result is secondary today."