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Rafael double inspires Germany

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 18.44CET
Germany 4-0 Wales Two goals from Nando Rafael provided the basis for a comfortable win for the Group 6 leaders in Braunschweig.
by Mark Bennett
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 18.44CET

Rafael double inspires Germany

Germany 4-0 Wales Two goals from Nando Rafael provided the basis for a comfortable win for the Group 6 leaders in Braunschweig.

Two goals from Nando Rafael and further strikes from Malik Fatih an Ioannis Masmanidis handed Germany a comfortable 4-0 win in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Wales.

Early lead
German were in full control of the match in Braunschweig and Rafael needed only three minutes to give Germany the lead. The Hertha BSC Berlin striker hit Roberto Hilbert's cross on the volley only to see his initial attempt blocked by Adam Davies but he immediately followed up to score the rebound.

Lucky escapes
The hosts continued to run the show but Wales had luck on their side with the Germans hitting the woodwork time and time again. However, after the break there was no stopping the Group A leaders.

Further strikes
Rafael doubled his tally on 51 minutes with a powerful header after a perfect chipped pass from Hamburger SV midfielder Piotr Trochowski, and three minutes later Fathi's shot from distance took a deflection off Byron Anthony to beat Wales goalkeeper Lee Worgan for the third time.

Masmanidis volley
Germany saved their best for last though when substitutes Eugen Polanski and Masmanidis linked up. The VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder sent a cross into the area and Masmanidis volleyed viciously from close range to seal a comfortable win.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.03CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Wales

Wales

1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
1
WorganLee John Worgan (GK)
2
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
2
SpenderSimon Spender
3
FathiMalik Fathi
Goal54
3
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
Substitution88
4
BrzenskaMarkus Brzenska
4
ByronAnthony Byron
5
MatipMarvin Matip
5
DaviesAdam Davies
6
LehmannMatthias Lehmann (C)
Substitution77
6
GilbertEric Peter Gilbert (C)
7
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
Substitution59
7
M. JonesMark Jones
Substitution70
8
SchulzChristian Schulz
8
PulisAnthony Pulis
9
RafaelNando Rafael
Goal3
Goal51
9
CalisteRamon Caliste
10
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
10
A. DaviesArron Davies
11
HuntAaron Hunt
Yellow Card69
Substitution69
11
LedleyJoe Ledley

Substitutes

12
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
21
LetherenKyle Letheren (GK)
13
BaierDaniel Baier
Substitution77
14
WigginsRhoys Wiggins
Substitution88
15
MasmanidisIoannis Masmanidis
Substitution69
Goal79
15
BirchallAdam Birchall
Substitution70
16
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Substitution59
12
GunterChris Gunter
14
GomezMario Gomez
16
JonesOwain Jones
17
RietherSascha Riether
17
McDonaldCurtis Earl McDonald
18
VolzMoritz Volz
18
PritchardMark Pritchard

Coach

Dieter Eilts (GER) Brian Flynn (WAL)

Referee

Siarhei Shmolik (BLR)

Assistant referees

Yury Dupanau (BLR), Aleh Kolb (BLR)

Fourth official

Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution