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Holtby sets Germany on course for Cyprus win

Published: Tuesday 9 August 2011, 22.35CET
Germany 4-1 Cyprus
FC Schalke 04's Lewis Holtby struck twice as the 2009 champions kicked off qualifying Group 1 with a nervy victory in Karlsruhe.
by Steffen Potter
from Wildparkstadion
Holtby sets Germany on course for Cyprus win
Germany striker Lewis Holtby (No10) celebrates after breaking the deadlock ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyCyprus

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners13
 
3
Fouls committed4
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 9 August 2011, 22.35CET

Holtby sets Germany on course for Cyprus win

Germany 4-1 Cyprus
FC Schalke 04's Lewis Holtby struck twice as the 2009 champions kicked off qualifying Group 1 with a nervy victory in Karlsruhe.

Lewis Holtby struck twice to set Germany on course for a 4-1 victory over Cyprus in Karlsruhe as the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship winners kicked off their qualifying campaign in style.

Holtby was irresistible for much of the first half, putting the home side 2-0 up before a lax Lasse Sobiech pass allowed Nestor Mytidis a surprise reply. An equaliser looked even less likely for a Cyprus side that opened their Group 1 account with a 6-0 win against San Marino in March, especially when Daniel Didavi restored the two-goal lead midway through the second period. Julian Draxler's 75th-minute strike sealed victory.

It was Draxler who set Rainer Adrion's side on their way in Karlsruhe, releasing FC Schalke 04 team-mate Holtby to break the deadlock on nine minutes. It was a sign of things to come as Holtby, Didavi, Draxler and the pacy Alexander Esswein harried the visitors, and with half-time approaching the pressure told. Didavi hit the post, and though Cyprus blocked three shots in the ensuing melee the ball was eventually squared for Holtby to tap in.

It was all going so well. Then came Sobiech's aberration, pounced on by Mytidis, and nerves set in for a Germany side keen to make amends after failing to qualify for this summer's finals. Half-time brought relief, and with the restart came renewed German dominance. Didavi calmed nerves with a simple finish when Cyprus failed to clear their lines and though another defensive lapse almost let in Mytidis again, Draxler sealed the points after good work from Peniel Mlapa.

Last updated: 27/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Cyprus

Cyprus

12
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
12
PapadopoulosGeorgios Papadopoulos (GK)
3
RauschKonstantin Rausch
2
R. PanagiotouRafail Panagiotou
Yellow Card84
4
SobiechLasse Sobiech
3
DemetriouStelios Demetriou
Yellow Card51
5
KirchhoffJan Tilman Kirchhoff
4
ChristofidesAndreas Christofides
6
FunkPatrick Funk
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
Substitution80
7
DidaviDaniel Didavi
Goal66
Substitution89
6
PerikleousAngelos Perikleous
8
RudySebastian Rudy
Yellow Card29
10
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
Substitution73
9
LasoggaPierre-Michelle Lasogga
Substitution72
11
DimosthenousCharalambos Dimosthenous
Substitution88
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby (C)
Goal9
Goal36
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades (C)
14
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Goal75
Substitution80
19
GiagkoudakiRafail Giagkoudaki
Yellow Card14
15
EssweinAlexander Esswein
20
MytidisNestor Mytidis
Goal39

Substitutes

1
BaumannOliver Baumann (GK)
1
IoannouKyriakos Ioannou (GK)
11
MlapaPeniel Mlapa
Substitution72
7
PanagiotouEmilios Panagiotou
Substitution73
13
ContentoDiego Contento
8
HadjivasiliGiannis Hadjivasili
16
HornschuhMarc Hornschuh
Substitution89
9
PittarasAndreas Pittaras
Substitution88
17
JungSebastian Jung
16
PantosStamatis Pantos
18
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
Substitution80
17
EconomouDimitris Economou
19
NeumannSebastian Neumann
18
VasiliouAchilleas Vasiliou
Substitution80

Coach

Rainer Adrion (GER) Savvas Paraskevas (CYP)

Referee

Antti Munukka (FIN)

Assistant referees

Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Marko Hänninen (FIN)

Fourth official

Jari Järvinen (FIN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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