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Holders cruise to opening success

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 22.00CET
Germany 6-0 San Marino
Germany kicked off the defence of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship title with a comfortable victory in Group 5 in Aachen.
by Klaus Klump
Holders cruise to opening success
Deniz Naki scores Germany's opening goal ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 22.00CET

Holders cruise to opening success

Germany 6-0 San Marino
Germany kicked off the defence of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship title with a comfortable victory in Group 5 in Aachen.

Germany began the defence of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship crown with a comfortable 6-0 victory against San Marino under new coach Rainer Adrion in their opening Group 5 contest in Aachen.

Early strikes
Deniz Naki's fourth-minute goal settled the early nerves and when Jerome Boateng made it 2-0 on 19 minutes there was only going to be one winner. Two goals in three minutes by Mats Hummels and Julian Schieber doubled the advantage before Benedikt Höwedes made it 5-0 at the interval. Germany lost their way after the break and had Timo Gebhart sent off, but Schieber still added a sixth on 56 minutes.

First-half goals
With three players who featured in the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship final in Malmo in the starting XI, the holders dominated the game from the beginning and created plenty of chances. Naki, one of four debutants in the initial selection, finished coolly after a fluent move before Boateng carried on his form from the summer with the second. European champions Hummels (31) and Höwedes (41) found the net either side of Schieber's first goal.

Casadei tested
San Marino goalkeeper Federico Casadei made several outstanding saves to keep the score down, though Germany's cause was not helped by Gebhart's 52nd-minute dismissal. Schieber did register again on 56 minutes to complete the rout. On Tuesday, Germany play their second qualifier against section leaders Czech Republic, who have three wins from as many games, in Wiesbaden.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.15CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

San Marino

San Marino

1
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
1
CasadeiFederico Casadei (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
Yellow Card84
2
CasadeiMattia Casadei
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
Substitution78
3
Alex Della ValleAlex Della Valle
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Goal41
4
CoppiniMatteo Coppini
5
BastiansFelix Bastians
5
MazzaPier Filippo Mazza
9
SchieberJulian Schieber
Goal33
Goal56
6
BerrettiMaicol Berretti
10
KroosToni Kroos
7
MularoniDavide Mularoni
Substitution46
13
GebhartTimo Gebhart
Yellow Card43
Red Card52
8
L. GasperoniLorenzo Gasperoni
Substitution82
15
HummelsMats Hummels
Goal31
9
Della ValleAchille Della Valle
Substitution73
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng (C)
Goal19
10
M. VitaioliMatteo Vitaioli (C)
Yellow Card86
23
NakiDeniz Naki
Goal4
Substitution67
11
VenerucciAndrea Venerucci

Substitutes

12
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
12
GobbiEros Gobbi (GK)
7
SchindlerKevin Schindler
13
CarliniRaffaele Carlini
16
RudySebastian Rudy
Substitution78
14
PironiSimone Pironi
19
PezzoniKevin Pezzoni
15
ZanottiMichele Zanotti
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
16
CaniniNicola Canini
Substitution82
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
17
BianchiAlessandro Bianchi
Substitution46
31
NötheChristopher Nöthe
Substitution67
18
RostiMarco Rosti
Substitution73

Coach

Rainer Adrion (GER) Massimo Agostini (ITA)

Referee

Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

Assistant referees

Igor Sirilov (MKD), Kiril Negrieski (MKD)

Fourth official

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

Legend:

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