Euro 2012 - Germany head for finals with win

Thu, 31 May 21:45:00 2012

Germany signed off their Euro 2012 preparations with a convincing 2-0 win over Israel in Leipzig - the final match before they face Portugal in their tournament opener.

Mario Gomez - 0

Joachim Low's side dominated large swathes of the match and were rewarded with a goal in either half at a sodden Red Bull Arena in East Germany.

Bayern Munich's players all came into the side having been given time off following the Champions League final with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng all starting. However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is carrying a calf injury and was not risked.

Having lost 5-3 to Switzerland in Basel in a friendly on Saturday, Germany resorted to a more familiar line-up and got their reward five minutes before the break when Bayern's Gomez buried the ball high into the net from 10 yards out after being played in by Mueller, who had been set up by Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.

Substitute Andre Schuerrle added a brilliant second in the Leipzig rain when he drove the ball beyond visiting goalkeeper Ariel Harush from 25 yards out to put the outcome of the evening beyond doubt on 82 minutes.

Germany were always the likelier side with seven Bayern players in their starting line-up as Harush saved from Gomez in the first period and Boateng drove a shot off a post.

Gil Vermouth forced Neuer to make a fine stop on 54 minutes as he swatted a shot over the bar while Mueller should have scored for the home side when he slipped an effort wide of goal before Leverkusen forward Schuerrle struck with some style to give Germany a winning send-off.

Germany open their Euro 2012 campaign against Portugal in Group B in the Ukraine city of Lviv on June 9 before facing the Netherlands (June 13) and Denmark (June 17) in their other group matches at the finals.

They are attempting to win their first European title since 1996, but are buoyed by a final appearance in Euro 2008 and the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup with tournament winners Spain accounting for them on both occasions.

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  1. i would love to see germany play with this­ formation.neuer.lahm,badstuber,hummels,boateng,kroos,sh­ weinsteiger,muller,ozil,gotze,reus.

    From Salver, on Sat 2 Jun 6:15
  2. Germany have got the potential to beat Brazil. But its­ obviously not going to happen in the EUROPEAN CUP.­ BECAUSE THE EUROPEAN CUP IS FOR COUNTRIES IN EUROPE.­ LOL

    From ronald weatherall-thomas, on Fri 1 Jun 10:16
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    So the germans beat the jews. Hmm..... Where have I­ seen this before??

    From Piyush, on Fri 1 Jun 9:11
  4. Dony. Schuerrle replaced Podolski and performed­ convincingly, scoring a gem. Germany have quality cover­ for all their offensive players .. but this is not the­ case in defence, which is their only weakness.

    From wolfmann, on Fri 1 Jun 9:11
  5. I watched the match. It is still far from convincing in­ my opinion. Ozil lack of creativity. Podolksi also­ perform poorly. I hope they can improve themselves in­ Euro.

    From Dony, on Fri 1 Jun 8:57
  6. @liz... Germany lost against switzerland? Germany­ played with their second team.. There wasnt any player­ from Bayern Munich ... -.- womens & soccer ..

    From Thomas Agnantis, on Fri 1 Jun 1:25
  7. lmfao liz, brazil? really?

    From Nick, on Fri 1 Jun 0:40
  8. The Germans always play well. They go about it with­ quiet determination, not for them the boastful write up­ about their players or even if they were the best in­ the world. They let their results speak for­ themselves, and in most cases they perform commendably­ well in all tournaments they take part in. So, it­ won't surprise me at all to see them again in the­ last two fighting out the finish !!

    From ock-hi, on Fri 1 Jun 0:20
  9. liz, i dont wonna pull the sexiest card out but you­ clearly have no idea what you are talking about.­ Brazil?............. Really?

    From Portgas D. Gunner?, on Fri 1 Jun 0:13
  10. liz....if brazil win it it will b the biggest turn up­ for the books ever, cos they aint even in the the­ competition!!!!!!

    From Michael Peterson, on Thu 31 May 23:48
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    agaisnt israel haha they lost 5-3 to switzerland they­ aint going to win it unless they blitskreen using a­ panza division ITALY, BRAZIL OR SPAIN to win it

    From skrewdriver, on Thu 31 May 23:08
  12. nice for gomez

    From , on Thu 31 May 22:02
  13. ... well its better than sitting on the bench ...­ sorry, fence ...

    From wolfmann, on Thu 31 May 17:42
  14. I am gonna stick my neck out here and say Germany will­ be the winners ...

    From wolfmann, on Thu 31 May 17:39
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