Thursday May 31, 2012 Friendlies Finished Red Bull Arena

Germany 2 - 0 Israel

  • Gomez 40’
  • Schürrle 82’

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  1. Germany head for finals with win

    Germany head for finals with win

    Germany signed off their Euro 2012 preparations with a convincing 2-0 friendly win over Israel in Leipzig. More

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    • Germany
    • Israel
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 2-0 win for Germany. A winning send-off then for Germany before they face Portugal in their opening game of Euro 2012 on June 9.
    • 90+2' Refaelov smashes an effort at goal for the visiting side, but Neuer is alive to make the stop. Surely the final action of the match.
    • 90+1' Harush back to make a decent stop from the effort from Klose, who tried to chip the Israel goalkeeper from outside of the area.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Low looking out happily enough on the Germany bench in Leipzig.
    • 86' Germany will be content to see these final few minutes out. Has been a worthwhile evening for them.
    • 85' Lars Bender takes over from Kherida for Germany for these closing moments.
    • 84' Schurrle dinks the ball to the back post. Klose looked certain to score with a header, but a fine tip over the bar by Harush.
    • 83' Another change for Germany as Kroos departs to be replaced by Gotze.
    • 82' Can Reus come up with a goal like Schurrle's? That was a bit special. Germany surely over the line in this match for the win.
    • 81' Muller departs to be replaced by Marco Reus for the home side. Germany finally sticking on the youngsters here.
    • 79' GOAL! Schurrle caps off a wonderful introduction with a stunning finish high into the net from 25 yards. A 2-0 lead for Germany now.
    • 77' Schurrle's shot at goal is blocked by a blue jersey. He has enjoyed an impressive enough introduction here. Certainly looks bright for the home team since coming off the bench.
    • 75' Kroos overhits a cross to the back post. Germany have lacked the cutting edge this evening otherwise they could be further ahead.
    • 73' Some more impressive play from Muller before he slides a shot wide of goal with just Harush to beat from eight yards out. That should have been a 2-0 lead.
    • 71' Schurrle knocks a shot at goal. Tried to place his shot, but Harush is relieved to see that deflect wide off his own man.
    • 69' Nir Biton replaces Bebars Natcho for the visitors.
    • 67' Germany continue on the offensve as the cross from Schurrle flies across the face of goal, but there are no takers on hand to convert.
    • 66' Ben Sahar takes over from Eran Zahavi for the visiting side.
    • 65' Andre Schürrle replaces Lukas Podolski while Miroslav Klose takes over from Mario Gomez.
    • 64' Germany looking a lot more surefooted than in their 5-3 defeat to Switzerland on Saturday. Changes finally coming here then for the home side.
    • 63' No changes as yet for Germany in this match. Low obviously taking matters seriously this evening.
    • 61' Podolski fires the cross into the middle, but Harush is off his line to grab the loose ball.
    • 60' Khedira directs a volley over the bar, but is penalised for a high boot in the box.
    • 59' Lior Refaelov replaces Maor Melikson as Israel shuffle their pack for a third time this evening.
    • 57' Harush races off his line to save at the feet of Ozil. Brave goalkeeping by the visiting man to make the block.
    • 56' Kroos fires a ball across goal, but Badstuber can't convert at the back post. Inches away fro connecting.
    • 55' Game beginning to open up in the Leipzig rain. Israel looking a lot more sprightly.
    • 54' Ozil so close to adding the second goal as his shot flies narrowly wide of the goal from inside the visiting box.
    • 53' Neuer brings off a superb stop to tip Vermouth's stinging shot over his bar. Brilliant hit by the midfielder, but the German goalkeeper was equal to the task.
    • 52' Vermouth takes a tumble under pressure from Podolski and the referee decides to blow his whistle for a free-kick.
    • 51' Corner comes to nothing for the home side before Natho forces Neuer to makes his first save of the night from distance. Easy enough take in the end for the keeper.
    • 50' Podolski certainly causing a few problems for Israel as Harush manages to fist a cross behind moments after Muller saw a header miss the target.
    • 49' No change to this strong-looking Germany team as Podolski hammers a shot over the bar from distance.
    • 48' News of another change for the visitors with Gil Vermouth replacing Yossi Benayoun.
    • 47' Nir Biton has replaced Itay Shechter for Israel at the break.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for half-time. A 1-0 lead for Germany with the visiting side pinned back for most of the first period.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to the half as the rain continues to fall down.
    • 42' Loose ball breaks to Podolski, but he lifts his shot well over the bar. Chance of a second goal not snapped up.
    • 41' Lahm driving at the Israel defence. Ball deflects off Shpungin and falls behind for a corner.
    • 39' That should soothe the home fans. Can't say that goal was coming. Germany have been the dominant force in this first period.
    • 38' GOAL! Germany grab the lead as Gomez fires a blistering shot high into the net from 12 yards out. Lovely pass by Muller and that is a supeb finish.
    • 37' Muller fires a ball across goal, but Khedira is inches away from netting with the header.
    • 36' Germany with eight shots at goal. Israel yet to get an effort away at the home goal.
    • 34' Muller picks out Kroos, but he fires the shot well wide of goal.
    • 33' Shechter brings down Khedira with a late challenge.
    • 32' Lovely move by Germany as Gomez flicks a shot inches wide of the target from Podolski's cross. Brilliant sweeping move, but no finish.
    • 31' Muller takes one touch too many as he is bundled off the ball. Israel continue with 11 men behind the ball.
    • 29' Rain chucking it down as Harush picks a Lahm effort out of the air with some ease.
    • 27' Germany trying to get some energy and focus into their play on what looks like a damp night in Leipzig as Podolski just fails to keep a loose ball in.
    • 25' Podolski penalised for a late tackle on Melikson.
    • 23' Gomez penalised for a high boot challenge on Gershon. Israel will be happy enough with how this first half is working out for them.
    • 21' Ozil tries to gallop onto a loose ball, but Harush is quickly out of his goal to makes sure the Real Madrid player can't inflict any damage.
    • 19' Mezut Ozil continues to struggle to stamp his imprint on the game here. Israel with plenty of bodies behind the ball.
    • 18' Kroos sees an effort blocked by a blue shirt. Germany slowly but surely rising to the occasion in front of their home fans.
    • 16' Superb effort from Boateng, who sees a shot crack back off a post from 16 yards out. So close to the opening goal for Germany.
    • 14' Yadin brings down Kroos and Germany have another free-kick. Israel not hanging about out there. Plenty of strong challenges going in.
    • 12' Tibi lost the ball there to Khedira, who picked out Ozil. Ozil to Kroos, but he could not hit the target from 20 yards out.
    • 11' Kroos brought down by Yadin in the Israel half. Chance for Germany to pile a few bodies forward here.
    • 10' Kroos tries his luck with an effort from distance, but the ball sails well over the bar.
    • 9' Boateng tries to join the attack with a surging run. Cross comes in, but Israel goalkeeper Harush gathers the ball from Podolski.
    • 8' Germany dining out on possession, and the fans in Leipzig are in party mood as a massive Mexican wave circulates the stadium.
    • 7' Muller looking very sharp early on for the Germans as links up well with Gomez, but Israel holding firm at the moment.
    • 6' Kroos tries the one-two with Podolski, but Yadin makes the clearance for the visitors.
    • 5' Tal Ben Haim forced to concede the first corner of the match in favour of the home side.
    • 4' Odds for this match if you fancy a flutter: Germany 1/6, Israel 14/1, Draw 6/1.
    • 3' Natcho tries a through ball looking for Shechter, who is caught offside.
    • 2' Germany keeping the ball well early on what is a very lush surface.
    • 19.30 Teams out on the park. A full house in Leipzing for this match. What a crackling atmopshere for this friendly. We are off and running.
    • 19.25 Eli Gutman (Israel coach): "The Germans will play with their strongest team as they want to prove they are in form ahead of the European Championships. They will give their all but there is no reason for us to fear them. There is a difference in quality between both teams, but we want to show we are making progress."
    • 19.20 Joachim Loew (Germany coach): "I still see this game as a test, a good result in Leipzig would certainly be desirable, but euphoria over the Euro will break out regardless of the outcome ... We just have to tweak a few things. Basically, everyone can play with everyone else. We're working on it.''
    • 19.15 Germany team to face Israel: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Kroos, Müller, Özil, Podolski, Gomez
    • 19.10 Israel are expected to replace Omer Damari with Avichai Yadin in attack, while Samuel Scheinmann will be replaced by Rami Gershon at left-back.
    • 19.05 Bayern Munich's players are likely to come into the side having been given time off following the Champions League final so Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng could all start. However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is carrying a calf injury and may not feature.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Germany against Israel from Leipzig in this pre-Euro 2012 friendly.
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  • Germany

    Manager: Joachim Löw

  • Israel

    Manager: Eli Gutman

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