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article imageGermany easily defeats Kazakhstan 3-0 on artificial turf

By Karl Gotthardt     Mar 22, 2013 in Sports
Astana - Despite artificial turf and five hours time difference, Germany easily defeated Kazakistan. Goals by Schweinsteiger and Goetze, two minutes apart in the first half and another by Thomas Mueller before full time, Germany won its fourth of five group games.
Germany had high expectations prior to the match, but had to make some adjustments in their attack. Mario Gomez, who had been the unquestioned striker for the DFB team was out due to injury and midfielder Mario Gotze took on the role. Toni Kroos was replaced by Dortmund`s Grundogan.
Kazakhstan came on strong initially in the match, but the difference in class was obvious throughout the game. Germany`s coach Jogi Loew was able to do some experiment in what over wide stretches of the match appeared like a training match with a relatively good opponent.
It took 20 minutes for Bastian Schweinsteiger to score the first goal for the German side, followed two minutes later by Mario Gotze`s goal. Germany dominated the half and the 2-0 lead at the half was more than justified.
The inevitable third goal came when Mezul Oezll moved up the the left-side, passed it to Schweinsteiger, who lobbed the ball over the defender and shot it toward the target. The ball took a slight deflection off Thomas Mueller, but Schweinsteiger was credited with the goal.
Two minutes later Khedira came up the line, passed the ball to Mueller who was crowded out by a couple of defenders, but passed the ball to Gotze, who skilfully finished to get the 2-0 lead.
The German squad went completely into the training match mode with a relaxed start. Kazakhstan made a concerted effort, but had no real scoring opportunities. Manuel Neuer made one serious save in the second half.
Lukas Podolski, who replaced Draxler in the 19th minute, had about three attempts on goal without success.
The final goal came on a German counter attack in the 74th minute, when on a quick counter the ball was passed to Oezil, who spotted Mueller in the penalty area and fired the ball into the net for Germany`s third.
Despite being outclassed Kazakhstan put on a brilliant effort and the game was exciting to watch. The two sides meet in Nuernberg, Germany on Tuesday.
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