Die Mannschaft stretch lead at top of Group A to seven points with easy win over East Europeans at Fritz-Walter Stadion thanks to braces from Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose
Germany defeated Kazakhsta 4-0 in Kaiserslautern to increase their lead at the top of Group A to four points and maintain their 100% record in impressive fashion.
The rout began when Miroslav Klose tapped in from close range after good work from Bastian Schweinsteiger in little under three minutes. The Germans went further ahead when Thomas Mueller headed in Mesut Ozil’s swinging cross. The Bayern attacker got his second, and Germany’s third when he beat the offside trap to lash home before the break. Klose completed the rout, in the 89th minute from a tap-in.
The home side had chances to increase their goal tally, but in the end had to settle for three, as they failed to capitalize on their dominance
Before tonight’s game, Coach Joachim Loew insisted that a win tonight wouldn’t be enough against Kazakhstan, but a good performance to complement the three points would be imperative. That statement proved accurate in under 160 seconds at the Fritz Walter Stadion, when Bastian Schweinsteiger’s delivery to the back post was perfect enough for Bayern team-mate Miroslav Klose to tap-in his 60th international goal to edge the Germans in front.
Die Mannschaft could’ve and perhaps should’ve had a second just after 14 minutes when good play from Thomas Mueller and Philipp Lahm saw Lahm first leave two Kazakh defenders reeling, before Mueller pulls play back to the captain who then narrowly chipped over, a testament to the dynamic attacking football Germany had quickly settled into. The ambush on visiting keeper David Loria’s goal continued when Lukas Podolski’s drive was expertly kept out by Loria after Mueller had burst through to lay off the Koeln striker.
Sergey Khiznichenko’s failed to chase a through ball from midfield in what was Kazakhstan’s first real attacking foray, with Per Mertesacker snuffing out the opportunity. The Germans then notched up their second moments later with Mesut Ozil’s inswinging cross was headed in clinically by Mueller to further optimism from the Kaiserslautern crowd.
David Loria’s busy evening continued in the first half, as the Kazakh keeper superbly foiled a double attempt by Klose to increase the lead. Firstly, Renat Abdulin’s failure to nullify the attacking threat posed by Germany ensured the ball was played to Klose whose point-blank shot was kept out by Loria, and the subsequent follow-up was denied by the goalkeeper’s legs as Miroslav Beranek’s side struggled to contain the home team.
Kazakhstan’s misery was compounded by the brilliant young attack-minded Germans who had virtually kept the ball in the opposite area for the entire half, fired in a third to ease all doubts, before half-time. Poor defending from the Kazakhs played Mueller onside, and the World Cup golden boot winner, latched on to Ozil’s pin-point cross to lash home his second of the night as Die Mannschaft recorded a clear advantage at the break.
The domination continued into the second half as Klose swiftly broke into the area, but alert defending had stopped the veteran striker adding to his tally. Sami Khedira also missed his chance as Mueller pinned the ball back to the Real Madrid midfielder, but he couldn’t keep up with the ball.
Manuel Neuer was rarely threatened throughout the game, and this showed when Khizhnichenko fired in a tame effort, but with Mertesacker closing down the 19-year-old, he was forced into shooting early.
Substitute Mario Gomez, on for Podolski, almost made an immediate impact when he fired agonizingly wide from an excellent cross by Lahm. Mertesacker was vulnerable at times, but Kazakhstan failed to punish his mistakes when he was easily beaten for pace by Khizhnicheno.
Kazakhstan’s best chance came and went in the 71st minute as substitute Zhambyl Kukeyev took advantage of Mertesacker’s vulnerability but the powerful shot could only hit the upright and go out for a goal-kick. The Werder Bremen defender was further tormented by Kukeyev’s pace, but this time the referee waved away penalty claims, after the Kazakh went down inside the area.
Klose should’ve tucked the ball away for a fourth, after sub Mario Goetze squaredthe ball to Klose, who couldn’t find the space to fire a shot. A mazy run from skipper Lahm in which he brilliantly beat two defenders, ended in the left-back losing his balance as the ball found its way to Loria. Khedira was the next culprit to not convert the chances coming their way, with the midfielder failing to head Ozil’s cross, which was on the whole, excellent tonigh
The fourth goal eventua came, a minute from time when Klose was fed the ball by Toni Kroos, and Khedira pulled back unselfishly for Klose to score his 61st international goal- just seven away from Gerd Muller's record in a comfortable night for Jogi Loew's team.
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