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June 6, 2014
• 2:45 PM
• OPEL ARENA, Mainz
Referee: H. Lechner
• Attendance: 27000
A. Schürrle 52'
L. Podolski 72'
B. Höwedes 73'
M. Klose 76'
M. Götze 82', 89'
H. Mkhitaryan 69'
Germany face Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G match on June 16 and they will certainly feel more positive after that second-half goal fest. However, Joachim Low will no doubt be slightly concerned by the number of clear-cut chances that Armenia created. Can Germany break the curse and become the first European nation to win the World Cup on South American soil? We shall see. That's all from me on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: Germany 6-1 Armenia. Joachim Low's side regain their goalscoring touch ahead of the World Cup by putting six second-half goals past an Armenia defence who seemed to press the self-destruct button after the hour mark. Lukas Podolski was terrific and certainly staked his claim for a starting spot with a goal and three assists. However, it is not all good news for Germany who witnessed Marco Reus go off with a nasty-looking ankle injury.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Aleksandr Tumasyan
Assist Miroslav Klose
Goal Mario Götze
GOTZE MAKES IT 6-1! It's been a relentless second-half display from Germany and Gotze grabs his second goal, smashing home Klose's lay-off after Podolski had bulldozed his way into the box.
GOOD SAVE FROM WEIDENFELLER! Ghazaryan has enjoyed a much better second half and he cuts inside from the left brilliantly before his curling right-footed effort is tipped over the bar by the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper.
Armenia just cannot cope with Germany any more and they nearly concede another goal when Klose volleys over the bar from the edge of the box.
Mkhitaryan has been tremendous for Armenia today and he whips another teasing cross into the box which Haroyan, who had escaped from Hummels all too easily, somehow heads over.
Assist Lukas Podolski
Goal Mario Götze
GOTZE GETS ON THE SCORE SHEET! Podolski has played a part in four of Germany's five goals and he provides another assist as he threads a pinpoint pass beyond the Armenia defence for Gotze to poke beyond Berezovsky.
RECORD! Miroslav Klose is now Germany's highest ever goalscorer, surpassing Gerd Muller with his 69th international goal.
With Gotze now on for Germany, they are showing no sign of relent in attack and Klose spurns a glorious opportunity as he balloons an effort high over the bar after brilliant work from Howedes down the left.
Assist Lukas Podolski
Goal Miroslav Klose
GOOOALLL! Germany are in a relentless mood now and Klose scores his 69th international goal as he powers a header beyond Berezovsky following Podolski's superb cross from the left.
Goal Benedikt Höwedes
HOWEDES MAKES IT 3-1! Armenia have pushed the self-destruct button and they concede a second goal in as many minutes as Howedes scrambles the ball home after his initial bullet header had been brilliantly kept out by Berezovsky.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Lukas Podolski
GOOALLL! Armenia are not on level terms for long as Ozil plays a neat pass into Podolski on the left-side of the box and the 29-year-old coolly fires across Berezovsky to regain Germany's lead. A goal made at Arsenal!
Mkhitaryan is Armenia's highest ever scorer and that is his 15th goal for his country.
MKHITARYAN MAKES IT 1-1! The Borussia Dortmund playmaker keeps his cool to send his club teammate Weidenfeller the wrong way and level the score.
Penalty Goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan
PENALTY TO ARMENIA! It's the worst possible start for Grosskreutz as he is tempted into the challenge by Ghazaryan, bringing down the attacker inside the box. Mkhitaryan will take it.
Joachim Low decides to make a double substitution as Klose and Grosskreutz replace Muller and Boateng. This is a big opportunity for them to stake a claim for a starting place in Brazil.
OZIL HITS THE POST! The Arsenal playmaker has been heavily criticised in the past six months but he produces a moment of magic here as he dances beyond the Armenia defence before stroking a left-footed shot against the woodwork. So unlucky!
WHAT A CHANCE FOR ARMENIA! Mkhitaryan is the architect again as he bulldozes his way into the Germany box before picking out the unmarked Manucharyan on the right. The attacker has all the time in the world to take a touch but he inexplicably shoots first time and watches the ball curl high over the bar.
NEARLY A GREAT GOAL FROM BOATENG! The makeshift full-back goes desperately close to scoring his first international goal as he latches onto Schweinsteiger's miscontrol before fizzing a shot agonisingly over the bar.
Podolski has injected new life into this Germany side with his direct running down the left. The same cannot be said for Ozil so far however, as he has looked rather lethargic in possession.
Khedira has enjoyed another good shift on his comeback from injury and he is hauled off, with Schweinsteiger coming on as his replacement.
Armenia are pouring more bodies forward now in search of the equaliser and Ghazaryan's shot deflects off Mertesacker before going narrowly wide. Bernard Challandes' side cannot take advantage from the following corner.
GOOD SAVE FROM BEREZOVSKY! Khedira tries his luck from the edge of the box with a daisy-cutting effort but the 39-year-old gets down quickly to produce a smart stop.
Armenia threaten when Mkhitaryan floats a free kick towards the back post. However, Howedes rises highest to prevent Movsisyan from levelling the scores.
The news coming out of Germany is that Marco Reus has been rushed straight to hospital. Nailbiting moments for Joachim Low's side.
Schurrle is certainly playing his way into World Cup contention and he has now scored 13 goals for Germany.
Assist Lukas Podolski
Goal Andre Schürrle
GOOOALLL! Armenia's brave resistance is finally broken as Schurrle cleverly flicks Podolski's low cross beyond Berezovsky at the near post, 1-0!
Khedira is looking tidy in possession as he continues his comeback from injury and he sees his shot excellently charged down by Hovespyan on the edge of the box. Can Germany find a way through?
Armenia enjoyed their best ever World Cup qualifying campaign this time around and they are certainly one of the upcoming European nations. They have looked extremely well organised today and are frustrating Germany, particularly with Hovespyan and Yedigaryan protecting the defence.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel and Armenia get the game back underway. There has been another substitution for Germany, with Ozil replacing the impressive Lahm. Kroos will now sit in alongside Khedira.
Armenia are providing a suitable test for Germany ahead of the World Cup. They have been well disciplined and organised all over the pitch while they have also looked a threat on the counterattack. Can they keep Joachim Low's side at bay for another 45 minutes?
HT: Germany 0-0 Armenia. It's been an exciting 45 minutes in Mainz where Joachim Low's side have failed to turn their dominance into a first-half lead. Schurrle and Muller have both spurned good opportunities for the hosts while Reus saw his effort cleared off the line by Mkoyan. However, the big concern for Germany is the ankle injury which forced Reus off just before the break. He now faces an agonising wait to see if he can participate at the World Cup.
Reus is unable to continue and he is helped off the pitch by the physiotherapists. Lukas Podolski comes on to replace him.
There is a big injury concern for Germany here as Reus goes down during a challenge with Yedigaryan, screaming as he hits the turf. It seems that he has hurt his ankle. Germany will be praying that injury is not serious.
Boateng is extremely fortunate to escape without a yellow card after he catches Ghazaryan with a reckless challenge.
Schurrle has made some clever runs infield from the right and he does so again here to latch onto Kroos' intelligent, defence-splitting pass. However, the Chelsea man is slightly too eager and is adjudged narrowly offside.
There is a stoppage in play as Ghazaryan receives treatment. The Armenia No.10 has had an eventful first half here.
Reus hasn't got his shooting boots on today and he slices an effort over the bar after Berezovsky had punched Kroos' corner to the edge of the box.
Germany's profligacy could cost them here and Muller is the next to draw a gasp from the crowd as he fluffs an effort in front of goal. Boateng attempts to show his Bayern teammate how it is done as he cuts in from the right but his powerful left-footed shot is easily held by Berezovsky.
WHOOPS! Lahm is looking dangerous for Germany when he drifts out to the right and he again picks out Schurrle just inside the box. The Chelsea attacker takes a wild swing at it however and the ball ricochets off his hand before flashing narrowly past the post.
GOOD SAVE FROM BEREZOVSKY! The Armenia goalkeeper has 86 caps to his name and he shows his experience by making himself big to deny Reus from a one-on-one. The Dortmund man should be doing better there.
BOATENG GOES CLOSE! Lahm swings in a teasing corner from the right and Boateng rises highest before heading narrowly wide. What was I just saying about the Armenia defending from set-pieces?
Armenia have been vulnerable from set-pieces in the past but Hayrapetyan produces a crucial header on this occasion to prevent Boateng nodding in a corner from the right. Bernard Challandes will be delighted with how his side have performed so far.
Boateng shows a good burst of energy to get forward for Germany down the right but with no natural striker in the middle, his cross goes straight out of play on the far side. Will Klose get a chance today to stake his claim for a starting spot in Brazil? He needs just one World Cup goal to tie Ronaldo's record of 15.
Armenia's gameplan is working to good effect so far and they seem happy to allow Germany to shoot from distance. Kroos tees up Lahm outside the box but his chipped effort bounces well wide of the target.
TAXI FOR MULLER! Howedes does brilliantly on this occasion to get forward from left-back and he curls a neat pass towards Muller at the back post. However, the Bayern Munich man cannot produce the finish as he wildly swings a right boot at the ball, failing to make contact and ending up on the turf.
Hayrapetyan has enjoyed a solid start and he produces a crucial header to prevent Schurrle from nodding in Muller's cross. Kroos then bursts beyond Mkhitaryan but his piledriver flashes narrowly over the crossbar.
Germany are patiently probing around the Armenia box but they are lacking options in wide areas. Howedes and Boateng are doing their best to assist the attack but you get the feeling that Germany would have more joy with natural full-backs.
Despite draws against Poland and Cameroon, Germany have been in good form recently. Joachim Low's side are unbeaten in nine games, winning six.
Hummels is pressing Armenia high up the pitch and his willingness to get forward is leaving Germany exposed at the back. Movsisyan is consequently left one-on-one with Mertesacker but the Arsenal defender times his tackle to perfection to prevent the Spartak Moscow man from running through on goal.
OFF THE LINE! Muller is the architect as his inch-perfect pass sends Reus through on goal. The Borussia Dortmund attacker threads his shot through Berezovsky's legs but he is denied an eighth international goal as Mkoyan races back and scrambles the ball off the line.
It's all Germany at the moment and once again, they look dangerous coming down the right-hand side. Reus and Muller combine excellently on the edge of the box but as it is played through, Schurrle is adjudged narrowly offside.
Germany are upping the tempo here and Reus bursts forward menacingly from midfield before his fierce effort is blocked by Mkoyan. Lahm then produces one of his pinpoint crosses from the right but Schurrle heads wide when he should have been hitting the back of the net.
Kroos' initial delivery into the box is disappointing but as it is flicked back into the box by Schurrle, Muller looks to sneak the ball in at the back post but can only hook the ball behind for a goal kick.
Schurrle has started brightly for Germany and he gets clear down the right before his teasing cross is well cleared by Haroyan. Ghazaryan then sums up a miserable few minutes by misplacing a pass and gifting Germany a corner.
Germany look to respond instantly but Reus twice sees his shot charged down on the edge of the box. Joachim Low does not look amused after that chance which should have put Armenia ahead.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR ARMENIA! There have been question marks over this German defence and Mkhitaryan exposes them all too easily down the right. The Dortmund playmaker finds Ghazaryan inside the box but he inexplicably miskicks his shot and Germany survive. Ghazaryan has his head in his hands, he cannot believe he has missed that.
The referee blows his whistle and Germany, in their famous white jerseys, get the game underway. Joachim Low's side almost take an early lead but Muller scuffs his shot after meeting Schurrle's cutback from the right side of the box.
The teams emerge from the tunnel and there is a wonderful atmosphere as both national anthems are sung aloud. Captains Lahm and Berezovsky begin the handshakes between the respective sides.
Although Armenia finished fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, they did earn four wins, including the scalps of Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Denmark. The fact that they earned a 2-2 draw in Italy shows that they are certainly not a nation to be underestimated.
Unlike other European nations who have trained abroad in order to acclimatise to Brazil, Joachim Low decided to prepare for the World Cup in Germany and he has bemoaned his side's lack of freshness in recent weeks. Having qualified for the World Cup in style as the top-scoring European nation with 36 goals in 10 games, nine of which resulted in victories, die Mannschaft have lost some of their attacking lustre in recent friendlies.
ARMENIA (4-2-3-1): Berezovsky; Haroyan, Mkoyan, Arzumanyan, Hayrapetyan; Yedigaryan, Hovsepyan; Manucharyan, Mkhitaryan, Ghazaryan; Movsisyan.
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Höwedes; Lahm, Khedira; Reus, Kroos, Schurrle; Muller.
ARMENIA TEAM NEWS: Bernard Challandes names his strongest possible side, with Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan starting in the hole behind Spartak Moscow's Yura Movsisyan. There is an 86th cap for 39-year-old goalkeeper Roman Berezvosky but Aras Ozbiliz misses out after rupturing his ligaments in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Algeria.
GERMANY TEAM NEWS: Joachim Low insists that Manuel Neuer will be fit for the opener against Portugal but he again misses out in goal, meaning Borussia Dortmund's Roman Weidenfeller continues between the sticks. Benedikt Howedes replaces Erik Durm at left-back while Philipp Lahm partners Sami Khedira in the heart of midfield. Andre Schurrle is rewarded with a start after coming on a substitute to score in the 2-2 draw against Cameroon, with Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze dropping to the bench.
Hello and welcome to this live commentary where Germany take on Armenia in their final warm-up match before the 2014 World Cup. Joachim Low's side have failed to impress against Poland and Cameroon in recent weeks and they will be desperate for a much better showing in Mainz this evening ahead of their World Cup opener with Group G rivals Portugal on June 16.
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