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May 26, 2012
• 12:00 PM
• St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Referee: A. Gautier
• Attendance: 27381
E. Derdiyok 21', 23', 50'
S. Lichtsteiner 67'
A. Mehmedi 77'
M. Hummels 45'
A. Schürrle 64'
M. Reus 72'
Well, that's all from me. Thanks for joining me, and stay tuned to Goal.com for all the reaction to this game, and the rest this weekend's programme of international friendlies.
And that's full time! Joachim Low and Ottmar Hitzfeld exchange a cordial handshake on the sidelines, but the former can hardly be happy. Germany's defence was poor today, and they were punished. Going forward, there were some positives for the visitors, but the back line was a complete mess from start to finish. Next up for Germany is friendly against Israel on May 31.
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
And we're into injury time. Plenty to think about for Joachim Low after a poor defensive performance. There were some positives today, however. Draxler and Reus have been very impressive since they came on, and seem to be completely at home on the international stage.
OFF THE BAR!!! Gundogan loses possession in midfield, and Stocker plays a lovely ball to Fernandes, who crashes a header against the woodwork. The Germany defence was nowhere to be seen, again.
Here's another contribution from our man in St. Jakob's Park, Clark Whitney: "Cacau receives heavy jeers from the visiting fans after wasting a counter-attack. He's no favourite of the German supporters, who are eager to see him cut after his lacklustre club season."
A partially-cleared corner falls to Mehmedi on the right-hand side of the box. He lifts the ball back into the mix, and Senderos challenges Ter Stegen. The Gladbach 'keeper drops it under pressure from the Fulham defender, who taps it home, but it's ruled out for a foul.
Incidentally, for all the football historians out there, Germany's first ever international match was a 5-3 loss to Switzerland, in Basel. We could be in for a repeat here.
And now the Swiss fans are screaming "Ole" every time their players make a successful pass.
It seems that Mehmedi's goal may have finally killed off the Germans. Switzerland are keeping possession in the centre of the park, and should see out the last 10 minutes or so.
Cacau tries to slip in Lars Bender down the right, but the ball slips out of play.
So, in the wake of that effort, both Sven and Lars Bender are coming on for Gotze and Howedes, and Cacau is coming on for Klose. Can any of them make a difference?
GOAL!!! Inler cunningly slips the free kick to Ziegler, who drives a left-footed effort against the post. The rebound falls kindly to Mehmedi, who just about gets the ball out of his feet, and restores the two-goal advantage.
Yellow CardMats Hummels
Switzerland have a free kick in a threatening area after Hummels brought down Derdiyok, picking up a booking in the process.
Can Germany build on Reus' goal? They clambered their way back into this match twice before, only to concede another goal soon after... We could be in for a great conclusion to this game....
GOAL!!! Draxler comes in from the left-hand side, and forces a great save from Benaglio. However, the ball bounces straight into Reus' path, and the 22-year-old cuts the deficit to a solitary goal with just over 15 minutes remaining.
Marco Reus now plays a ball into the box towards Klose, who is fended off the ball by Senderos as he looked to make contact.
This time it's Howedes' turn to make a break forward, turning one man in the box, before being closed down by Lichtsteiner.
This game is really end-to-end now. Schmelzer, of all people, runs on to a high ball into the box, but fails to get it under control and apply the finish, and it's scrambled away.
GOAL!! It didn't last long. Inler plays a beautiful chipped ball into the box, and Ter Stegen charges off his line to claim it. However, Lichtsteiner got to the ball first, and heads it into the back of the net. Germany shooting themselves in the foot. Again.
Yellow CardGökhan Inler
GOAL!!! Schurrle makes it 3-2!! The Leverkusen forward picks up the ball 25 yards from goal, and shoots. Benaglio completely misjudges the strike, and, just like that, Germany are back in it. Can they build on this, though?
DRAXLER!! It's the same combination that almost pays dividends. Reus comes inside and feeds Draxler, who's powerful shot takes a deflection and bounces wide.
Reus skips inside from the right, but is brought down as he prepared to pass to the unmarked Draxler. No free kick however.
Julian Draxler, at the age of 18, has come on to replace Podolski, and makes his Germany debut. Could he be the man to drag Low's men back into this?
Was that a penalty?!? Schurrle goes down under a robust challenge from Ziegler as he looked to latch on to a through ball, but the referee waves his appeals away. It could well have been given.
There's absolute mayhem in the Swiss box as Gotze and Podolski send in threatening balls in quick succession, but the hosts manage to scramble it away.
What a goal that could have been! Klose flicks a long ball into Reus' path, and the Dortmund-bound forward tries to lob Benaglio from 30 yards, but the ball falls on to the roof of the net. That was almost fantastic.
What a chance!! Gotze gets away from Von Bergen, and slips the ball past Benaglio, but the Cesena defender recovers, and makes a goal-saving tackle as the Dortmund man prepared to roll the ball into an empty net. Super defending.
We've had plenty of feed back for these games on Twitter. That Boy Mulla thinks that Germany's chances of Euro 2012 glory have taken a hit because of this performance, Beautiful Star Earth feels that Andre Schurrle could be sent home, before adding that Germany's defending has bee poor.
SO CLOSE!! Germany almost fight respond when Derdiyok turns from hero to villain, heading Gundogan's free kick straight to Howedes. The Schalke captain, rather than going for goal, sends it back across the face of goal, and it fizzes out for a goal kick.
Germany have really been the authors of their own downfall today. All three of the goal they've conceded have been the result of poor defending, and they haven't shown anywhere near enough urgency up front.
GOAL!!! Switzerland are back in front! Derdiyok meets a Barnetta free kick after some poor marking in the box, and heads home to complete his hat-trick! Is the comeback off?
KLOSE!!!! Howedes wins a corner, and when the ball comes in, a tame header presents the Lazio forward with a chance to shoot, but Benglio is more than equal to it.
And Reus showcases his capabilities immediately, charging down the right and putting in a threatening ball, but nobody's there to head it home. A good start from the new man, though.
And we're back! Germany have thrown Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan into the mix for Ozil and Khedira. Can they new men turn it around?
So, plenty of food for thought for Germany there. Can Gotze and Ozil function together in the same team? Will Joachim Low need to reassess his defensive options after a shaky showing at the back? They've got 45 minutes to turn this around - could hungry youngsters such as Draxler, Gundogan and Reus swing the balance of play back in Germany's direction? Remember, you can tweet your thoughts to @Goal_Intl
And another update from Clark Whitney: "Hummels, who hasn't had the best of games, gets a bit of redemption as his header pulls a goal back for the visitors. Low, who must be livid with his side's performance, doesn't even bother to leave the dug-out."
And that's half time. After a comfortable start to the game, Germany fell behind to two quickfire goals from Eren Derdiyok. However, Mats Hummels' first international goal has given his nation a route back into this friendly. Can the visitors turn it around after the break? Stay tuned for all the action...
GOAL!!! Germany have found a path back into the match! Fernandes comes in with a clumsy tackle on Mesut Ozil about 15 yards inside the Swiss half, the Real Madrid playmaker takes the free kick himself, bending it straight onto Hummels' head. The BVB defender's effort strikes the underside of the bar, and drops just inside the line. All to play for now!
Derdiyok seems to be in again, but a wayward touch forces him wide. He collects the ball in the corner and feeds Lichtsteiner, whose cross is easily cleared.
After a period of Swiss possession, the Germans are looking slightly more comfortable on the ball again. But can they find a path back into the game before the the break?
Finally, a little penetration from Germany. Klose beats the offside trap to latch on to Gotze's through ball, but his ball across the face of goal towards Podolski is blocked by the sea of red shirts who are back defending.
Germany have also offered very little going forward, both before and after the Swiss goals today. The hosts are looking comfortable in possession, and the visitors seem to be merely chasing shadows. Cacau and Gundogan are already warming up for the visitors.
Barnetta chips a lovely ball to the completely-unmarked Mehmedi at the far post. He tries to hook it back across the face of goal, but Schmelzer scrambles it away. The German defence was nowhere to be seen, again.
This does of course, raise a serious issue for Germany's Euro 2012 hopes. Of course this is only a friendly, and they're missing several key names, but if Switzerland can do this to Germany, the Dutch and the Portuguese could really punish them...
Not for the first time today, Germany's defence is cut open on the counter attack, and Mehmedi lines up a shot which flies narrowly wide. the visitors need to sort this out, or they could well fall further behind.
Ozil bounds down the right, cuts inside, and finds Podolski on the edge of the box. The outgoing Koln striker, sends a ferocious effort towards goal, but it's off target. That's more like it from Germany...
And now, an update from Clark Whitney: "Derdiyok scores two goals in a matter of barely seconds. The crowd goes wild fir the first, and even more so for the second! As for Hitzfeld? Stoic as always..."
Meanwhile, at the other end, Ozil and Schurrle have had tame shots from distance which were never in danger of troubling Benaglio.
Great save!! Derdiyok finds himself free in the centre of the box, but Ter Stegen makes himself big, and blocks the Leverkusen forward's effort. This is really poor from Germany.
GOAL!!! My, oh my. Germany have barely had a chance to let the dust settle when Barnetta sends a beautiful cross straight to Derdiyok, who found space between Mertesacker and Schmelzer, and notches his second of the game. Lax defending from Germany, again.
GOAL!! Switzerland are ahead despite Germany's dominance. Barnetta motors down the left, before playing a perfectly weighted ball between Mertesacker and Hummels, and Derdiyok is there to put the hosts ahead.
Switzerland looked dangerous there again! Mertesacker attempts to cut out a through ball, but gifts possession straight to Mehmedi. He tries to chip a delicate ball to Xhaka at the far post, but Howedes is there to head it away.
Germany win a few corners in quick succession from that initial effort, but fail to take advantage of them.
Ozil sends in an appetising free kick which seems destined to find Hummels, but it's headed out for a corner.
Ziegler bewilders Schurrle with a bit of skill just inside the Germany half, and is promptly brought down. The resulting free kick finds Derdiyok, who sends a looping header narrowly wide. So close!
Schmelzer comes in for some heavy scrutiny in the centre of the park, and is forced to play it back to Ter Stegen. His pass is poor, however, and it runs out for a corner, which Germany clear.
A groan rings out around the Swiss crowd as Eren Derdiyok misplaces a through ball, gifting possession back to the dominant Germans.
Joachim Low's men surrender possession in the middle of the park as Ozil is closed down by two Swiss players, but when the ball is sent towards Ter Stegen's goal, Howedes deals with the threat easily.
The first bit of work for Benaglio. Another Germany corner falls as far as Schurrle on the edge of the box, and his tame volley is easily caught by the Wolfsburg 'keeper.
A sharply taken throw in finds Ozil in an advance position, but as the Real Madrid man advances into the box, he is well-tackled. It's been a very positive start for Germany so far!
A Germany-dominated start hasn't hampered Swiss spirits, says Clark Whitney: "All the play is on the opposite end of the pitch, but the Swiss have all the makings of a marching band, minus the matching itself: "Ole" they sing as a drumline sounds and horn subsequently chimes in."
Gotze's corner eludes everyone and falls to Podolski at the far post. The Koln forward miscues a volley that finds its way back to Gotze, who is under close attention from the Swiss back line, and can only win a throw in.
Howedes and Schurrle combine well down the right, and the latter's cross is blocked out for Germany's second corner of the game.
Switzerland play a long ball forward, but Barnetta is caught offside. It was close, though.
First shot on goal for Germany. Podolski feeds Ozil, who taps it back to his Real Madrid team-mate Khedira. However, his effort takes a deflection and bounces out for a corner, which Switzerland clear easily.
And we're off! Germany get the game started and carefully guard possession. Mario Gotze appears to be playing in Schweinsteiger's usual role, interestingly.
Clark Whitney says the atmosphere in the stadium is pretty formidable already! "As soon as the Swiss anthem finished, the German fans broke out in chant. Not to be outdone, the Swiss replied in an instant. A friendly, yes, but in the opposite tribunes, the supporters are really making a ruckus!"
The teams are out, and signing their respective national anthems. We're just moments away from the off here!
Here's more from Clark Whitney, who is in St. Jakob's Park: The line-ups and coaches were just announced, and it's no surprise who received the most applause. Basel boys Granit Xhaka, Valentin Stocker and Yann Sommer were cheered heavily by the Swiss supporters, while supporters of both sides cried out in support of German-born Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
Germany fans: after Denmark were comprehensively beaten by Brazil today, do you think that your team will have an easy ride against the Scandinavians in Group B? Can they hamper Germany, Portugal and Netherlands' hopes of progression to the latter stages of Euro 2012?
So, is Marc-Andre ter Stegen the man Germany should take to Euro 2012? Can Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil play alongside each other? You can tweet your thoughts and predictions on this match, and all of today's action to @goal_intl. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our German football editor Clark Whitney is lucky enough to be at St Jakob's Park today, and he says: The teams are out and on the pitch now. Switzerland start their warm-ups with some light jogging and stretching in unison. Germany have a game of keep-away going with eight players, including reserve goalkeeper Tim Wiese. Real Madrid men Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira have opted not to join the party, and instead are passing back and forth. The stands are just starting to fill up. At the prompt of the PA announcer, they've broken out in a rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You".
Meanwhile, Germany start with: Ter Stegen; Howedes, Mertesacker, Hummels, Schmelzer; Khedira; Schurrle, Gotze, Ozil, Podolski; Klose
And the lineups are in! Switzerland will begin the game with: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Senderos, Ziegler; Mehmedi, Inler, Fernandes, Barnetta; Xhaki, Derdiyok
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of Germany's friendly against Switzerland in Basel. Joachim Low's men boast a formidable squad, and are hopeful of Euro 2012 glory. Switzerland meanwhile, boast a number of up-and-coming stars, and surprisingly failed to qualify of June's tournament.
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