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EC Qualification

  • October 11, 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 48483

Germany 3-1 Belgium: Joachim Low's men finish top of Group A with perfect record as Red Devils miss out on play-off spot

Germany 3-1 Belgium: Joachim Low's men finish top of Group A with perfect record as Red Devils miss out on play-off spot

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The DFB-Team showed ruthless efficiency as they dispatched the visitors in Dusseldorf to finish their Euro 2012 qualification campaign with maximum points

Belgium proved to be no challenge for Germany on Tuesday night, as Joachim Low's men recorded a 3-1 victory to finish top of Euro 2012 Group A with 10 wins from 10 games.

Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle hit the Red Devils with a three-minute double salvo midway through the first half to give the DFB-Eleven a two-goal cushion at half-time.

Shortly after the restart Mario Gomez put the cherry on the cake as he added a third goal with a fine strike which left Simon Mignolet with no chance.  Marouane Fellaini scored a consolation just before the final whistle as his team missed out on the play-off spot in the group.

Belgium started the game very well as they tried to pressure Germany's back four right from the beginning. The hosts, however, defended valiantly as they managed to contain the visitors, whose desperate attempts to breaks the DFB-team's rearguard were leaving them exposed on the break.

Schurrle tried his luck, but narrowly missed in the 15th minute, and moments before that the lively Laurent Ciman had a couple of shots fly over Manuel Neuer's bar. Germany were looking increasingly dangerous on the counter, and soon took the lead.

In the 30th minute Gomez was released in a one-on-one with Mignolet, but was denied by the goalkeeper. However, from the resulting corner, the ball made its way to Ozil, who powered a superb shot from outside the box, which hit the bar before nestling in the net.

Germany did not stop there. Three minutes later a quick break saw Gomez release Schurrle on the left flank. The Bayer Leverkusen attacker made a superb 20-yard run before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Belgium tried to fight back in the remaining minutes to half-time, but the closest they got to scoring was forcing a superb save from Neuer just before the break through Jan Vertonghen.

In the second period Germany picked up right where they left off as Gomez hit the Red Devils with a third right after the restart.

The striker was picked out by Ozil on the edge of the box, superbly managed to neutralise Vincent Kompany, and finished off with a powerful shot in the right corner.

Belgium, visibly disgruntled by the result, lacked incisiveness in attack and rarely threatened to claw a goal back. Germany were content to sit back and soak up the pressure, waiting for a chance on the counter.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku nearly netted in the 70th minute as he managed to shake off Mats Hummels, and sent a magnificent left-footed shot which Neuer parried superbly.

Belgium did get a goal in the 86th minute through Fellaini, who headed in at the near post, following a corner on the left. This striker, however, proved to be a mere consolation as the game ended 3-1.

Germany could celebrate their first-ever perfect qualifying campaign, while Turkey pipped this young Belgium side to the play-off spot.