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September 2, 2011
• Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 53313
M. Klose 8'
M. Özil 23', 47'
L. Podolski 28'
A. Schürrle 84'
M. Götze 89'
M. Arnautović 42'
M. Harnik 51'
FULL-TIME! Germany have qualified for Euro 2012 courtesy of a 6-2 win over neighbours Austria in Gelsenkirchen. Low's men were too hot to handle going forward as Klose, Ozil (2), Podolski, Schurrle and Gotze all got on the scoresheet. Eight wins from eight in qualifying with two games to go which will noe be a formality.
That's it from us tonight folks. We hope you enjoyed what was a highly watchable encounter, full of great attacking play. Be sure to check out all of tonight's other internationals on Goal.com. Next up for Germany is a friendly against Poland on Tuesday while Austria face a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey on the same night. I've been Luke Matthews, goodnight people!
90' + 1'
Germany are still in the prowl in search of a seventh. Austria on the otherhand have given up as we draw close to the full-time whistle.
Goal Mario Götze
6-2 GERMANY! Another great goal by the home side. Muller's left-footed cross from the right wing finds the run of Gotze who volleys the ball off the post and into the net from 12 yards. Brilliant run into the box from the Dortmund wonderkid and even better finish.
The German defence has looked slightly suspect tonight and this time they allow Hoffer too much space. However, Hummels is on hand to make another last-ditch challenge.
A comeback for Austria now appears to be off the menu as we approach the end of this one. By the way, Gotze has entered the game in place of Kroos.
Goal Andre Schürrle
5-2 GERMANY! Brilliant run from Muller sees the Bayern man attempt a one-two with Ozil which is cut out by an Austrian defender. However, the ball falls to Schurrle who slams the ball home from 12 yards out.
The answer is no. It's a poor corner from Fuchs who curls the ball into the arms of Neuer.
The away side are making a go of this with some desperate defending from Hummels putting the ball out for a corner. Can Austria get something from this?
Wasteful play from Harnik. All the winger needs to do is slide the ball past Badstuber and into the patch of Hoffer who is unmarked but the Stuttgart man spends too much time dithering on the ball which is eventually intercepted.
An Austrian comeback looks unlikely at the moment with Germany controlling the tempo of the game as we head into the final 10 minutes.
Slight break in play here as Dag accidentally treads on Lahm's shirt, causing it to rip. The German captain now has to wait to receive a new shirt before play can resume.
Substitution time as Hoffer replaces Royer for Austria. Germany on the otherhand bring on Schurrle in place of Podolski.
It will be interesting to see who will get the next goal, if there is to be one. An Austria goal now could set up a very tense finale.
The Austrian defence are outnumbered here as Podolski plays a wonderful cross-field ball to Muller in the box. However, the Bayern attacker controls the pass poorly as Fuchs intercepts the ball.
Schweinsteiger gets down the wing before clipping a cross into the box. Klose does well to outjump his marker yet he gets a little too much on the ball as it flies over the bar.
Muller slides the ball to Ozil who is in space, attacking the Austrian goal. The attacker, beats one defender yet his low effort is saved by the keeper, who takes two attempts in claiming the ball.
Looks like Gotze is preparing to make his way into this game. It will be interesting to see if Low keeps Ozil on the pitch and plays the two together.
Germany come close again! Boateng makes a terrific run into the box and hits a decent effort towards goal that is saved by the feet of Gratzei who has certainly improved his game after conceding the first three goals.
Harnik brings down Ozil but the referee does well to keep his cards in his pockets. Decent performance from the official today who has let the game flow.
Poor header from Klose. The veteran striker has a free header from Ozil's corner but can only put the ball wide from eight yards out.
Exciting tempo to this game as we approach the hour mark. Neither side have been brilliant defensively so surely there are more goals in this one.
Germany are coming forward again and Gratzei makes a decent stop to keep it at 4-2. Boateng's cross-field ball finds Podolski in the box who volleys it from an angle which is blocked by the keeper.
Goal Martin Harnik
4-2! Out of nowhere, Austria grab another goal back and it's a wonderful finish. Arnautovic flicks the ball over his head into the path of German-born Harnik who makes no mistake in drilling the ball into the roof of the net from 15 yards out.
The Germans look like scoring everytime they get forward as the away side continue to defend like amateurs. How many goals will the home nation score this evening?
Goal Mesut Özil
4-1 GERMANY! Ozil grabs another and it's all too easy for the home nation. From an Austrian free-kick, Hummels launches the ball forward which is flicked into the path of Ozil by Muller. The Real Madrid man then holds off the challenge of Fuchs before directing the ball past the helpless Gratzei, via a slight deflection off the defender.
Germany get us back underway for the second half here in Gelsenkirchen. The home nation have made one change at the break, Howedes coming off for Boateng. Low's side are 45 minutes away from the Euro 2012 finals in Ukraine/Poland!
Germany have been impressively efficient tonight and it will take some miracle for Low's men not to qualify for Euro 2012 this evening. Austria have looked decent going forward yet their defensive play has left a lot to be desired. Make sure you stay with us guys - the second-half will resume in a few minutes!
Looking back at the Austria goal, Badstuber appeared to get a slight touch on the ball following Arnautovic's header. However, it appears the Werder Bremen man has been credited the goal.
HALF-TIME! We head into the break with the home nation leading 3-1, courtesy of goals from Klose, Ozil and Podolski. However, Austria will feel they are not out of this one completely, with Arnautovic grabbing a goal back just before the interval.
WONDERFUL SAVE FROM GRATZEI! Podoslki tries his luck again from 25 yards out and strikes a powerful effort heading for the top corner. However, the Swiss keeper acrobatically tips the ball onto the post.
The Germans have reacted well to conceding that goal and are controlling the tempo at the end of what has been a very entertaining first-half.
Goal Marko Arnautovic
3-1! Austria grab a goal back and how important could that be. Klein swings an inviting ball into the box and Arnautovic gets his head to the ball and flicks it goalwards. The ball beats a stretching Neuer to find the back of the net.
Looks like both sides would take the half-time whistle. Austria will want to regroup to ensure they are not on the end of a massive thrashing while the Germans will be looking towards a well deserved break.
Decent stop by Gratzei who punches the ball clear to safety from Lahm's cross with Klose and co lurking for scraps.
After scoring his 43rd international goal eight minutes ago, Podolski decides to strike a bouncing ball from 30 yards out. Poor decision - the ball misses the target completely as it sails over the bar.
Germany are playing full of confidence here and are gunning for a fourth before half-time. It has to be said that despite all three goals being decent strikes, a better keeper would have probably saved all of them.
Not a bad effort from the Austrians. The Turkish-born Dag picks the ball up 30 yards from goal before controlling it and striking a powerful low effort which misses the target by a few yards.
Austria need to start picking up the runners in this game - otherwise, they could be on the end of an absolute spanking here.
Goal Lukas Podolski
3-0 GERMANY! Another great goal and Podolski continues his phenomenal international goal-scoring record. The Koln man plays a one-two with Badstuber down the left before making his way into the box and drilling the ball past the helpless Gratzei from a tight angle.
Germany are looking dangerous at the moment and come close to a third. Muller's powerful run down the wing leads the Bayern man to swing a low ball into the box. Klose comes very close to getting his foot on the ball but Pogatetz does well to clear the danger.
2-0 GERMANY! Fantastic goal from Ozil. The Real Madrid playmaker glides past several markers before playing a one-two on the edge of the box with Klose. The attacker then controls the ball in the box before rounding Gratzei and putting the ball in the back of the net.
Goal Mesut Özil
The German side will be very familiar with some of their opposite numbers tonight with seven of the Austrian starting line-up plying their trade in the Bundesliga.
Very open game at the moment with neither side able to make the most of possession. The next goal in this game is absolutely vital.
Royer makes a darting run down the left wing and just as it looks like he has options in and around the German box, he somehow manages to pick out Lahm instead. Poor pass.
Beautiful build-up play by the home side as Ozil slides the ball into the patch of Klose. The former Bayern man holds off his marker but his 15 yard chipped effort sails over the bar.
Ozil strikes the post but the referee's whistle has already blown for a free-kick for Austria. Klose is adjudged to have pushed Schiemer on the edge of the box. By the way, it looks like the veteran Lazio striker has been awarded the goal, his 62nd at international level.
Germany are in the ascendancy here, controlling the tempo in the middle of the park as they look to attack. It is vital for the away nation that they do not concede another anytime soon.
Big goal for the Germans as Austria had made a lively start. That goal should settle any nerves and the away side have an uphill battle to stay in this game now.
Goal Miroslav Klose
1-0 GERMANY! Schweinsteiger's ball into the box is cut out by a poor header from Schiemer. The ball falls to Ozil on the edge of the box who volleys the ball low into the corner of the net, via a slight deflection off Klose's leg.
CHANCE FOR AUSTRIA! Harnik shows great pace down the right wing before swinging a low ball into the box but Hummels makes a last-ditch interception to put the ball out for a corner, just as Arnautovic was about to pounce from three yards.
Both sides have started fairly brightly in the opening exchanges but no chances as of yet. Germany are seeing more of the ball at the moment.
The national anthems have been sung and we're underway with Arnautovic and Harnik kicking off for the Austrians.
The two sides met on June 3 earlier this year with Germany grabbing a 2-1 away win, courtesy of two goals from Gomez that came either side of a Friedrich own goal. Low's side will be confident of another victory as the Austrian's have lost their last six games against Germany.
So the big team news for the home nation this evening is the return of playmaker Ozil which resigns Borussia Dortmund wonderkind, Gotze to the bench. Gomez is injured so former club team-mate, Klose starts upfront. The only other change to the side that defeated Brazil in last month's friendly is Howedes will feature at right-back tonight in place of Trasch.
Austria: Gratzei; Dag, Schiemer, Pogatetz, Fuchs; Baumgartlinger, Alaba; Klein, Harnik, Royer; Arnautovic,
Germany: Neuer; Howedes, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Podolski; Klose
Here are the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Euro 2012 qualifier between Germany and Austria live from the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The home nation will be looking for their eighth straight win in qualifying which would see them reach next year's Euro tournament to be held in Poland and Ukraine.
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