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EC Qualification

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

Live Commentary

  • 90'
    THE GAME IS OVER! Germany finish Group A with perfect record and Belgium crash out after Turkey defeated Azerbaijan. Ozil and Schurrle hit Belgium with a double salvo in the first half, and Gomez added a third to evaporate the Red Devils' chances of taking the three points. Marouane Fellaini pulled one back for Belgium, but it was too little, too late as the DFB-Eleven triumphed. Stay with us for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us at the weekend for our coverage of the Bundesliga! Bye, for now!
  • 88'
    HAZARD! Lukaku picks out the Lille man on the left side of the box, but the promising youngster blasts well over the bar.
  • 86'
    Goal Marouane Fellaini
  • 86'
    GOAL! Fellaini claws one back! A corner from the left caught Germany;s defence by surprise and the Everton midfielder powers a header past Neuer at the near post.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionPhilipp Lahm Ilkay Gündogan
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Axel Witsel
  • 84'
    Axel Witsel receives a yellow card for a horrible challenge on Mertesacker, while Ilkay Gundogan makes his first appearance for Germany, replacing Philipp Lahm.
  • 82'
    Things do not look so good for Belgium as Turkey is currently leading against Azerbaijan. As things stand, the Red Devils will miss out on the play-off spot in Group A.
  • 80'
    Unsporting behaviour from Fellaini as he slaps Khedira in the face as the players were rushing for the ball. The Everton man is lucky to escape a booking here.
  • 78'
    Cacau replaced goalscorer Gomez a couple of minutes ago. The Brazil-born Germany international will be keen to impress in the remaining minutes.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionM. Gómez Cacau
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Sami Khedira
  • 76'
    Yellow card for Khedira as he stops a pass by Mertens with his hand in the centre of the pitch.
  • 74'
    HAZARD! The starlet is allowed to shoot on the volley from outside the box, but his finish is poor and flies over the bar.
  • 72'
    Comical situation as Gomez wants a penalty after a foul by Ventonghen, and is lying in the ground as Muller cuts back to him.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionThomas Müller Marco Reus
  • 70'
    LUKAKU! The Chelsea striker does very well to dispossess Mats Hummels near the corner flag, penetrates in the area, and sends a great finish, which Neuer does very well to parry!
  • 68'
    A quick break sees the ball go from Schurrle to Muller, who sends a decent shot right in Mignolet's hands. Mario Gomez was close to making contact with the ball.
  • 66'
    Lahm with a dangerous cross from the left, but Khedira is beaten to the ball in the air by Kompany. That would have been a great goal for Germany.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMousa Dembele Dries Mertens
  • 64'
    Dries Mertens replaces Moussa Dembele for Belgium.
  • 62'
    Ozil goes past three players on the right, but horribly misplaces a pass outside the box. Curious mistake by the Germany international, who rarely makes such errors.
  • 60'
    Germany now controlling possession, passing the ball around. Belgium seem tired and unmotivated the mount a comeback, and seem to be waiting for positive news from the game between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
  • 58'
    Hazard now tries to break free of Hummels and Mertesacker, but Neuer is first to the ball and claims it just ahead of the Lille star in the penalty box.
  • 56'
    Second touch of the game for Lukaku, but the youngster is swiftly stopped by Hummels, who dispossess the Chelsea striker with ease.
  • 54'
    Schurrle is released on the left, but loses control of the ball and is dispossessed by Lombaerts outside Belgium's box.
  • 52'
    Vertonghen has been one of the few bright spots for Belgium tonight, but he once again sends a finish over the bar. Lukaku has been fairly anonymous since coming on.
  • 50'
    Well, this one seems to be as good as over. However, we have seen stranger things in football. Lukaku came on for Ogunjimi at half-time.
  • 48'
    Goal M. Gómez
  • 48'
    GOAL! GOMEZ! SUPERB FINISH! Ozil and Gomez exchanged passes, the Bayern Munich striker skilfully evaded Kompany and placed a powerful finish in the right corner.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionOgunjimi Romelu Lukaku
  • 46'
    The second half begins ...
  • 45' + 1'
    The first half is over! Germany are leading 2-0 in Dusseldorf against Belgium, who are sinking without trace! The Red Devils had their fair share of chances, but have failed to make the count, unlike the the DFB-team, who showed ruthless efficiency in front of goal. Belgium need to pick themselves together as they need a win to secure the play-off spot.
  • 44'
    GOMEZ! The striker is released in a one-on-one with Mignolet, but once again fails to finish past the goalkeeper. A great pass by Ozil to set up this chance.
  • 42'
    VERTONGHEN! The defender pulled the trigger from outside the box, but Neuer pulls off an immense reflex save to turn the ball wide of the right post.
  • 40'
    An ambitious ball from Ozil is intercepted by Fellaini deep in Belgium's half. The Red Devils look short of ideas and the defensive-minded trio of Witsel, Simons and Fellaini is certainly not helping.
  • 37'
    Romelu Lukaku is already warming up for Belgium. The Red Devils have precious little to lose as they are already trailing by two goals.
  • 35'
    Clinical Germany is cruising in Dusseldorf! Joachim Low's men seem to be in control a they repel attack after attack by Belgium with relative ease.
  • 33'
    Goal Andre Schürrle
  • 32'
    GOAL! DOUBLE SALVO FROM GERMANY! A quick break starts with Ozil, who find Gomez outside the box. The Bayern Munich striker ran forward before threading a superb ball for Schurrle, who chipped the ball over Mignolet to put Belgium in an precarious position.
  • 30'
    Goal Mesut Özil
  • 30'
    GOAL! STUNNER FROM OZIL! Moments after Mario Gomez failed to put the ball past Mignolet in a one-on-one, the ball gets to Ozil outside the box, and the the Real Madrid man powered a thunderous shot , which hit the bar before going in.
  • 25'
    Witset tries to launch a Belgium counter-attack, but his pass is intercepted and so is wasted another chance for the Red Devils.
  • 23'
    Muller goes close with a shot from outside the box, but the attacker's finish misses wide of the right post.
  • 21'
    Mertesacker loses out in the air to Ogunjimi. Luckily for Germany, Philipp Lahm manages to clear the ball ahead of Dembele, who was ghosting on the right flank.
  • 19'
    Ozil is released on the break, takes a few steps, but completely misplaces his pass to Muller, and a good chance for Germany on the break is wasted.
  • 17'
    Lombaerts with a good intervention as he manages to clear the ball just ahead of Gomez and Ozil in the centre of the box. The DFB-team seem to have step up a gear in the last six minutes or so.
  • 15'
    Now Schurrle tries his luck from range with a drive from outside the penalty area, but his finish misses way over the bar.
  • 13'
    Kompany sends a shot on the volley just wide of the right post from outside the box. The shot hardly had enough power to seriously threaten Manuel Neuer's goal.
  • 11'
    Germany are now calmly controlling possession and seem to have endured Belgium's early storm. We have seen precious little from the DFB-team's attacking midfield so far.
  • 9'
    Ciman blasts a free-kick from 30 yards out into the wall, but the ball ends in Simons' feet, but his first time shot is also blocked and then collected by Germany's defence.
  • 7'
    Ciman wins a corner on the right for Belgium, but Witsel's delivery renders the defender's work pointless as the midfielder sends the ball straight in Manuel Neuer's hands.
  • 5'
    Hazard tries to go past four players on the left wing, but his long run is stopped by Howedes. The Red Devils are pretty aggressive early on, obviously pressing for a quick opener.
  • 3'
    Belgium win a free-kick after a foul on Witsel by Toni Kroos. The ex-Standard man crosses, but his delivery is cleared away at the second attempt.
  • 1'
    The first half begins ...
  • Belgium: Mignolet; Ciman, Vertonghen, Kompany, Lombaerts; Simons; Hazard, Witsel, Fellaini, Dembele; Ogunjimi.
  • Germany: Neuer; Howedes, Mertesacker, Hummels, Lahm; Khedira; Muller, Ozil, Kroos, Schurrle; Gomez.
  • Hello and welcome to's live coverage of tonight's clash between Germany and Belgium! The DFB-team has already secured passage to Euro 2012, and will be looking to continue their perfect run against the Red Devils, who need a win to be sure of securing the play-off spot from Group A.