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May 13, 2014
• Imtech Arena, Hamburg
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 37569
Meyer and Hahn went close in the second half, with Rudiger having a first-half header cleared off the line by Peszko. A fairly dreary game, but both managers will have seen plenty of things to work on in their respective summer training camps. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you all again next time.
FULL TIME! It ends 0-0, with neither side unable to break the deadlock. Poland had a few good chances in the first half, with Germany coming on strong after the break. A few reasonable performance from fringe players, but nobody has set the footballing world alight for Die Mannschaft quite yet.
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Germany are happy to retain possession as opposed to breaking forward in a gung-ho fashion, earning plenty of jeers from the crowd. They've come for attacking football and goals, but instead they've been presented with a laboured slog towards the finish line.
GUNTER! He's trying to make a real impression, firing at goal from 25 yards but dragging his effort horrifically wide. There won't be a great deal of stoppage time.
Gunter breaks down the left hand side once again, but the left-back's eventual cross is cleared behind by Szukala. The Poland central defender has been everywhere in this second half, it must be said.
Poland are sitting in their shape, suffocating Germany and forcing them to play through thick visiting lines. The hosts want a penalty, with Gunter going down on the edge of the box after being clipped by Szukala. Definite contact, but the substitute went down extremely late.
Five minutes remain for either Poland to grab a historical victory, or for a young German player to make a name for themselves - which just might result in them hopping on a flight to Brazil in the summer.
HAHN! The substitute looks to break incisively down the right after being released by Jung, but the Augsburg man's cross is yet again put behind. The set piece isn't dealt with well by Poland and a loose ball finds its way back to Hahn, but Rybus flicks the Germany winger's instinctive shot away with his head!
Nawalka looks for some fresh legs once again for the final ten minutes, as Klich is replacing by Wszolek. The Parma man did grab a goal against impressive opposition earlier in the week, perhaps he will have a big say in the scoreline of this contest too.
Rybus tries his luck with an extremely speculative 30-yard free-kick, but Arnold jumps well in the wall to ensure that the effort doesn't test his goalkeeper. The resulting corner is whipped in well, but Ter Stegen comes off his line with confidence to claim among plenty of bodies.
Poland are within reach of a rather historical victory tonight, as they've never defeated Germany internationally. Of course, this is a weakened side for Low's national team, but the away side are missing a few of their best players too. If the likes of Lewandowski, Piszczek and Blaszczykowski were available tonight, Nawalka's men may have put their opponents to the sword.
There's a bit of a lull in the game, as Arnold comes on for the hosts and a couple of players receive a spot of treatment. Meyer is the man to go off for Die Mannschaft, but the Schalke teenager can be somewhat pleased with himself, he's tried a few long-range efforts that have tested Boruc.
On the basis of this game, Low is going to have a rather tough decision to make when it comes to whittling down his preliminary squad. Players who aren't included in Germany's World Cup plans whatsoever have performed much better tonight.
The atmosphere has gone fairly flat, with only the travelling Polish support creating anything in the way of noise. Poland are perhaps starting to think they can nick a victory as we head into the dying embers of the game, they've easily matched Low's side thus far.
Twenty minutes left on the clock, with both managers' respective changes making this game a tad more watchable. Hahn has been dynamic down the right, with Howedes also good in support. Jung is being readied on the sidelines.
VOLLAND! Hahn shows a turn of pace to burst down the right flank, before clipping a decent ball into the near post zone which invites the Hoffenheim man to attack it. Szukala puts his head on the line to ensure that the Germany forward can't turn the delivery towards goal.
A brilliant through ball puts Milik in behind the Germany defensive line, but Ter Stegen is exceptionally quick off his line to defuse the situation. A composed start from the apparently Barcelona-bound goalkeeper.
Milik is found out on the left hand side, but the substitute is felled by a tackle from the recovering Howedes. Klich is then picked out 20 yards from goal, but the midfielder's speculative long-range effort is deflected into the grateful arms of Ter Stegen.
ZYRO! The substitute steals in at the back post, getting his head on a deep cross! It bobbles wide of the upright, but Ter Stegen was rooted to the spot. Had that been on target, the Germany goalkeeper might have been in a spot of bother.
Half an hour remains, with the home side finally looking as though they might be the first to break the stalemate. There's a little bit more urgency, though this contest still smacks of the post-season wind-down. There's plenty at stake for a few of the players included in Low's preliminary squad, but otherwise some of these players might be already on their holidays.
At long last, it appears that Die Mannschaft are starting to creak into life. A slow first half is being left behind, as Germany attempt to counter with a bit more vibrancy, as well as trying to manipulate Poland out of shape occasionally.
MEYER! Finally, a nice passage of play from Germany! The hosts work the ball from left to right brilliantly, before Howedes' cross from the far side bobbles across the penalty area. Meyer meets it first time, but can only sweep his strike too close to Boruc!
Plenty of substitutes involved now, with Milik, Zyro and Linetty all introduced for the away side. Ter Stegen is quick off his line to claim a probing Polish through ball, but Milik was caught offside anyhow. This contest still remains extremely even, with a first goal not appearing to be forthcoming.
DRAXLER! It's another long range effort from Germany and it's another shot off target. Goretzka sets a pass back to the Schalke man, before the Germany captain breaks into a pocket of space and slices horrifically wide.
Sorg whips in a brilliant cross, but Szukala is on hand this time to ensure that his headed clearance makes its way out of the danger zone. Germany have been scrappy since the break, with Poland easily able to repel their young adversaries this evening.
MEYER! The Schalke attacking midfielder manages to get on the end of a half-clearance from Szukala, but snatches at his first-time effort from just inside the box. He's leaning back from the very start, resulting in his eventual half-volley arrowing high and wide!
Hahn is found on the right hand side immediately, with the winger profiting from an awful first touch from Cionek. The Augsburg man tries to clip a delivery to the back post, but gets the execution all wrong, leaving Low with his head in his hands.
A couple of changes for Germany, as Howedes, Hahn and Ter Stegen come into Low's side. Plenty of rotation, as the hosts try something a little bit different in the second half. The full-backs are pushing right on, with Rudy dropping in between the central defenders if needed.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
We are back underway in the second half! After a fairly sluggish opening 45 minutes, Germany will be hoping that their young stars can show a bit more creativity and cutting edge. Poland will be pleased with what they've shown thus far, remaining solid at the back and threatening on the break and from set pieces.
Klich and Robak have gone close for Nawalka's men, while Rudiger has had a near post header cleared off the line for Die Mannschaft. Neither outfit have been able to find the breakthrough goal, however, meaning that we're still waiting for goals in this clash! Be sure to rejoin me in ten minutes time for all of the second half action!
HALF TIME! The referee ends the opening 45 minutes, which by all accounts have been rather drab. A young Germany side have struggled to get firing, with only a few eye-catching performances. Poland are happy to sit deep before committing athletic players to the break and Zieler has been the slightly busier of the two goalkeepers.
Good defending from Rudiger! Wawrzyniak breaks all the way forward for the away side, beating the Stuttgart man initially on the edge of the penalty area and looking to get to the byeline. The 21-year-old defender isn't to be left behind, however, recovering brilliantly to shield the ball behind for a goal-kick.
A few players are starting to warm up on the sidelines, as both managers can turn to plenty of secondary options tonight. The Polish fans are being very vocal, urging their side on before the action is cut short for half-time. Goretzka is nearly found in a pocket of space on the far side, but Wawrzyniak is able to cut out the intended pass.
Less than five minutes until the break, with Germany not quite clicking in attack thus far. Kramer and Rudy have been a useful supply line deep in midfield, but only Draxler and Volland have lit up the hosts' offensive line. Fortunately, there are several attacking midfield options on the bench.
Good work from Draxler! The Germany captain weaves his way into the box, before being held up by Olkowski. He breaks to the byeline, before clipping a reasonable cross into a central area, but nobody is offering themselves at the back post as an option. The ball bobbles out of play.
The lack of a deft touch from Rudiger means that yet another Germany attack comes to an abrupt end. The hosts' forward line move the ball across the field from left to right, before Meyer sets a pass back to his right-back. Instead of looking to retain the ball, the 21-year-old hooks a terrible ball down the line which Boruc collects.
Poland break down the right yet again, but Ginter comes across in support of Sorg well, putting the ball behind for a corner. Rudiger is placed in the near post zone and rises highest to clear Germany's lines with a firm header.
Germany want a penalty, but the referee waves it away! Volland goes down in the box, due to a slight push by the back-tracking Olkowski, but the match official appears to deem the coming together as merely a physical battle.
Poland are looking by far the more dangerous of the two sides, with the direct running of Peszko and Rybus getting them upfield well. Germany have had plenty of possession around the box, but generally their patterns of play have petered out.
RUDIGER! OFF THE LINE! Draxler puts another corner delivery into the near post area, with the Stuttgart defender rising brilliantly to divert the cross across goal! Peszko heads away from on his own goal-line.
KLICH! Zieler is forced into another routine stop, with the midfielder not afraid to curl an effort at goal from 20 yards. He tried to place the ball across goal with his right foot, but the Hannover goalkeeper smothers it easily.
Rudy is caught by Klich, earning the defensive midfielder a warning from the referee. Germany have a chance to deliver from the resulting free-kick, but Draxler puts in a poor ball. It's far too close to Boruc, inviting the former Celtic shot-stopper to come off his line and claim under no pressure.
Rudiger attempts an early cross from the right hand side, but the Stuttgart man's delivery is turned behind for yet another corner. His usual position is at centre-back, meaning that the 21-year-old looks a tiny bit out of his depth in advanced areas. After a positive start from the home side, it's now an even contest.
GORETZKA! Big chance for Germany! A looping back post cross tries to pick out the midfielder, but it bounces awkwardly just in front of him eight yards out. His first touch is poor, meaning Boruc can quickly advance off his line to collect the loose ball.
ROBAK! The tall striker manages to wriggle free of his marker at the near post, craning his neck to try and divert the corner delivery into the opposite corner! It's a very ambitious effort given the angle he was attempting to score from, he perhaps would have been better to flick it on instead.
Peszko races down the right hand side yet again, with Ginter able to match him all of the way to shepherd the ball out of play. The Polish winger isn't to be outdone, however, shoulder-barging the Germany man over the advertising hoardings and into some rather shocked photographers.
Goretzka tries to break beyond Wawrzyniak on the right and succeeds, but Cionek covers his fellow defender to ensure that the young German midfielder can't penetrate the 18-yard box. Poland are more than happy to sit very deep and then attempt to break quickly.
Poland win a free-kick deep on the left hand side, with Zieler frantically arranging his wall. Obraniak whips a curling delivery into the centre of the box, with Cionek just about able to get a flick on the ball - but the Germany goalkeeper claims without any fuss.
Volland whips in a brilliant back post corner delivery, with Ginter rising well to meet it! It dips narrowly over the Freiburg man, with his marker absolutely at his mercy. That's the closest that Germany have gone thus far, with Volland looking a real catalyst whenever he gets possession in advanced areas.
A quarter of an hour has passed without a great deal of incidence, with the atmosphere predictably quite flat in the Imtech Arena. This game is more for fitness and working on team cohesion ahead of Euro 2016 qualifiers for Poland, with the fixture havingt more of a focus on the individual for Germany.
DRAXLER! The Germany captain tries his luck from 25 yards, trying to dip a speculative drive into the far corner, but gets his angles wrong. Boruc is happy to watch the attempt sail wide and the Southampton goalkeeper hasn't had a save to make thus far.
Obraniak and Peszko are always linking up well for Poland, but otherwise the visitors are looking a little bit low on quality. Rybus tries to get past Rudiger, which he manages with a bit of fortunate, but Goretzka is covering his teammate well to stop the diminutive Pole in his tracks.
Draxler is already having plenty of joy down the left hand side, as the Schalke man attempts to impress after being named in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad. Yet another hosts' corner is looped into the box, but it's cleared, before Rudiger's attempted ball back into the area is blocked.
Zieler is called into action for the first time this evening, racing off his line to collect a loose ball. Robak is looking a little bit isolated, but has netted over 20 times in the Polish top flight this season, meaning that this inexperienced Germany side can't afford to switch off. It was Peszko who overran the ball for Nawalka's men.
A couple of early corners for Germany, but Draxler's deliveries are easily dealt with by the away side. Poland are happy to absorb a bit of early pressure, they'll be glad to call upon their greater experience over their adversaries tonight by not being rash and conceding early on.
The hosts have started the game the more positive of the two sides and it's little wonder. Die Mannschaft have a wealth of young attacking options in today's match squad, but also have plenty of domestically experienced players in behind their exciting forward-thinking starlets.
VOLLAND! The Hoffenheim man breaks down the left hand side, before trying his luck with his stronger foot at the near post! It's deflected behind, with Poland able to clear their lines easily from the resulting corner.
Rudiger is deployed at right-back for the start of this one, with Sorg starting on the left hand side. Mustafi and Ginter make up the central defensive pairing, though the latter is more than comfortable with pressing into the midfield third.
We are underway in the first half! A reasonable atmosphere despite the occasion, with Germany's fans able to get a taste tonight of what to expect for the 2018 World Cup. Poland will be hoping that they can finally beat their neighbouring country!
We are five minutes from kick-off, with both sides out of the turf at the Imtech Arena. The respective national anthems ring out in a half-full stadium, but there should be plenty of quality tonight! The pride of playing for your country and putting yourself in the mind of your coach for either the World Cup or Euro 2016 qualification should be enough to guarantee us some excitement!
There's a big opportunity to impress on the big stage for Germany's young players tonight, with some included in Low's prelimary squad for the World Cup. Mustafi, Draxler, Ginter, Goretzka, Meyer and Volland start from the off, with Lars Bender on the substitutes' bench. They know that with a good performance this evening, they go one step closer to persuading their coach to take them to South America.
Poland substitutes: Linetty, Lewczuk, Pazdan, Wilusz, Marciniak, Milik, Wojtkowiak, Zyro, Wszolek, Janukiewicz, Wolski, Kaczmarek.
Poland starting line-up: Boruc; Olkowski, Thiago Cionek, Szukala, Wawrzyniak; Klich, Krychowiak; Peszko, Obraniak, Rybus; Robak.
Germany substitutes: Ter Stegen, Hahn, Howedes, Gunter, Arnold, Jung, Bender.
Germany starting line-up: Zieler; Sorg, Rudiger, Mustafi, Ginter; Rudy, Kramer; Draxler, Goretzka, Meyer; Volland.
To give an idea of the level of rotation for Germany this evening, Low's line-up includes eight complete newcomers to the national selection, with the collective averaging an age of 21-year-old. Inexperience, but plenty of potential and talent, as Die Mannschaft attempt to harvest another golden generation.
TEAM NEWS: Boruc starts due to the Premier League finishing last weekend, with none of Nawalka's Borussia Dortmund contingent involved - that means no Lewandowski or Piszczek for the away side. Captain Blaszczykowski is still sidelined, but Obraniak is given a chance to prove himself again for the national set-up.
TEAM NEWS: Zieler starts in between the posts for Germany, with an inexperienced back four ahead of him - Ter Stegen only makes the bench for Low's side. Mustafi and Rudiger get the nod ahead of Howedes, with Rudy starting in midfield following recent good form in the Bundesliga. Draxler, Goretzka, Meyer and Volland make up a very young and exciting offensive set-up.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping up to date with all of the action from the Imtech Arena, as Joachim Low names an essentially trialist starting line-up in an attempt to whittle down his preliminary selection. It's unlikely that any of those involved will merit a starting place in Brazil, but the hosts wish to test out their squad depth and ensure they have a good arsenal to call upon.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of tonight's international friendly between Germany and Poland, as World Cup fever begins to take over - especially due to plenty of the involved nations naming their prelimanary squads in recent days. The visitors aren't heading to Brazil this summer, so plenty of their star names are remaining with their domestic sides until the end of the competitive season.
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