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October 8, 2010
• Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 74244
M. Klose 42', 87'
M. Özil 79'
Not the greatest of games but Germany march on regardless. The Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 finalists are in a very strong position in the group and it looks unlikely that they won't top the group next September. Germany now head to Kazakhstan on Tuesday where they will be hoping to make it four wins from four. That's it for us tonight but be sure to check out all the other scores from tonight's qualifiers. Goodnight and god bless.
Germany deservedly maintain their 100% record in Euro 2012 qualifying as they beat Turkey 3-0 to go three points clear at the top of Group A. The game was fairly close until Ozil added the home side's second but Turkey were poor in attack througout with Halil Altintop's second-half effort being their only real chance.
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Germany just toying with Turkey at the moment. And the whistles goes. FULL-TIME!
The sub Traesch has an opportunity to add a fourth for the Germans but slams the ball over the bar from 15 yards when it appeared another goal was on the cards. Terrible defending by the Turks now.
3-0 GERMANY! Dreadful goalkeeping from Demirel here who fails to kick the ball further than 25 yards. Klose chests the ball down and runs freely towards Demirel before slotting the ball between the 'keepers legs. 3-0 faltters Germany a little but they won't care.
Germany are winding the clock down now as Podolski is replaced by Traesch.
Germany look very comfortable at the moment. Not the greatest performance but then again, it hasn't had to be. Die mannschaft have been very 'professional' in their approach tonight.
Ozil has another attempt on goal after some good play by Podolski. However this time his effort from just inside the Turkish box is saved by Demirel.
GAME, SET AND MATCH FOR GERMANY! And who other than Mesut Ozil to destroy the hopes of the Turkish public. The playmaker is in acres of space as he comfortably slides the ball past a dejected Demirel. Wisely the Real Madrid player chooses to not celebrate the goal.
Germany have defended very well for the majority of this game. This time, Badstuber does brilliantly to stop Senturk on the edge of the area.
At the moment it is difficult to see where a goal will come for Turkey. They miss an out and out striker, someone like the legendary Hakan Suker. Instead they are relying on the diminuitive Tuncay and Senturk to get them back into the game.
Muller comes close. Some sloppy Turkish defending allows Ozil to play a neat pass to Muller. However his tame 15 yard shot is easily saved by Demirel.
Will the subsituted Halil Altintop be left to rue his effort 15 minutes ago? At this rate, probably.
BAD BAD MISS FROM PODOLSKI! Ozil jogs into the Turkey box and plays a square ball to Podolski who is free eight yards out. Demirel has already committed himself and all the Koeln man has to do is roll the ball into a virtually empty net. However the striker scoops the ball wide of the right post, the kind of effort that has been all too familiar to Koeln supporters this season, oh and last.
Hamit Altintop's effort from 30 yards is weak but that still doesn't stop it taking Neuer two attempts to claim the ball. Turkish fans are still booing Ozil every time he gets the ball. Sour grapes?
Chance for Germany. Podolki plays the ball to Ozil in the area. The Real Madrid player attempts a cross/shot but Demirel plucks the ball out of the air. A bit wasteful really.
Turkey really need some inspiration here. They are seeing more of the ball but we are yet to see any magic from the likes of Sahin or Emre in the middle.
Semih Senturk enters the fray in place of Halil Altintop
Not much happening on the pitch at the moment but in the stands the Turkish fans have somehow managed to smuggle fireworks into the stadium as the far corner glows red. Possible fines here for both the Turkish FA and the German?
Tempo of the game has died down a little. This may actually suit Turkey who look to get back into the game.
So close their for Turkey and a reminder for the German defence that they need to stay alert.
SO CLOSE FOR HALIL ALTINTOP! Turkey venture into the Germany half and Hamit Altintop plays a ball into the German box. Mertesacker and Badstuber seem to have fallen asleep as Altintop is completely unmarked at the back-post. He takes his time before smashing the ball goalwards from six yards. However his effort is brilliantly tipped round the post by Neuer.
Turkey have struggled to get out their own half so far in this second period. Another small stoppage as Muller goes down injured after a collision in the air with Sabri. He looks good to continue though.
Ozil whips in a dangerous ball from the right as both Khedira and Klose fail to meet it at the front-post.
Germany start the second half in a similar way to how they finished the first, in control. Muller plays the ball to Kroos on the edge of the area. However the Bayern midfielder scoops the ball high over the bar.
Halil Altintop and Tuncay kick off this second half, kicking from right to left. Surprisingly a very subdued atmosphere in the stadium. Can Turkey get back into this one?
So how will Turkey line-up in the second half? Will Hiddink's men go all out for the equaliser or will they look to hit the Germans on the counter-attack? The Turks looked like they were going to go more attacking when they replaced the injured Mehmet Aurelio with Tuncay. However, after a lively introduction the 22 goal striker has faded. His team will certainly need him to be on top form if their going to get back into this one.
Half-time here in Berlin as Miroslav Klose's 56th international goal in 104 appearances separates the two teams. The Germans have been the stronger team in a game that has threatened to come alight at times, only for a stoppage to slow down both team's momentum.
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From the resulting free-kick, Mertesacker is free in the box but his poor header flies over the bar.
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Yellow CardServet Çetin
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Cetin earns the first yellow card of the game, much to the displeasure of the visiting supporters. The giant defender clumsily slides in on the goalscorer Klose.
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Turkey look like they would take the half-time whistle right now with Germany in the ascendancy.
5 minutes of added time in this one. Obviously the injuries of Aurelio and Cetin have been taken into consideration. Germany look very dangerous at the moment.
It will be very interesting to see how Hiddink's men reply to going a goal down. The Eurasian nation have so far been cautious in attack.However, this will have to change if they are to get back into this one.
GOAL FOR KLOSE! After some good build-up play by the Germans, Lahm plays an excellent cross into Muller. The World Cup Golden Boot winner sends a looping header goalwards. Demirel does brilliant to tip the effort on to the bar. Unfortunately for the 'keeper, Klose is waiting two yards out to head the ball in like all great German goalscorer's would do.
A German corner from Kroos is whipped in. The ball looks like a fairly comfortable claim for Demirel. However the Fenerbahce man takes two attempts to smother the ball.
The game seems to be a bit more of a contest now with both sides seeing an equal amount of the play. Unfortunately a little quiet on the attempts front.
Halil Altintop finds himself in bags of space on the edge of the area as he waits to control a bouncing long ball. The German defence probably anticipate the linesman's flag for offside, well everyone apart from Badstuber. The flag never comes and It's a good job the Bayern man is alert to make the interception, otherwise that could of been 1-0 Turkey.
This game hasn't lived up to its billing so far. With so many good passers of the ball on the pitch why has play been so sloppy?
The home side are seeing more of the ball but are struggling to create chances at the moment, surprising considering their impressive attacking threat.
Back underway now. Germany have certainly had their rhythm taken away from them by the stoppages as they look for the opening goal.
Another injury here for Turkey as Neuer collides with Cetin from a set-piece.Accidental from the Schalke 'keeper there. However, the defender is sitting in the Germany box with a cut to the face. German fans are getting restless as he takes his time to go off the field for treatment.
Stoke City's Tuncay has definitely added some pace up front for Turkey. His clever control sees him play the ball into Hamit Altintop who's shot is deflected for a corner.
Hiddink was going to bring on Inan, a like for like replacement. However the Dutch coach had a change of mind at the last moment and went for the experienced attacker Tuncay instead. Still fairly quiet this one.
Stoppage here as Mehmet Aurelio has picked up a knock. The Brazilian-born player collided with Kroos. The midfielder is stretchered off and replaced by Tuncay. Attacking move here from the away side.
Not a lot happening at the moment. Turkey appear to be showing a lot of respect to the home side at the moment. Something inside of me says they would happily settle for a draw tonight.
Germany look the better team at the moment. A quick counter attack sees Podolski play the ball to Muller 25 yards out. Klose is in space but the youngster decides to shoot at goal. The result? The ball high into the stands.
Khedira comes close again! The ex-Stuttgart man finds himself in space on the edge of the area. He attempts an early shot but Demirel his equal to it and turns the low effort around the post for a corner.
Not a bad start at all here for the away nation. Turkey have set up with only one striker but there midfield have shown plenty of attacking intent so far.
Storming run into the box by Real Madrid man Khedira there. He takes it past two Turkish defender but the angle is tonight and Demirel easily catches his weak effort.
Excellent wing-play from Phillip Lahm sees the Bayern man play an inviting ball to the back post in the direction of team-mate Miroslav Klose.However the ball is blocked by Sabri and put out for a corner.
Sahin plays the ball in to fellow midfielder Emre who shoots from 20 yards. However, his effort is way wide.
Turkey are now seeing more of the ball with Nuri Sahin already displaying his full-range of passing.
Interestingly their are four German-born players in the Turkey starting eleven tonight. The Altintop brothers are joined by Nuri Sahin and Omer Erdogan who is the only one out the three to ply his trade in Turkey with champions Bursaspor. The other three of course play in the Bundesliga.
Germany have seen the majority of the ball so far but haven't troubled Volkan Demirel as of yet.
A few fouls early on from the Turks. This after both Loew and Hiddink played down the importance of this game.
Ozil and Klose get us under way here at the Olympiastadion. Germany wearing their traditional white and black while Turkey wear all red. World Cup referee Howard Webb is the man in the middle.
Turkey: Demirel, Sabri, Cetin, Erdogan, Gonul, Aurelio, Emre, Sahin, Hurmaci, Hamit Altintop, Halil Altintop,
Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Mertesacker, Westermann, Badstuber, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Klose
So here come the teams...
The last time the two sides met was in the Euro 2008 semi-final where a dramatic late Philipp Lahm winner saw Germany edge out their Eurasian friends. Will Turkey get revenge in this friendly rivalry?
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Group A Euro 2012 qualifier between Germany and Turkey at the Olympiastadion. Both sides have made perfect starts to their respective qualifying campaigns but after tonight at least one team will lose their 100% record. But who will that be?
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