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October 12, 2010
• Astana Arena, Astana
Referee: A. Tudor
• Attendance: 18000
M. Klose 48'
M. Gómez 76'
L. Podolski 86'
That's it from us in Astana. The night is still early for the majority of Euro qualifiers but it's nearly 1am here! Germany were efficient, professional and quite frankly German in victory. Kazakhstan gave it a good go but lacked the cutting edge to penetrate their opposition's defence. I've been Luke Matthews, be sure to check out the rest of tonight's scores and we will see you next month for Germany's friendly versus Sweden. Auf wiedersehen und gute nacht.
FULL-TIME! Kazakhstan lose their first ever meeting with Germany 3-0 as they remain bottom and pointless in Group A. Germany on the otherhand have 12 points from 12, a perfect start. Turkey remain in second place but their shock defeat to Azerbaijan leaves Germay six points clear.
90' + 1'
Germany have been a lot more clinical in the second half with a little help from that man Podolski.
So it looks like two 3-0 victories for Germany in a matter of days. Joachim Loew would have certainly taken that as Germany appear to be heading for their fourth straight win in qualifying.
PODOLSKI MAGIC! The Koeln man has just scored a quite brilliant goal. He picks the ball on the left wing and slaloms between five Kazakhstan players before unleashing a powerful effort past the helpless Sidelnikov. 42 goals now in 83 international games, a phenomenal record for a man who can't buy a goal at club level.
Goal Lukas Podolski
Good build-up play by Lahm and Gomez sees the ball fall to Cacau just outside the Kazakhstan box. The Stuttgart man's effort is weak and straight at the 'keeper.
Fairly comfortable for Germany at the moment as they look to see the win out. Podolski's two assists and impressive performance are definitely worth noting. Koeln supporters will be hoping maybe its time for the enigma that is Podolski to transfer his international form to club level.
That really was a glorious opportunity for Kazakhstan to score their first goal of this qualifying campaign. Surely it's game over?
Kazakhstan come close to clawing a goal back. A brilliant ball by Schmidtgal slices the German defence open as Averchenko runs onto the through-ball. The winger is at an angle as Neuer storms out of his area to narrow the angle. Averchenko shoots early but his effort is just wide of the goal.
GREAT GOAL BY MARIO GOMEZ! The Bayern Munich striker shows excellent strength to shrug off two Kazakh defenders. He plays a great one-two with Podolsko before directing the ball into the corner of the net from a tight angle. That's the strikers first international goal in a competitive fixture for three years.
Goal M. Gómez
The home side are still chasing the ball around and it seems to be having an effect as they appear to be tiring.
Germany are in no rush to find a second as they calmly pass the ball around the pitch. Can substitute Marko Marin replicate his club form and create another goal for Germany?
The home side should have done better. The impressive Schmidtgal certainly has the bit between his teeth at the moment as he makes a storming run towards the German box. He eventually lays it to Khizhnichenko who fluffs his lines on the penalty spot as his tame effort rolls wide.
It is difficult to see Germany not coming away from this one with all three points. However if the score was to stay the same would Loew and co be happy or be frustrated with the European giants wasteful finishing?
GLARING MISS FROM THOMAS MULLER! The tricky winger is played in beautifully by Ozil but despite being in yards of space he lumps the ball way over the bar from 12 yards out. Will Germany rue that miss?
Germany are playing keep-ball at the moment and the home side have no reply. No chances of recent however.
A little quiet at the moment as Kazakhstan make their first change bringing on Averchenko for Nurgalyiv.
Yellow Card Farkhadbek Irismetov
The next goal in this game is crucial. Unfortunately for Kazakhstan Germany look hungry for a second.
Fair play to Kazakhstan. Since the Germany goal the home side have looked the better side. This time Azovski plays a great ball from the right to Schmidtgal who controls it on the corner of the box and sends a half volley into the top corner. Neuer tips the ball over the bar for a corner but the Kazakhs are getting closer.
Klose is replaced by his club team-mate Mario Gomez. The goal-scorer appears to have strained his hamstring as he heads straight down the tunnel for further treatment.
Kazakhstan come very close to levelling the scoring. The ball is played through to Schmidtgal but the midfielder can only scoop the ball over the bar from 15 yards. Poor effort there from the youngster.
Just how is that Podolski and Klose can be so impressive on the international scene yet so underwhelming at club level. It beggers belief.
1-0 to Germany and I think you can guess who scored. Yes, that's right Miroslav Klose. Some good play down the left sees Podolski make his way into the box. The ex-Bayern man squares it to his old team-mate who despite being marked by a Kazakhstan an defender is able to find the net. 60 international goals now for the hitman.
Goal Miroslav Klose
And we're off in the second-half. Khizhnichenko and Zhumaskaliyev get us under way. Try saying that after a few drinks.
Many expected Loew to change his starting eleven after the victory over Turkey. Instead the tactician decided to stick with the same side despite the likes of Ozil being a doubt for the game. Will he come to rue this decision or will Germany come out in the second-half firing on all cylinders? What is for sure is that subsitutions could be on the horizon if the away side fail to improve.
Half-time here in Astana as Germany endure a disappointing first-half. Die Mannschaeften are clear favourites in this one and have had plenty of chances i but do not look to be at their clinical best. Jogi Loew will surely be furious with his team at the interval especially as Kazakhstan appear to be growing in confidence.
45' + 1'
A swerving 35 yard drive from Ozil causes problems for Sidelnikov in goal, so much so that the 'keeper chooses to punch the ball out for a German corner.
Kazakhstan have defended very well so far and looks fairly dangerous on the counter-attack. Will their be a surprise tonight?
SO CLOSE AGAIN FOR KHEDIRA. A Phillip Lah cross is porrly punched by the Kazakh 'keeper who finds himself on the floor. Khedira instinctively heads the ball towards goal from 12 yards out but can only watch as the ball bounces off the top of the bar. Unlucky.
Another header off target for Germany. A patient team move leads to the ball being played out to the right wing. Muller whips in an excellent ball to Khedira who misses the target.
Germans are still being frustrated so far. Is it too early to think about who may come on in the second half?
Yellow Card Renat Abdulin
That is something we really do not want to see. 36 minutes in and Abdulin earns a yellow card for time-wasting. Shocking.
Nearly a goal for Germany. Kroos unleashes a 25 yard drive which Sidelnikov finds too hot to handle. The 'keeper spills the ball but Ozil can only put the ball wide from 18 yards out. Wasteful finishing so far from the talented attacker.
The game has gone a little quiet with the lively Kazakhstan crowd providing the entertainment at the moment.
The German-based Kazakhstan midfielder Heinrich Schmidtgal should probably go in the referees book here for a late challenge on Kroos. The cards stay in the ref's pocket though.
We're at the half hour mark and the home side will be delighted with the scoreline so far. Germany have been sloppy in their passing at times and Loew does not look very happy.
The artifical surface seems to be a concern for both sides at the moment as several players slip in a matter of minutes.
Poor miss by Ozil! Klose plays him through on goal and the playmaker has plenty of time to decide where to place the ball. Unluckily for him he takes a little too long and Popov is able to block the tame effort as the ball goes out for a corner.
Not quite going Germany's way at the moment. Plenty of possession but Joachim Loew will be expecting his team to test the Kazakhstan 'keeper more.
Toni Kroos comes close to opening his Germany account. A Badstuber cross from deep is brilliantly laid off to Kroos on the volley by Klose. However the young midfielder cannot get his header on target as the ball flies over the bar.
The game has opened up a little in the last few minutes as Kazakhstan look to build attacks.
Another chance for Die Mannschaeften! Fantastic flowing football between Lahm and Muller sees the ball directed to Ozil. The Real Madrid swings at the ball from 10 yards out but his effort is blocked by Geteriyev.
All Germany at the moment but the away side need to be wary of Kazakhstan on the counter-attack. Badstuber seems intent on taking the majority of Germany set-pieces, even corners which leaves a gap at the back.
Very close for the goal-machine that is Miroslav Klose. A good Germany team move sees Khedira float in an excellent ball from the right. Klose is six yards out in space but can only direct his header over the bar.
Very slow start to this one, Kazakhstan are seeing a little more of the ball but look a little unsure what to do with it.
The local time in Kazakhstan is a very late 11pm. Will this have an effect on either side tonight?
Podolski should open the scoring here in the first chance of the game. The Koeln man finds himself in space on the edge of the area but blasts the ball way over the bar. Surely it was easier to hit the target there?
Slow start to this one. Germany are happy to knock the ball around at a leisurely pace, Kazakhstan will be more than happy to let the away side do this.
Predictably the away nation look in control of possession at the moment. Kazakhstan are yet to score in qualification so far. Germany on the otherhand have ten goals.
We're underway here in Astana. Friday's goalscorer's Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil kick-off in what will be the last Euro qualifier for these two sides in this calendar year.
Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Mertesacker, Westermann, Badstuber, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Klose
Kazakhstan: Sidelnikov, Kirov, Abdulin, Irismetov, Popov, Nurgaliyev, Zhumaskaliyev, Schmidtgal, Getriyev, Azokvski, Khizhnichenko
So here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Group A Euro 2012 qualifier between Kazakhstan and Germany at the Astana Arena. Germany will be looking to make it four wins from four with victory tonight over Kazakhstan. The home side are currently pointless and after Azerbaijan's shock victory over Turkey find themselves rooted to the bottom of the group. Can Bernd Storck mastermind a shock victory over his homeland tonight?
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