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September 6, 2011
• PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk
Referee: D. Orsato
R. Lewandowski 55'
J. Błaszczykowski 90'
T. Kroos 68'
That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed tonight's coverage. until next time...
What a thrilling finale! Twice Poland took the lead, but twice Germany drew level. It was with the very last kick of the game that Cacau equalised, but it was just enough for the visitors to preserve their unbeaten record against their neighbours, who can be proud of their performance.
90' + 4'
90' + 4'
Muller takes on Wawrzyniak on the right and the defender stubmbles. The Bayern man takes a touch to the byline and cuts back to the unmarked Cacau, who hammers home the equaliser! 2-2 it will end!
90' + 4'
CACAU DRAWS GERMANY LEVEL!
90' + 3'
The hero Blaszczykowski comes off with ten seconds left, and Szymon Pavlowski is his replacement.
90' + 3'
Poland now have a corner and seconds remain. Again, this could be their first ever victory against Germany...
90' + 1'
BLASZCZYKOWSKI CONVERTS! 2-1 TO POLAND! Three minutes to be added, by the way...
Penalty Goal Jakub Blaszczykowski
Yellow Card Tim Wiese
What a turn of events! The ball is headed on to Brozek and Wiese is slow off his line. The Bremen goalkeeper upends the striker and it's a clear penalty!
PENALTY TO POLAND!
Ooh, Cacau tries a cheeky flick to himself, but is too clever for his own good, and a potential chance goes begging.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Kroos collects a booking now for pulling Matuschyk back after the Koln midfielder appeared to be on his way towards towards goal.
Yet another substitution for the hosts: Mierzejewski makes way for Maciej Rybus
Yellow/Red Arkadiusz Glowacki
Oh, and it can only be a second booking for Glowacki! Surely enough, he's sent off! Gotze makes a clever turn and the defender has no choice but to make a cynical challenge and collect a second yellow card. Germany now have just under 10 minutes to seek a winner.
The scorer Lewandowski comes off to a roar of applause from the fans. Piotr Brozek is his replacement...
The tides have turned over the last 10 minutes or so; Poland no longer have the energy to counterattack, it appears, and are living dangerously. They have conceded several free kicks, but have yet to be punished...
Substitution for Germany: Lars Bender makes his international debut, replacing fellow Leverkusen man Rolfes.
SCHUERRLE! BRILLIANT SAVE FROM SZCZESNY! The winger cuts from right to left and curls towards the far post, but Szczesny tips it onto the bar! What a shot, and what a save!
Next substitution for Poland: Kamil Glik comes on for the debutant Perquis
Oh, nearly a penalty for Poland! Blaszczykowski crosses from the right towards Mierzejewski, who is clattered into by Boateng. The German is adjudged to have won the ball, though, and play continues...
Schurrle has a long shot blocked and Poland look to break, but Mertesacker for once does well to anticipate the danger, and intercepts.
Yellow Card Arkadiusz Glowacki
Penalty Goal Toni Kroos
GERMANY EQUALISE! Kroos tucks the penalty inside the right post - Szczesny is finally beaten!
PENALTY TO GERMANY! Muller races into the right side of the box and is upended by Glowacki!
Germany have never lost to Poland, but if play continues as it has, they are in serious trouble...
And now club team-mates Blaszczykowski and Schmelzer clash; the Poland international gets the better of the tussle and wins a free kick just outside the right of the box.
Substitution for Poland: Adam Matuschyk replaces club team-mate Peszko
BLASZCZYKOWSKI from a tight angle!!! Oh, but Wiese parries! Again, nearly 2-0 for the hosts!
Germany make a third substitution: Muller is now on for Podolski, and playing on the left.
POLAND WITH ANOTHER CHANCE! Blaszczykowski curls a free kick that Perquis nods across the face of goal. Mertesacker does just enough to clear out for a corner...
At long last, the deadlock is broken. Backed by the home fans, Poland are playing with increased confidence now!
Goal Robert Lewandowski
LEWANDOWSKI SCORES! The hosts counterattack with pace and Blaszczykowski plays Dudka through on goal. The holding midfielder takes a touch past Wiese and is upended, but Lewandowski is first to the ball and slots home. 1-0 TO POLAND!
CACAU! Oh, he misses! Very direct play from Germany as the first pass from the back goes to Gotze, who turns and plays a through ball to the Brazilian. With only Szczesny to beat, he misses narrowly wide of the far post! Another chance goes begging.
Gotze leads the break and tees up Kroos, who decides against a return pass and instead goes for goal. Szczesny has no trouble, and parries
Lewandowski is nearly in on goal, but Trasch intercepts Peszko's through ball and sets up the German counterattack...
Rather tentative start to the second half, but this surely will not last for long...
AND WE'RE UNDERWAY AGAIN! Schurrle looks lively on the right flank, but is unable to find anyone with his cross.
Germany make two substitutions at the break: Cacau comes on for Klose, and the skipper Lahm makes way for Marcel Schmelzer
HALF TIME! The first half ends on a calm note. There have been at least half a dozen clear chances on goal, but somehow the score remains deadlocked at 0-0. Szczesny and Wiese have been immense in goal; their defences, less so. Surely there will be a goal in the second half - I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you in the loop.
45' + 1'
Mertesacker makes a loose pass to Lewandowski, but bails himself out with a crunching - but clean - challenge. Two minutes to be added...
PESZKO AGAIN IS DENIED BY WIESE! Lewandowski again plays the winger in on goal, but Peszko's first touch is heavy, and Wiese makes a strong challenge. The Koln man is hurt, but after some attention appears fit to continue.
SZCZESNY WITH TWO MORE SAVES! Klose slips in to Podolski, who fires a low blast that the goalkeeper can only parry. Klose is first to the rebound and volleys, by Szczesny makes a fantastic save!
Oh, Rolfes gets away with a very cynical challenge! The Leverkusen man waits for Lahm's ball and is nearly dispossessed by Mierzejewski, but muscles the midfielder off the ball...
KLOSE, WHAT A MISS! Kroos curls his free kick to the wide open striker, who volleys off a bounce but misses wide to the right! Surely that should have been the opener!
Kroos is felled for the umpteenth time and Podolski voices his disapproval to referee Daniele Orsato, much to the disapproval of the fans.
Things just aren't yet clicking for the visitors. They have had plenty of the ball, but lack the precision in front of goal they had on Friday, and have often appeared susceptible on the break.
Oh, chance again for Poland! Peszko plays a cross to Lewandowski who beats Mertesacker to the ball, but misses well over the bar.
What a mistake! Glowacki concedes possession to Klose in the six-yard box, but the striker has absolutely no space with Szczesny directly in front of him. The goalkeeper manages to collect the ball off Klose's feet!
KROOS! OH, HOW DID GERMANY NOT SCORE? A brilliant trio of one-touch passes sees Kroos through on goal - the Bayern midfielder is denied by Szczesny,, but the ball comes out to Schurrle who somehow fails to connect with the ball! That was as clear a chance as Germany have had...
PESZKO! OOOH he hits the side netting when through on goal!!! Following a corner, Poland break with blistering pace. Peszko is wide open streaking through the middle and has only Wiese to beat, but puts the ball just wide of the left post. What a chance!
More pressure from Germany - Gotze plays an exquisite through ball to Schurrle, who is well covered as the ball goes out of play for a corner.
Very good defending by Glowacki, who slides in to block Podolski's cross and manages to put the ball off the attacker to win a goal kick.
After a nervy start, the hosts have vastly improved. Their pressure is causing all sorts of trouble for Germany, who do not quite look the same without Schweinsteiger in the starting line-up. Rolfes has misplaced several passes already.
PODOLSKI SCORES!!! But offside! Gotze threads the ball through to the Koln man who finishes well, but he was two yards behind the last defender.
KLOSE! Ohhhh so close! Kroos plays an forward to Gotze, who initially loses possession but wins it back, and plays to Klose, but the striker is unable to finish!
Oh, again the hosts put pressure on Wiese's goal. No shot in the end, but Wiese has to do well to collect a cross. Lewandowski has made a very good account of himself in the early stages of this match.
The match has slowed down in the last minute or two, and none of the fans are happy with that. Jeers ring out as the visitors keep possession around the midfield line.
Reviewing Peszko's chance, it was a very well-weighted through ball that sent him through, but Mertesacker was caught between two minds in defending, and failed to track the winger as he continued his run into the box.
Oh dear, Perquis is down with apparent ankle injury after colliding with a team-mate. After treatment he appears fit to continue...
PESZKO IS DENIED! Surely that should have been the opener - the Koln winger slipped in behind the German defence and was through on goal, but Wiese ran off his line and blocked his finish. Thrilling stuff thus far!
Oh, Lewandowski was nearly in with a chance, but was found just an inch offside!
LAHM! Szczesny with another save! Podolski plays through to the overlapping full-back, who halts his run and puts the ball on his right foot. His curling effort is not strong enough to beat the goalkeeper, however.
GERMANY AGAIN WITH A CHANCE! This time Mertesacker volleys a corner towards goal and Rolfes helps it on with a back-heel, but Szczesny again denies the visitors an opener.
KLOSE! So close! The Lazio man takes the ball from Perquis and Gotze slips into the box before cutting back for Klose, but Szczesny names the stop!
Oh, nearly a chance! Schurrle crosses but Wasilewski does well to stay in front of Podolski and concede a corner.
Wasilewski concedes a free kick for a challenge on Podolski and Germany have a free kick on the left flank, but Kroos' cross is cleared.
Oooh, close call for the visitors! Podolski gets behind Damien Perquis, who is earning his first international cap tonight, and takes down Klose's long ball quite well, but is flagged offside.
AND THE MATCH KICKS OFF! Germany start play, and Podolski is fouled on the left within eight seconds.
We're approaching kick-off now, a few minutes late...
And here's the Polish national anthem, which reverberates throughout the stadium.
The Germany national anthem now is being played. A few brave souls amongst the DFB team and coaching staff sing, but they have little support.
Tonight's match is a homecoming for Germany attackers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who were born in Poland.
Substitutes: L. Bender, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer, Howedes, Muller, Cacau
Germany Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Wiese; Trasch, Mertesacker, Boateng, Lahm; Rolfes; Schurrle, Gotze, Kroos, Podolski; Klose
Substitutes: Sandomierski, Tyton, Jodlowiec, Gilk, Wilk, Rybus, Pawlowski
Poland Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Wasilewski, Perquis, Glowacki, Wawrzyniak; Murawski, Dudka; Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Peszko; Lewandowski
The starting line-ups are in - both sides have made a number of changes from their previous starting XIs.
Germany visit Poland having earned an emphatic 6-2 win over Austria on Friday. The DFB team now have won eight out of eight Euro 2012 qualifiers and are the third (after co-hosts Poland and Ukraine) to book their spot at next summer's tournament. They will nonetheless face some stiff competition from the Poles, who have created quite a formidable atmosphere in Gdansk.
Hello, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Germany vs Poland! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...
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