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European Championship Qualifier: Kazakhstan v Germany Review

Lukas Podolski Runs The Show Against Kazakhstan.

The same side who rolled Turkey over in their last fixture did the business tonight against Kazakhstan. Joachim Loew’s Germany side take a significant edge in their quest to finish top of their qualification group after another strong three points tonight, and secure an early place in the European Championship of 2012.

While Kazakhstan provided little in terms of a stern challenge for the German national team, Joachim Loew’s men never let their guard down and won in very professional fashion. While the first-half remained all square, it didn’t take long after the break for Germany to turn their superior possession stats into goals. Mesut Ozil slipped a through-ball into Lukas Podolski, who then cut it back to Miroslav Klose to apply the finish on 48 minutes. That goal puts Klose just ten behind Gerd Mueller in terms of all-time German goalscorers. Unfortunately for Klose, he was withdrawn with an injury just before the hour mark. Mario Gomez was subbed onto the pitch in the veteran striker’s place, and made an instant impact. Mesut Ozil slid another slick pass through, and Mario Gomez was on hand to put it away.

Germany’s third goal was one of pure skill. Lukas Podolski went on one of his classic runs from the left-hand side and into the 18-yard box, and took five Kazakhstan players with him. After beating them all, he smashed the ball into the back of the net and made it three-nil. He certainly made a point of beating off any challengers for his place tonight.

While the scoreline suggests ease, Germany were carved open on a couple of occasions. If not for some shocking finishing, Kazakhstan could have gotten themselves on the scoresheet. Next month, Germany play Sweden in a friendly match, where Joachim Loew will be expected to pick some of Germany’s younger stars to give them a chance to shine at the highest level.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Diriye

    October 14, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Poldi is very intelligent player plus he bring other stuff with him that I think is important in hotly contested games, alertness for instance. lol

    This is one of my favorite Podolski moves. Tim Cahill clips Schweinsteiger and gets a red card for it, Schweinsteiger tries to turn to see what is happenning and Podolski lets say gets the situation under control. lol

    Check out 00:17
    http://www.zigvideo.com/home/vdodetail/..gN1kDO

    Guys like Podolski bring a lot of stuff to the table including expereince.

  2. Brad

    October 13, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Nothing like a game against a minnow to hide and sugar coat Podolski and Gomez’s short comings.
    Yes they were good goals, but they’ve proven time and time again how wasteful they can be against decent opposition.

    • Bonsai

      October 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

      16 goals during the World Cup, 12 in the Euro qualifiers, best goal difference, excellent result I would think, and even better, they play as a team, enjoy playing for their country and are always entertaining.

      Wasteful? Perhaps, but you have to create the chances to waste in the first place.

    • Dylan Thomas

      October 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      Podolski? Short-comings? He’s got 42 international goals at 25 years old. He’s only 5 goals away from catching Jurgen Klinsmann’s international tally. Sure, he’s a bit selfish, but all extremely gifted players are. Gomez has a lot to prove, but Podolski is more or less a stalwart in the national side. Even with Toni Kroos and Marco Reus and Grosskreutz all pushing for his place, Podolski proves himself time and again. His stats are unbelievable.

      • Brad

        October 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

        I just think his development has stalled since his move to Bayern. He plays well when everything is peachy and I would hazard a guess that the majority of his 42 goals were against easier opposition. When it mattered against Serbia, he wasted (not including the penalty) chance after chance made for him by Oezil. Again missed a sitter against Turkey. Was absent against Spain, etc.
        Yes he has a cannon of a left foot, yes he produces a good through ball every now and then but he doesn’t have much intelligence to his game. Holtby or Kroos would give the 3 man attack alot more of a chance against Spain.

      • herp derp

        October 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

        podolski is one of the least selfish players in my opinion. when he has a clear shot he takes it, when he knows someone has a better one he gives it to them.
        how many of klose’s goals has podolski assisted? a good percentage of them.

    • allieeya

      October 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      well, Poldi has got the skills and all, but when he is having an off-day, it shows. but then players get ‘off-form days’ all the time. I guess his reputation for being lazy and hence being being a short-coming comes more from the club level more than anything.

      but at big competitions… more often than not, he clearly delivers.
      and Im not even a big Poldi fan.

      the german team was generally crappy at the start of the match, although I didn’t get to see it properly.

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