Unimpressive Germany win 5-1 in Thailand

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21 December 2004 , BANGKOK - World Cup runners-up Germany were far from impressive in a 5-1 victory at football minnows Thailand in a friendly international on Tuesday. The reliable VfB Stuttgart striker Kevin Kuranyi raised his tally to 11 goals in 20 caps with his double in the 34th and 38th minute. Cologne,s teenage striker Lukas Podolski then got his first Germany goals in the 72nd and 89th, with Schalke 04 forward Gerald Asamoah also on target in the 84th. Thailand,s number 1 striker Sarayut Chaikamd

21 December 2004  

BANGKOK - World Cup runners-up Germany were far from impressive in a 5-1 victory at football minnows Thailand in a friendly international on Tuesday.

The reliable VfB Stuttgart striker Kevin Kuranyi raised his tally to 11 goals in 20 caps with his double in the 34th and 38th minute.

Cologne,s teenage striker Lukas Podolski then got his first Germany goals in the 72nd and 89th, with Schalke 04 forward Gerald Asamoah also on target in the 84th.

Thailand,s number 1 striker Sarayut Chaikamdee pulled one back in the 57th against a German side which was playing without half a dozen regular starters.

The match completed a three-match Asia trip over the past week for Juergen Klinsmann,s team, the other games being a 3-0 victory in Japan and a 3-1 loss in South Korea - the first defeat since Klinsmann succeeded Rudi Voeller at the helm in summer.

The 2006 World Cup hosts Germany were set to fly back home into a badly needed Christmas break shortly after the match, with Bundesliga action not resuming until late January and the next national team game in early February - a true test of strength against Argentina.

Klinsmann rested the likes of captain Michael Ballack, goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and striker Miroslav Klose while Kaiserslautern,s Marco Engelhardt got a first place in the starting lineup and Hertha Berlin defender Arne Friedrich was appointed captain.

Germany went in search of an early goal in Bangkok in front of a small 15,000-strong crowd, wasting four major chances in the opening 10 minutes, most notably Bastian Schweinsteiger's freekick against the crossbar.

The missed opportunities frustrated the Germans as they soon lost their rhythm against the Thai semi-pros, who are ranked a modest 79th in the world.

Sarayut got a first chance in the 29th which finally woke up the Germans again.

Kuranyi opened the scoring in the 34th with a low shot from the edge of the area and soothed the German nerves even more four minutes later when he nodded home Asamoah,s cross for a 2-0 halftime lead.

But Germany,s performance declined even more and the hosts got a deserved goal on the counter after Engelhardt lost the ball in midfield, with Sarayut tapping home past Timo Hildebrand.

The slim lead led to the worst fears in the German camp, but the second-half substitute Podolski and Asamoah secured victory with their late goals.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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