Youthful Germany win clash of World Cup hosts
8 Sember 2005, BREMEN - Lukas Podolski was the hat-trick hero for his side as a youthful Germany beat South Africa 4-2 in a match that saw the hosts of the next two World Cup finals clash in an international friendly played in Bremen on Wednesday night.
8 Sember 2005
BREMEN - Lukas Podolski was the hat-trick hero for his side as a youthful Germany beat South Africa 4-2 in a match that saw the hosts of the next two World Cup finals clash in an international friendly played in Bremen on Wednesday night.
The other German goal was scored by Tim Borowski, while Shaun Bartlett and Benni McCarthy replied for the visitors.
For both teams the game provided an ideal opportunity to make amends for disappointing defeats suffered on the weekend - Germany lost 2-0 in Slovakia while South Africa were knocked out of the World Cup by a 3-1 defeat in Burkina Faso.
It was the home side that had the better start, with Juergen Klinsmann's youthful starting line-up, which included five players 21 or younger, creating the first chances.
They were rewarded for their enterprising play in the 12th minute after South Africa had needlessly squandered the ball in midfield. Bremen-based Miroslav Klose played a defence-splitting pass to Podolski, whose delicate chip gave goalkeeper Hans Vonk no chance.
The goal seemed to push South Africa into action, as they got the upper hand and started putting Germany under pressure. Midway through the half the German midfield surrendered possession to South Africa and Sibusiso Zuma was sent through.
Referee Grzegorz Gilewski ruled that Per Mertesacker's clumsy challenge was worthy of a penalty and Premiership-based Bartlett made no mistake from the spot.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw a flurry of goals, with Podolski getting his second three minutes after the restart, before Borowski added another a minute later.
South African substitute McCarthy pulled one back for the visitors in the 52nd minute after he lashed onto a ball that German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had brilliantly save, but pushed into McCarthy's path.
The two players, who are the face of the Klinsmann's 'new style' Germany - Bastian Schweinsteiger and Podolski - combined to set up Germany's fourth in the 55th minute when Podolski laid the ball off to Schweinsteiger on the right and the Bayern player went around one marker bevore pulling back to the Cologne striker, whose side-footed shot gave Vonk no chance.
The Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper then kept the score where it stood, when he first pulled off an excellent diving save to deny German substitute Kevin Kuranyi and then bravely saved at the feet of the onrushing Bernd Schneider.
Subject: German news