Pain for Podolski as Germany overcome Poland

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German-Polish striker Lukas Podolski hardly celebrated as he scored two goals in Germany's opening Euro 2008 game in Austria

Klagenfurt, Austria -- Striker Lukas Podolski scored twice to give Germany their first Euro victory since 1996 with a 2-0 win against Poland in a Group B game in Klagenfurt on Sunday.

Polish-born Podolski opened the scoring in the 20th minute after being set up by another German player with Polish roots, Miroslav Klose.

He added another in the 72nd minute after a Polish defender failed to clear the ball. The victory marks the first win for Germany at the Euro finals since beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in the 1996 final in London.

Podolski, who hardly cheered after his two goals, said that he had two hearts beating in his body. "Of course I remain close to Poland. I was born there, have a large family, many of whom live there and I am sad if they lose."

The Bayern striker, who was named the man of the match, said that winning the award meant very little to him. "The important thing is that we won the game. But it is simply a first step, we now need to go further."

The win sees Germany top the group from Croatia, who beat the co- hosts Austria 1-0 in Vienna in the earlier game on Sunday.

In Saturday's opening group A games Portugal strolled to victory of Turkey and co-hosts Switzerland suffered a disappointing defeat against the Czech Republic. DPA with Expatica

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