Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Die Mannschaft streaks ahead in Euro 2012 qualifiers

Goal-machine Germany has kept its perfect Euro 2012 qualifiers record with another convincing win, beating Kazakhstan 3-0 on Tuesday night to extend its lead in Group A.

The win was in stark contrast to England’s bitterly disappointing Group G goalless draw at Wembley with Montenegro. Ugly hooligan violence by Serbian fans, meanwhile, disrupted their team's game against Italy in Genoa.

Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski all scored for Germany to give the team a maximum 12 points - five ahead of Austria, who drew a topsy-turvy game 4-4 in Belgium.

Coach Joachim Löw was delighted.

“We have 12 points and we are in a good place. I cannot ask for more,” he said.

England’s loss, meanwhile, means Montenegro tops Group G on 10 points to England’s seven, though the small Balkans nation has played one more game. Skipper Rio Ferdinand rued the match as an opportunity missed.

"These are the sort of games we should be winning," the defender conceded.

World champions Spain – who beat Germany in the last European championship final as well as the last World Cup quarter final, briefly threw away a two-goal lead at Hampden Park before Fernando Llorente conjured a close-range winner barely three minutes after coming on in place of David Silva.

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