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Germany labour to draw in Poland

The Local · 7 Sep 2011, 07:00

Published: 07 Sep 2011 07:00 GMT+02:00

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A 94th-minute goal on Tuesday from Germany striker Cacau sealed the draw with Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland who looked to have secured a first win over Germany at the 17th attempt.

"I am grateful that we can play games like these," admitted Löw, just four days after his team hammered Austria 6-2 to confirm their Euro 2012 place.

"And I am grateful that we got the goal in the final minute and that we don't win every game," he said. "The fact that some things don't work is also my responsibility - if we make so many changes."

"In a friendly, you can't expect everything to work, but it does offer the

coach some insights," he added.

Löw rested vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, play-maker Mesut Özil and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, opting to play an unusual 4-1-4-1 formation for the first time.

Germany's teenage star Mario Götze and Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos played in the middle with Cologne's Lukas Podolski and Leverkusen's Andre Schürrle on the wings and Miroslav Klose as the lone striker.

But the experiment so nearly back-fired as the visitors struggled to stamp their authority on a plucky Polish side.

Midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski - known as Kuba for short - converted a penalty in the 91st minute to send Polish fans delirious with delight and make it 2-1 before Germany again came from behind.

In a dramatic finale, German blushes were only spared when second-half replacement Thomas Müller fired in a cross with time almost up to allow Cacau to equalize.

Both Polish goals came from players who ply their trade with German league champions Borussia Dortmund as striker Robert Lewandowski put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes before Kuba's late penalty.

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Kroos had put Germany level on 68 minutes when he netted a dubious penalty, but the hosts were reduced to ten men when defender Arkadiusz Glowacki was sent off for a second yellow card on 80 minutes.

Arsenal's 21-year-old goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was outstanding throughout for Poland while Kuba, fellow goal-scorer Lewandowski and Cologne's Slawomir Peszko were constant thorns in the German defence.

"It was a very special game," said Polish-born German striker Podolski. "We had some good chances in the first half and if we had scored our goals, things would have looked different. But you have to compliment the Poles, they put up a great fight."


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Your comments about this article

10:03 September 7, 2011 by ND1000
What would happen if the Poles from Germany's squad actually played for Poland? The answer is Germany would have a lot less wins over the last several years.
10:47 September 7, 2011 by minga
What a stupid comment. They are Germans with Polish roots. They could have chosen either of the countries to play for. And they decided to play for the country where they learned the game.
13:04 September 7, 2011 by IYWMTS
@ ND1000:

The anwser is:

If the were trained in Poland, you are completely wrong. For what really matters is not where they come from, but where and how they are trained - the Polish and the Turkish may have very good players in deed, but unfortunately the training these players receive in Poland and Turkey is not at all as sophisticated as the training they receive in Germany, partly due to financial matters. (By the way the two Polish players who scored the goals both play for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga)

Why do you think do the Polish and the Turkish send scouts to Germany, in order to convince the players with Polish or Turkish roots who were trained in Germany to play for the Polish, respectively Turkish national team. Because they know that they are technically and tactically much better trained than the players in their own countries.
13:22 September 7, 2011 by Lachner
@ND100 - That is a ridiculous comment! Yes, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose were born in Poland, but they spent 95% of their lives living and playing football in Germany. They are German with Polish heritage, but they are 100% German and they chose to play for Germany. This happens also in France and England where players with African heritage choose to play for them. It is normal in today's world.

I highly doubt that Podolski, Klose and ízil would be the players they are if they had received training in Poland and Turkey and played in their local leagues.
14:27 September 7, 2011 by ND1000
Minga, what a stupid mind you have. If they are so German then why do they both speak Polish at home and have Polish spouses? Why do both guys parents claim to be Polish? The passport and paycheck may be coming from Germany but these guys are still a lot Polish. Get over yourselves the German football team is made up of lots a good Germans and auslanders and thats a good thing.
14:59 September 7, 2011 by IYWMTS
@ ND 1000: Of course that's a good thing - we live in a globalised world and they have the right to be part of the German team ... it was also multiculturalism what made France so succesful between 1998 and 2006.

Nevertheless good training is the key to sucess - and this is why the German team has been more successful than the Polish or the Turkish team, for instance, during the last years.
17:47 September 7, 2011 by raandy
They are not getting Klinsmann back !
09:26 September 8, 2011 by minga

NPD1000 would have been a more suitable username.
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