Germany 2-0 South Africa: Mario Gomez And Mesut Oezil Secure Friendly Win

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Germany notched up a straightforward win in Leverkusen against South Africa.

Swiss referee Claudio Circhetta got the game under way and starting debutant Marko Marin was quickly in on the action having been played in by Mario Gomez. He fired one shot over and was then denied by keeper Rowan Fernandez.

Gomez then had a chance of his own on seven minutes after Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Oezil sent through a precise pass. The Bayern striker failed to hit the target from a tight angle however.

South Africa’s first moment of danger arrived after ten minutes when they combined well on the edge of the German penalty area, but the final pass to Steven Pienaar was over-hit and Rene Adler cleaned up.

A shot from distance from Kagisho Dikgacoi’s gave Rene Adler his first save to make on 13 minutes but the Leverkusen keeper was up to the task. Four minutes later and South African counterpart Fernandez was called upon to deal with a well-hit free-kick from Marko Marin.

Having looked the better side in the opening phase, Germany allowed their visitors back into the game and the tempo of the game dropped. However, the hosts then got things back on track with a goal on 35 minutes.

A quick piece of combination play saw Mesut Oezil play in Michael Ballack. The captain’s pass inside from the left was met by the incoming Mario Gomez, who fired in from a possible offside position.

Two minutes later and Rene Adler had to pull off a very good reflex save after Arne Friedrich had unwittingly deflected a free-kick goalwards.

Joachim Loew’s side went in at half-time with a deserved 1-0 lead though having bossed the first 45 minutes against Bafana Bafana without exactly shining going forward.

Germany changed their strike duo at the interval with Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski replacing Mario Gomez and Marko Marin. It was however South Africa who had the first effort on goal with Pienaar hitting a shot from distance over the bar.

Mesut Oezil continued to impress as he joined in the attack testing Fernandez with a shot, before then setting up Podolski with a good chance. With 65 minutes on the clock he then delivered a corner which was met well by the head of Michael Ballack only to hit the post and bounce into the goalkeeper’s arms.

Germany were once again upping the pressure on their guests and that pressure duly paid off on 77 minutes with a second goal. Bastian Schweinsteiger passed to Klose, who then played an instant ball to Mesut Oezil. Clear-through on Rowan Fernandez, the midfielder capped an impressive performance by firing clinically passed the African keeper and into the bottom corner.

German keeper Rene Adler refused to be beaten on his home ground and produced a great save right at the death to deny Bernard Parker following a cross from Siboniso Pa Gaxa.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 6, 2009.

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