Goal of the day: André Schürrle (Germany) vs Israel | inside World Soccer

André Schürrle's sumptuous effort eight minutes from time wrapped up a 2-0 win for Germany against Israel on Thursday in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012.

Germany forward André Schürrle shoots the ball to score against Israel
Germany forward André Schürrle shoots the ball to score against Israel

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After a disappointing loss to Switzerland five days earlier, the win was a welcome boost for the Germans, who never needed to get out of second gear against an Israel side happy to invite them to attack.

Mario Gómez gave Joachim Löw's side the lead just before the half-time break when he finished off Thomas Müller's pass with an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.

The pattern of the second half mirrored the first, with Germany unable to add a finishing touch to their enterprise in midfield, while Israel appeared happy to sit deep and relieve pressure on the counter whenever they could.

But substitute Schürrle finally found a way past Ariel Harush between the Israeli sticks after 82 minutes of play.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward cut in from the left wing, was afforded too much space, and loosened off a fierce right-footed strike that nestled in the top-left corner.



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