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World Cup qualifier: Germany rout Liechtenstein

Sunday, March 29, 2009

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4 - 0
Liechtenstein flagLiechtenstein
Michael Ballack 4

Marcell Jansen 9

Bastian Schweinsteiger 48

Lukas Podolski 50

Germany strengthened their position at the top of Group 4 with a comfortable 4-0 home success over Liechtenstein.

Captain Michael Ballack opened the scoring for the Germans after just four minutes with a stunning a volley following a cross from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Marcell Jansen doubled the lead five minutes later as he prodded home the rebound after Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle had parried Lukas Podolski's shot.

Germany made it three early in the second half when Schweinsteiger slotted into an empty goal after Jehle blocked another Podolski's shot.

And Podolski finally got his name on the scorescheet as he fired home from nine yards to complete the scoring on 50 minutes.

The home side dominated the rest of the contest but were unable to convert a number of chances to extend their lead.


Germany: Enke; Beck, Mertesacker, Tasci, Lahm; Hitzlsperger (Marin 78), Ballack, Jansen (Helmes 64), Schweinsteiger (Rolfes 88); Gómez, Podolski

Liechtenstein: Jehle; Vogt, Martin Stocklasa, Michele Stocklasa, Oehri, Ritzberger; Büchel, Gerster, Rohrer; Frick, Thomas Beck (Roger Beck 74)

Germany v Liechtenstein goal & highlights

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