Bastian schweinsteiger (20.) with his first international goal in 17 months, while mario gotze (22), who had been brought on as a disguised top player, scored a goal.) and thomas muller (74.) scored in front of around 25.000 spectators the goals on the artificial turf of the astana arena.
Already on tuesday it comes in nuremberg to the renewed duel with the only in the second half more courageously playing forward kasachen. The scorer schweinsteiger, who received his second yellow card in the competition and will have to miss the match due to a suspension, will be absent.
"At the break the game was already decided, in the second half we have taken the tempo out and no longer played so consistently. But I think we deserved to win here", low sums up a tense 90 minutes. "We had a hard time at the beginning because the kazakhs were very deep. There was little room to play sensibly offensively, admitted gotze. Schweinsteiger and muller had fun deciding who should be credited with the goal that made it 1-0. "Thomas touches it so that it goes in. Thomas always stands where the ball goes", said schweinsteiger whimsically.
In a game that kicked off at midnight (local time), the focused german team gave the 139th german team a run for its money. No chance for the world ranking. Gotze was always ready to play and alternated with his team-mates in the front line. On the somewhat dull artificial turf, schweinsteiger was the linchpin of the german game, and sami khedira also interpreted his role very offensively against the deep standing kazakhs. Thanks to their passport security and ball control, the DFB team was always in control of the action in the roofed arena, without shining in terms of their play.
Tough attack in air duel
as a reward for his strong training performance, julian draxler made his first appearance in the starting eleven, but the schalker’s performance was over after just over a quarter of an hour. The 19-year-old was tackled hard by mark gorman in an aerial duel in the early stages and complained of vision problems afterwards. The professional, who according to the german soccer federation (DFB) suffered a slight concussion, was replaced by lukas podolski. The arsenal professional came to 108. The team made its first appearance of the season and drew level with jurgen klinsmann in the DFB statistics.
In the internal defense, low had made his 91. International match decided for benedikt howedes as per mertesacker’s partner. Little work awaited the schalker and his sidekicks. The kazakhs, who were loudly cheered on by their fans and included bundesliga pro heinrich schmidtgal (spvgg greuther furth), were usually at their wits’ end just outside the german penalty area. On the outside, philipp lahm and marcel schmelzer were able to get forward time and again.
The low eleven immediately took control of the game, although not everything worked out in the end at first. After a solo past three kazakhs jumped gotze the ball too far from the foot (5.), a little later draxler shot past the goal after marcel schmelzer’s entry (7.). But after 20 minutes the spell was broken when schweinsteiger scored the first international goal since october 2011 with the 0:1 after khedira and mesut ozil had done the groundwork, thomas muller slightly deflected the shot of his munich club mate.
Less than 120 seconds later ozil set up the ball for gotze, who was successful in the follow-up and with the second goal already ensured the early decision. In the last duel three years ago in astana the score was still goalless at the break.
Grabbed from an acute angle
after the break, schmelzer and co. Lost concentration. Briefly a little after, but it was really dangerous in front of the box of manuel neuer only twice. Substitute ulan konysbayev scored with a shot from just over 20 meters (69).) the crossbar. After that, the goalkeeper was forced to take a shot from an acute angle by schmidtgal.
When the german team took the reins more firmly in their hands, more scoring opportunities promptly arose. In the 60. In the 29th minute, a shot by podolski was blocked. Six minutes later, gotze tested kazakh keeper andrei sidelnikov. Muller’s goal with a quarter of an hour to go made it 3-0 and ensured a repeat of the result from 2009.