GERMANY - RUSSIA - 2:2 (1:1)
June 8 2005.
Menchengladbach. Borussia-Park stadium. 46228.
Referee Konrad Plautz (Austria).
Germany: Oliver Kahn, Andreas Hinkel (Sebastian Deisler, 46), Arne Friedrich,
Per Mertesacker, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Bernd Schneider, Torsten Frings,
Michael Ballack (ê), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Kevin Kuranyi, 84),
Gerald Asamoah (Mike Hanke, 62), Lukas Podolski (Fabian Ernst, 84).
Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Russia: Sergey Ovchinnikov, Alexey Berezutskiy, Vasiliy Berezutskiy, Vadim
Evseev, Yuri Zhirkov (Alexander Kerzhakov, 46), Alexander Anukov, Dmitri
Sennikov, Evgeni Aldonin, Marat Izmailov (Sergey Semak, 10), Dmitri Loskov
(ê), Dmitri Sytchev (Andrey Arshavin, 74).
Head Coach Yuri Syomin.
Scorers: Alexander Anukov (26), Bastian Schweinsteiger (30, 69), Andrey
Yellow Cards: Andreas Hinkel (15), Sergey Semak (23), Dmitri Sennikov
FOOTBALL FRIENDLY ENDS IN DRAW GERMAM MANAGER HAPPY
Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager of the German national football team, is
happy about yesterday's Russia-Germany friendly draw 2:2 in German Moenchengladbach,
he told reporters after the match. "The way we played was rather
good," he said, "However, we still lacked coherence and concentration
during crucial moments."
Gerald Asamoah and Vadim Evseev. Photo
Klinsmann, a former leading German striker, is optimistic
about the future.
"Each game is a step forward. Such matches are very instructive,"
he is quoted by German media. Germany will host the 2006 World Football
Championship. Therefore, it does not have to qualify and can concentrate
on testing players and various game models.
Russia took the lead in the 26th minute on a goal by Alexander Anyukov
assisted by Dmitry Sychev and Sergei Semak, former captain of UEFA Cup
winners CSKA, now a Paris St. Germain player, who had substituted for
injured midfielder Marat Izmailov 10 minutes into the first half. After
a through ball by Yevgeny Aldonin, Anyukov netted through Oliver Kahn's
However, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, the man of the match for Germany,
scored his first two goals for his team past Russian keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov
in the 31st and 69th minutes to put the World Cup runners-up in control.
In the first one, he finished off a move with a low shot to the right
corner; in the second, Schweinsteiger faked two Russians on the edge of
the area and slotted home a right-foot shot.
Germany should have scored again but German captain Michael Ballack's
shot from three meters was punched over by Ovchinnikov's reflex save.
The home side seemed firmly in control of the game when Andrei Arshavin
broke through on the right, cut across the goal and rounded Kahn to tap
the ball home in the last minute, saving Russian manager Yuri Syomin from
having his first international game spoilt by defeat.
Russians' rivals in Group Three played competitive games yesterday: it
took Portugal a real effort to beat Estonia (1:0), while the Slovaks had
no trouble at all with Luxembourg (4:0). The frontrunners, Portugal and
Slovakia, have 20 and 17 points, respectively, while Russians have 14
points but one additional match.
Taras LARIOKHIN. "RIA