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GERMANY - RUSSIA - 2:1

Early salvo wins it

Germany retained top spot in World Cup qualifying Group Four after first-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Michael Ballack gave them a 2-1 win over Russia on Saturday.

Podolski opened the scoring when he picked up Miroslav Klose's pass on the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute, hustled his way around defender Vasily Berezutsky and slammed the ball past Igor Akinfeyev in the Russian goal.

Captain Ballack was in the right place to double Germany's lead 20 minutes later by side-footing home Bastian Schweinsteiger's clever cross with Akinfeyev stranded.

Germany came under pressure after the break when Russia's playmaker Andrei Arshavin stabbed Alexander Anyukov's cross into an empty net in the 51st minute after a rare mistake by Philipp Lahm but the visitors failed to find an equaliser.
Match Information
Stadium: Fubball Arena Munchen
Attendance: 65,600
Match Time: 19:45 UK
Match Stats
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Germany
Russia
Shots (on Goal)
16(7)
12(6)
Fouls
5
14
Corner Kicks
4
4
Offsides
2
3
Time of Possession
55%
45%
Yellow Cards
0
2
Red Cards
0
0
Saves
7
7
Scoring Summary
Germany Russia
Lukas Podolski (9) Andrei Arshavin (51)
Michael Ballack (28)  
Germany
No. NAME
POS
1 Rene Adler
(G)
3 Arne Friedrich
(D)
5 Heiko Westermann
(D)
16 Philip Lahm
(D)
17 Per Mertesacker
(D)
7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
(M)
13 Michael Ballack
(M)
14 Piotr Trochowski
(M)
15 Thomas Hitzlsperger
(M)
10 Lukas Podolski
(F)
11 Miroslav Klose
(F)
Russia
No. NAME
POS
1 Igor Akinfeev
(G)
2 Aleksandr Aniukov
(D)
4 Sergei Ignashevich
(D)
5 Vasili Berezutsky
(D)
13 Renat Yanbaev
(D)
7 Igor Denisov
(M)
11 Sergei Semak
(M)
17 Konstatin Zurianov
(M)
18 Yuri Zhirkov
(M)
14 Pavel Pogrebniak
(F)
10 Andrei Arshavin
(F)
Germany Substitutes
No. NAME
POS
12 Tim Wiese
(G)
2 Clemens Fritz
(D)
4 Serdar Tasci
(D)
6 Simon Rolfes
(M)
8 Torsten Frings
(M)
9 Patrick Helmes
(F)
18 Mario Gomez
(F)
Russia Substitutes
No. NAME
POS
16 Viacheslav Malafeev
(G)
6 Alexei Berezutsky
(D)
3 Alan Dzagoev
(M)
12 Ivan Saenko
(M)
15 Vladimir Bystrov
(M)
9 Dmitri Sychev
(F)
21 Nikita Bazhenov
(F)
Germany Substitutions
Substitutions
Mario Gomez for Miroslav Klose (71)
Torsten Frings for Piotr Trochowski (83)
Simon Rolfes for Thomas Hitzlsperger (90)
Russia Substitutions
Substitutions
Alan Dzagoev for Renat Yanbaev (46)
Dmitri Sychev for Sergei Semak (84)
Germany Yellow Cards
Name
Min
No Yellow Cards
Russia Yellow Cards
Name
Min
Konstatin Zurianov
(15)
Vasili Berezutsky
(69)

Soccernet.espn.go.com, October 11, 2008

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