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Germany 2:0 Georgia
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Written by Tornike   
Saturday, 07 October 2006 22:24
{mosimage}Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Ballack scored from long range to give Germany a 2-0 victory over Georgia in a friendly game played in Rostock on Ostseestadion.

{mosimage}During the first half, Georgia threatened several times against a shaky German defense, starting with Georgy Demetradze's third-minute shot just outside the net. On 13th minute Levan Tskitishvili hit the crossbar.

Schweinsteiger slammed home a shot from 25 metres in the 24th minute after being set up by Ballack and returned the favour in the second half at Ostseestadion, finding his captain open on the left for a 22-metre blast in the 67th.

{mosimage}After Schweinsteiger's goal, Germany shifted down a gear and were lucky that Otar Martsvaladze's header from a free kick in first-half stoppage time was disallowed in a close offside call.

Germany striker Lukas Podolski was sent off in the 48th minute for a vicious dead ball kick against Georgia defender Zurab Khizanishvili.

Khizanishvili was dismissed himself 14 minutes later by Austrian referee Gerald Lehner for kicking Germany forward Mike Hanke from behind.

{mosimage}Afterward, Georgia didn't have a chance beyond an offside goal by Demetradze.

"It was an entertaining match but we naturally made a number of mistakes," said Loew, who fielded two young newcomers in his team -- Piotr Trochowski of Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen's Clemens Fritz -- and a total of seven second-string players.Loew rested regulars Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Bernd Schneider, Torsten Frings and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann for the Slovakia match while defenders Per Mertesacker and Christoph Metzelder were left out of the squad due to injuries.

{mosimage}"We had to integrate a lot of younger players going into their first match and had some problems in coordination," Loew added. "We wanted to give some people a chance to show what they can do. We were a bit lucky that we kept a clean sheet."

"I think we played well against a very good Germany team," said Georgia's coach Klaus Toppmoeller. "We're moving in the right direction. We wanted to show we can compete with the best teams and I think we accomplished that."

Germany 2:0 Georgia

1:0 Schweinsteiger (24 min.) 2:0 Ballack (67 min.)

{mosimage}Germany: Hildebrand, Fritz, M. Friedrich (84' Madlung), A. Friedrich, Hitzlsperger (76' Fathi), Odonkor, Ballack, Trochowski (76' Frings), Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Hanke (65' Schlaudraff)

{mosimage}Georgia: Lomaia, Gvinianidze (73' Khizaneshvili), Khizanishvili, Kaladze, Kvirkvelia (79' Aladashvili), Menteshashvili (79' Gigiadze), Kankava, Kobiashvili, Tskitishvili (58' Gogua), Demetradze (83' Modebadze), Martsvaladze (63' Iashvili)

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 October 2006 14:05