Kazakhstan vs. Germany: As It Happened
Germany have continued their unbeaten run in the World Cup qualifying process, as they comfortably beat Kazakhstan with the final scoreline 3-0.
Die Mannschaft dominated the proceedings from the beginning and were never really troubled by the Kazakhs' offense. Meanwhile, Mario Gotze impressed in the 'false nine' role, causing havoc in the opponent's defense throughout the match.
Eventually, goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gotze and Thomas Muller settled the game in the visitor's favour.
A sublime performance from the whole German team has left Kazakhstan, who are yet to record their first win, unable to respond.
However, there still is a lot to be played: The two sides meet again in Nuremberg on Tuesday.
Kazakhstan 0, Germany 3 (Schweinsteiger 20', Gotze 22', Muller 74')
The visitors are slowly closing the game.
Both teams seem content with the result as neither side looks to venture forward.
Howedes is the first Germany player to get a booking. Yellow card for the Schalke defender.
Kazakhstan make their final substitution as Geteriyev enters the field for Ostapenko.
The visitors look happy to just pass the ball around and wait for the game to end.
A double substitution for Germany. Khedira comes off for Gundogan and Schurrle replaces Muller.
I hate to admit it, but Kazakhs have been very disappointing today.
If there were any doubts before, there are none now. This game is well and truly over.
Die Mannschaft punish the hosts for their missed chance as Muller scores the third goal for the visitors. A simply majestic back pass from Ozil to set up Muller.
The replay shows Neuer didn't palm the ball. It just rattled the crossbar!
Oh, that was close.
Konysbaev, who has just entered the game, has his first shot on the goal and Neuer has to stretch all the way to palm the ball, which eventually comes back off the crossbar. An incredible effort!
Konysbaev comes in for Khairullin. Is this the change the Kazakhs so desperately need?
Dmitrenko gets a yellow card for a torrid tackle on Podolski.
The Kazakhs have dropped back and Germany is once again in control of the match. I wouldn't bet against Germany scoring another one here.
Lahm sends in a cross, which eventually comes to Podolski. The Arsenal forward tries his luck from the edge of the box, but his shot picks up several deflections on its way toward the goal and the Kazakhstan defense clears the ball.
Sublime skill from Ozil forces Kazakhstan to concede a free kick in a dangerous position. However, Schweinsteiger shoots straight into the wall.
The Kazakhs might not have had a clear-cut chance yet, but they are slowly picking up momentum.
The ball goes out for another corner, which eventually comes to nothing.
Kazakhstan have finally opened up a bit and they have a corner now.
The home side opens the second half with some neat passing, but they once again fail to create an opening.
Kazakhstan get the second half underway.
Very satisfying performance from Germany so far.Players look like they're really enjoying themselves.Great synergy.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) March 22, 2013
Cristian Nyari is impressed with Germany's performance so far.
One thing that makes Götze so special is that he can be anything you need him to be. Played a couple games as a DM at age 18, now as a CF— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) March 22, 2013
Clarke Whitney has offered his insight on the brilliant Gotze.
Kazakhstan 0, Germany 2
As expected, the visitors dominated possession and created numerous chances throughout the first half, two of which they successfully converted. Schweinsteiger and Gotze put Die Mannschaft 2-0 up in quick succession, and the game appears to be finished, unless the Kazakhs improve significantly in the second half.
Don't forget to join me for the second half in a couple of minutes.
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