What We Learned from Kazakhstan vs. Germany

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What We Learned from Kazakhstan vs. Germany
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Germany rebounded from last October's 4-4 draw with Sweden as they earned a 3-0 win away to Kazakhstan. The result ensured that Joachim Low's team remained on top of their group after five matches—from which they've now taken 13 points.

Low had to do without several star players on the night, including the suspended Marco Reus and injured Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels, Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez and Toni Kroos among others. But the depth in his squad and adaptability of several key players ensured a rather comfortable result.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (20') and Mario Gotze (22') each scored early on, and Thomas Muller (74') added a third later in the second half.

Especially given all the changes to Low's usual lineup and tactics, the match was no ordinary one. Click "Begin Slideshow" for analysis of the key talking points from Friday's match.

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