Germany vs. Austria: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Germany soared to a 3-0 victory over Austria in World Cup qualifying play at Allianz Arena in Munich on Friday.
Austria pressed early on Friday, as the side attempted to score first and put pressure on Germany. In the first few minutes, Austria kept the ball in Germany's half.
But it only took a few minutes on Friday for the Germans to begin exerting their influence on the Austrians. After a couple of threats from Germany, Samir Khedira barely missed the net after controlling possession in the middle of the pitch and making a run to the inside before curling a shot just wide.
Moments later, Miroslav Klose had an opportunity to score, but flubbed the chance.
Austria tried a counterattack in the 15th minute, but Per Mertesacker came through for the Germans with a brilliant tackle on Veli Kavlak.
The Austrians gave the Germans a bit of a scare in the 22nd minute, when Marcel Schmelzer's header back to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was a bit too soft and Martin Harnik challenged. But Harnik was too aggressive on the challenge and Germany earned a free kick.
Klose once again had an opportunity to score in the 28th minute, but goalkeeper Robert Almer made a spectacular save.
But Klose would not be denied.
In the 33rd minute, Thomas Muller found the 35-year-old at near post and Klose found the bottom-right corner of goal. It was Klose's 68th career goal for Germany, tying the side's all-time record.
Fox Soccer tweeted:
Miroslav Klose has just drawn level with Gerd Muller atop Germany's all-time scoring list with his 68th career goal.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 6, 2013
Just minutes later, Klose had a chance to set Germany's scoring record, but Almer made another brilliant save.
Austria's corner in stoppage time was cleared by Germany.
Germany had a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Germans held possession for 67 percent of the first half, per ESPN FC. They posted eight shots (four on goal). Austria managed two shots (both on goal).
Austria threatened early in the second half, as the dangerous David Alaba burst past Khedira, then slipped a pass to Andreas Weimann.
Weimann split Jerome Boateng and sub Benedikt Howedes, but his shot attempt flew over the crossbar.
The Austrians threatened again in the 48th minute, as Harnik battled past Boateng before cleverly touching it past Howedes. But Kavlak's shot attempt was far wide.
Germany's offense fought back shortly after, though.
In the 51st minute, Aleksandar Dragovic failed to clear the ball enough and Marco Reus gained possession. Reus' ensuing pass found Toni Kroos, whose first-time blast from a distance was a beauty.
There was nothing goalkeeper Robert Almer could have done about that, but Dragovic's failed clear put him in that position.
Opta Franz tweeted:
4 - Toni Kroos scored 4 of his 5 goals for Germany from outside the box (1 penalty). Distanced.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 6, 2013
Germany had the lead, 2-0.
In the 69th minute, Austria threatened, as a chip over the top from Alaba almost led to a goal, but the ensuing shot glanced off Boateng and barely missed the net.
One minute later, Harnik threatened, but Neuer made a final save.
Germany's Muller saw his low effort saved by Almer in the 70th minute, then saw his next effort off the rebound saved again by the spry Austrian.
Muller wouldn't be denied, though. The 23-year-old capped off an impressive performance by Germany in the 88th minute when he scored the side's third goal off a feed from Howedes.
In all, Germany did what was expected of them in Munich on Friday: to put on a clinic.
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