• FT

    Tunisia

    0

    Germany

    3

  • FT

    Australia

    2

    Argentina

    4

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Germany

  • Michael Ballack 74' PEN
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger 80'
  • Mike Hanke 89'

Tunisia 0-3 Germany: Flattering win

COLOGNE, Germany, June 18 (Reuters) - Germany scored three times in the last 16 minutes to secure a flattering 3-0 win over Tunisia in a lively Confederations Cup match on Saturday.

The Group A victory should ease the pressure on coach

Juergen Klinsmann and his young defence, heavily criticised

recently after conceding a flurry of goals.

But Germany's overall performance was flawed and Tunisia

were unlucky to lose a close match by a three-goal margin.

With the game seemingly heading for a goalless draw, Germany

skipper Michael Ballack broke the deadlock with a 74th minute

penalty after he was tripped by defender Wissem Abdi in the box.

Six minutes later Bastian Schweinsteiger made it 2-0 when he

rounded goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel and squeezed the ball home just

inside the far post.

Mike Hanke, who had only been on the field for one minute

after replacing Cologne's Lucas Podolski in the 87th, made an

immediate impact by scoring a superb goal to make it 3-0 with

two minutes to play.

He rose to meet a perfect cross from Sebastian Deisler, saw

his powerful header superbly saved by Boumnijel, then reacted

first to force home the rebound and score his first goal for

Germany on only his second appearance.

Tunisia, though, looked the more cohesive team and with

better finishing could have been ahead themselves by the time

Germany scored.

But Ballack said: 'It was very warm out there and hard to

keep up the tempo and the pressure. But we can be pleased with

3-0. I am happy with that.'

The win was Germany's second in the tournament after their

opening 4-3 victory against Australia and extended their record

of not losing in Cologne to 18 matches since 1935.

It also means they are almost assured of a semi-final place

depending on the result of Saturday's later match between

Argentina and Australia in Nuremberg.

The African champions went closest to breaking the deadlock

in the first half, with Clayton almost scoring direct from a

corner after 26 minutes.

His fiercely-struck left-footed inswinger appeared to be

going straight into the net after flying over the head of Thomas

Hitzlsperger at the near post.

However, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann somehow managed to get an

arm to the ball and kept it out, although he ended up tangled in

the back of the netting.

Six minutes later Clayton was in action at the other end,

heading a goal-bound Ballack header off the line with Boumnijel

beaten.

Germany thought they had broken through after 41 minutes

when Podolski beat Boumnijel from close range, but he had

drifted marginally offside and the goal did not count.

Jamaican referee Peter Prendergast frequently broke up the

flow of the game with some pedantic decisions.

He also booked Tunisia's Raidi Jaidi after five minutes and

Germany's Arne Friedrich after 22 minutes, which means the two

players will miss their country's next matches after being

booked in their first match.

Both teams had chances to score in the second half with Adel

Chedli guilty of wasting Tunisia's best chance, shooting weakly

at Lehmann after 56 minutes.

Gerald Asamoah had a nightmare up front for Germany, who

began to play better in attack after he was replaced by Kevin

Kuranyi with an hour gone.

But too many of the German players seemed out of sorts with

some poor passing and understanding and, despite the win,

Klinsmann still has plenty of work to do to hone his side into

one capable of winning the final in 11 days' time.

Scoring Summary

  • Tunisia
  • Germany
 

Match Stats

  • Tunisia
  • Germany
5(1) Shots (on goal) 12(5)
16 Fouls 8
6 Corner kicks 6
2 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 1

Teams

  • Tunisia
  • Germany
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