Germany needed some Brazilian inspiration to see off resilient Bosnia

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Germany were well and truly put through their paces this evening against a technically adept Bosnia & Herzegovina. Joachim Low, with the finals in mind, wanted to see his players put to the sword as Germany’s previous warm up encounter ended up being a stroll in the park against Hungary, with Germany cruising to a 3-0 victory. Low certainly wasn’t disappointed with the way Bosnia approached this game, in a full-hearted and fully committed manner, although the German coach won’t have been ecstatic when Edin Dzeko, Bundesliga Golden Boot winner last season, sent Bosnia into a surprise lead after some hesitance from German captain Phillip Lahm resulted in the game’s opener being scored via the chest of Dzeko after Lahm’s misplaced kick ricoshaded off the lanky Bosnian and into the German goal.

Low demanded a positive response from his player and got one instantaneously, an almost natural knee-jerk reaction to going behind, when Mesut Ozil should have won Germany a penalty after going down inside the Bosnian box after colliding with the Bosnia keeper – Not given however. Just minutes later and Germany were on the attack, beginning to exert themselves a lot more on proceedings, Khedira this time with the chance only to be denied by a last ditch tackle from captain Spahic. Thereafter, Germany were in control of the game although without really testing Hasagic in the Bosnia goal.

 

At half-time Joachim Low ditched Plan A, which involved a more reserved formation and personnel, and instead converted his safe formation into a more aggressive line up, with Brazilian born Cacau replacing Miroslav Klose, with the Bayern Munich forward a ghost in the first period and now a huge doubt to start the finals for Germany against Australia after another drab display. Thomas Muller was also introduced at the break but it was Cacua who lit the touchpaper for Germany, with his explosive and adventurous dribbles having an infectious feel on the rest of the team, who suddenly came alive once Cacua lifted the mood. Cacua slotted in just behind the forwards and was a constant threat with his pace and mazy runs, and it was the Brazil born star which assisted captain Lahm with the opener, although Lahm’s magnificent strike from outside the penalty area did somewhat overshadow the skill and quick turn of pace Cacua in the build up to the goal.

With the Germans now back in the game and smelling a second successive pre-World Cup friendly win, Low brought on another one of his promising starlets, Werder Bremen’s Marko Marin, a player in the mould of Theo Walcott in terms of blistering pace only this guy has the beating of any defender and knows what to do with possession in the final third. Just like Cacua did when he came on, Marin exploded into life with his all-out forward style, using his electric pace and agile frame to weave in between the Bosnian defenders.

Marin was a pain in the backside for the Bosnian defenders in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch, so much so that Marin manufactured Germany’s second, winning a spot-kick after demonstrating his agility inside the Bosnia penalty area. With Ballack no longer part of the Germany set up, penalty duty was left to Bastien Schweinsteiger. The Bayern Munich midfielder slotted home in a calm and composed manner to complete the turnaround, although Germany weren’t finished just yet as several minutes later Thomas Muller, a half-time substitute, won Germany yet another penalty after his swivel was too hot to handle for the Bosnia captain, who himself was having a cracking game at the back for Bosnia and one of the reasons why Bosnia repelled the Germany invasion for so long. Once again it was left to Schweinsteiger, who went the same way – top-left – and sent the keeper the wrong way. Two emphatic penalties, although you expect nothing less from a German.

Germany continued to press for more goals, with Low even feeling confident enough to bring on Bayern Munich flop Mario Gomez. The Bavarian though, who took up Cacua’s position in behind the forward, didn’t have any influence on the game and instead resulted in the in-form Cacua having a quiet end to the game. Marin could of rounded proceedings off nicely with a fourth but was denied by some courageous Bosnia defender.




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