Germany - Israel 7:1

Match Number:	709
Date:		11.02.2002
Location:	Kaiserslautern
Competition:	Friendly

Wörns (78. Metzelder), Nowotny (46. Linke), B. Schneider (4), 
Hamann, Ramelow (78. F.Baumann), Kehl, Ricken, Scholl (66. Frings) - 
Jancker (66. Bierhoff), Klose (73. Asamoah)
Coach: Völler 

Bachar (83. Harazi), Domb, Gershon, Keisi
Benhaim (66. Benado) - Benayon, Banin, Tal 
Holzmann (46. Balili), Revivo (70. Rosen)
Coach: Möller-Nielsen 

0:1 Kahn (27., own goal) 
1:1 Klose (49., Jancker) 
2:1 Klose (51., Scholl) 
3:1 Hamann (62., Scholl) 
4:1 Klose (64., Linke), 
5:1 Bierhoff (69., Frings), 
6:1 Asamoah (75.), 
7:1 Ricken (77., Asamoah) 

Attendance: 24,512 

Referee: Dunn (England)
An easy rout as the Germans kicked Israel's ass. But is was a game of two halves. In the opening period, the Germans did little, and gave no indication they they would not struggle. The Israelis also showed nothing, but gave indications of making the game close. They took as surprise lead as Tal's cross caught Kahn off guard, and he knocked the ball into his own net.

The crowd was in a foul mood under heavy rain (the fire department was called out to pump water off the field at half time). However, in the 2nd half, the German squad was unrecognizable, as they attacked furiously with flowing football, and revealed the hapless Israeli defense as a Swiss cheese. The outstanding Miroslav Klose, playing before his home town crowd, banged in a hattrick, and everybody was getting into the act in the wildest shootout in recent history.

Both teams were not at full strength due to injuies, but obviously the German squad had a lot more to cheer about. Aside from Klose, Mehmet Scholl and Christian Woerns looked strong, and Lars Ricken, included in the last minute, also had a decent game. Kehl and Jancker pretty much sucked. The Israelis were total crap, and certainly gave no indication of the talent they obviously possess.

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