Match Number: 713 Date: 14.05.2002 Location: Cardiff Competition: Friendly WALES: Crossley - Delaney, Page, Melville, Speed - Pembridge, Savage - Earnshaw (90.Coleman), Giggs - Davies - Hartson GERMANY: Kahn - Heinrich, Linke, Metzelder - Ziege (63.Bode) - Hamann (73. Kehl), Jeremies - Deisler (63.Asamoah), Frings - Bierhoff (72.Jancker), Klose Coach: Völler Scoring: 1:0 Earnshaw (46., assist Hartson) Attendance: 30,000 Referee: Helge Roy Olsen (Norway) Yellow cards: Speed, Delaney - Frings, Heinrich, AsamoahA total crap performance as the World Cup preparations of Rudi Völler's squad hits another snag. That the Welsh would be enthusiastic should have been no surprise; last month they had battled World Cup favorites Argentina to a 1-1 draw. The Germans made several changes from the squad that kicked Kuwait's ass 7-0 a week earlier, leaving out most of the U21 youngsters who had been given a shot.
In the 1st half, the Germans controlled most of the action, pressing forward, but Wales was dangerous on the counters, especially over Ryan Giggs. 3rd division level player George Earnshaw from Cardiff City was the only attacker that caused any problems for the defense.
In the 2nd half, Wales got off to a dream start, as John Hartson extended a cross via a header, and Earnshaw faked out Metzelder and hammered home from about 10 meters. The Welsh now were fighting for every ball and charging forward, whereas the DFB squad was crap. Despite a couple of hits off the post, the Germans showed nothing. So they petered out with a disgraceful result.