Germany - Serbia & Montenegro 1:0 (0:0)



Match Number:	729
Date:		30.04.2003
Location:	Bremen
Competition:	Friendly


GERMANY: 
Rost
Friedrich (66. Hinkel), F. Baumann, W├Ârns, M. Hartmann
Freier (72. Asamoah), Ramelow, Kehl
Frings
Bobic (46. Klose), Kuranyi (76. Lauth)
Coach: Voeller

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO:
Jevric
Vidic, Krstajic, Stefanovic, Malbasa (80. Markoski)
Mirkovic (46. Lazetic), Trobok (84. Ilijev), Vukic (72. Boskovic), 
Kovacevic (78. Brnovic)
Jestrovic (61. Mijatovic), Milosevic

Scoring:
1:0 Kehl (60.)
 
Referee: Frank de Bleeckere (Belgium)
Yellow cards: Malbasa, Milosevic

Attendance: 26,000

Coach Rudi Voeller had a rump-squad for this match against the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Yugoslavia. 14 potential players declined to participate, mostly due to injury. As a result, he had to improvise, and the success was marginal.

The best player was the Schalker keeper Frank Rost, whose solid play denied and chances that the guests worked out. The Serbo-Montenegrins used their traditional combination passing to cause trouble with the German defense, but Rost was on line to negate any goals. Without the usual starters like Ballack, the DFB squad was without much imagination in midfield and attack. So despite a lot of ball control, they were unable to mount much of a threat in the 1st half.

After the break, Rost was tested a couple of times by Milosevic, but was up to the task.

The loan goal came as Sebastian Kehl decided to try a shot from about 30 meters, which keeper Jevric ended up knocking in his own net. This seemed to pick up the Germans, and they had the match in firm control, although Mijatovic almost equalized with a long shot of his own.

By and large, a deserved victory for the DFB squad, who nevertheless failed to impress.


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