Respectable 3-0 loss to Germany

Friday, May 14, 2010, 10:13

Yesterday evening Germany beat Malta in an international friendly “A” international played in Aachen in front of over 27,000 fans. The Germans were missing the Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen stalwarts due to their club commitments, and also had Chelsea’s star player Michael Ballack missing for the same reason. A notable change in the Maltese lineup was the inclusion of Massimo Grima, and John Buttigieg had to further change his starting eleven in the 9th minute when Trevor Cilia came in for an injured Jamie Pace.

The fast paced Germans found the net after only 16 minutes through their forward Cacau who headed home after being left unchallenged in the box. Although Justin Haber suffered this first goal early in the match it did not dent his resolve as he went on to save a Kroos shot in the 21st minute. One must note that Haber had a very good outing during the whole game.

Roderick Briffa was close to putting Malta back in the game when on the 27th minute his shot was saved, and only 2 minutes later it was Haber who once again stole the limelight with two fantastic saves from Kiessling’s shots.

Three minute before the change of ends, Cohen missed a golden chance for Malta when he received from Alex Muscat, only to see his effort whisk past the German keeper’s post

Cacau’s name lit the scoreboard once again in the 58th minute, following a blazing start by the Germans to make it 2-0. This further galvanised the Germans and only 3 minutes later Kenneth Scicluna committed an own goal when he tried to prevent a Podolski cross from getting to one of the German forwards to seal the affair at 3-0.

Team lineups:

J. Haber, A. Muscat, S. Bajada, M. Grima (’74 I. Woods), A. Agius, R. Fenech (’66 C. Failla), R. Briffa, M. Mifsud (’82 D. Bogdanovic), A. Cohen, K. Scicluna, J. Pace (’9 T. Cilia).

M. Neuer, A. Friedrich (’72 H. Westermann), S. Tasci (’46 M. Hummels), S. Khedira (’72 S. Reinatz), S. Kiessling, L. Podolski, P. Trochowski, T. Kroos (’57 K. Grosskreutz), Cacau, A. Beck (’57 C. Trasch), D. Aogo (’79 J. Boateng).

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