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Euro 2008: Germany's national team fell before the Croats

June 13 2008

June 11 famous soccer team in Germany has sensationally defeated by the Croatian team. Germans in the upcoming final game of the Austrians are now only needed a victory - to break into the 1 / 4 finals, while the Croats in the last match against Poland will arrange and draw.

The match started at a low temperature: the Germans possessed the ball a little more dangerous moments but failed to create. Croats defended competently and completely neutralized the German forwards. Coach Balkan made this match a bet on the game, "number two", releasing only one striker - Ivica Olic. Place of second striker Mladen Petric took an attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who along with Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modrica duty was to keep the sole striker.

Account was opened Croats in the 24th minute: Dario Srna locked chamber Pranicha. In this episode grossly mistaken Jansen, he lost Srna, who played well in advance.

After that, nor at the end of the first half, nor early in the second game character has not changed. At the 62nd minute, not very dangerous chamber from the right flank turned the second goal in the gate Jens Lehmann. Lukas Podolski fails cut the ball into the bar their gates, but on the rebound first time to Ivica Olic, ferried the ball coolly into the net.

The Germans, despite the missed balls, continued to play a slow pace and consistently swinging defensive opponent. And in the 79th minute they managed to play one ball. Overhang into the penalty area, Michael Ballack tried to smuggle the ball on his head Klose, Robert Kovac failed interrupted this broadcast, the ball bounced to Podolski, who drove a powerful blow it in the net gate Pletikosa. After this, Leo released the striker Kevin Kuranyi, who was replaced by Clemens Fritz. But the final assault of the Germans did not happen.

The result of the match - 2:1, the victory of Croatia, the channel "Sport".

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