Saturday 10 October 2009

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
World Cup 2010 Qualifier, Group 4

Germany - Miroslav Klose 35'

Germany qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a victory in Moscow!

Match Reports - 10/11 October 2009
Klose sends Germany to South Africa
Germany book place in finals after Miroslav Klose's goal beats Russia
Klose strike books ticket to the finals

Mission accomplished for Germany's Löw

"I'm happy about the game, we spent the whole whole week preparing well and the result is very pleasing, of course," said Löw."The team played with discipline and deserved to get the berth at the finals."
"I don't know whether it was a penalty on Arshavin but anyway I think it was the right decision by the referee," added Löw."The red card for Boateng was also justified."
"The team did well: we needed a bit of luck, but we have made sure of qualifying for the World Cup and you can't ask for more," beamed Löw.

Post-match interview on ZDF
10-man Germany win Group Four

Joachim Löw Praises Germany's "Winning Genes"

"I felt that each player had a winning gene in himself," Loew said of his team, later admitting "In some situations, we also had some luck."
Löw spoke out against his team's critics, who had anticipated a completely defensive approach from the Germans: "Overall, I think you have seen today that we wanted to play to win."
Bundestrainer Löw: "Wir gehen unseren Weg weiter" - in an interview on the website, Jogi says he is totally satisfied with the performance, and speaks in particular of Jerome Boateng and Rene Adler.

Match highlights from now on youtube.
Further analysis and short interviews from

Press Conference, Moscow, 9 October 2009

At the pre-match press conference in Moscow, Jogi spoke of the 'slightest thing' having an effect on a game such as this.
"I have a clear concept but I won't disclose it in detail." he said. "We don't necessarily have to win the match and thus we dont have to risk too much. We also have the chance to directly qualify in case of a tie. This is also important in terms of tactics."
He will wait until final practice to name his final formation and said that there were no injury worries. More from the press conference on - 9 October 2009

Germany starts to feel the heat in Russia

"I feel that the game will be very tense," Löw said Friday. "We've felt this tension more as the game approaches. We have done everything to prepare as well as possible for the game."
Löw, whose side trained on an artificial pitch in Mainz before flying to Moscow, believes the surface should not be a decisive factor."At first, it was a surprise how difficult the surface was to play on," he said, before adding that the team had adapted quickly. "We've thought about how best to play on such a turf and the importance of passing to feet. The players need to be fully concentrated and controlling the possession of the ball so that we can dictate the game ourselves."

A video of the team in Moscow from

Germany worried about genius Arshavin - from - 8 October 2009

"He's a genius and has an unbelievable efficiency. We must stay wide awake and never let him get away."
"We know that our chance is in Moscow and we want to take it," Löw said. "Russia had an excellent Euro 2008 and have been performing well since then. They haven't won all their games convincingly but they've always got the necessary points."

Löw's job safe
German coach Joachim Löw need not fear for his job even if Germany fail to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, federation chairman Theo Zwanziger has said.

Speaking at the press conference in Mainz before leaving for Moscow, Jogi said "Russia have played an excellent Euro tournament and since then they have always shown a strong performance. Although they did not win all matches on home soil convincingly, they always gained the necessary points". He said that the German team were well aware of their chance and wanted to take advantage of the situation, adding that they had prepared well for the artificial surface that awaited them in the Luzhniki Stadium - from - 6 October 2009

Press Conference at the Rheingoldhalle, Mainz,
and training at the Bruchweg stadium training ground - 6 October 2009
More from the press conference on
Clips from the press conference can be seen on youtube

Last revised 2 November 2012
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