1 April 2009

Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
World Cup 2010 Qualifier, Group 4

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Michael Ballack 11', Ashley Williams (og) 48'

Match Reports - 1/2 April 2010
Efficient Germans beat Wales
Michael Ballack inspires Germany against poor Wales
Germany keeps 4-point lead with 2-0 win at Wales

"My overall verdict as far as the qualification campaign goes, is that we picked up 16 of 18 available points, which is very good for after a European Championship campaign," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "It is never easy after a major championship."
"Mario Gomez cannot and should not be judged by goals alone," Loew said. "That second goal is his in a certain way. He fell and clawed his way back to his feet and then got just a little bit lucky."

Podolski spat with skipper mars win in Wales
Löw unconcerned by Ballack and Podolski's spat

"I need to talk to these players," Löw said. "Experienced players have a right to turn the volume on, as it were, and explain things of a tactical nature. I see it as a positive thing that Ballack was supplying that.
You've got to know that if captains give out tactical instructions on the pitch, it is their right and duty to see that they are carried out."

Match highlights from

Final training session at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
31 March 2009


Joachim Löw wary of Wales - 31 March 2009

"To me they are like a boxer who has been knocked down. A wounded fighter who now wants to retaliate. They will be highly motivated because of the defeat by Finland, and because they are now playing Germany there will be 20% more effort.
Wales still have a chance, if not a strong one. But they must be very disappointed about what happened against Finland, and I can now read John Toshack is talking about playing for pride."
He added: "In the past Germany have never won by wide margins against Wales, and in our last two meetings Wales have done really well. They drew 0-0 and only lost the next game 1-0 with a late goal.They have some young players, but they also have good Premier League players who are at Manchester City, West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal so they do have experience.
Wales were brilliant in defence in both their last games against us, throwing their bodies in front of everything.They can cope with disappointment, and they will be desperate to hit back. So all that makes them more dangerous."
Löw said: "We know that we have to win matches like this to prove we should go to the finals in South Africa.If we cannot win here, we will not be worth a place in the finals.But no matter what the rankings say, we will always respect teams and know they can beat us.Our players know this will be a British-style game with plenty of tackling and we will need to be physical and disciplined."
(On Mario Gomez) "I have spoken to Mario a couple of times since the weekend, just to see how he feels and he is calm and collected about things.He was disappointed with himself and with the fans who booed him off the pitch. But he is okay now about things. I told him we were happy with his work-rate and effort and that being a striker is not all about scoring goals.He has to set up chances for others and work for the team, and he is doing that. But he is not dejected, he is a good professional and you can bet on me playing him against Wales.
He is getting plenty of support from inside the camp, he has certainly not been 'hung out to dry' in terms of taking criticism.We have told him we are happy with him and the work he puts in, sacrificing himself for the team."
(On Thomas Hitzlsperger) "He is certain to play, he performs exactly the policies we have for the team and has dove-tailed perfectly with Ballack in midfield."
Löw: Team muss eine Schippe draufpacken
Arriving in Cardiff and Pre-match news conference,
31 March 2009

Footage from the press conference from

Training, Leipzig, 29/30 March 2009

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