Germany beat SA 2-0 in friendly

Mario Gomez and Mesut Oezil each scored to give Germany a 2-0 victory over World Cup host South Africa in a friendly match on Saturday.

Gomez scored in the 36th minute with a simple tap-in after a smart move that began with Oezil, who put through captain Michael Ballack. The Chelsea midfielder then sent a low centre for Gomez to convert from close range.

Oezil himself scored the second in the 77th after a first-time through ball from Miroslav Klose.

“Oezil brings a lot of creativity to the team, he does the unexpected,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “He started several dangerous moves.”

Oezil, who chose to play for Germany rather than Turkey—the land of his grandparents, scored in his third game for the national team.

“We played a very good match as a unit,” said Oezil, who plays for Werder Bremen and was Germany’s best player on his first start.

Germany used the game as a warm-up for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan and what is likely to be a crucial match in Russia next month.

“We combined much better and the younger players played well,” Loew said.
- Sapa-AP

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