Germany v Poland, 14 June 2006

Score1-0 to Germany
RefereeLuis Medina Cantalejo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group A
VenueWestfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance65,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (Spain) Pedro Medina Hernández (Spain) Fourth official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia) Fifth official: Fathi Arabati (Jordan) Man of the Match: Philipp Lahm (Germany) Germany continued their unbeaten record against Poland. Including West Germany, they have avoided defeat in all 15 meetings. The first was in 1933. Poland did beat East Germany on several occasions.

1  Germany

Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann

0  Poland

Manager: Pawal Janas

Goals:

Oliver Neuville 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Arne Friedrich
Defender Philipp Lahm
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Michael Ballack (captain)
Midfielder Torsten Frings
Midfielder Bernd Schneider
Forward Miroslav Klose
Forward Lukas Podolski

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc
Defender Jacek Bak (captain)
Defender Bartosz Bosacki
Defender Michal Zewlakow
Midfielder Jacek Krzynowek
Midfielder Arek Radomski
Midfielder Radoslaw Sobolewski
Forward Ireneusz Jelen
Forward Ebi Smolarek
Forward Maciej Zurawski

Substitutions:

David Odonkor for Arne Friedrich 64
Oliver Neuville for Lukas Podolski 71
Tim Borowski for Bastian Schweinsteiger 77

Substitutions:

Mariusz Lewandowski for Jacek Krzynowek 77
Dariusz Dudka for Michal Zewlakow 83
Pawel Brozek for Ireneusz Jelen 90

Cards:

Michael Ballack 58 Y
David Odonkor 68 Y
Christoph Metzelder 70 Y

Cards:

Jacek Krzynowek 3 Y
Radoslaw Sobolewski 28 Y
Radoslaw Sobolewski 75 Y
Radoslaw Sobolewski 75 R
Artur Boruc 89 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Defender Robert Huth
Defender/Centre back Jens Nowotny
Defender/Midfielder Marcell Jansen
Midfielder Tim Borowski
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger
Midfielder Sebastian Kehl
Forward Gerald Asamoah
Forward Mike Hanke
Forward Oliver Neuville
Forward David Odonkor

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański
Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak
Defender Dariusz Dudka
Defender Mariusz Jop
Midfielder Piotr Giza
Midfielder Kamil Kosowski
Midfielder Mariusz Lewandowski
Midfielder Sebastian Mila
Midfielder Miroslav Szymkowiak
Forward Pawel Brozek
Forward Grzegorz Rasiak

Comments:

Germany continued their outstanding record when playing in Dortmund. Including West Germany, they have played 14 'A' international matches in the city, and won 13. The other game was a draw against Wales in 1977. Germany strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski were both born in Poland. This was Germany's firs victory against European opposition at a major tournament since they beat the Czech Republic in the Final of Euro '96.

Comments:

In their six previous World Cup finals campaigns, Poland failed to progress beyond the group stages for the first time in 2002. Poland had Radosław Sobolewski sent off in the 75'.