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Saturday, May 2, 1998 Published at 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK

Results and Reports
Germany too hot for Saudis

Saudi Arabia 0 Germany 3 (February 22)

Germany strolled home in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to end their tour of the Gulf.

Goals from Andreas Moeller in the 19th minute, Thomas Helmer (72) and Olaf Marschall (90) capped a 2-0 defeat of Oman.

It could have been a lot more against the Saudis but the visitors were guilty of wasting several good chances.

Germany, warming up like their hosts for the World Cup finals in France, brought in defender Mario Basler and four of his Bayern Munich team mates.

They went ahead when Moeller shot home from 20 yards after latching onto a header from striker Ulf Kirsten.

Moeller and Fredi Bobeck linked to set up Helmer's second half strike and Marschall, on as a substitute, completed the scoring with a neatly taken goal in injury time.

Chances were few and far between for the Saudis, cheered on by a 30,000 crowd, but German goalkeeper Andreas Kopke had to save well twice in seven minutes midway through the second half, foiling Al Owaiaran on both occasions.

Germany coach Berti Vogts said: "It was a clear improvement from the game against Oman."

But he added: "We worked very, very hard this week but I still didn't like a few things. We have to put more pressure on the opponents."

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