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Germany 2-0 Poland



Polish fans are out in force at the Worthersee Stadium

Polish fans are out in force at the Worthersee Stadium as their side faces fierce rivals Germany in the Group B encounter

German defender Per Mertesacker heads the ball clear

German defender Per Mertesacker heads the ball clear during the competitive opening to the match in Klagenfurt

German captain Michael Ballack attempts to orchestrate his side from midfield

Chelsea midfielder and German captain Michael Ballack attempts to orchestrate his side from midfield with a number of openings emerging

German keeper Jens Lehmann is forced into action

Keeper Jens Lehmann is forced into action as Poland apply the pressure to Germany's defence as chances emerge at both ends

Lukas Podolski slots home Miroslav Klose's pass to put Germany ahead

Germany miss several clear chances but finally take the lead as Lukas Podolski slots home Miroslav Klose's pass in the 20th minute

Lukas Podolski celebrates his goal for Germany

23-year-old Podolski celebrates after giving Germany the lead against the country of his birth

German supporters back in Cologne celebrate

German supporters back home in Cologne celebrate after watching their side take the lead against the Poles

Poland's Euzebiusz Smolarek shows his frustration

Euzebiusz Smolarek is frustrated as Poland fail to take advantage of several openings in front of Lehmann's goal

Podolski celebrates scoring his second

Podolski scores his second in the 72nd minute to cap a memorable night as the German's seal the 2-0 win to top Group B




see also
Germany v Poland
08 May 08 |  Euro 2008


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