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Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Deisler injured in German win
Sebastian Deisler of Germany
Deisler helped Germany qualify for the finals
Germany 6-2 Austria

Germany's World Cup preparations gathered pace with a demolition of Austria in Leverkusen but the victory was tarnished by an injury to key midfielder Sebastian Deisler.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off the pitch in the 18th minute after injuring his right knee which was operated on earlier this year.

He had collapsed to the turf after a tackle from Austrian striker Rolf Landerl and was taken to hospital.

Initial reports suggested that the Hertha Berlin player, who has only recently returned from a long injury break, may be out of the World Cup.

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The doctors have said that there is nothing serious, but he will have to have a scan
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Germany's assistant coach Michael Skibbe
But Germany's assistant coach Michael Skibbe insisted the injury was not as serious as first thought.

"He took a knock on the knee which has already been injured," said Skibbe.

"The doctors have said that there is nothing serious, but he will have to have a scan."

Germany coach Rudi Voller has already lost defenders Jens Nowotny and Christian Worns and midfielder Mehmet Scholl through injury.

In the BayArena, striker Miroslav Klose gave his hopes of leading Germany's attack in Japan and South Korea a massive boost with a hat-trick.

Klose opened the scoring after 15 minutes after a cross from Deisler and added another in the 29th minute. Midfielder Marco Bode put the Germans 3-0 up in the 36th minute.

Only a minute later, Rene Aufhauser pulled a goal back for the Austrians and straight after the interval Roman Wallner cut the deficit to one.

But in the 53rd minute Klose headed home from a Jens Jeremies cross.

Bode bagged a second on 70 minutes and before the end substitute Daniel Bierofka, who is not on the World Cup roster, added the sixth to complete the rout.

Team chief Rudi Voeller did not use Bayer Leverkusen players, who lost the Champions League earlier this week 2-1 to Real Madrid.


Teams:

Germany: Oliver Kahn, Torsten Frings (Christian Rahn, 86), Christoph Metzelder, Thomas Linke, Christian Ziege (Joerg Heinrich, 46), Jens Jeremies (Frank Baumann, 73), Marco Bode (Daniel Bierofka, 81), Dietmar Hamann, Sebastian Deisler (Sebastian Kehl, 22), Carsten Jancker (Oliver Bierhoff, 73), Miroslav Klose (Gerald Asamoah, 67).

Austria: Roland Goriupp, Michael Baur, Ernst Dospel, Ferdinand Feldhofer (Paul Scharner, 63), Harald Cerny, Rene Aufhauser, Roman Maehlick, Roman Wallner (Richard Kitzbichler, 67), Markus Weissenberger (Markus Hiden, 75), Andreas Herzog (Roland Brunmayr, 53), Rolf Landerl.


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