Saturday June 1st, 2002
Saudi Arabia in Sapporo
With Ireland and Cameroon already drawing their match (1:1), Germany knew that a win against Saudi Arabia would
put them top.
But they didn't take anything for granted.
The German's played the ball around giving everyone a feel of the ball
early..... and then the floodgates opened.
Carsten Jancker proved himself a menace to the Saudis in the first ten
minutes, before Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack made their presence felt.
Michael Ballack floated a ball into the area from the left, Jancker tried an overhead
kick, missed and Miroslav Klose headed in the loose ball - 20 mins.
Almost a carbon copy of the first goal, Michael Ballack crossed from the left for Miroslav
Klose to head in his second - 25 mins.
Sami al-Jaber tried to remind the Germans that he was still around,
although he posed no real threat to Ollie Kahn.
The third German goal is headed in as well.... this time it's Michael Ballack though. The
height and strength of the Germans is way too much for Saudi Arabia - 40 mins.
At last, Carsten Jancker gets on the scoresheet and rips his shirt off in celebration - 45
Half-time: Germany 4 - Saudi Arabia 0
At the start of the second-half, the question on everybody's lips was
would Germany go for the jugular or hold back and save themselves for more competitive
It seemed a little like the later until they got bored.
Miroslav Klose became the tournament's leading scorer by heading for the third time, this
time a cross from Bernd Schneider on the right - 69 mins.
Defender Thomas Linke made it six for Germany, with yet another headed goal, and neutrals
around the world started to feel embarrassed for Saudi Arabia; apart from American fans
who felt that here was a good candidate for their 32nd place in the tournament - 73 mins.
Klose might have felt disappointed not to get his fourth goal, a
couple of minutes later, before making way for Oliver Neuville.
Michael Ballack slipped the ball through to Oliver Bierhoff (on for Carsten Jancker) who
made Saudi Arabia look like a bunch of schoolboys with his lethal finish - 84 mins.
And to add insult to injury, Bernd Schneider fired his direct free-kick over the wall and
into the roof of Mohammed al-Deayea's goal.
Germany 8 -
Saudi Arabia 0
Man of the Match:
Miroslav Klose - who towered above the Saudi defense to score three goals with his head.
Christian Ziege (43 mins)
Dietmar Hamann (83 mins)
Mohammed Noor (90 mins)
1 Oliver Kahn; 2 Thomas Linke, 5 Carsten Ramelow (16 Jens Jeremies - 46mins), 6 Christian
Ziege, 8 Dietmar Hamann, 9 Carsten Jancker (20 Oliver Bierhoff - 67 mins), 11 Miroslav
Klose (7 Oliver Neuville - 76 mins), 13 Michael Ballack, 19 Bernd Schneider, 21 Christoph
Metzelder, 22 Torsten Frings.
1 Mohammed al-Deayea; 3 Redha Tukar, 4 Sulaiman Zubromawi, 8 Mohammed Noor, 9 Sami
al-Jaber, 12 Ahmed Dukhi al-Dossarry, 13 Hussein Sulimani, 16 Khamis Alowairan (7 Ibrahim
Al Shahrani - 46 mins), 17 Abdullah Alwaked al-Shahrani, 18 Nawaf al-Temyat (14 Aziz
al-Khathran - 46 mins), 20 Al Hassan al-Yami (15 Abdullah Jumaan - 76 mins).
Referee: Ubaldo Aquino
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