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9.07.2006

Germany crushed San Marino 13-0

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Records fell as Germany football team romped to a 13-0 triumph over weak San Marino, who suffered the biggest defeat in European Championship history at the hands of Joachim Low’s side in Serravalle.

The game was a procession from start to finish as Lukas Podolski grabbed four goals and second-half substitute Thomas Hitzlsperger helped himself to two to condemn the Group D minnows to a humiliating defeat.

Bayern Munich player Bastian Schweinsteiger (two), World Cup golden shoe winner Miroslav Klose (two), Michael Ballack, Manuel Friedrich and Bernd Schneider all joined them on the scoresheet as the Germans queued up to try and break their previous record win of 16-0 against Russia over 90 years ago.

In fact, it took just 10 minutes for the much-anticipated avalanche of goals to begin with Bayern Munich striker Podolski the first to get his name on the scoresheet.

The talented Podolski, voted as the best young player at the World Cup this summer, grabbed the first heading home Schneider’s right-wing cross before Schweinsteiger followed up after 27 minutes by turning in a pass from Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Marcell Jansen.

Podolski snared his second to make it 5-0 just before half time with Schneider once again setting up a shooting chance with some good work on the flank.

San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini had a torrid time for the home side, failing to keep a hungry German side at bay despite good saves from Klose, Schneider and Torsten Frings while the score was still 1-0.

Klose, who struck five times in the World Cup, did not want to miss out on what were becoming easy pickings and chipped in with two first-half efforts.

Simoncini offered him significant help with one, spilling the ball at his feet to allow him a free run on goal and he also chipped in with a neat finish from 12 yards.

Captain Ballack, substituted early in the second period along with Klose as Low gave run-outs to Gerald Asamoah and Odonkor, was also on target.

There was no let-up from the Germans and the second period was less than two minutes old when Schweinsteiger kept the scoreboard moving, finding the top-right corner from 20 yards with a blistering effort.

Podolski’s third and fourth goals became an inevitability as the striker continued to take up good positions in an increasingly porous back-line tucking the ball goalwards on two occasions following neat interplay with Odonkor and Schweinsteiger.

Hitzlsperger then put in a thrilling cameo of as he added two in six minutes.

His first – both of the day and for Germany – came after only three minutes on the pitch and flew into the bottom corner as he volleyed a loose ball past the hapless Simoncini.

The Stuttgart midfielder then doubled his international tally with a vicious, curling effort six minutes later, leaving the keeper with no chance.

Friedrich headed home the 12th three minutes from time from another Schneider cross to give Germany their biggest win in the competition and record the largest away win in European Championship history but they already had designs on the overall record.

That came in stoppage time when Schneider shot the ball high to the right-hand corner from the penalty spot to cap a fine night’s work for the powerful Germans.