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Poland stun world champions Germany with first win

posted 11 Oct 2014, 15:25 by Mpelembe   [ updated 11 Oct 2014, 15:36 ]
WARSAW, POLAND (OCTOBER 11, 2014) (REUTERS) - Poland stunned World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday (October 11) to earn their first ever victory over their neighbours and take control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.

Arkadiusz Milik put them ahead with a well-timed header in the 51st minute and Sebastian Milaadded another late in the game to hand the hosts a memorable victory against bitter rivals Germanyafter 18 previous failed attempts.

Poland, who had scored once in their previous six competitive meetings and had lost 12 of 18 games against either Germany or West Germany, now go top of Group D on six points, as many as Ireland.Germany are third on three after two games.

Wearing the black and red striped tops they had last worn during their 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final in July, Germany had none of their usual sharpness.

The Germans, playing in the stadium where they lost 2-1 to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-final, were made to work hard against a solid Polish backline in front of a fiery 57,000 crowd.

Towering central defenders Kamil Glik and Lukasz Szukala also made sure to eliminate any aerial threat from Mats Hummels, playing his first game for Germany since the World Cup final.

The visitors, missing half a dozen starters including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marco Reus, had their best chance in the 38th minute when Mario Goetze floated a cross to the far post but wingerKarim Bellarabi, on his debut, fired wired.

With Poland tiring towards halftime, the Germans carved out several more good chances but neitherThomas Mueller twice nor Bellarabi could find the back of the net.

But the hosts stunned Germany five minutes after the restart with Milik heading in a pinpoint Lukasz Piszczek cross.

As expected it turned out to be a one-sided second half with Germany attacking and the Poles waiting to hit back on the break.

Germany substitute Lukas Podolski shook the crossbar with his first touch of the ball before Mila sealed Poland's win when he tapped in from a Robert Lewandowski assist in the 88th.