Created on 16-10-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern's four senior Germany players contributed to a vital victory over Wales, Mark van Bommel scored the goal to earn the Netherlands three points in Norway, and Toni Kroos will be travelling to the U-21 European championships in Sweden next year – six of the Bayern stars who represented their countries on Wednesday had every reason to be pleased with their night's work. The only man returning to Munich on the back of a defeat was a crestfallen Daniel van Buyten.
The senior Germany side, featuring Bayern quartet Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Lukas Podolski, recorded a narrow but well-deserved win over Wales in Monchengladbach to remain nicely on course for a place at the World Cup finals in South Africa two years from now. Joachim Löw’s side remain top of qualifying Group 4 on ten points from four matches.
The scorer of the only goal of the game against the ultra-defensive Welsh was Hamburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski. The former FCB youth settled the contest with a superb swerving drive from 20 yards after 72 minutes. "The Welsh often pulled eleven men back behind the ball and gave us no room to work in. We still created plenty of chances, especially in the second half, and we deserved to win,“ the influential Schweinsteiger said afterwards.
The 24-year-old loosed off three dangerous long-range efforts at goal only to see his shots drift wide. "We're just delighted we've won both matches,“ continued Schweinsteiger, who also performed with distinction in a 2-1 victory over Russia in Dortmund on Saturday. Klose had a less happy time of it after failing to appear for the second half with a bruised right foot.