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Lahm and Schweinsteiger net for Germans

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Ten days prior to their opening World Cup match against Australia, a Germany side inspired by Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger impressively hit their stride in beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in Frankfurt on Thursday. The 48,000 crowd saw team captain Lahm level the scores on 50 minutes and Schweinsteiger net two penalties (73,77) to complete an ultimately deserved victory.

“We’re in good shape and I have a good feeling about South Africa,” said Lahm after a vastly-improved second-half display by the Germans. Lahm’s equaliser was a stunning shot into the top corner, making amends for his part in the Bosnians’ 15th-minute opener, when the Bayern man’s attempted clearance hit Edin Dzeko and looped into the net.

Lahm right, Badstuber left

Right-back Lahm was one of four Bayern men in the starting line-up. Holger Badstuber earned his second senior cap at left-back, with Miroslav Klose starting up front but coming off at the break after a luckless display.