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Klose’s double strike

Bayern-inspired Germany down Altintop’s Turks

A Miroslav Klose brace and a Mesut Özil strike saw Germany safely home by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline against chief Euro 2012 qualifying Group A rivals Turkey on Friday. The 2008 European championship runners-up are now sitting pretty at the top of the group standings with maximum points from their three matches.

“This team is playing impressive football at the moment,” Germany captain Philipp Lahm said afterwards, “you can’t take more than nine points from your first three matches, although it’ll count for nothing if we don’t follow it up on Tuesday.” The Germans travel to face stragglers Kazakhstan in midweek.

Five FCB men in action

“It was a good performance,” commented Thomas Müller, “our target was nine points from three games. We’ve given ourselves a cushion of sorts. We’ve carried a bit of the momentum from the World Cup into this season with us.” Coach Joachim Löw praised his side’s “unbelievable desire, work-rate and commitment. It was difficult, almost like an away game.” The 74,244 capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium included an estimated 40,000 Turkish fans. “I think we clearly deserved to win.”