Germany beat Poland 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Oliver Neuville scored in injury time Wednesday, giving Germany a 1-0 win over Poland.

Germany beat Poland 1-0

Dortmund, Germany:

Oliver Neuville scored in injury time Wednesday, giving Germany a 1-0 win over Poland in Group A of the World Cup.Neuville slid the ball in with a low shot from close range after a right-wing cross from fellow substitute David Ondonkor.A few minutes earlier, Miroslav Klose and captain Michael Ballack both hit the crossbar. Klose headed a cross off the bar in the 90th, and Ballack got the rebound and kicked off nearly the same spot.Poland was playing with 10 men after midfielder Radoslaw Sobolewski was sent off in the 75th for tripping Klose.The game between the European neighbors was scrappy and featured little flowing play, but plenty of tough challenges.Ballack recently recovered from an injured muscle in his right calf that forced him to miss the win over Costa Rica and was at the center of most of his team's attacks.Klose, who was born in Poland, had a chance in the 21st minute when he headed a curling left-wing cross past the post with only onrushing goalkeeper Artur Boruc to beat.Lukas Podolski, had a 35th minute shot saved by Boruc and shot wide of the post in injury time.Maciej Zurawski and Michal Zewlakow also had shots for Poland in the first half.Germany, which beat Costa Rica 4-2 in its opening match, now has six points but still needs Ecuador to beat or draw with Costa Rica to advance before the final group games.



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