Germany out to brush off minnows Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifier

Updated: 09 September 2013 13:29 IST

With Joachim Loew's side five points clear in Group C following Friday's 3-0 win in Munich over Austria, bottom side Faroe Islands are not expected to slow Germany's march to Brazil 2014 after losing all seven of their qualification games thus far.

Germany out to brush off minnows Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifier

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Germany are targeting another three points in their bid to confirm their 2014 World Cup berth in Tuesday's qualifier away to minnows Faroe Islands.


With Joachim Loew's side five points clear in Group C following Friday's 3-0 win in Munich over Austria, bottom side Faroe Islands are not expected to slow Germany's march to Brazil 2014 after losing all seven of their qualification games thus far.

Germany can confirm their qualification if second-placed Sweden fail to beat Kazakhstan on Tuesday, but Loew's team are focused simply on leaving the remote north-west Atlantic archipelago with a victory.

"If we go there with all seriousness, we won't have any problem and will come away with a clear win," said Germany's Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

"The Faroe Islands aren't the strongest team in the group and we have to press them from the start."

The only injury doubt ahead of the Germans' flight to the remote islands is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, who was suffering with a stomach infection over the weekend and missed Sunday's training.

Tuesday's match will be played on artificial turf in the Faroe Island's main town Torshavn (population 18,000), with a capacity crowd of 6,000 expected, and both teams will stay in the same hotel.

"We have been warned to expect difficult conditions, we have to adapt to the pitch as soon as possible, but with the 3-0 result behind us, we are confident we can take the next step towards the World Cup," said Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker.

There is palpable relief in the German camp after they held Austria goalless on Friday having leaked nine goals in their previous three friendlies.

"The most important thing about the Austria win was that we got back a bit of self-confidence we lost against Paraguay," admitted Mertesacker after Germany drew 3-3 at home to Paraguay in August.

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose equalled Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record for the most goals in a Germany shirt when he scored his 68th goal on his 129th appearance, while Bayern Munich pair Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller also netted against Austria.

It was an assured performance leaving Arsenal's new star midfielder Mesut Ozil insisting Germany had shown Austria -- and the rest of the group -- who was "boss".

Germany, ranked second in the world, have won all three of their previous meetings against Faroe Islands, who occupy 175th place in the rankings.

"If we take care of our game, as we did against Austria, I think we will beat both the Faroe Islands and Ireland," said Loew, whose side then face the Republic of Ireland in Cologne on October 11 before their final qualifier away to Sweden four days later in Stockholm.

According to reports, Loew is set to sign a new deal with the German Football Federation (DFB) to keep him in charge until 2016, with an opt-out clause for both sides after the 2014 World Cup.



Topics : Football Germany
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