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scored twice as Germany got its Euro
2016 qualifying campaign back on
track with an unconvincing 4-0 win
over Gibraltar yesterday.
Mueller opened the scoring in the
12th minute and claimed his second 17
minutes later. Mario Goetze made it
3-0 in the 38th, before an own goal
from Yogan Santos completed the scor-
ing in the 67th.
There were whistles from some fans
who had been expecting a higher score.
Germany coach Joachim Loew said
beforehand he wanted a result to reflect
his side's status as the World Cup win-
ners. Gibraltar, a territory of just 30,000
people, is playing its first qualifying
tournament and had already lost 7-0
to both Ireland and Poland in Group
"To be honest I'm anything but
pleased," Loew said. "For a world cham-
pion, four goals is too few. We didn't
do the little things that we wanted to
do. I can't be satisfied. We wanted to
play quickly, break from our positions.
But we didn't keep our positions."
Despite the loss, Loew's counterpart
was the happier coach.
"It's a great result," said Allen Bula,
whose side is made up mostly of ama-
teurs. "We really needed something
like this to keep us going."
Loew started with a very attacking
line-up, with three at the back and
four forwards in Mueller, Lukas Podol-
ski, Max Kruse, and Karim Bellarabi,
complemented just behind by Goetze
and Toni Kroos.
Kroos hit the side netting early on,
Gibraltar keeper Jamie Robba saved
Bellarabi's effort and Podolski shot over
as the hosts began with intent.
Mueller was well-positioned to stab
the ball home when Shkodran Mustafi's
cross rebounded off the near post and
was only half cleared.
Sensing a rout, fans expected the
next to follow quickly, but it didn't
come until the 29th, when Podolski
crossed to give Mueller a tap-in.
Goetze played a one-two with Kruse
before firing past Robba in the 38th,
before Gibraltar enjoyed a brief period
Manuel Neuer had to make a great
save to stop Liam Walker's audacious
effort from the sideline just before the
Germany dominated the second half
but found it hard to penetrate the vis-
itors' stubborn defending until the
unfortunate Santos turned Podolski's
cross into his own net. Sami Khedira
was lurking just behind and would
surely have scored otherwise.
Germany remains three points
behind Group D leader Poland, which
won 4-0 in Georgia thanks to second
half goals from Kamil Glik, Grzegorz
Krychowiak, Sebastian Mila and Arka-
Shaun Maloney's 75th-minute strike
was enough for Scotland to beat Ireland
1-0 in Glasgow, moving the Scots level
on points with Ireland and Germany.
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win
In Faro, Cristiano Ronaldo scored
the winner as Portugal beat Armenia
1-0 to stay one point behind Group I
Ronaldo struck from close range fol-
lowing a goalmouth scramble in the
Elsewhere, Nicklas Bendtner scored
twice as Denmark came from a goal
down to beat Serbia 3-1.
Serbia winger Zoran Tosic opened
the scoring with a low strike from 12
yards (meters) in the fourth minute.
But Bendtner equalized from close
range in the 60th and centerback Simon
Kjaer headed in a free kick from Chris-
tian Eriksen two minutes later. Bendtner
made it 3-1 in the 85th.
France, which has already qualified
as the host of Euro 2016, drew 1-1 with
Portugal coach Fernando Santos
made three changes to the side that
edged Denmark 1-0 a month ago with
the return of veterans Jose Bosingwa
and Helder Postiga while leftback
Raphael Guerreiro earned his first cap.
Armenia had the best chances in the
first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a
free kick saved by goalkeeper Rui Patri-
cio and the Borussia Dortmund mid-
fielder then released Kamo Hovhan-
nisyan down the right flank---but
Patricio parried the powerful strike
from the Armenia wingback.
Roman Berezovski kept Armenia in
the game after the break, tipping away
a header from winger Nani in the 59th
and stopping a long-range attempt
However, the Armenia goalkeeper
was let down by his defenders when
he denied substitute Ricardo Quaresma.
Nani flicked the rebound toward Ronal-
do, who beat defender Varazdat Haroy-
an to the ball for the winner.
Portugal nearly added a second in
the 89th but the downward header
from substitute Eder crashed against
Greece humiliated with 1-0 loss
to Faeroe Islands
In Athens, Greece continued its dis-
astrous run in European Championship
qualifying with a humiliating 1-0 defeat
to the Faeroe Islands, while Northern
Ireland surrendered its lead in Group
F to Romania.
The result in Piraeus could well
prompt the dismissal of coach Claudio
Ranieri, who hasn't won a game since
taking over as Greece coach in the sum-
Joan Edmundsson scored in the 61st
minute, firing in a ball that fell favorably
in front of Greece goalkeeper Orestis
Greece, the European champion in
2004, was on the defensive at home
to the mostly amateur islanders, who
missed three clear chances before scor-
In Bucharest, Romania looked reju-
venated under coach Anghel Iordanescu
and fought hard to beat Northern Ire-
land 2-0, with Paul Papp scoring twice
in six minutes. (AP)
Germany labours to
4-0 win over Gibraltar
SYDNEY---Australia fast bowler
Mitchell Johnson has won the top
individual honor in the International
Cricket Council's annual awards.
The 33-year-old paceman won the ICC
cricketer of the year award, as well as the
Test cricketer of the year award for 2014.
He took 59 Test wickets at 15.23 in the
voting period from August 26, 2013, until
September 17 this year, with his
performances instrumental in helping
Australia regain the Ashes with a 5-0
sweep of England and then winning a
series in South Africa.
Johnson, who also won the award in
2009, became only the second dual
winner after former Australia captain
"Aggressive fast bowlers are something
you'd have seen back in the day with the
likes of (Dennis) Lillee and (Jeff)
Thomson. It's nice to be able to contribute
and do the job that I've always thought
I've been able to do," Johnson, who was
playing a limited-overs international
against South Africa in Perth yesterday
when the awards were confirmed, said in
Other previous winners since the
inception of the award in 2004 include
Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara and
Michael Clarke. South Africa's AB de
Villiers was voted the ODI player of 2014,
and England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor
was named women's player of the year.
Johnson wins top cricket honour
scored two goals to
lead the Soca
Warriors to a 4-2
win over French
Guiana in the CFU
Men's Caribbean Cup
in Jamaica, on
panel is looking to
such as Cottrell who
can contribute in
moving West Indies
chairman of selectors
CLIVE LLOYD on
choosing fast bowler
Sheldon Cottrell for
the South Africa tour
starting next month.
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Germany's Thomas Mueller
scores his side's second goal
during a Group D Euro 2016
qualifying match between
Germany and Gibraltar in
yesterday. Germany won 4-0.
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