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Germany 2-0 Poland

Germany captain Michael Ballack is happy with their opening win

Germany coach Joachim Low paid tribute to Lukas Podolski after his double strike gave them victory in their opening Euro 2008 clash with Poland.

Podolski, 23, was the focal point of an impressive Germany performance in the 2-0 win in Klagenfurt.

Low said: "For the past three weeks Lukas has worked very hard. He has amazing physical ability and potential.

"Lukas has an excellent shot. When he gets free for a shot it's very tough for a goalkeeper to stop him."

Podolski has struggled since a move to Bayern Munich, but Low insists he has never lost faith in the youngster who was voted the best young player at the 2006 World Cup on home soil.


He said: "For us, Lukas has always played well. But even for Bayern, when he played, he had good performances because otherwise he would not be part of the national team.

"Podolski scored both goals for us and he has the ability to play both positions. He can come from deep in midfield and play like he did here.

"Naturally, we are pleased with the result. We had to find out where we stand as a team, because it's the first game. We are a good team, we played very well. It was a demonstration of our will, of our desire."

It was an emotional occasion for Podolski, who was born in Poland, and he said: "My dad and uncle and relatives from Poland were there in the stands.

"They're going home tonight, so that's why I went there to the stands. I didn't celebrate very much because I was born in Poland, I have a big family there, and you have to have some respect for the land.

"It was one game we won. We wanted to win, but we have to improve against Croatia. It was a bit more difficult to play against Poland two years ago, they were defensively good today, but I think they wanted to play a little bit more with us."

Lukas Podolski scored both goals in Germany's 2-0 win over Poland

Group B
16 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Croatia 3 3 9
2 Germany 3 2 6
3 Austria 3 -2 1
4 Poland 3 -3 1

see also
Germany team guide
15 May 08 |  Germany
Poland team guide
15 May 08 |  Poland
Germany 2-0 Poland
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Austria 0-1 Croatia
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Euro 2008 day two as it happened
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Germany v Poland photos
22 May 08 |  Euro 2008

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