World Cup 2010 Qualifying: Russia vs. Germany
Russia vs. Germany is certainly the biggest World Cup qualifying match this weekend in Europe.
Die Mannschaft leads Group 4 with an almost perfect record, and will clinch qualification at next year’s World Cup Finals with a victory. The Russians, however, have been matching them stride for stride, and can take over the pole position with a win.
The match will be played on an artificial pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow which brings with it a set of problems for the Germans.
But according to coach Joachim Loew, the fact that the game will be played at synthetic turf is no excuse to put in a second-rate performance. “We have trained at a similar pitch in Mainz to prepare for this match,” he said.
Kick-Off: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 19:00 MSD (11 am ET).
UPDATE: After Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose had put Germany ahead in the first half, goalkeeper Rene Adler produced a series of brilliant saves to prevent Russia from drawing level.
The win secured automatic World Cup berth for Die Mannschaft as the Russians were sent to second spot and will have to come through the play-offs.