Germany beats Cameroon, advances from Group E

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Shizuoka, Japan:

Substitute Marco Bode and Miroslav Klose fired Germany to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in a bad-tempered Group E match today, sending the three-time titlist to the second round and eliminating the Africans from the tournament. Germany, which topped the group after an 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia and a 1-1 draw with Ireland, will face South Africa, Spain or Paraguay in the round of 16. Ireland, which beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 in the other Group E match in Yokohama, also advanced. Bode scored in the 50th minute, clipping the ball into the right corner of the net after a superb run and through-pass from Klose. Klose, the tournament's leading scorer with five goals, powered in a header from six metres in the 79th minute. "We defended really well and controlled the match despite the fact that we were down to ten men for the entire second half," Bode said. The Germans were reduced to ten men in the 41st minute when Carsten Ramelow received a second yellow card after cutting down Samuel Eto'o as the Cameroon striker broke through on goal. Cameroon also finished the match with ten men when Patrick Suffo was sent off in the 77th minute for a second bookable offence. Midfielder Dietmar Hamann and defender Christian Ziege were booked, and, like Ramelow, they will miss Germany's second-round match. Germany ends Group E play with seven points. Ireland has five points, Cameroon four and Saudi Arabia none. The African champions had the best of the first half chances, though Germany enjoyed much of the possession. Salomon Olembe had Cameroon's best scoring opportunity early on. Released by Eto'o, he raced into the German area but had his shot blocked by Oliver Kahn. In the 28th minute, Pierre Wome's free-kick was deflected by Kahn, but the ball struck the back of Christoph Metzelder before flying just wide of the left post. From the resulting corner a German clearance fell to Wome, who whipped in a cross from the right flank which Rigobert Song headed inches wide. Germany had a chance to score in the 37th minute when Christian Ziege's free-kick from the right flank was tipped over by Cameroon 'keeper Boukar Alioum. The Germans controlled the second half after taking the lead, sitting back and defending tightly while looking to hit the Africans on the break. Cameroon created just one second-half chance, in the 73rd minute. After a cross from the left, Lauren's header came cannoning off the right post. The ball fell to Mboma, whose shot was saved on the line by Kahn. Ballack's 87th minute close-range header almost made it 3-0, but Alioum kept it out with a diving save. Cameroon, which has qualified five times, has only advanced from the first round once, when the team reached the last eight in 1990. Lineups:Cameroon: 1-Boukar Alioum; 2-Bill Tchato (18-Patrick Suffo, 53), 3-Pierre Wome, 4-Rigobert Song, 5-Raymond Kalla, 8-Geremi, 20-Salomon Olembe (64-Daniel Ngom Kome, 64); 17-Marc-Vivien Foe, 12-Lauren; 9-Samuel Eto'o, 10-Patrick Mboma (21-Joseph-Desire Job, 81) Germany: 1-Oliver Kahn; 2-Thomas Linke, 6-Christian Ziege, 21-Christoph Metzelder; 5-Carsten Ramelow, 8-Dietmar Hamann, 13-Michael Ballack, 19-Bernd Schneider (16-Jens Jeremies, 80), 22-Torsten Frings; 9-Carsten Jancker (17-Marco Bode, 46), 11-Miroslav Klose (7-Oliver Neuville, 84) Referee: Antonio Lopez Nieto (Spain)