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* Mueller record in Klose's sights
* Defeat hurts Dutch coach Van Marwijk
By Erik Kirschbaum
HAMBURG, Nov 15 Miroslav Klose chalked up
his 63rd international goal as Germany trounced Netherlands 3-0
in a friendly on Tuesday involving two of the favourites for
next year's European Championship finals.
The 2010 World Cup runners-up were sunk by goals from Klose,
Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil in front of a sellout crowd of
51,500 on a chilly night in the German port city.
Mueller put Germany, who finished third at the World Cup, in
front after a lightning fast attack in the 15th minute that
epitomised the home side's domination of the first half.
Toni Kroos sent in a high cross to Klose and he tapped the
ball for Mueller to beat goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with a
shot into the corner of the net.
Klose added a second 11 minutes later, latching on to a
centre from Ozil to head powerfully home.
The striker is now five goals short of Gerd Mueller's record
tally of 68 for Germany.
Ozil made it 3-0 in the 66th minute at the end of another
Mueller streaked down the right before finding Ozil who
scored after swapping passes with Klose.
"All three goals were set up beautifully," said Joachim Loew
after his 75th match as Germany coach and his 52nd win.
"It was a richly deserved victory, there's no doubt about
that," added the 51-year-old. "The Dutch defence was
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said he was "hurt" by the
"That was an embarrassing match for us, to get beaten 3-0 by
our neighbours and so deservedly," he said. "But it's good it
happened to us before the Euros and not during it."
Van Marwijk added it might have been a different story if
top forwards Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Rafael van der
Vaart had not been missing through injury.
"If all our players are fit we've got no reason to be
afraid," he said.
(Additional reporting by Tom Wagner, editing by Tony Jimenez)