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German jinx hits new Wembley

England 1 Germany 2 ( Wembley friendly )
England suffered another home defeat against their old rivals Germany. Lampard beat Jens Lehmann at the near post in the 9th minute after he was skilfully put through by Micah Richards, but when Robinson misjudged a Schneider cross in the 26th minute the ball fell to Kevin Kuranyi who accepted the gift and put Germany on equal terms with a tap-in against the run of play. Christian Pander scored a screamer in the 39th minute on his debut for Germany, and a minute later Lehmann made a good save from a Michael Owen header. Owen should have scored just before the break, but having got past Lehmann he lost his composure and found the angle too tight. Kieron Dyer connected with a low pass from Beckham in the 66th minute, but missed the target. John Terry saw his header cleared off the line in the 76th minute and 2 minutes later the lively Shaun Wright-Phillips tested Lehmann with a low shot. Kuranyi was the main threat on the counter-attack in the later stages, but the first-half goals were enough to give Germany the win at Wembley.

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Christian Pander scores winner for Germany

Other Matches on the night:
Among other friendly matches Hungary tore world champions Italy apart with a 3-1 win in Budapest, while John Carew scored twice as Norway defeated Argentina. Eastwood scored a smashing goal on his debut for Wales, which thanks to a brilliant performance by Hennessey in the Welsh goal was enough to give John Toshack's men victory in Bulgaria. The Irish Republic weathered some Danish pressure and hit back with 4 goals with Robbie Keane and Shane Long scoring 2 apiece. Zlatan Muslimovic scored a hat-trick for Bosnia & Herzegovina, but ended on the losing side as visitors Croatia won an 8 goal thriller. Co-hosts Switzerland enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Netherlands with 2 goals from Barnetta, while David Silva scored his second of the night in the last minute to give Spain a 3-2 win over the European champions in Greece.
Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged a point for Portugal in their Euro qualifier in Armenia while in the same group Belgium took all 3 points winning 3-2 at home to Serbia.
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