Football: Germany brush aside Austria, banish defensive worries
MUNICH (REUTERS) - Miroslav Klose equalled Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old German scoring record as his side sailed to a 3-0 win over neighbours Austria and brushed aside recent defensive worries in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Germany had conceded nine goals in three friendlies, including a 3-3 home draw with Paraguay last month, but their rearguard rarely gave Austria a look-in.
Polish-born Klose, earlier denied by a superb Robert Almer save, broke through with his 68th goal in 129 appearances, equalling Mueller's mark which has stood since 1974.
Austria made a game of it for the first 50 minutes but the match petered out after Toni Kroos scored from outside the area early in the second half.