Germany coach Joachim Low admitted he was delighted with his side's impressive 3-0 win over Turkey in their Group A UEFA 2010 Qualifier. The result saw Germany take control of Group A as Low's team picked up their third straight win.
Veteran striker Miroslav Klose netted either side of half-time and Mesut Ozil scored the second to give Low's side the maximum nine points after three games. Born in Germany to Turkish parents, Ozil was booed by boisterous Turkish fans who made up more than half of the 74,244-capacity Olympic Stadium crowd. Ozil, however, silenced the jeers with a 79th-minute goal to seal victory for Germany. The win may have come at a price. The 21-year-old limped off at the end of the match with an ankle injury and is doubtful for Tuesday's qualifier against Kazakhstan in Astana.
"The team showed they really wanted this and we have earned a deserved victory," said a delighted Low. "I hadn't expected to win by such a big amount, because it was always going to be a difficult game. For the Turks, the game was always going to be a matter of honour," he added.
Germany are now in firm control of Group A while Guus Hiddink-coached Turkey are in third place on six points. The loss to Germany was their first defeat of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
"I think we did our best to hold the Germans, but we had our problems. We made a few mistakes, especially for the third goal," admitted Hiddink.
"But the Germans played very well, we missed a good chance through Halil and you need to convert those against a team like Germany.
"My team is still young and have much to learn. The team needs to learn not to sit back and to take their chances when they come. That was the difference between the two teams," said the Turkey coach.