(Sporting Alert) — Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze all start forward Germany in tonight’s 2014 Europe World Cup Group C qualifier at Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium.
Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, who leads the team in scoring with five goals in qualifiers starts as well alongside Julian Draxler and Thomas Muller, but Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski and Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez were both left on the bench.
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Germany are leading the group with 10 points, three more than second place Sweden who face Ireland today, while Kazakhstan have just one points from its four games played so far at the qualifying stage.
Germany threw a 4-0 lead away in their last qualifier and were held 4-4 by Sweden, and Joachim Low’s side will be hoping to avoid a repeat of that drama tonight.
Kazakhstan is expected to lose the game, but midfielder Muller will not be taking them lightly.
“Of course we’ve got to win there,” the Bayern Munich star said. “These are six points we have planned on and we need them for qualifying.
“We do have respect for Kazakhstan, but if we as Germany did not come here to win, then the world would not be in order.”
Kazakhstan v Germany World Cup Teams
Kazakhstan: Sidelnikov, Kirov, Logvinenko, Gorman, Nurdauletov, Dmitrenko, Marat Khairullin, Baizhanov, Schmidtgal, Dzholchiev, Ostapenko.
Subs: Mokin, Mukhtarov, Konysbayev, Shabalin, Tsirin, Kukeev, Nusrbayev, Shomko, Tazhimbetov, Engel, Korobkin.
Germany: Neuer, Schmelzer, Howedes, Lahm, Mertesacker, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Draxler, Muller, Gotze.
Subs: Adler, Westermann, Schurrle, Podolski, Gundogan, Boateng, Gomez, Zieler.
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (Greece)