Well The Germans better come ready to fight. They will not be able to overpower the Cameroonian players like they did against the Saudis and the Irish. Cameroon will play their continuance in the tournament more than likely. May the best team win
I thought Germany and Ireland would be the most interestng game in this group, but now I think it will be this one. Ireland is in a good position here, they should beat Saudi Arabia by a couple of goals, and a win for Cameroon or Germany will mean they go through to the 2nd Round. If this game ends a draw goal difference will decide the group which Germany will hold the advantage.
MIYAZAKI, Japan, June 8 (AFP)- German coach Rudi Voller said he was confident that the World Cup's leading striker Miroslav Klose will have recovered from a knee injury in time to train on Sunday.
Voller, whose side lead Group E and need just a point from Tuesday's clash with African champions Cameroon to progress to the second round, also believed that his other injury worry, defender Christoph Metzelder, would be fit after twisting an ankle in the 1-1 draw with Ireland last Wednesday.
The duo had been expected to train on either Friday or Saturday but were unable to, though Voller insisted their recuperation was on track.
"They will be back in training on Sunday with the team and will be able to play on Tuesday," Voller said on Saturday.
The Polish-born Klose has been a sensation at the tournament with his four goals - all headers - making him top scorer while Metzelder at 21 has added a much-needed younger tint to the German squad.
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Lets get the mathematics out of the way first! Should the game end as a draw and Ireland win by two clear goals, Cameroon would be out. If Ireland pick up a win against Saudi Arabia and either Germany or Cameroon lose, they would be out.
Back in Cameroon, the natives are restless. After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Ireland and a lacklustre 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, the fans have grown frustrated. However, the Indomitable Lions this week received a morale boost on the eve of one of the country's biggest matches ever, in the form of a congratulatory message from the government.
Not that they'll need it. There is terrific spirit in the camp and with many of the other established sides struggling, the players will realise that this is their chance to really make an impression on the competition.
Against Saudi they were second best in the first-half to a team so desperate to restore it's battered image after an 8-0 thrashing. However, as is so often the case in international football, it proved a game of two halves and Cameroon came out stronger in the second-half and could actually have won by two or three goals.
Germany coach Rudi Voller was one frustrated man after Ireland's last-gasp equaliser denied them a win and qualification into the second round. Had they just held out those extra few seconds the only significance this game would have held for the Germans was whether they could top the group and meet a second-placed team in the next round. As it is, Voller knows that any false move could see his charges fall at the first hurdle.
It looked so bright too. After that thrashing of Saudi Arabia confidence was at a real high but that second-half performance against the Irish has handed the players a real reality check. Instead of taking the game to their less illustrious opponents, they allowed **** McCarthy's men to take the initiative and dominate for long spells. Even the most ardent Germany fan would admit that Ireland deserved their point and maybe more.
At least Voller has been told this week by DFB president Gerhard Meyer-Vorfelder that his job is safe. Media speculation had suggested that he may be replaced but Voller's future is apparently "not a subject within the DFB". And rightly so too. Voller is doing the very best he can with the raw materials available to him and who could forget the dreadful injuries his squad have suffered in the build-up to the tournament?
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Germany: Voller has a fully fit squad to choose from after injury worries Miroslav Klose and Christoph Metzelder both recovered from their respective knocks. The side should be the same as the one that lined up against Ireland.
Cameroon: coach Winfried Schafer also has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Against the Saudis Soloman Olembe was left out in favour of Daniel Kome and this is again expected to be the case against Germany.
Germany: prior to the tournament Voller's side were beaten 1-0 by Germany in a bad-tempered clash but they then went on to secure heavy wins against Kuwait and Austria although they were beaten 1-0 by Wales. Their opening two games of the tournament have seen them thrash Saudi 8-0 and draw 1-1 with Ireland.
Cameroon: in the build-up to the finals Schafer's men secured some impressive results. Draws against Argentina and Austria preceded a 2-1 win over Denmark and a 2-2 draw with England in which Cameroon were the better side. A 1-1 draw with Ireland and a 1-0 win against Saudi, have left Schafer's side needing a victory to be sure of a place in round two.
Germany: No one should get carried away with the progress of Miroslav Klose as his four goals have all been somewhat simple affairs. However, he is getting himself into the positions and with the likes of Christian Ziege supplying the ammo, this tournament could hold even more for the young Kaiserslautern striker.
Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o has been impressive in both games and is a real handful for defences with his pace and power. It was he who set up strike partner Patrick MBoma for his side's goal against Ireland and he who finished so calmly against the Saudis last week.
Germany: Carsten Jancker may have got a goal against the Saudis (who dosn't?) but he still looks short of international class. He missed a good opportunity against Ireland that if scored would almost certainly have given his side the three points.
Cameroon: the team as a whole need to improve after two lacklustre performances. One suspects that they underestimated the task on both occasions but there's little chance of them doing that in this one.