Karhan humbles Germany
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A Miroslav Karhan brace handed Slovakia a 2-0 win over Germany.Germany's preparations for next summer's World Cup finals suffered a setback as they were humbled by Slovakia.
Jurgen Klinsmann took his men to Slovakia in a bid to increase their sharpness, but they were on the end of a lesson thanks to a first-half brace from Wolfsburg's Miroslav Karhan.
The Germans improved after the break, and had a Michael Ballack goal chalked off, but the damage was done in the opening 45 minutes and Klinsmann will hope it proves to be just a blip.
Slovakia are no mugs and, in preparation for a vital qualifier against Latvia in midweek, they fired an early warning when Marek Mintal shot just wide.
Germany failed to heed the warning and Karhan opened the scoring from the spot after Robert Vittek had been felled in the box.
The Germans' defending left something to be desired and Karhan found acres of space on 37 minutes to double the advantage. The excellent Mintal picked out his team-mate with a fine pass and Karhan did the supply justice by deftly lobbing the ball over Jens Lehmann.
Slovakia withdrew their key men after the break, which allowed Germany to take a foothold in the game.
Ballack had what appeared to be a perfectly legitimate header chalked off, while Miroslav Klose saw a shot cleared off the line as Slovakia held on for a fine win.
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Slovakia 2-0 Germany