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Grateful for the eight

Posted on 9 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Christian Ziege is well aware of the value of the eight goals Germany scored against Saudi Arabia as Group E goes down to the wire.

While Ireland trail in third place in the group, a 2-0 win over the Saudis in their final game will be enough to ensure a place in the second phase.

Germany, meanwhile require a draw with Cameroon to see them through on goal difference - thanks to the eight scored in their opening game. Cameroon's failure to put the Saudi's to the sword might just cost them dear - Ireland simply need to better that single goal win.

Not that Christian is taking Cameroon lightly.

"I think they are a good team," he reasoned. "They are African champions and are a danger. A very strong, well organised side.

"Those goals have proved valuable to us, but we were so nearly through against Ireland.

"Only a minute to go, we were that close."

Christian says that Germany defending more in the second half against Ireland was simply a reaction to the direction of the game.

"We didn't set out to sit back and defend in the second half. They didn't have that many chances and when there was 15 minutes to go you concentrate more on defending - like England did.

"They defended very well and we nearly did. It is a dangerous game to play though and you can be punished."

Man of the moment in the German side is striker Miraslav Klose, who is making a global name for himself with four goals already in the tournament.

Christian says it is of no surprise to him that Klose is making people sit up and take notice.

"He's always been a good player. He has about 14 caps now and has already scored 10-11 goals. He is a big threat for us."

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