Miroslav Klose became Germany’s all-time record goalscorer in a 6-1 demolition of Armenia on Friday night but the win was marred by an injury to Marco Reus. The Lazio forward came off the bench midway through the second half of the game in Mainz and headed home a Lukas Podolski cross in the 76th minute to take his international tally to 69, one ahead of the iconic Gerd Muller. However, of greater concern to coach Joachim Low will no doubt be the suspected ankle injury that forced Marco Reus off just before half-time that has put the Borussia Dortmund’s World Cup hopes in doubt.
Germany subsequently took the lead through Andre Schurrle, but were pegged back by a penalty from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Armenia’s equaliser came with 21 minutes remaining, yet the hosts subsequently pulled clear with further goals from Lukas Podolski, Benedikt Howedes and Klose before Mario Gotze rounded off the scoring with a late brace.
Germany can expect stiffer opposition in their World Cup opener against Portugal on June 16, but will surely take heart from the way they finished Friday’s match at the Coface Arena in Mainz.