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He scores again: Lukas Podolski celebrates making it 3-0Photo: REGIERUNGonline/BergmannHe scores again: Lukas Podolski celebrates making it 3-0

Germany win the group – Sweden are next opponents

Friday, June 23, 2006

Germany went through to the last sixteen as group winners after a convincing 3-0 win against Ecuador in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. As with all Germany's previous matches in the tournament Chancellor Merkel was in the stadium to witness the encounter. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was also at the match.

Germany took the lead after just four minutes thanks to a goal from Miroslav Klose. Klose notched up a second to make the score 2-0 at half time. Lukas Podolski scored in the second half to make it 3-0.
 Photo: REGIERUNGonline/BergmannJoy at winning the group: Chancellor Angela Merkel
 "A wonderful match. Let's carry on like that!", the Chancellor enthused at the end of the game.
 
700,000 people on the Berlin Fan Mile
 
Germany's fantastic performance on the pitch was matched by the massive support shown by the fans. Hours before the kick-off far more fans had gathered on the Fan Mile in Berlin compared to previous days. According to figures provided by the Berlin Senate, around 700,000 fans had come to join Germany's biggest Fan Fest. That means that over 3.5 million people have attended the Fan Fest between the Brandenburg Gate and the Siegessäule since the start of the World Cup.
 
No serious incidents
 
According to police sources the celebrations passed off peacefully. Moreover, the police announced that a total of 200 arrests have been made at the fan parties in Berlin since they started. That represents a tiny fraction compared to the huge numbers attending the events. Late on Monday evening, two police officers were injured by drunken England fans. Three people were taken into custody.
 
In the month-long World Cup tournament, 32 teams will play a total of 64 matches. There will also be a worldwide television audience numbered in the billions during the 31-day tournament. The new World Cup winners will be decided at the Final to be held in Berlin on 9 July.

Picture of a Dutch fan and a small girl wearing the shirt of the French national team