Bierhoff hits three
Germany thrashes Kuwait 7-0 in World Cup warmupPosted: Thursday May 09, 2002 5:12 PM
FREIBURG, Germany (Reuters) -- Three goals from former captain Oliver Bierhoff helped Germany to a morale-boosting 7-0 thrashing of Kuwait in a World Cup warm-up game on Thursday.
The Monaco striker scored twice in the first half as the three-times world champions built up a 5-0 lead.
Midfielder Torsten Frings, Sebastian Deisler -- playing his first game for Germany for six months after knee surgery -- and defender Sebastian Kehl were also on target before the interval.
Bierhoff completed his hat trick from the penalty spot in the 71st minute before Bayern Munich's Carsten Jancker completed the demolition six minutes later.
Germany coach Rudi Voeller was forced to field an experimental side with only 11 of his 23-man World Cup squad available.
He could not pick players from Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 who meet in the German Cup final on Saturday and could only select Borussia Dortmund players who were not involved in the club's 3-2 defeat by Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup final on Wednesday.
"We were dangerous with high balls and set pieces and we also combined well on the ground," Voeller said afterwards.
"I was impressed with the youngsters who played today. This formation will obviously not be fielded very often but there were positive aspects in the game."
Germany play Wales on May 14 in Cardiff and Austria four days later in Leverkusen before flying out to their base in Japan on May 22.
Germany were drawn with Cameroon, Ireland and Saudi Arabia in group E for the first round of Korea/Japan finals, which start on May 31.
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