West Germany, experimenting for the World Soccer Cup finals in June, staged an overwhelming display in the second half to beat Hungary five-nil at Dortmund last night (April 17th).
West Germany, experimenting for the World Soccer Cup finals in June, staged an overwhelming display in the second half to beat Hungary five-nil at Dortmund last night (April 17th). The first half was a lack-lustre affair with the only goal coming from West Germany's Herbert Wimmer. Neither side looked impressive and the crowd of nearly 54,000 had little to cheer. But in the second half, a slightly re-arranged West Germany went into attack and the constant pressure on the Hungarian goalkeeper was turned into four goals. Star striker Gerd Mueller, who hadn't scored for six games, found his footing and struck home two goals. Another was disallowed. West German coach Helmut Schoen said he was very satisfied with his team's performance.
SYNOPSIS: West Germany, playing from right to left, kick off at the start of a World Cup warmup match against Hungary in Dortmund. As host nation for this year's world cup, interest in everything connected with soccer in West Germany is paramount and a capacity crowd of nearly fifty-four thousand was at the match. Herbert Wimmer who hit the first goal for the West Germans presented the only highlight in a generally dull first half. Hungary made few attacks and the West Germans had little trouble hold them out.
Hungary seemed to lack fight from the outset and were content to keep the West Germans from scoring. The home goalkeeper was rarely troubled.
But the second half was a different story. West Germany re-arranged their team, but began to put real pressure on the Hungarian defence.
West German's second goal came from a corner. Holzenbein, one of the half time replacements, put the ball in the back of the net to make it two nil. A few minutes later West Germany were on the attack again and star striker Gerd Mueller was brought down and a penalty awarded. It was taken by Grabowski, but he failed to convert.
West Germany kept up the pressure and Kremers made up for the missed penalty to put his side three goals ahead.
Gerd Mueller, who hadn't scored for six matches then struck form. He made the score four-nil with this goal.
Mueller struck again shortly before the end of the game to make it five-nil in West German's favour and prompt his team's coach Helmut Schoen to say he was "very satisfied" with their performance.