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Germany win dampened by Marco Reus injury

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Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus had to be carried off the pitch after falling awkwardly and twisting his ankle. Reus left the field in tears and he was rushed to a nearby hospital for scans, with Bild reporting that he has suffered ligament damage and will not make it to Brazil. 

“A lot goes through your head at that moment and you just hope it is not too bad but then you see it swell up a bit. I hope the ligaments hold up. Until 24 hours before the first World Cup game, according to the rules, we can nominate someone else,“ coach Joachim Löw said after the game.

It has since been confirmed that Reus will miss the World Cup with the injury. Reus has been in sensational form this season and will be a big miss to the Germans.

After a frustrating first half, it was Reus' replacement, Lukas Podolski, that made the difference for Germany. His direct run and cross was flicked in by Andre Schurrle at the near post. 

Germany could only hold their lead for 17 minutes as Kevin Grosskreutz left a foot trailing and tripped Gervorg Ghazaryan in the box. Mkhitaryan converted the penalty, sending Borussia Dortmund clubmate Roman Weidenfeller the wrong way. Mkhitaryan, already his country's all-time top goalscorer, became only the second Armenian to score against Germany.

Arsenal pair Ozil and Podolski connected to regain the lead for Germany just two minutes later. Ozil threaded a cute pass through the Armenian defence which was met with a clever finish from Podolski.

By this point, Germany had hit top gear and never looked back. Howedes added a third after Schweinsteiger lifted the ball over the defence leaving Howedes to bundle the ball over the line after having his initial header saved.

Podolski turned provided as his cross was met by substitute Miroslav Klose's diving header. This took Klose passed Gerd Muller to become Germany's all-time top goalscorer, with 69 goals.

There was still time for Mario Gotze to add two more before the final whistle to wrap up a comprehensive win.

It was a game in which the substitutes changed the game, Podolski, Ozil, Gotze, Schweinsteiger and Klose all staked their claim for a starting place when Germany face Portugal in Salvador on 16th June.

Man of the match: Lukas Podolski

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