Germans to rest keeper Clemens

KUALA LUMPUR: World Cup champions Germany will rest their first-choice goalkeeper Arnold Clemens in their crucial match against Australia today. The Germans must win the match to qualify for the final. 

Clemens, who has played 123 international matches, was a big letdown in the match against Spain on Wednesday. He gifted the Spaniards three goals in the first half and was replaced by Christian Schulte. 

Fortunately, the Germans managed to storm back from a 1-4 first-half deficit to draw the match. 

Coach Bernhard Peters said: “Clemens is feeling stressed from his job as an aircraft engineer. He needs a break. But he is still our number one goalkeeper and his services are needed for the Olympics (in Athens in August).” 

Peters added they would definitely be out to qualify for their second straight final in the tournament. The Germans were beaten 0-1 by Pakistan in last year's decider in Ipoh. 

“Our matches against Australia have always been tough. It won't be easy to beat them but we will play a fast attacking game to get the better of them,” he said. 

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