Klose scores twice in Germany win
Klose slides home as Germany repeat their World Cup win over Sweden.
BERLIN, Germany -- Miroslav Klose scored twice as Germany revived memories of their great World Cup run with a 3-0 win over Sweden in a friendly in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.
Bernd Schneider put Germany ahead four minutes into Joachim Loew's first match in charge and Klose, the World Cup's top scorer with five goals, added two more in the first half.
Loew was Juergen Klinsmann's right-hand man during Germany's run to the semi-finals of the World Cup and he was a popular choice to step into the top job once Klinsmann had decided not to carry on.
The new coach was soon punching the air with delight and relief when Tim Borowski's left-wing cross fell nicely for Schneider to side-foot into the top of the net.
Germany were 2-0 up four minutes later when Klose skipped into the penalty area, turned inside to beat two defenders and poke the ball past Rami Shaaban.
Germany beat Sweden 2-0 in the second round of the World Cup thanks to two early goals from Lukas Podolski and the same result looked on the cards as the home side started to coast.
A third goal came in the final minute of the first half when Klose outjumped the Sweden defence to meet Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross with a powerful header.
Sweden, missing new captain Freddie Ljungberg and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had one clear chance in the 78th minute but Johan Elmander saw his shot from five meters deflected for a corner.
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