East Germany reached the finals of the World Soccer Cup for the first time when they emphatically defeated Albania 4 - 1 in the Albanian capital Tirana on Saturday (November 3).
TV Germany playing from right to left in white shirts kick off and play down wing, Germany attacking
SV PAN Ball is kicked across centre of goal and headed by Streich (No. 10) who scores
GV Albania attacking ball to Germany kicked across the centre of goal, goalie leaps on ball and saves
SV Germany attacking shoots and goalie saves
TGV Germany attack down the field, ball to centre of goal & goalie saves
SV Albania kick the ball, lay by German goal and Albania score No. 2 Gjika and players embrace (Score 2-I)
GV PAN Spectators at half time
GV Mid field play, ball to Germany, centre and Loews heads low into corner and scores
GV Germany attack Sparwasser (No.7) scores 4th for Germany, players embrace
SV Albania with ball, shoot for goal, German goalkeeper saves
GV Mid field play
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Background: East Germany reached the finals of the World Soccer Cup for the first time when they emphatically defeated Albania 4 - 1 in the Albanian capital Tirana on Saturday (November 3).
The win brought the East Germans the two points they needed in their final Group Four qualifying match to push Rumania into second place in the group.
The Rumanians who crushed Finland 9-0 last month were one point ahead and had a better goal average than the East Germans before Saturday's match. So a win was essential.
East Germany, an emerging force in world football, took only five minutes to go in front with a fine driving header by Achim Streich. Gjika equalised for Albania 10 minutes later but 10 minutes before the interval Streich scored again to give the East Germans a half time lead.
Wolfram Loewe increased the lead to 3 - 1 in the 62nd minute and Juergen Sparwasser put the issue beyond doubt with an unbeatable shot 12 minutes from the final whistle.
East Germany are the eighth team to make sure of a place at Munich next year. The others are West Germany, the hosts, Brazil, the holders, and Argentina, Uruguay, Scotland, Poland and Italy.
SYNOPSIS: At Tirana, Albania on Saturday, East Germany in the white shirts kick off in their World Cup qualifying ??? with Aloania. And within ??? ???utes the Germans scors with a diving header by Achim Streich.
The Germans continued the attack. They needed a win against Albania for a place in the World Cup Finals in Munich next year.
They were determined to reach the finals for the first time.
The Albanian goalkeeper faced wave after wave of German attacks. And it looked as if the Albanians were going to be overwhelmed.
But when a second goal came ten minutes after the first, it was Albania's Gjika who scored -- after a mix up in the German defences.
Before the interval Streich scored again to give the Germans a half time lead.
In the second half East Germany regained their rhythm and control and tightened their grip on the midfield. Then Wolfram Loeve assessed the ball into the corner of the net.
Juargen Sparwasser put the issue beyond doubt twelve minutes from the end when he brought the ball down and hit an unbeatable shot.
The Albanians were ??? ???nied a late consolation goal by ??? save by the East ??? karper.
East Germany was the eighth team to win through to the Munich Finals.