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Germany recover to beat Romania in friendly

Germany's Lukas Podolski (2nd L) tries to score against Romania's goalkeeper Danut Dumitru Coman during a friendly soccer match in Cologne September 12, 2007. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany came from behind to beat Romania 3-1 in a friendly in Cologne on Wednesday, with goals from Bernd Schneider, David Odonkor and Lukas Podolski.

Romania took the lead in the third minute when the German defence went to sleep, allowing Dorin Goian space to poke the ball in from Adrian Mutu’s cross.

Captain Schneider equalised late in the first half, Odonkor scored an eye-catching solo goal in the 65th minute and Podolski lashed in from outside the box with eight minutes to go.

It was a 12th win in 14 matches for Germany under Joachim Loew, and it brought Romania’s 14-match unbeaten run to an end.

The visitors had looked likely to extend that sequence when they moved ahead with a soft early goal.

Thomas Hitzlsperger and Podolski missed good chances before Schneider arrived late in the box to head in from Bastian Schweinsteiger’s deep cross in the 42nd minute.

Chances continued to come thick and fast in the second half as two teams, well on the way to securing qualification for Euro 2008, played the game in a relaxed style.

Germany went ahead when Odonkor picked the ball up in midfield, raced goalwards and managed to squeeze a shot in at Danut Coman’s near post. Podolski, a former Cologne player, delighted the crowd when he whacked in the third late on.