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Sunday 17 December 2017

Schweinsteiger hails Gomez class

Mario Gomez has long since been one of the world's best strikers and not just because he has scored three goals at Euro 2012, according to his team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Gomez's goals have given Germany a perfect start to Euro 2012 with a 1-0 win over Portugal and Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over Holland putting them on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages.

Schweinsteiger, who plays alongside Gomez for club and country, says he is not surprised by Gomez's form.

"Mario has played a great season for Bayern Munich and, as we saw against Portugal and Holland, he is very important for the team with his goals," Schweinsteiger said.

"To be honest, we did not expect him to take the ball like that and score.

"I was a bit shocked to begin with. If he keeps doing that, we have to be careful he doesn't defect to Brazil.

"It's important for us that we have a striker who needs hardly any chance to score a goal. At the moment, we have the feeling that when we send the ball forwards, Mario is always there."

Germany still have work to do, though. Should they lose to Denmark in their final group game, Portugal could overtake them at the top of the group on goal difference if they beat Holland.

"It will not be easy against Denmark," added Schweinsteiger.

"They can qualify with a win so it is not going to be easy and they will be very defensive and that means we are going to have to be a bit patient."

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