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Germany romp into last 16

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Two second-half goals gave a 10-man Germany a 2-0 victory over Cameroon and a berth in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The three-time champions topped group E after winning their concluding group match, which saw two red cards and 12 other yellow cards being shown.

Substitute Bode collected a fine pass from striker Miroslav Klose to beat Cameroon goalkeeper Boukar Alioum from close range five minutes after the break to put Germany ahead.

Miroslav Klose heads past Cameroon's goalkeeper Boukar Alioum. A header by Klose, now the tournament's top scorer with five goals, from a Michael Ballack cross, sealed Germany's victory 11 minutes from time.

Germany, who needed at least a draw from the group E decider to make sure of reaching the second round, lost defense marshal Carsten Ramelow, who was sent off for a second bookable offence. Ramelow tripped Samuel Eto'o on the edge of the area in the 40th minute as the Cameroon striker closed in on the box.

Germany, who had named the round of 16 as their minimal target after a shaky run in qualifying and a string of injury blows, survived a few scares, notably before the interval.

The Indomitable Lions, who were second to Germany in the group and realistically had to win to progress, were also reduced to 10 men with 13 minutes remaining when substitute Patrick Suffo received a second booking.


They had wasted a great chance after 13 minutes when midfielder Salomon Olembe exploited a defensive blunder from Thomas Linke to go one on one with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn but lost his duel with the Germany captain.

German coach Winfried Schaefer's men threatened again in the 26th minute when a header from defender and captain Rigobert Song flew just wide.

Germany, who had opened in style with a record-breaking 8-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia before being held to a 1-1 draw with Ireland, will go on to meet the runners up in group B -- probably either South Africa or Paraguay.

Cameroon, who missed the equaliser when midfielder Lauren hit the post, could not revive the spirit of 1990, when they advanced to the quarter-finals before narrowly losing to England.

The African and Olympic champions go out after the first round of the finals for the third consecutive time after 1994 and 1998.

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