more bad news for Voeller: 2-0 home defeat by Hungary
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) - Germany were jeered off the pitch after slumping to an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat by Hungary in their final warm-up for Euro 2004 on Sunday.
Two first-half goals from striker Sandor Torghelle gave the visitors, coached by former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus, a surprise victory.
Germany, who had already worried their fans with a traumatic 5-1 defeat by Romania in April, will need dramatic improvement if they are to trouble the Netherlands in their first Euro 2004 game on June 15 in Oporto. They also face the Czech Republic and Latvia in a tough Group D in the finals in Portugal.
Hungary, who failed to qualify for Euro 2004 and were missing several players through injuries, made a furious start.
A shaky German defence had already struggled a few times when Torghelle, poorly marked by Christian Woerns, raced into the box to surprise Oliver Kahn with an angled shot from 11 metres on seven minutes.
Germany, who looked clumsy and short of ideas throughout the first half, were pressing hard in search for an equaliser when a swift counter-attack caught their defence off guard again. It ended with Sorghelle landing the ball on his chest before beating Kahn from close range in the 31st minute.
The three-times world and European champions stepped up a gear after the interval but were denied by a string a great saves from Gabor Kiraly.
The Hungary goalkeeper was notably tested by a diving header from midfielder Michael Ballack eight minutes into a lively but goalless second half.
Hungary resisted strong pressure to hold on to their lead and spoil Rudi Voeller's 50th match as Germany coach.
Voeller, who had hoped for a better scenario but knows from experience that warm-up games do not count, handed first caps to teenagers Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Poldolski.
Bayern Munich midfielder Schweinsteiger played the second half and looked promising. Cologne