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Croatia, Germany Win Opening Matches at Euro 2008


Croatia and three-time European football champion Germany have won their opening Group B matches at the Euro 2008 tournament being played in Austria and Switzerland.

Lukas Podolski scored a goal in each half Sunday to lead Germany to a 2-0 win over Poland in Klagenfurt, Austria. The 23-year-old Podolski, who was born in Poland, opened the scoring in the 20th minute. He sealed the win by blasting a rebound into the net in the 72nd minute.

Earlier, Croatia shut out co-host Austria 1-0 at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna. The winning goal came early, as Luka Modric converted a penalty kick in the fourth minute.

The tournament continues Monday in Switzerland as World Cup champion Italy plays the Netherlands in Bern and France takes on Romania in Zurich.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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