Ballack answers critics with goal feast

May 28, 2004
By Patrick Vignal
BERLIN, May 28 (Reuters) - Germany's 7-0 thrashing of modest Malta might not be that relevant but Michael Ballack's great show certainly was.

The nation's Euro 2004 hopes rest heavily on the Bayern Munich midfielder, who strongly suggested with four goals and fine playmaking throughout Thursday's friendly that he could peak just at the right time.

The elegant 27-year-old has been criticised for below-par performances for Bayern this season. Former Germany midfielder Guenter ...

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