Toni losing bet with Bayern team mate Klose

June 21, 2008

TENERO, Switzerland, June 21 (Reuters) - Italy's Luca Toni will have extra motivation to score in Sunday's Euro 2008 quarter-final against Spain as he tries to win a bet with club mate Miroslav Klose.

The two strikers, colleagues at Bayern Munich, have a private contest to see who can grab most goals at the tournament and after the German got off the mark in the 3-2 win over Portugal on Thursday the pressure is on Toni in Vienna.

'I scored my goal so now it's up to Luca to equalise,' Klose told a news conference on Saturday.

'I texted him and he messaged back saying he's having a few problems with his best friend, the ball. He said at the moment it's doing what it wants, not what he wants.'

Between them Toni and Klose claimed 34 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich last season so it is surprising to see them struggling here.

Klose played reasonably well in Germany's three Group B games, creating chances for his colleagues but failing to score himself.

'The coaches said to me before the Portugal game the Euros had really only just begun and there was a long way to go,' Klose said after notching his 40th goal in 79 internationals.

'Things went a lot better for me in that game.'