Three to Zero
∟ In the closing minutes, Sahin and ‘Prinz Poldi’ had a an altercation that earned them both a booking. With his fingers, the DFB international signaled “three to zero” to his counterpart, referencing Germany’s 3-0 win over Turkey in a recent Euro qualifier in Berlin. This gesture gave even more zest to the match: the Dortmund man took Podolski’s provocation as motivation, and moments later scored a last-gasp winner. As he was mobbed by team-mates, Sahin sprinted to the centre circle where he gloated in front of a dejected Podolski.“We were full of adrenaline,” recalls Weidenfeller, who ran halfway up the pitch to celebrate the goal, “it was great to have paid back Podolski.”
“We have resolved our differences,” said Podolski, who sought Sahin to shake hands in the tunnel following the match. “We fought on the pitch. That happens sometimes, but we then have to offer a truce."
Sahin agreed: "For both of us this was done quickly. He apologised, I excused myself. We shook hands in the tunnel. If someone comes to me and apologises, then he deserves my respect. That is why there is no big story to make of it. Emotions are part of it; after all, much was at stake.” [x]
For gmail55l, sorry for the bad quality but this match was from ~4 years ago and I couldn’t find a better source 😔