Bender replaces Schweinsteiger in Germany sqaud for World Cup qualifier

Reuters, Saturday 23 Mar 2013

Bender didn't appear against Kazakhstan on Friday as he was suffering from flu symptoms

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger controls the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Kazakhstan at Astana Arena in Astana March 23, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Germany coach Joachim Loew called up midfielder Sven Bender for their 2014 World Cup qualifier at home to Kazakhstan on Tuesday after Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled out through suspension, the team said on Saturday.

Holding midfielder Schweinsteiger was booked in their 3-0 win against Kazakhstan in Astana on Friday after scoring the opening goal and is suspended for one game.

The win saw Germany go five points clear of second-placed Sweden in Group C with 13 points from five matches. Sweden, who drew 0-0 with Ireland, have eight points from four games.

Borussia Dortmund's Bender missed Friday's game with flu.

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