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Germany crush Aussies in World Cup opener

AFP · 13 Jun 2010, 22:52

Published: 13 Jun 2010 22:36 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Jun 2010 22:52 GMT+02:00

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The Germans totally dominated the Socceroos, with captain Philipp Lahm and rising stars Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller running Australian veterans Scott Chipperfield and Craig Moore ragged down the right wing.

Goals from Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Müller and Brazil-born striker Cacau were just rewards for a team which also had a hatful of other scoring opportunities.

The victory leaves Germany atop of Group D, Ghana having beaten Serbia 1-0 in the day's other game.

Podolski opened the scoring in the ninth minute, the happy recipient of a text-book training ground move executed to clinical perfection.

After Özil had played in Müller, the Bayern Munich right winger cut the ball back across the face of the goal for Podolski to hammer home left-footed, with Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer getting a hand on it.

Klose, top scorer in the 2006 World Cup, made it 2-0 in the 27th minute with a well-taken goal - and his 11th in World Cup finals - rising between Australian captain Lucas Neill and Schwarzer to head powerfully home from a Lahm cross from the right.

"Everything worked well and it is important that things went well in the first game," Klose said. "We have earned some respect. You could see that we had fun playing football out there. I know what I can do. I feel great."

Germany coach Joachim Löw was delighted too.

"I am very happy about the performance, we showed some quick passing and good speed," he said.

The Socceroos then paid a heavy price for the dismissal of Tim Cahill, shown a straight red card in the 56th minute by Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez for a very clumsy challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Two goals in a matter of minutes from Müller (67) and Cacau (70), on as a replacement for Klose, sealed Australia's dismal start to their third World Cup campaign.

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Müller, who started the season in Bayern Munich's reserves, looked like he'd overrun a Podolski through-ball it but he dragged it back and shot accurately past Schwarzer, in off the post.

With the Australian defence in disarray, Caucau then had a simple tuck-in from another inch-perfect pass into the box by the 21-year-old Özil.

It was Australia who had the first real chance of the game, Lahm clearing a close-range effort by Richard Garcia in the fourth minute.

And for all their fine attacking instincts, Germany did at times look slow to close down at the back, allowing time and space for both Garcia and replacement Brett Holman to have shots on target.

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00:42 June 14, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
Aussies looked pretty bad or the Deutscher war der Hammer! Sorry mates...
01:43 June 14, 2010 by Eagle1
Way to go Germany! The only disappointment was those two yellow-cards given for the obvious flops. Stop with the flops, Germany. Play like men, not little girls.
03:17 June 14, 2010 by TheEye
Why do you say "Three-time champions Germany"?

Germany have never won the World Cup.

Now WEST Germany, on the other hand...
04:18 June 14, 2010 by Bushdiver
The Germans played extremely well, but on the other hand, they don't face a good team until the next round. We'll see then if they are really as good as in the first four games.
05:33 June 14, 2010 by bugger
Germany is a more experienced side, but the reality was Australia played extremely poorly this time around and their coach made some stupid changes to their line up.

I think the headline should be 'Aussies sink themselves', more so than 'Germany crush Aussies'.
06:27 June 14, 2010 by pmach
Nope... Germany crushed the Aussies quite clearly per the media and viewing audience that actually watched the game. Germany could have had several goals in fact and then traded some players near the end with reserves .

Great game and best so far in their 93rd world cup start. They have one there first mach after scoring the opening goal in 55 matches only loosing 5.

PS for the The Eye.... they say three times champions because they are three times champions. I hope that clears that mind bender up for you. Bit of a drinking problem there for The Eye.
07:04 June 14, 2010 by Dogs_Gonads
@ pmach

Great game and best so far in their 93rd world cup start. They have one there first mach after scoring the opening goal in 55 matches only loosing 5.

Eh??? What are you on about.Don't get that ,can someone please explain.

And if you want to split hairs. Germany has never won the world cup.

West Germany was a different entity than compared to today's Germany.
07:21 June 14, 2010 by pmach
Three stars on the shirts. I rest my case.
10:06 June 14, 2010 by pattumaami
Irrespective of whomever say whatever, the truth is that Germans played an extremely wonderful game, it was really a pleasure to watch them play!
11:01 June 14, 2010 by andthenme
Germany was wonderful and made Aussies look nothing but some rude footballers. Go Germany, I love your discipline and logic of the team work.
13:57 June 14, 2010 by jakew
yeah yeah yeah, Germany v Australia in a rugby test, result Aust 1000 - Deu Nil, you guys are good at football, we're not
14:09 June 14, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
@ theeye There is One Germany! deal with it!
14:14 June 14, 2010 by VS74
I agree with bugger's and jakew's comments (I was actually thinking the same thing myself as I read through the comments lol).

Firstly, as an Aussie who has travelled to and has relatives in Germany, I love your country and would definitely visit again as I had a beautiful time in Deutschland in 2009. I also will say that I didn't have expectations of my beloved Socceroos defeting Germany today. But neither did I expect a 4-0 thrashing. I, along with the 20,000 other fans in Sydney's city this morning, was very disappointed with the result.

However, to read comments such as ".. made the Aussies look nothing but some rude footballers" is uncalled for. Can you explain to me what was so rude about the Socceroos?

Secondly, don't get too smug about it all- your country won A GAME, not the entire World Cup, so take it easy on the smugness, yeah?
16:00 June 14, 2010 by andthenme
Re: VS74

I meant they were just committing terrible fouls on German players and I could read their lips saying a lot of "F*** Off" s.

That thing I call being rude. And one guy got a yellow card because he said "F*** off" to one of the referees. The national team represents the whole nation, I think these Socceroos should be told that this is not looking nice for their country

I totally agree that football is partly luck too, and next time Germany may lose and be eliminated but ethic is important in sport. At least for me :-)
16:07 June 14, 2010 by Henckel
Another great victory for Germany. Go Germany go!!!
18:03 June 14, 2010 by mixxim
The English are more polite. On leading the host nation, the goal was stopped but then the keeper rolled it into the net so as not to trounce them. Meanwhile the Krauts with all the sensitivity of a hammer beat the Aussies without any consideration for their fans or the aboriginies at home.
22:31 June 14, 2010 by mehta_p
Germany played better than Australia so they deserved the win. German team and couch must be knowing that they have way to go.

Aussies never gonna change and will keep playing rash that shows Football is not the game of gentlemen or just aussies?
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