Sunday, June 13, 2010

WORLD CUP Germany vs Australia

Germany began their quest for a fourth World Cup in devastating style Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Australia in their opening Group D match.

Forwards Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose gave their side a 2-0 halftime lead. Australia, who started both halves brightly and battled gamely throughout, played the last 34 minutes with 10 men after Tim Cahill was dismissed for clattering into Bastian Schweinsteiger.

In the eighth minute, Ozil found Mueller in what looked to be an offside position and his cutback allowed Podolski to smash the ball into the net via Mark Schwarzer’s flailing arm. Klose should have doubled the lead in the 24th minute but he blasted wide when Podolski’s cross left him free in front of goal. With the Australian spirit sapped in the second half by Cahill’s sending off, Mueller got his reward for a fine performance on the right flank when he found space in the box and screwed the ball into the net off the post in the 68th minute. Cacau, who had just replaced Klose, completed the scoring two minutes later after Ozil had beaten the offside trap to play in the striker to drill the ball into the net.


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