Germany 4, Australia 0
For one night, the Beautiful Game belonged to Germany.
Known more as a methodical team than a brilliantly creative one
such as Brazil, the Germans scored several lovely goals Sunday
night in a 4-0 rout of Australia.
Germany scored two goals in each half and Tim Cahill was sent
off as the three-time champion surged to the top of Group D at the
“I think the way we set up our attacks is something we’ve been
working on intensively,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “But
we’ve also worked on how we play off the ball – to move into unused
space. We were very good on the ball tonight, and we created
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose scored in the first 30 minutes
as Australia coach Pim Verbeek’s defensive tactics backfired.
Thomas Mueller and Cacau also scored against an overwhelmed
Australian defense in the second half after Cahill was red-carded
in the 56th minute for a late tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Germans’ dominant win, played in front of 62,660 fans at the
Moses Mabhida Stadium, came without injured captain Michael
“We earned respect for ourselves,” Klose said. “It was hugely
important to win the first game, but nothing is won yet. We’re a
young team and we have fun playing.”
Earlier Sunday, Asamoah Gyan scored on a penalty kick to give
Ghana a 1-0 win over Serbia in the opening Group D match.
Germany had not lost an opening game in the World Cup since a
2-1 defeat to Algeria in 1982. It never looked like that string
would be snapped on a warm evening in Durban.
Podolski started the rout by ending a slick passing move in the
eighth minute and Klose headed in his 11th career World Cup goal in
A stunned Verbeek sat on the bench shaking his head while
Joachim Loew, in his 50th game as Germany coach, punched the air in
Hoping to hold out for a draw, Verbeek used Cahill as a forward
and packed his midfield. But with Cahill isolated up front instead
of controlling the midfield, Australia had no answer to Germany’s
swift passing and running game.
“It was not an easy game for us,” Verbeek said. “We tried to
make it very difficult for them and use our speed, but we didn’t
have the ball in the first 20 minutes.”
Any slim hope Australia had of coming back evaporated with
Cahill’s 56th-minute ejection.
Klose missed two more good chances before Mueller made it 3-0 in
the 68th minute, dragging the ball back to avoid Scott
Chipperfield’s lunge and firing a low shot in off the post.
Cacau rounded off the scoring in the 70th, just two minutes
after coming on for Klose.
While Germany is in excellent shape for advancement already, the
Socceroos are desperate.
“The next game is a final,” Verbeek said of the match with
Ghana. “We have to win that game.”