Germany opened their quest for a fourth World Cup with a thumping 4-0 victory over Australia in their opening Group D match on Sunday.
Forwards Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose gave their side a 2-0 halftime lead to vindicate coach Joachim Loew’s faith in them despite a recent lack of goals, with winger Thomas Mueller and substitute Cacau finding the net after the break.
Australia, who started both halves brightly and battled gamely throughout, played the last 34 minutes with 10 men after Tim Cahill was dismissed for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Germany lead Group D from Ghana, who beat Serbia 1-0 in Sunday’s earlier match in Pretoria.
It was the triumvirate of captain Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil and Mueller who laid the foundation for victory as the young German team took to the wings to outflank the much-vaunted Socceroo defence.
In the eighth minute, Ozil found Mueller in what looked to be an offside position and his cutback allowed Podolski to sweep the ball into the net via Mark Schwarzer’s flailing arm.
Klose should have doubled the lead in the 24th minute when he blasted wide when Podolski’s cross left him free in front of goal but he made amends just two minutes later.
Lahm lofted a high cross in from the right, Schwarzer came charging out to claim the ball but Klose beat him to it and headed into an empty net for his 33rd international goal.
With the Australian spirit sapped 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 Stuttgart striker.
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Netherlands , finally go through the FIFA World Cup™ Final last night. People were not expecting such a semi-final from Uruguay side but they have played well with so much strong heart.
Germany will take on Spain in the second semi-final in Durban this evening in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2008 final. The Spanish prevailed then but no team has looked more impressive so far in South Africa than the Germans, who put four past England in the Round of 16 and then dished out similar treatment to Argentina in the quarter-finals. Their upcoming opponents did not look quite as impressive in disposing of Portugal and Paraguay in the same rounds, the European champions edging through on both occasions thanks to opportunistic strikes by striker David Villa.
Netherlands vs Uruguay Goals
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Table has just turned around towards Europeans , 3 Euro teams qualified for Semi-Finals [ Germany , Spain and Holland ] whereas, just one team of South – America [ Uruguay ] came into Semi-Finals leaving behind big giants Argentina and Brazil.
Germany Match really hit Argentinians badly by 4 – Nill , in reaction to this Maradona got frustrated and engaged offensively with German Fans.
Lets see , what would happen in Semi-Finals.
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