Germany scores big

2010-06-13 20:56

Germany 4
Australia 0

The three minutes between the 67th and the 70th minute in the match

between Germany and Australia will go down in World Cup history as those

that turned what looked a respectable score into a real royal routing.

At this stage of the match, Australia were a mere two goals down

but in the 67th, Thomas Mueller sliced through the defence like a hot knife

through butter, sold the last defender a dummy before sending the ball in via

the far post.

A minute later, coach Joachim Loew pulled Miroslav Klose off and

introduced Cacau.

Then in the 70th minute, Cacau was at hand to tap the ball in from

a Mesut Oezil cross with his first touch, sending the German section of the 62

660 crowd into a frenzy of unparalleled proportions.

Going into this match, number 7 of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, there

were only nine goals scored in the 540 minutes of the six matches already played

– an average of 1 goal in every 70 minutes.

The stage was set for three-time world champions Germany who scored

8 in their opening three games at the 2006 event, which they hosted. They

walloped Costa Rica 4-2 in the opener, managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Poland

in their second and pasted poor Ecuador 3-0 in their final group stage

match.

Just as they have done so many times, Australia started as if they

meant business.

But that soon fizzled out, as it has so often done in the past and

the Germans gained momentum.

With only 8 minutes showing on the clock, Germany started a sweet

move that ended up with Thomas Mueller sending in a ground cross that Lucas

Podolski took with his left foot, sending in a sizzler that Ausie goalie Mark

Schwarzer could only parry into the top right-hand corner: 1-0 Germany.

After several forays into the Australian danger zone that did not

bear fruit – one of which saw predator par excellence Miroslav Klose conspire

to commit what could easily go down as the miss of the century in the 24th

minute – it took him just 60 seconds to make amends when he beat Schwarzer in

the air to nod the ball into the empty net.

Midway through this half, the Germans were already on auto-cruise

with Australia living up to their rating as the team that have only won once in

their seven World Cup finals matches and failing to score in five of those

seven.

Tim Cahill was sent off eight minutes after restart by Mexican

referee Marco Rodriguez for an over-the-ball tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger

who had been quite in the game.

A minute later, Carl Valeri was also booked for a foul. And these

were just a few signs of a team at sea.

Just as the Adidas official 2010 World Cup match ball called

Jabulani – IsiZulu for “be happy” – is made in Germany, your guess is as good as

mine which team left the stadium the more jubilant.

 

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