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Friday, 9th June 2006
World Cup Ball Produces Six Goals in Opening Game Thriller

Group A Match

Germany vs Costa Rica
München

Previous Encounters:
Germany and Costa Rica had never met before the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals.

The Match

We heard goalkeepers moaning about Teamgeist, the new World Cup ball from German sports company, Adidas before the 2006 World Cup Finals had even begun; but if the tournament continues in the vein of this classic opening game, then fans around the world are in for a World Cup goal bonanza.

Six goals and not all of them by Germany, what more can you ask for?

The 2006 World Cup Finals tournament was officially declared open at 16.52 Berlin time (just over an hour before the opening game) and after a minute's silence in Munich, in memory of all the footballers who died this year, Costa Rica kicked off.

Germany got themselves off to the perfect start with a beautiful strike from Philip Lahm, just 5 minutes and 9 seconds after Horacio Elizondo of Argentina blew the whistle for the game to commence.

Or so they thought.

Within seven minutes, Paulo Wanchope had equalised for Costa Rica; game on.

It didn't take long for Germany to get back on top, as Bernd Schneider ran the ball down towards the right corner flag and pulled it back for Bastian Schweinsteiger; who looked up as he moved forward and when the moment was right, passed across the penalty area for Birthday Boy, Miroslav Klose to tap in his 6th World Cup Finals goal at the far post.

Half-time: (2:1).

With 61 minutes on the clock, Miroslav Klose watched as his header, from Philip Lahm's cross, was saved but followed up swiftly to score his second goal of the game and put Germany almost out of reach (3:1).

Costa Rica didn't read the script though and on 73 minutes Paulo Wanchope hovered on a line with the last German defenders, then ran onto a through ball and managed to flick the ball past Jens Lehmann; as Arne Friedrich tried to slide in between them (3:2).

As if this wasn't enough for fans of open football, and boy were these teams open, the finale came with five minutes left to play.

I know, I know.... it would have been nice for the Ticos to equalise in this classic but in fairness they didn't really deserve it.

Instead, the home nation extended their lead yet again shortly after Bastian Schweinsteiger squared a free-kick across to Torsten Frings.

The Werder Bremen midfielder scored his eight goal for Germany with a screamer, straight through the centre of the packed Costa Rica penalty area; for what will already be up there as a candidate for 'Goal of The Tournament'.

And what a way to start the 2006 World Cup Finals. This new ball has brought World Cup Football to life with a vengeance.

Final Score:
Germany 4 - Costa Rica 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Philip Lahm (6)
1:1 Paulo Wanchope (12)
2:1 Miroslav Klose (17)
3:1 Miroslav Klose (61)
3:2 Paulo Wanchope (73)
4:2 Torsten Frings (87)

Our Man of The Match:
We would like to give the first award of the 2006 World Cup Finals to Miroslav Klose, because it's his birthday, but I think it should really go to Teamgeist; for the six goals that get the tournament off to a roaring start.

Teams

Germany: (Captain Bernd Schneider)
1 Jens Lehmann; 3 Arne Friedrich, 16 Philip Lahm, 17 Per Mertesacker, 21 Christoph Metzelder;7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 8 Torsten Frings, 18 Tim Borowski, 19 Bernd Schneider; 11 Miroslav Klose, 20 Lukas Podolski.

Costa Rica: (Captain Luis Marin)
18 Jose Porras; 3 Luis Marin, 4 Michael Umana, 5 Gilberto Martinez, 12 Leonardo Gonzalez; 6 Danny Fonseca, 8 Mauricio Solis, 10 Walter Centeno, 20 Douglas Sequeira; 9 Paulo Wanchope, 11 Ronald Gomez.

Referee:
Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)

Substitutions Substitutions:
67 Mins (Costa Rica) - 2 Jervis Drummond on for 5 Gilberto Martinez
72 Mins (Germany) - 5 Sebastian Kehl on for 18 Tim Borowski
78 Mins (Costa Rica) - 7 Cristian Bolanos on for 8 Mauricio Solis
79 Mins (Germany) - 10 Oliver Neuville on for 11 Miroslav Klose
90 Mins (Costa Rica) - 14 Randall Azofeifa on for 11 Ronald Gomez
90 Mins (Germany) - 22 David Odonkor on for 19 Bernd Schneider

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
31 Mins - Danny Fonseca (Costa Rica)

Red Cards No Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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