Sunday, 13th June 2010
Four of a Kind
Germany vs Australia
Australia might have felt that they had a chance of getting
something out of this game; especially as Germany lost Michael Ballack to an FA Cup Final
The Aussies started brightly but it was Germany who took the lead;
through Lukas Podolski, in the 8th minute. The shot was so powerful, Mark Schwarzer could
only palm the ball into his own net.
Miroslav Klose was frustrated with himself for missing the target, yet
again, in the 24th minute but made amends a few minutes later by heading in Philipp Lahm's
cross from the right - his 11th goal in World Cup finals.
Mesut Özil missed the chance to make it three when he took too long
to clip the ball past Mark Schwarzer; giving Lucas Neill enough time to get back and hook
the ball off the line.
Needing to chase the match, Australia brought on Brett Holman for
Vince Grella at the start of the second-half.
A straight red for Tim Cahill, in the 56th minute, just about ended
any chance Australia might have had to get anything from this game; or even the
tournament, if the Everton man misses the next two games.
Germany made it all look so easy (even if Australia were down to ten
men) when Thomas Müller made it three, shortly before Cacau came on and scored the German
Germany 4 Australia 0
1:0 Lukas Podolski (8 mins)
2:0 Miroslav Klose (27 mins)
3:0 Thomas Müller (67 mins)
4:0 Cacau (70 mins)
Man of The Match:
Mesut Özil - The creative key to Germany's movement.
1 Manuel Neuer; 14 Holger Badstuber, 17 Per Mertesacker, 3 Arne Friedrich, 16 Philipp
Lahm; 10 Lukas Podolski, 6 Sami Khedira, 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 13 Thomas Müller; 11
Miroslav Klose, 8 Mesut Özil.
1 Mark Schwarzer; 11 Scott Chipperfield, 2 Lucas Neill, 3 Craig Moore, 8 Luke Wilkshire;
19 Richard Garcia, 13 Vince Grella, 5 Jason Culina, 7 Brett Emerton; 16 Carl Valeri, 4 Tim
Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)
46 Mins (Australia) - 14 Brett Holman on for 13 Vince Grella
64 Mins (Australia) - 17 Nikita Rukavytsya on for 19 Richard Garcia
68 Mins (Germany) - 19 Cacau on for 11 Miroslav Klose
74 Mins (Australia) - 15 Mile Jedinak on for 7 Brett Emerton
74 Mins (Germany) - 23 Mario Gomez on for 8 Mesut Özil
81 Mins (Germany) - 21 Marko Marin on for 10 Lukas Podolski
12 Mins - Mesut Özil (Germany)
24 Mins - Craig Moore (Australia)
46 Mins - Lucas Neill (Australia)
58 Mins - Carl Valeri (Australia)
92 Mins - Cacao (Germany)
1 Red Card:
56 Mins - Tim Cahill (Australia)
West Germany beat Australia (3:0) in Hamburg during the group stage of W. Germany 1974.
The two teams also met in the 2005 Confederations Cup; a tighter game,
with Germany just getting the better of Australia (4:3) in Frankfurt.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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