Sunday, 13 June 2010

GER v AUS (1930 GMT) (Moses Mabhida Stadium)

Starting Line-up
GER: Neuer, Friedrich, Holger Badstuber, Lahm, Mertesacker, Khedira, Scheweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose, Muller
AUS: Schwarzer, Neill, Moore, Emerton, Chipperfield, Cahill, Culina, Wilkshire, Grella, Valeri Garcia

Germany is a typical nation that guaranteed to succeed in the World Cup Finals and their track record certainly proves my claim - triple champions, runners-up in four occasions, and three times in third. No matter what kind of team they put on, we will see typical German style of football, which are tactically disciplined and ability to create game-breaking moment.

Australia had a lot expectation to meet up after their success in the World Cup 2006. However, much has changed in Australian side, as they did not have their talisman, Mark Viduka and most importantly, Guus Hiddink, who pulled this altogether, moved back to Europe to manage club and national teams. Also, Pim Verbeek wasn't a good choice either as he didn't have any experience in the World Cup Final as a manager.

First Half
Australia had golden opportunity to shock the world with a goal, after Cahill's header set Garcia free in the six yard box but Hull player only could find Lahm's body on the line. From that point onwards, Germany began to dominate and the goal was scored on the 8th minute, when Podolski smashed the ball past Schwarzer. Australia were two down when Lahm's cross met the head of Klose, who is now challenging the goal scoring record of Ronaldo in the World Cup. Australia had some half chances throughout the match but it was dealt well by German defenders.
HT: 2-0
MOTM in the First Half: Mesut Ozil - he ran the show in the midfield by picking his pass and position well.

Second Half
Australia tried to liven things up by putting in Holman for Grella and it nearly paid off by penalty kick as Friedrich was seemed to handle the ball. Unfortunately, referee did not see it as his sight was blocked by so many players in the box.
Then the disaster happened: Cahill was sent-off after going in hard and late on Schweinsteiger. From this point onwards, party time for Germany. Two goals were scored before the second half ended, Muller and Cacau, and they became a nation of scoring 4+goals in their opening match in three consecutive terms.
FT: 4-0
MOTM in the Second Half: Mesut Ozil - Never nervous. Kept the midfield ticking. Excellent debut at a World Cup.

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