Jun 14, 2010
A clinical Germany side completely outplayed Australia to score a 4-0 win in their first 2010 World Cup match of Group D at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
For Germany, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose scored cracking goals in the first half before the Germans completed the domination with goals to Thomas Mueller and Cacau in the second stanza.
Australia’s evening got worse in the second-half with Tim Cahill getting sent off for a challenge that looked a yellow card at worst.
Cahill will miss Australia’s next match against Ghana which the Socceroos must win or at worst draw otherwise they will face an early exit from the World Cup.
Germany completely controlled this game from the outset and Australia gave the Germans too much space to basically do as they liked.
Clinical passing by the Germans created a number of opportunities to score and Ozil and Klose up front were always menacing.
Australia were more than handy when they had possession but they struggled to create any genuine chances.
Mesut Ozil combined with Thomas Muller on multiple occasions to open up the Socceroos and after just eight minutes they set up the punishing left foot off Podolski for the first German goal which gave Schwarzer no chance.
Germany continued to pour on the pressure and just under 20 minutes later Muller’s cross pinpointed Klose thundering to the ball just ahead of Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to head home the German’s second goal.
Australia had a couple of half chances during the first period but realistically they could have easily been down by more at half-time and were lucky to go to the break with just a 2 goal deficit.
First half rating (Out of 5): Australia 2.5 – Germany 4.5
Australia would have been hoping for things to improve in the second-half but it just got worse for the Socceroos.
Classy play by the Germans set up quality goals for Thomas Mueller and Cacau to give Germany a 4 goal lead.
If that wasn’t bad enough for the Aussies, the red card shown to Tim Cahill after 56 minutes made the night even worse.
The Australians battled the game out well with 10 men and again had a couple off half chances that could have been something with a bit of luck.
It wasn’t to be and Germany were simply too good and outclassed Australia.
If it’s any consolation for Australia, they may have just played a team that could quite conceivably go all the way on that performance.
Second Half rating (Out of 5): Australia 2.5 – Germany 4
Australia 0 – 4 Germany
8m L. Podolski (Ger)
27m M. Klose (Ger)
68m T. Müller (Ger)
70m Cacau (Ger)
12m M. Özil (Ger)
24m C. Moore (Aus)
46m L. Neill (Aus)
56m T. Cahill (Aus)
58m C. Valeri (Aus)
90m Cacau (Ger)
Australia Starting 11
Mark Schwarzer, Luke Wilkshire, Craig Moore, Lucas Neill, Scott Chipperfield, Carl Valeri, Vincenzo Grella, Brett Emerton, Jason Culina, Richard Garcia, Tim Cahill
46′ Brett Holman for Vincenzo Grella
64′ Nikita Rukavytsya for Richard Garcia
74′ Mile Jedinak for Brett Emerton
Germany Starting 11
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Per Mertesacker, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose
68′ Cacau for Miroslav Klose
74′ Mario Gomez for Mesut Özil
82′ Marko Marin for Lukas Podolski
Team Game Rating (out of 10): Australia 5 - Germany 8.5
Australia’s defence has been the cornerstone of their top recent record at International level and to see the class of Germany rip them to shreds suggests they are a quality side with the talent to go all the way in this tournament.
The Germans were clinical going forward and their ball movement was a pleasure to watch, except for the fact that they were destroying Australia in the process.
Positives: Still in the tournament and can learn plenty from this game to assist moving forward but will need luck.
Area to Improve: No real threat to goal against good sides and unable to create genuine chances to win these types of games.
Where to now: Have to beat Ghana and Serbia to ensure any chance of qualification after conceding so many goals.
Positives: Clinical display and played quality football that is only going to get better throughout the tournament.
Area to Improve: Always room for improvement and no doubt have further improvement in them.
Where to now: Perfect start for Germany and almost ensures path through to next round with 4 goal margin.
Filed Under: 2010 World Cup