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Germany 4-0 Australia

By Sam Lyon & Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:15 Commentary  

    All right, fun's over, which one of you has stolen all the World Cup goals?

  2. 17:18 Commentary  

    Yes, we're seven matches into the 2010 World Cup and have seen just nine goals. And two of those would've been stopped had the keepers not been wearing Teflon* gloves - I'm looking at you Robert Green and Faouzi Chaouchi. BUT, I bring to you good news - coming up for your delectation in just over two hours is Germany-Australia and that is guaranteed goals. I, erm, guarantee it. Ish.
    *other non-stick keeping gloves are available

  3. 17:22 Commentary  

    But before I, Sam Lyon, send your brainboxes into overload with my guaranteed-goalfest theorum and other pre-match chat, why not get involved? Tweet me @sampatricklyon, send your texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), or get cracking on 606, which is in far better fettle than much of the action out in South Africa. Nice.

  4. 17:25 Commentary  

    Before all that, though, why not check out our 2010 World Cup goalscoring chart. Its randomness is its genius. And, you know, it'll kill a couple of minutes of your time as we count down to kick-off - happy days. 

  5. 606  

    From Snats: "The World Cup is being ruined by the Jabulani, with players constantly overhitting it. I feel depressed by the lack of goals... somebody please cheer me up."

  6. 17:32 Commentary  

    Well, Snats, check this out. Germany and Australia have played nine games between them in 2010, matches that have totalled 24 goals. Germany strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski - men who often look about as useful as a chocolate teapot in domestic football - are striking Gods at international level, sharing 86 goals, with Klose bagging five in each of the last two World Cups. AND the last time Germany and Australia met? It was only a 4-3 win to Germany at the 2005 Confederations Cup wasn't it. As I said: Guaranteed. Goalfest.

  7. Twitter  

    From HibaMS: "Hoping for a Germany win! Do it for Ballack, guys! Let's thrash the Aussies!"

  8. Twitter  

    From SparkesMichael: "Waiting at Durban central transport hub. 5000 fans and no buses."

  9. Contributor Germany coach Joachim Loew  

    "We want to be able to embarrass opponents with our playing skills. We couldn't have done any more up to this point. That's why my conscience is clear and I have a really good feeling about the tournament."
     

  10. 17:43 Commentary  

    "But Sam, I'm not that familiar with Germany OR Australia?" Well, person I just made up, there is an answer! Say you wanted to know about Germany, well head on over to our team guide and you'll find videos, stats, features and news items for your hungry eyes to feast upon to your heart's content. And the same, too, for Australia! I know, sometimes we are too kind to you lot.

  11. 606  

    From fritzybaby1: "Sam you do realise don't you that by declaring this coming match as a "Guaranteed Goalfest", you have just ruined any chance of their being any goals?"
    You're right, I am in control of all forthcoming events solely through the power of my text commentary. It's almost too much power for one man to have isn't it?

  12. Twitter  

    From Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta: "Best Wishes to Tim Cahill in the game for this evening. M.A."

  13. Contributor Australia midfielder Tim Cahill  

    "It'll be a hard game. We know Germany are very tactical, compact and strong. But they are slow starters in competitions they play, so hopefully we can catch them cold."

  14. 17:56 Commentary  

    Tim Cahill may think Germany are slow-starters, but actually they have won their opening match at each of the last five World Cups. Ouch. In fact, Germany have not lost a group phase match for exactly 24 years. And during that time Germany have won the World Cup once (1990), been runners-up three times and reached one semi-final (2006). Anyone out there fancy an upset?

  15. SMS  

    Foh from Ghana: "Germany looks favourites on paper but I expect the Aussies to pull up a surprise."

  16. 18:01 Commentary  

    Germany are, of course, hoping to ride the wave of complete and utter delirium sparked by their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. The last time Germany won the ESC was in 1982 - a year in which they went on to reach the final of the World Cup. BUT (dun dun dun) NO country has ever done the ESC-World Cup double. Oh deary me, the tension, the sheer tension. 

  17. SMS  

    From Mitch in Crawley: "At this point in Germany '06, we'd already had 17 goals. The Jabulani has got some catching up to do!"

  18. SMS  

    From Ross: "Don't we (the English) want Germany to do well so we don't have to play them in the second round?"

  19. 18:05 Commentary  

    My learned friend Ross (below) speaketh only truth folks, for the winners & runners-up of Group C - lest we forget - will play the winners & runners-up of Group D in the last 16. So, should England (not tempting fate, touch wood etc), top Group C, they will play the runners-up from Group D. Worth bearing in mind.

  20. 606  

    From Thanks A lot BBC7: "Germany versus Australia - both have slow defenders, and people who know where the goal is. 3-2 for Germany with Podolski on the score sheet."

  21. 18:12 Commentary  

    I must confess, I loved it when Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup. One day, it was my tough task to scurry down to the local drinking establishments in Shepherds Bush for the Australia-Brazil match, talk to a few enthusiastic fans, and write a piece waxing lyrical about a new breed of football fans. I adore my job.

  22. Twitter  

    From garythehood: "We need to look for an early German goal to stop the Aussies sitting back."

  23. SMS  

    From Craig in Glasgow: "Re: Ross (below). But why would you want to 'avoid' Germany? You're not scared of them are you?"

  24. 18:19 Commentary  

    Have I mentioned Australia's rather coincidental links to Germany, by the way? In football terms, obviously. Well Australia, before this tournament, have only ever qualified for two World Cups - both of which were in Germany, 1974 and 2006. Also, keeper Mark Schwarzer's parents emigrated from Germany in 1968. And now Australia open their 2010 tournament against... Germany! All right, yes, it's a little tenuous.

  25. Twitter  

    From stuartrood: "Re: Craig in Glasgow (below). The way England played last night, yes, I would be scared of the Germans."

  26. Twitter  

    From Wisdom_Of_Fans: "Wisdom of the Fans is predicting 2-0 to Germany. Which is a goalfest compared to the games so far!"

  27. 18:29 Commentary  

    Now then, the time has come for me to hand you over to our man on the ground in South Africa Jonathan Stevenson for all the upcoming team news and match action. If Germany-Australia isn't a goalfest then it's his fault, right? No? Ah.

  28. 18:32 Commentary  

    Thanks very much to Mr Sam Lyon there, with the build-up to Germany v Australia from Durban. I mean when it comes down to it, he’s given me, Jonathan Stevenson (live from Johannesburg) very little option, has he…

  29. 18:34 Commentary Stevo's Predo:  

    Germany 0-0 Australia

  30. 18:36 Commentary  

    Can you refresh your page, just so you know it’s me? Thanks. Anyway, if you’re an England fan, I do hope you’ve got over the disappointment of Saturday. But if you haven’t, maybe you should check out legendary commentator John Motson’s blog on the events from Rustenburg? It helped me no end.

  31. 18:37 Commentary  

    Getting some early team news from Durban: Germany have gone with Miroslav Klose up front, while Australia have left Harry Kewell on the bench. More to follow.

  32. 18:42 Commentary  

    You’re probably bored of us going on about it, but do remember to whack us your thoughts, won’t you? It can get awfully lonely at times without goals. The 606 debate has been raging all day, I’m around on Twitter @Stevo_football and we do still gleefully accept texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Thanks ever so.

  33. 18:45 Commentary Germany v Australia line-ups:  

    Germany: Neuer, Friedrich, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose, Muller.
    Subs: Wiese, Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiessling, Trochowski, Kroos, Cacau, Boateng, Marin, Gomez, Butt.
    Australia: Schwarzer, Neill, Moore, Chipperfield, Emerton, Cahill, Culina, Wilkshire, Grella, Valeri, Garcia.
    Subs: Federici, Beauchamp, Kennedy, Kewell, Holman, Jedinak, Rukavytsya, Milligan, Carney, Vidosic, Bresciano, Galekovic.
    Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

  34. 606  

    From Thanks A lot BBC7: "Can Germany show England how to integrate new, hungry players in the first team? Will a team averaging 25 make an experienced Australia side look aged? Ozil, Muller, Marin, Kroos, Badstuber - who will become a household name after this World Cup?"

  35. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "I thought England were really, really poor last night. I think they are going to have to up their game severely to progress."

  36. 18:51 Commentary  

    More on Germany v Australia in a sec, but firstly the US press seemed quite pleased by Saturday's result in Rustenburg. "USA WINS 1-1" roared the New York Post, continuing: "World Cup match ends with the greatest tie against the British since Bunker Hill". Told you they were content.

  37. 18:53 Commentary Nigeria midfielder Dickson Etuhu:  

    "It was hard yesterday against Argentina, the altitude does make a difference, it starts to go straight to your head. I spoke to Javier Mascherano and he said it was affecting him too. I told him 'you don't even have to move, you just stand there and give it to Messi!' But the ball is the worst ball of all time, it's just rubbish."

  38. 18:55 Commentary Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac:  

    "We are happy that an African team has beaten a good European team and we hope that the whole of Africa is celebrating the continent's first win in the 2010 World Cup."

  39. 606  

    From redandblackT: "Been watching the Canadian Grand Prix. No difference between the vuvuzelas and the car engines so wonder why all the fuss?!"

  40. Twitter  

    From Phumo: "I think there'll definitely be goals tonight. I'd love them to be for Oz but I think Germany 2-0."

  41. 19:05 Commentary  

    Estimates suggest about 1,200 Australians out in South Africa have been camping at Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban, which is a little walk away from the brand spanking new 70,000-seater Moses Mabhida stadium. Now I haven’t seen or heard anything from the Test cricket venue, but I’m going to wager that it’s been moderately lively in the last few days.

  42. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's John Murray  

    "Looks like there are a lot of fans from both Germany and Australia here in Durban, which is good news. It looks like a 4-5-1, but it could quite easily end up as a 4-6-0 for the Socceroos. Looks like Australia are going to try to stop Germany scoring."

  43. 19:11 Commentary Germany v Australia team news:  

    So Miroslav Klose - scorer of 10 goals in the last two World Cups - leads the line for Germany, the Bayern Munich frontman getting the nod over Brazilian-born Cacau as Joachim Loew's preferred lone striker. With Michael Ballack out of the tournament, Phillip Lahm takes over the captaincy, becoming Germany's youngest World Cup skipper. Australia are boosted by the return of Brett Emerton, who did not play in any of the team's three warm-up games because of a calf injury, with Tim Cahill also named in the starting XI. Former Leeds and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell, however, must settle for a place on the bench.

  44. 19:13 Commentary Australia's Tim Cahill:  

    "Germany are always there or thereabouts, we know how good they are and we will try to break them down slowly. At the last World Cup the nation stopped, so we know how massive it is back home."

  45. 19:14 Commentary  

    Got a question for John Motson? Then hook up with the great man on Twitter right now and ask to your heart's content.

  46. 606  

    From Rob Needham: "Podolski - two league goals this season, a shadow of the player he used to be. Klose - three league goals this season, fourth-choice striker at Bayern. Keissling - 21 league goals for a good team. Just saying!"

  47. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Tiza Nkowani in Zambia on WCHYS: "The World Cup has one major disadvantage - that being the seeding system. It's always boring in the beginning until the quarters when the big boys begin to meet. Whoever is charge of making rules should seriously consider scraping the seeding system."

  48. 19:21 Commentary Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer:  

    "You can see it in their body-language and in the warm-up games, the Germans are enjoying their football and it is a good sign. I hope we can at least reach the semi-finals."

  49. 19:23 Commentary  

    The Germans are led out by captain Philipp Lahm and Australia by Lucas Neill in Durban. Ghana have made life interesting in Group D, so what can these boys muster up?

  50. 19:24 Commentary  

    It's anthem time, and these, I'm sure you'll agree, are two classics.

  51. 19:27 Commentary  

    Not long to go now. Earlier on, our friends at Infostrada Sports told me ahead of Thomas Mueller's World Cup debut that the three Mullers who previously played for (West) Germany at the World Cup all scored, with Gerd and Dieter scoring on their WC debuts. Hansi took two matches before scoring his only goal.

  52. 19:28 Commentary  

    There's more. Infostrada also tell us that the difference in average age between this evening’s two starting line-ups is six years and 42 days, which breaks the record set by Austria-Cameroon at the 1998 World Cup. Australia's is 31 years and 118 days and Germany 25 years and 76 days.

  53. 19:30 KICK-OFF  

    Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez has only gone and got us under way in Durban, hasn't he?

  54. SMS  

    From Oliver R: "Hi, we're here in Durban and the atmosphere is amazing! There is genuine hope for the Socceroos! If we get some big heads on balls from the start and stand up to the German defence we can really push for a MASSIVE upset!"

  55. 3 mins Commentary  

    I don't know what the fuss about Australia not playing a striker is - France won the World Cup without one in 1998 (second Stephane Guiv'arch mention of the tournament already). Early chance for the Socceroos as Tim Cahill's header from a corner is blocked and Richard Garcia's shot on the turn inside the six-yard box is also blocked.

  56. 6 mins Commentary  

    The Aussies have had much the better start, with most of the play in the Germany half so far. They are getting bodies forward too, so don't worry about that.

  57. 7 mins Commentary  

    More like it from the Germans. They get Miroslav Klose into space and from 18 yards his right-foot shot is parried by Mark Schwarzer, with Mesut Ozil's shot on the rebound deflected over.

  58. 8 mins GOAL Germany 1-0 Australia  

    They only needed to be in the game for a minute. Australia's left-back berth is bare once more as Mesut Ozil brilliantly sends Thomas Mueller into space down the German right and from the byeline he pulls it back for Lukas Podolski to hammer in via the stung palms of Mark Schwarzer. Er, clinical.

  59. 11 mins Commentary  

    Germany's goal was a bit like England's last night - out of context with their early performance in the game. Let's hope the Aussies aren't rocked too much after a promising opening.

  60. 12 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Mesut Ozil goes on another slaloming run but for some reason decides to fall over with no-one near him. He's booked, the 21-year-old. Dear oh dear.

  61. 606  

    From Vermaelen's left peg: "These Germans look well-drilled. This game could give us the first high-scoring victory if Australia don't start marking closely."

  62. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "Ozil has the movement, he has the tricks and he could be the star of the World Cup."

  63. 17 mins Commentary  

    Germany = proper football team. Youngest German side at the World Cup since 1934 or not, these boys know how to play the game and they are hugely in the ascendancy now. Lukas Podolski is looking dangerous every time he gets the ball - Australia are struggling in Durban.

  64. 19 mins Commentary  

    Better from the Aussies. Brett Emerton gets into space down the right and his high, looping cross to the far post is headed over by Jason Culina.

  65. 20 mins Commentary  

    Good effort, son. Brett Emerton finds Richard Garcia just outside the Germany area and the Hull striker flicks the ball up before slamming a right-foot shot a bit high and bit wide from 18 yards.

  66. 23 mins Commentary  

    My word the Germans look dangerous. Thomas Mueller fairly smacks the ball low and hard along the six-yard box from the right and a couple of German boots just fail to get a crucial touch.

  67. 24 mins Commentary  

    For a man with 10 World Cup goals, that's an amazing miss. Lukas Podolski is away down the left and he centres for Miroslav Klose, but the striker can only slide the ball wide from eight yards. What a chance to double the lead.

  68. 24 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Australia's Craig Moore picked up a booking just then for dissent after having a right old go at the assistant referee. Must have thought there should have been an offside.

  69. Twitter  

    From InfostradaLive: "Podolski in the German national team: 39 goals. Podolski in the German Bundesliga: 39 goals. Remarkable."

  70. 27 mins GOAL Germany 2-0 Australia  

    That is how to bounce back from a miss. Germany are making this look easy - captain Philipp Lahm swings over a brilliant cross from the right, Mark Schwarzer comes and can't get there and a towering Miroslav Klose thumps home his 11th World Cup goal with his head. Stunning.

  71. 29 mins Commentary  

    Miroslav Klose has now scored 49 goals for Germany, 11 of them at World Cups. When does he start to become known as the great Miroslav Klose? Meanwhile apologies, but we are having some minor technical issues - if you can't see the score, it's Germany 2-0 Australia.

  72. 31 mins Commentary  

    This is turning into a demolition job. Miroslav Klose plays a terrific pass through for Mesut Ozil and he should score - the youngster's cocky, clipped finish beats Mark Schwarzer, but Lucas Neill kicks it off the line. The Socceroos are a shambles.

  73. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "I didn't fancy Germany much before the tournament but on this performance they must be up there with the favourites. As for Klose - anyone who wants to know how to lead a line, watch his movement tonight. It's sensational."

  74. SMS  

    From Lee, Sheffield: "Germans making it look so, so easy. Why couldn't England do this? They'll murder us in the second round."

  75. 36 mins Commentary  

    For a second it looks like Mesut Ozil might be in down the Germany right, but this time Lucas Neill gets across and averts the danger. A third before half-time would absolutely put this game to bed.

  76. 39 mins Commentary  

    Sam Lyon told me earlier that until today none of Germany's three goalkeepers had ever played in a competitive international and they only had 10 caps between them. First-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (5 caps) is the least experienced German number one at a World Cup for 48 years since Wolfgang Fahrian in 1962. He has had nothing to do so far this evening in Durban.

  77. 41 mins Commentary  

    Lukas Podolski plays another stunning pass in for Mesut Ozil, but the Werder Bremen playmaker's touch takes it around Mark Schwarzer and out of play - just a bit too heavy. He looks like a magnificent footballer on this evidence.

  78. 606  

    From Nasris_Special_Touch_10: "Mesut Ozil has been absolutely astounding. If Fabregas goes, I wouldn't mind getting him."

  79. 44 mins Commentary  

    Every time Germany attack they look like creating a chance. Philipp Lahm tries to send Thomas Mueller through, but Craig Moore gets back in time to nick the ball off him.

  80. 45 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're into one minute of added time. The Australians will be pleased to get off the pitch.

  81. 20:16 HALF-TIME Germany 2-0 Australia  

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of a marker being laid down to the other 31 teams at this World Cup. Take a bow Germany - that was a quite exceptional 45 minutes.

  82. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "It's like men against boys out there. Australia aren't a bad side but Germany's movement is exceptional. If England were to meet Germany in the second round, on this display, Germany would destroy England."

  83. Twitter  

    From Chris1018: "Things learnt in the first half: 1) England need to win our group and 2) If we don't Germany will annihilate us!"

  84. SMS  

    Grahame from Spain: "As usual, those Germans have hit the ground running, and with flair. And it isn’t boring. Watch out the rest of the world."

  85. 20:26 Commentary England's David James on Robert Green:  

    "Obviously it's a difficult situation, but Robert made a very good save in the second half and put it behind him. It's not a nice thing to happen, but we didn't lose."

  86. 606  

    From kingofkings: "Any news on whether Germany will be declaring at the interval? The poor Aussies must be wondering what has hit them."

  87. 20:31 SUBSTITUTION  

    Back under way in Durban and Australia, 2-0 down to Germany, have made a change by bringing Brett Holman on for Vince Grella.

  88. 46 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Horrible challenge - Lucas Neill gets a booking for going up for a ball with Miroslav Klose and kneeing him in the back. Deserved yellow.

  89. Contributor BBC World Service's Farayi Mungazi  

    On Twitter: "These Germans look liberated without Ballack. Same for Ivory Coast if Drogba doesn't play?"

  90. 48 mins Commentary  

    The Australians think they should have a penalty - and I have to say, we've seen plenty of them given. A cross from the right is headed goalwards by Richard Garcia and it hits the outstretched arm of Per Mertersacker. It wasn't intentional, but it was handball.

  91. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "That's a penalty. When you head the ball from six yards and it hits an arm, it's a definite penalty. The header is on target, the defender has jumped and it's hit his arm - that's a penalty. Great start to the half by Australia."

  92. 51 mins Commentary  

    Good stuff from Brett Holman there for Australia, turning into space on the edge of the Germany area and rifling a left-foot shot narrowly wide. Joachim Loew is off the German bench with an face contorted with rage that Fabio Capello would be proud of.

  93. 54 mins Commentary  

    Oh this is fabulous stuff. Germany are in space down the right where Philipp Lahm pulls the ball back and after a sublime step-over from Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller blazes over from 16 yards. It's the best football of the World Cup.

  94. 56 mins RED CARD Tim Cahill (Australia)  

    Game over. Tim Cahill, Australia's best player, goes in hard and late on Bastian Schweinsteiger and referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico wastes no time in flashing an immediate red card, to the Everton player's horror.

  95. 58 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Terrible refereeing - Australia's Carl Valeri is booked for a supposed foul on Sami Khedira, but the contact was minimal. Mark Schwarzer then has to save from Mesut Ozil - it's going to be a long second half now for the Socceroos.

  96. 60 mins Commentary  

    Should have been World Cup goal number 12 for Miroslav Klose. He turns smartly and is one-on-one with Mark Schwarzer 14 yards out, but his shot is well saved and from the rebound he squares for Sami Khedira, but he is bundled out of it.

  97. 606  

    From PGBaddick: "What a terrible decision. As if we didn't have enough to deal with."

  98. 64 mins Commentary  

    Australia bring on Nikita Rukavytsya for Richard Garcia. It's damage limitation for them now.

  99. 66 mins Commentary  

    What is it about Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose? They have come alive at the World Cup and after a couple of one-twos, Klose directs Podolski's left-wing cross wide from six yards. Difficult chance.

  100. 68 mins GOAL Germany 3-0 Australia  

    They're starting to look frightening. Lukas Podolski races forward and slips a pass in for Thomas Mueller, who brilliantly stops on the edge of the box, twists inside Scott Chipperfield and lashes in an arrow-like right-foot shot in-off Mark Schwarzer's right-hand post.

  101. 69 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Miroslav Klose has done his damage for the day as he is replaced by Cacau.

  102. 70 mins GOAL Germany 4-0 Australia  

    Too easy. Mesut Ozil makes a great run into space down the left and when he receives the ball he sends it quickly across goal, where Brazilian-born striker Cacau is on hand to slot in from eight yards with his first touch of the game.

  103. 74 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Mario Gomez comes on for the magnificent Mesut Ozil. What a performance from the young man. Australia send Mile Jedinak on for Brett Emerton.

  104. Twitter  

    From acmilandrew: "Great flowing attacking football. Anyone still complaining about the vuvuzelas? I don't think so."

  105. 76 mins Commentary  

    Back in Blighty, rapper Dizzee Rascal and comedian James Corden have gone to the top of the UK singles chart with their unofficial World Cup anthem, Shout. Anyway, back to the Germans...

  106. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "Stars are born in World Cups and this guy Ozil is a star. He has got everything. The World Cup has kicked off tonight. And to be here watching it is fantastic and a beautiful thing."

  107. 80 mins Commentary  

    Robbie Savage isn't wrong - Mesut Ozil is a star. But have Germany gone too early at this World Cup? There's a talking point for you. Australia's Luke Wilkshire drags a shot wide from the right-hand corner of the 18-yard box.

  108. 81 mins Commentary  

    Germany take Lukas Podolski, the scorer of their opening goal, off and send on 21-year-old winger Marko Marin.

  109. 84 mins Commentary  

    A cross from the Australian left is volleyed goalwards by Nikita Rukavytsya, but he doesn't quite get hold of it and it's an easy claim for Manuel Neuer, who is probably bored out of his 24-year-old mind.

  110. SMS  

    From Karl: "Germany gone too early? Like 1990 when they beat Yugoslavia 4-1 maybe?"

  111. 88 mins Commentary  

    Australia send over a cross from the right and Scott Chipperfield heads over at the back post. What a miserable evening for the Socceroos. Is their World Cup over?

  112. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We've just gone into three minutes of injury time at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban with the two sets of supporters in two very different moods.

  113. 90 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Cacau is booked for diving. Lively cameo from the Germany substitute. Harsh yellow, though.

  114. 21:19 FULL-TIME Germany 4-0 Australia  

    Yeah, the World Cup has officially just sparked into life. Germany, despite their tender years, are going to be a force in South Africa this summer, and it is going to take a very good team to beat them.

  115. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "We've seen a star born in Mesut Ozil, we've seen the best team of the World Cup so far and Germany are going to win this group - so if you finish second in England's group, beware."

  116. Contributor BBC World Service's Farayi Mungazi  

    On Twitter: "The Germans will win this group - and the World Cup. Disagree with me at your own peril!"

  117. SMS  

    From Simon: "Even with 11 men we still would have been at least 3-0 down in this match. However the red card was shocking and could ruin Australia’s chances in the next two games, having robbed us of our best player!"

  118. 21:28 Commentary  

    On the day the World Cup came to life with the first African win courtesy of Ghana and a magnificent display from Germany, it's time to bid you adieu. I'm going to read Sam Lyon's report on the Germans, so auf wiedersehen until Monday.

By Sam Lyon

Germany provided a real signal of intent with a thrilling demolition of 10-man Australia to get their 2010 World Cup campaign off to a flying start.

Coming into the tournament without injured talisman Michael Ballack, doubts over the future of coach Joachim Loew and the second-youngest squad in the competition, many might have expected Germany to struggle in South Africa.

But if their effervescent display in Durban is anything to go by, the three-time champions could be real contenders for the title come 11 July.

Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose continued their remarkable scoring record at international level with a goal apiece to take their joint tally to 88, Thomas Mueller and Cacau added the gloss, while in playmaker Mesut Ozil they appear to have found a real superstar.

They were aided by the harsh dismissal of Australia's key man Tim Cahill, given a straight red card for a clumsy but hardly malevolent challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger on 55 minutes.

Germany, though, had given notice of their attacking class long before that.

Klose has already been denied by Aussie keeper Mark Schwarzer when Podolski drilled in the opener from Mueller's cross, and moments after Klose had wasted another glorious chance, poking wide from eight yards, the Bayern Munich man nodded in Phillip Lahm's delicious cross to make it 2-0.

In fairness, Australia had the odd half-chance, Jason Culina heading a Brett Emerton cross over and Richard Garcia sending a snap-shot past the post - while a second-half appeal for handball against Per Mertesacker in the box might have warranted closer inspection.

But what Germany lacked in defensive strength, they more than made up for in pace, power and technique up front.

Ozil twice had the chance to get on the scoresheet having been sent through one-on-one, his first effort cleared off the line by Lucas Neill and his touch failing him the second time.

And then came Cahill's sending off, after which Germany's domination was absolute.

Schwarzer did his best to keep the score down, saving twice from Klose, and once apiece from Sami Khedira and Podolski as Germany tore through the Australia defences time and again.

But the Fulham keeper could do little about Germany's third, Mueller tucking in off the post from the edge of the area, and even less about their fourth, substitute Cacau tapping in from Ozil's centre.

Loew took the opportunity to rest the likes of Klose, Ozil and Podolski thereafter and, as a result, the Germans were unable to maintain their fluidity in attack in the closing stages.

Australia even carved a late chance for a consolation, Nikita Rukavytsya volleying straight at keeper Manuel Neuer from Scott Chipperfield's cross.

However, the Germans' work had long been done at that point and they saw the match out in comfort to take top spot in Group D and serve warning to their rivals in South Africa.

Germany Germany Flag 4-0 Australia Flag Australia FT

(HT 2-0)

Klose, 27
Podolski, 8
Muller, 68
Cacau, 70
 

Germany

Australia

 

Substitutes:

Substitutes:

  • Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Referee: M Rodriguez
  • Attendance: 62,660
Germany     Australia
  • Possession 68%
    32%
  • Attempts on target 11
    3
  • Attempts off target 5
    8
  • Corners 4
    9
  • Fouls 7
    16

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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