Sunday, 13 June 2010 21:20
You have to feel sorry for Australia. Not just because they were beaten, but because it was so convincing. Germany had something to prove tonight and I think the message is loud and clear; they are ready.
Germany were excellent. There is no other word for it, just excellent. I could quite happily watch that game again tonight and I think I might. Yes, the opposition were not world class but Australia are no mugs and they could still do well in this tournament. It was just that Germany were, I'm using the word again, simply excellent.
I'm not going to get carried away with this performance though, there is still a long road ahead for all teams and the teams that start well are not always the teams that end well, but if they could keep up that quality of football, I'd put money on them right now. That was the best performance we have seen so far in this tournament by a country mile.
Two goals in each half did it. The first from Podolski came from some clever play down the right and the ball found its way to the other side of the penalty box for him to fire home. The second was from Klose - he jumped the highest and powered his header past Schwarzer in goal for Australia.
The third and fourth came after Tim Cahill was sent off for Australia and when Australia were doing their best to get something out of the game. The third was scored by Muller after a perfectly weighted pass was played to him on the edge of the box, he pulled it back to beat his man and shot, while the fourth was scored by Cacau, on just moments earlier for Klose, with his first touch of the ball.
Sublime football that will get the German press and supporters believing something special is possible and you know what, you can't blame them.
Neuer, Friedrich, Holger Badstuber, Lahm (c), Mertesacker, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil (Gomez, 73), Podolski (Marin, 81), Klose (Cacau, 69), Muller
Schwarzer, Neill (c), Moore, Emerton (Jedinak, 74), Chipperfield, Cahill (sent off), Culina, Wilkshire, Grella (Holman, 46), Valeri, Garcia (Rukavytsya, 64)
Final World Cup 2010 Group Tables