Germany vs. Australia: Deutchland uber Aussie 4-0 as Germany redefines 'beautiful game'(Read article summary)
There may not have been jaw-dropping displays of talent, but the 4-0 whooping Germany put on the Socceroos during the Germany vs. Australia game was a thing of beauty. Admit it, Pele.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
In a slow-rolling World Cup without much goal-mouth action, Germany peeled out of the starting gate and never took its foot off the pedal, leaving Australia’s Socceroos slumped in a heap of exotic roadkill.
No team has started this World Cup better, and it’s hard to imagine any team getting off to a better start in the tournament’s first week.
The Socceroos actually got a solid chance to collect a garbage goal in the first few minutes, but couldn’t quite sneak the ball in. Had they scored first, it may have changed the flow of the game.
A beautiful machine
Instead, it was all Germany all the time in a stunning display of speed, organization, and economy of movement.
Lukas Podolski – a young star of the last World Cup, on his country’s home soil – struck first in the eighth minute with a blast too powerful for the goalkeeper to stop.
Next up? The top scorer from the last World Cup, Miroslav Klose, who found the back of the net with a brilliant header.
Then, Muller and Cacau scored back-to-back in the second half.