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Germany vs. Australia: Deutchland uber Aussie 4-0 as Germany redefines 'beautiful game'

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(Read caption) German star Miroslav Klose celebrated after scoring in the Germany vs. Australia game.

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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.

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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.

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