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.
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.