Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Referee: Horacio Elizondo | Attendance: 64950

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  • Philip Lahm 6'
  • Miroslav Klose 17'
  • Miroslav Klose 61'
  • Torsten Frings 87'

4 - 2


Game 1

Costa Rica

  • Paulo Wanchope 12'
  • Paulo Wanchope 73'
  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: A comfortable win for Germany, who looked very threatening going forward against a poor Costa Rica defence. But the host nation do appear to have problems at the back themselves.

  • 91'

    Costa Rica swing in a corner, but Metzelder is able to head clear.

  • 89'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Gomez comes off, replaced by Azofeifa. A strange decision, given that the substitute is a midfielder, not an attacker.

  • 89'

    GERMANY SUB: Odonkor replaces Schneider; Odonkor is an exceptionally-quick young striker who can run the 100m in under 11 seconds.

  • 88'

    So, Frings has wrapped up what has been a comfortable win for the host side. They have dominated possession and had a good number of chances, and will be deserved winners.

  • 87'

    The ball swerved all over the place in the air; Porras had no chance at all. The goalkeepers are going to have real trouble in this tournament if the ball continues to swerve as wildly as this.

  • 87'

    WHAT A GOAL! Frings belts an amazing shot in to the top corner from 35 yards out; a really stunning strike from the German midfielder.

  • 87'

    There are plenty smiles on the German bench; the players and squad will just be happy to get this opening match out of the way and get their tournament up-and-running with a win.

  • 86'

    TERRIBLE DIVE! Frings throws himself to the turf inside the penalty area, under no pressure whatsoever. The referee tells him to get up, but declines the chance to book him for his blatant cheating.

  • 85'

    GOOD BLOCK! Podolski has another long-range shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area. More good, committed defending from the Costa Rica defence.

  • 84'

    It will be interesting to see what the German media and public make of this, if Germany do manage to see this match out for a tight win; the host nation have hardly blown us away in the opening match.

  • 83'

    Since they scored their second, Costa Rica really haven't been able to get control of the ball to put some pressure on the German back-four.

  • 82'

    Bolanos almost gets free down Costa Rica's left, but the ball runs out of play for a throw.

  • 81'

    Neuville is brought fown by Marin on the right touchline. Free-kick to the host nation; Schweinstieger fires it in to the middle, but a Costa Rica head puts the ball out for a corner.

  • 80'

    GERMANY SUB: Neuville replaces Klose; the Swiss-born striker comes on to replace the two-goal Klose, who has looked very threatening all game.

  • 79'

    DEFLECTED! Podolski cuts in from the right before unleashing a left-foot shot, but a Costa Rica boot deflects the ball wide of the near post.

  • 78'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Solis is replaced by Bolanos; an attacking move from the visitors, who could create a real stir if they manage to squeeze out an equaliser in these final minutes.

  • 77'

    Kehl chips a cross in to the penalty area, but Marub heads clear.

  • 76'

    Germany don't look to be too nervous, despite the fact that Costa Rica are right back in the match.

  • 75'

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    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Frings is back on his feet after some treatment; he looks to be okay as he jogs back in to the action.

  • 74'

    Frings is down, and requires treatment from the German physio.

  • 73'

    So, amazingly, Costa Rica are back in the match; they have barely done anything in this second half, but now find themselves just a single goal down.

  • 72'

    GOAL! Wanchope again springs the off-side trap, gets on the end of another brilliant pass from Sequeira before firing past Lehmann.

  • 71'

    GERMANY SUB: Kehl comes on to replace Borowski. It's a defensive move from Klinsmann, who brings on the holding midfielder to replace the more attack-minded Borowski.

  • 70'

    The game has slowed to something like a training-ground pace; Germany are knocking the ball about with ease, and seem content to see out the match with this two-goal lead.

  • 69'

    GOOD RUN! Lahm combines brilliantly down the left with Schweinstieger; he continues his run in to the penalty area, beats Drummond, but can only prod his shot at Porras.

  • 68'

    Costa Rica have pushed another man up front to support Wanchope, but it is in midfield that they really need support; they have been able to create nothing for their lone front-man.

  • 67'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Drummond comes on to replace Martinez.

  • 66'

    Marin puts the ball out of play to allow Costa Rica to make a substitution.

  • 65'

    Gonzalez angles a cross-field pass in to the path of Wanchope, but Lehmann comes out to the edge of his area to collect. I'm surprised the Arsenal goalkeeper hasn't slipped off to sleep, such has been Germany's dominance.

  • 64'

    Podolski goes down inside the penalty area; he looks at the referee imploringly, but the official tells him to get up. No penalty.

  • 63'

    Klose is a really good bet to be top goalscorer at this tournament; he is a wonderful out-and-out striker, an old-fashioned goal-poacher.

  • 62'

    That goal really gives Germany the breathing space they need to relax for the remainder of this match.

  • 61'

    It was an excellent save from Porras from the original header, but Klose was easily able to tuck home the rebound.

  • 60'

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    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    GOAL! Lahm has so much space down the left; he picks out Klose at the back post, who heads low for goal; Porras makes a good save, but Klose clips the rebound high in to the goal.

  • 59'

    Schweinsteiger releases Podolski down the left wing; the young striker sprints on to the ball and tries to send over a cross for Klose, but it takes a deflection and Porras claims easily.

  • 58'

    Lahm gets down the left wing, Fonseca puts in an excellent tackle and the referee awards a goal-kick. Good defending.

  • 57'

    It is a pity, because Wanchope has made some good runs up front for Costa Rica, but the quality of the passing in to him from the midfield has been pretty poor; he hasn't had much to work with.

  • 56'

    Centeno swings a free-kick in to the middle; Fonseca makes a late run in to the penalty area, but his header flies well wide of the far post. The referee had spotted a push, anyway.

  • 55'

    Mertesacker continues a run out of defence, completely untracked; Klose chips a pass in to his path, but Porras is quick out of his goal to smother.

  • 54'

    Lahm and Schweinstieger look to form a really threatening partnership down Germany's left; they have a good understanding.

  • 53'

    Mertesacker gives the ball away cheaply in defence, but Fonseca isn't able to find a team-mate with his pass.

  • 52'

    WOEFUL DEFENDING! Frings clips a cross in to the middle, but Podoloski can only glance his header wide of the far post from just six yards out.

  • 51'

    Costa Rica seem to have come out with more of a competitive streak in their play; they are getting much closer to their markers in midfield, and attempting to put pressure on the man in possession.

  • 50'

    Borowski wins his side a corner off Umana. Podolski swings the ball in from the left, but it is a poor corner and is cleared at the near post.

  • 49'

    The entire squad is allowed on the bench during this World Cup, so both managers have plenty of options to choose from should they decide they need to make a change in this second half.

  • 48'

    CHANCE! The corner is curled in to the middle; Fonseca leaves his marker behind, but plants a low diving header wide of the far post.

  • 48'

    Costa Rica win a corner when Centano plays the ball off Lahm down on the touchline. Promising start.

  • 47'

    Costa Rica are going to have to tighten up their defence if they are to stand any chance of getting something out of this game; they look likely to concede again if they defend so narrow.

  • 46'

    SHOT! Podolski fires a shot over the crossbar from 30 yards; more evidence of Germany's shoot-on-sight policy.

  • 45'

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    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Germany kick off the second half. No changes at the break.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Germany have had the better of the half and look potent going forward, but Costa Rica look well able to breach their static, high defensive line. It should be an interesting second half here in Munich.

  • 44'

    Sequeira dances around a couple of challenges in midfield before trying to release Wanchope; fortunately for Germany, Mertesacker blocks at the last moment.

  • 43'

    Schweinstieger sends over a corner from the right; the ball bobbles through to the far post, but Metzelder slices his left-foot shot horribly wide.

  • 41'

    Klose is such a good target man for the Germans; he is fantastic at holding up the ball as it is played in to him on the edge of the penalty area, before feeding a pass in to his team-mates.

  • 40'

    ...Podolski takes the shot, but curls his left-foot shot narrowly over the crossbar. Porras was beaten, but the free-kick never really threatened.

  • 39'

    Scheinstieger is brought down, 35 yards from goal. Porras forms his wall as a number of German players discuss who will take the free-kick...

  • 38'

    HANDBALL? Scheider belts a shot against the arm of Marin and immediately appeals for a handball decision, but the Argentinian referee is having none of it.

  • 37'

    OFF-SIDE! Wanchope is on the wrong end of a very tight off-side decision as he sprints on to a through-ball.

  • 36'

    Centeno curls a free-kick in to the middle, looking for Sequeira, but the Costa Rica man has got in front of the last German defender and is flagged off-side.

  • 35'

    Apart from the Costa Rica goal, Lehmann has had absolutely nothing to do in the German goal; he has been a virtual spectactor.

  • 34'

    Klose is unfortunate to be flagged offside as he tries to sprint on a smart Schneider through-ball down the right-flank.

  • 33'

    Germany are having so much of the ball; Frings and Borowski are controlling the pace and tempo with some ease.

  • 32'

    Costa Rica are defending very narrow, and there is so much space for Schweinstieger and Frings down the flanks. They really need to tighten up.

  • 31'

    Fonseca becomes the first player booked in this year's tournament for a late tackle in midfield.

  • 30'

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    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Borowski chips a nice pass through the middle, looking for Klose, but it has a little too much on it and Porras collects.

  • 29'

    ...The corner is lofted in to the middle, but Wanchope is back to help out his defence with a clearing header.

  • 29'

    A superb touch from Borowski releases Schweinstieger down the left. He cuts inside and tries to pick out a team-mate with a low cross, but Umana has got back to intercept. Corner to the host nation...

  • 28'

    Schweinstieger finds some more space out on the left wing, but his cross aimed for Klose is claimed inside his six-yard box by Porras.

  • 27'

    Borowski is having a good game in the midfield for Germany; Costa Rica are allowing him a lot of time on the ball, and he looks very capable of picking out his passes.

  • 26'

    It is a very warm evening here in Bavaria, and the players' fitness will come in to play towards the end of the game. Germany will surely be in better condition, and could take advantage in the latter stages.

  • 25'

    The Germans do seem to have a very definite plan to test this goalkeeper from distance; they are firing in a lot of shots from outside the penalty area.

  • 24'

    DODGY KEEPER! Schweinstieger fires in another shot from distance; Porras gets his body behind it, but is unable to hold the ball. Thankfully, Umana clears the danger.

  • 23'

    GOOD EFFORT! Podolski fires in a shot from distance, which Porras does well to hold. This new ball they are using in this tournament does seem to swerve a lot in the air.

  • 22'

    Good defending from Lahm down the left side is received well by the Germans in the crowd; the left back is playing in his home stadium this evening.

  • 21'

    This is the first time that these two countries have met at senior international level; what a game they are providing us with to open this tournament.

  • 20'

    Lehmann requires some treatment to a knock to his ankle, but he seems to be okay.

  • 19'

    Germany look like they will be able to break the Costa Rica defence down almost at will; the Caribbean side look very unorganised at the back.

  • 18'

    Enormous relief for Germany as they recover from the shock of Wanchope's equaliser to go back in front. Great start to this opening game.

  • 17'

    GOAL! Schweinstieger collects a low cross, beats a man before rolling a pass across the face of goal for Klose to prod home.

  • 16'

    An awful piece of control over on the right flank by Martinez ends a promising Costa Rica attack.

  • 15'

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    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Costa Rica are allowing Germany to have a lot of the ball in midfield, and are defending very deep, inviting the home side to attack them. It's a dangerous ploy.

  • 14'

    The German crowd have been stunned by that goal; after Lahm's strike, they were expecting a cake-walk - now they have a lot of work to do to get back on track.

  • 14'

    Wanchope kept his nerve brilliantly there; he had a lot of time to think about his shot, but he kept his composure and finished brilliantly.

  • 13'

    INCREDIBLE! Wanchope beats the off-side trap, fronts-up to Lehmann before cooly rolling a shot in to the corner.

  • 12'

    WIDE! Klose flicks a header wide of the far post after a cross from deep on the right flank.

  • 11'

    The talk before this game was that Costa Rica were weak in the air in their defence, but Germany have already caused all sorts of trouble without having to resort to crosses.

  • 10'

    Schweinsteiger plays Klose through with a cute ball through the middle, but the goalkeeper is quick to come off his line and block. The ball falls to Schneider, but he blasts his shot over the bar from close range.

  • 9'

    Borowski has a shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area; Germany look good down that left-hand side.

  • 8'

    There is a little tussle on the touchline between Marin and Klose as they battle for the ball; a handshake later, and play is on its way again.

  • 7'

    That goal should really settle Germany's nerves; Klinsmann celebrated the goal long and hard; he knows how much that stunning goal will do for the confidence of his side.

  • 6'

    A wonderful way to open the scoring in the 2006 World Cup, and an ideal start for the host nation.

  • 5'

    STUNNING GOAL! Lahm cuts in from the left wing before curling a belting shot in to the top corner with his right boot. Fantastic goal from the full-back.

  • 5'

    Costa Rica have lost five of their six friendlie building up to this game, so they are not in good form.

  • 4'

    Germany have made a positive start here; that early shot from Frings has got the crowd on their side.

  • 3'

    CLOSE! Frings fires in a shot from distance; the ball dips late as it heads towards the top corner, but although the shot beats Porras' dive, it lands on the roof of the net.

  • 3'

    Schweinsteiger combines well with Lahm down the left wing, but a strong tackle puts the ball out of play.

  • 2'

    Costa Rica win an early free-kick; Centeno sends the ball in to the near post, but his set-piece is a little too strong and runs out for a goal-kick.

  • 1'

    Costa Rica line up as expected, with just Wanchope up front on his own; they are setting their sights on a point from this opening match, nothing more.


    HERE WE GO! Costa Rica kick off the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


    There is a minute's silence to mark the death of all the legendary footballers who have passed away this year.


    The German National Anthem really is a belter - one of my favourites. It is sang heartily by both players and fans. Great stuff.


    The National Anthems are played, and respected well by the fans inside this wonderful new stadium.


    Bernd Schneider leads out Germany, in the absence of their usual skipper Michael Ballack; he declared himself fit to play yesterday, but his coach disagreed and declined to take a chance on his calf injury.




    The players are lining up in the tunnel, ready to come out on to the pitch...


    Just 25 minutes to kick-off now; the tension is rising.


    Costa Rica are expected to be very defensive-minded for this opening match, with coach Alexandre Guimaraes perferring just one man up front.


    It is going to be a tense opening fixture, no doubt about that. Germany will be desperate to get off to a positive start to get the home fans on their side and boost their confidence.


    The pitch has been cleared; the surface looks immaculate.


    There really is a tremendous atmosphere inside the stadium; the Germans are putting on quite a show for everyone.


    A very distinguished gentleman in a suit declares "The World Cup 2006 OPEN!". Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Blatter flank him; they smile and wave, to who, I'm not sure.


    Out come the Germans, three-times winners. They receive a great welcome from the crowd. Lothar Matthaeus leads them out; no-one has played more World Cups than the great midfielder.


    Here comes Italy, winners in 1934, 1938 and 1982. Some stylish suits on display in this lot.


    All the World Cup winning sides are being paraded out in front of the crowd here; everyone looks very happy. Each of the players holds the hand of a slightly bemused-looking child.


    England's World Cup winning side of 1966 are being paraded now; surprisingly, they're not being booed by the German section of the crowd.


    The legendary Brazilian is flanked by Claudia Schiffer. Sweet Valley High, she looks good.




    The Allianz Arena is already almost full to capacity - the fans have obviously been desperate to witness this opening ceremony.


    Now we have some teenagers in outrageous body paints drumming with gusto, although not with any great rhythm.


    The bell-ringing is, I'm told, a reminder of when the German farmers had to drive their cattle down the mountain side. The burly men clanging their bells are creating an almighty racket.


    Here we go; the pitch has been covered in red gymnastic mats, and there is a large troop of German dancers going through an elaborate routine of thigh-slapping and bell-ringing.


    It is a hot, dry day in Munich, and we are just a few minutes away from the start of the opening ceremony. I can't tell you how excited I am - I LOVE opening ceremonies.


    The big news ahead of the opening match is that Germany's captain, Michael Ballack, misses the curtain-raiser against Costa Rica.


    Don't panic, readers - it's me, Alex, from ESPN Soccernet! I was just trying out my German.


    Hallo! Herzlich willkommen in Deutschland 2006! Mein Name ist Alex. Ich bin aufgeregt!

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 24(11)

  • -

  • 11

  • 57%


  • Costa Rica

  • 4(3)

  • -

  • 11

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Costa Rica
24(11) Shots (on goal) 4(3)
11 Fouls 11
7 Corner kicks 3
3 Offsides 3
57% Time of Possession 43%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 13

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