FIFA WORLD CUP

Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa

Referee: Julian Rodriguez Santiago | Attendance: 62660

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Germany

  • Lukas Podolski 8'
  • Miroslav Klose 26'
  • Thomas Müller 67'
  • Cacau 70'

4 - 0

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  • 93'

    Thanks for joining us today. Stick with ESPNsoccernet for the post-match reaction and, if you want to read the report, head here.

  • 93'

    While Germany had not been considered among the favourites prior to the tournament, this result - and more significantly performance - mean they should rightly be viewed among the serious contenders.

  • 93'

    FULL TIME Germany win the match 4-0 and, while Tim Cahill was harshly sent off, there is no question that Joachim Low's men were fully deserving.

  • 92'

    YELLOW CARD: Cacau gets a booking for diving, which looked a good decision.

  • 92'

    And the second corner fails to clear the first man.

  • 92'

    Australia win a corner, which doesn't come to much, but Chipperfield wins another.

  • 91'

    We'll have three minutes of added time.

  • 90'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Three teams won by four or more goals in 2006. Ukraine 4-0 over Saudi Arabia, Argentina 6-0 over Serbia & Montenegro, and Spain over Ukraine 4-0.

  • 89'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This is the first time there have been red cards in three different games on a single day in World Cup history.

  • 88'

    Both teams are pretty much just awaiting the final whistle now. Mario Gomez looks desperate to score, but there's not much else going on.

  • 85'

    Marin bursts down the right and crosses for Gomez, but he's well marshalled and it's out for a goal kick.

  • 84'

    Chipperfield bursts down the left and Rukavytsya in the box, but he can't get enough power into the shot and Neuer saves.

  • 82'

    Marin looks to make a Cacau-style impact from the bench as he bursts into the box, but he's crowded out.

  • 81'

    SUB: Podolski, who's had a fine match, comes off to be replaced by Marin.

  • 81'

    Podolski slips the ball through for Gomez, but the Bayern striker is offside.

  • 79'

    Dale Johnson says: There were fears that the golden age of the Socceroos had come to an end. This result looks to have shown those fears to be true. With few young players coming through, they may not be back in four years' time.

  • 78'

    It's all gone a bit quiet now. Germany still look up for it, though, with Lahm needing no excuse to bomb forwards.

  • 74'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This is the most goals Australia have ever conceded in a World Cup match.

  • 74'

    Schwarzer gathers the corner.

  • 74'

    SUB: Emerton comes off to be replaced by Jedinak.

  • 72'

    SUB: Cacau wins a corner, and Germany seem keen on more goals as Mario Gomez replaces Ozil.

  • 70'

    GOOOOAL! that didn't take long - Cacau has made it 4-0. Ozil centres for the sub to drill home from near the penalty spot.

  • 70'

    Khedira bursts through into the area and the Germans look set for a fourth, but his brain seems to break and he plays it straight to the defender.

  • 68'

    SUB: Cacau comes on to replace Klose.

  • 68'

    GOOOOAL! Muller makes it 3-0 to Germany. He turns Chipperfield and fires a low shot through Neill's legs, which bounces in off the post.

  • 66'

    Klose misses another chance from close range, but you can't blame him for that one. After sharing some passes with Podolski, his former Bayern strike partner fires in a fierce one from close range and Klose can only direct it wide.

  • 65'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Three of the top headed goal-scorers in World Cup finals since 1966 are German. 1. Klose (7) 2. Muller (5) 3. Klinsmann (4).

  • 65'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Australia have now had one player sent off in each World Cup in which it has participated (Brett Emerton in 2006, Ray Richards in 1974).

  • 64'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was the first straight red card issued to Australia in their eight World Cup matches.

  • 64'

    SUB: Garcia is replaced by Rukavytsya.

  • 61'

    Podolski fires in a shot on goal from the edge of the area and Schwarzer can only palm it away.

  • 60'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Cahill leaves with only 22 touches, second fewest among the Socceroos.

  • 60'

    Klose brings another save from Schwarzer from close range! He really should have added to his tally.

  • 59'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have not lost after taking a two-goal lead since the 1938 World Cup, when they gave up a 2-0 lead to Switzerland to lose 4-2.

  • 59'

    Schwarzer is forced into another save from Klose.

  • 58'

    YELLOW CARD: Valeri flicks his boot at Khedira and goes in the book. Slightly harsh again.

  • 57'

    And that ends any hope Australia had of rescuing something from this game.

  • 56'

    That looked a bizarre decision - it may have been a booking, but no more.

  • 56'

    RED CARD: Cahill is sent off for a foul on Schweinsteiger!

  • 55'

    Muller fires in a cross for Klose, but Schwarzer is there.

  • 54'

    More sexy football from Germany but Muller leans back as he tries to apply the finish from the edge of the area and curls onto the top of the net.

  • 53'

    Australia have been much better at the start of the second half. They might want to think about playing a striker in their next game, too.

  • 51'

    Holman makes a bit of space on the edge of the area and fires a shot wide of goal. It's a long way wide, but he did well to make it.

  • 49'

    Cahill is penalised for climbing on Friedrich as the corner comes in. Friedrich did seem to throw himself to the ground more than anything.

  • 49'

    Corner for Australia.

  • 48'

    Australia have a penalty appeal turned down as Mertesacker raises his hands to his chest to block a header. It could have been given, but the ref looked to have got that right.

  • 46'

    SUB: Australia have, not unexpectedly, made an attacking substitution at half-time, incidentally, with Brett Holman coming on for Grella.

  • 46'

    YELLOW CARD: Neill gets a booking for a clash with Klose.

  • 46'

    Germany kick off the second half!

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Not much good news for Socceroos fans, but four of their five goals in the 2006 World Cup came in the 79th minute or later.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Average touches per player (excluding goalkeepers): Germany - 36, Australia - 26.

  • 45'

    Join us in the second half to see if the likely introduction of a striker does anything to help Australia.

  • 45'

    Ozil looks to be helping the fluidity of play in the midfield and Ballack has not been missed.

  • 45'

    There were concerns over Klose and Podolski's form but, while the former missed a couple of chances, they're both on the score-sheet.

  • 45'

    Germany are 2-0 going into the break, and they could hardly have done more to silence the doubters.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME

  • 45'

    One minute of additional time.

  • 45'

    Wilkshire plays a cross into the middle looking for Cahill, but Neuer gathers.

  • 44'

    That stat is in no way misleading - Germany have had flair in abundance this half. Ozil has been excellent in the creative role.

  • 44'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have completed more passes this half than South Africa, Uruguay, USA and Nigeria completed in their entire matches.

  • 44'

    Yep, he's fine.

  • 43'

    More bad news for Australia - Lucas Neill's gone down in some pain. He should be okay, though.

  • 41'

    Podolski plays a perfectly weighted through-ball for Ozil, who skips around Schwarzer but loses control after a heavy touch. More fantastic play from the Germans.

  • 39'

    Great play from Germany again. Lahm receives a clever chip over the top from Ozil and drills across goal for Khedira, but his header misses the target.

  • 38'

    Germany take the corner short but it's cleared easily when it goes into the box.

  • 37'

    Muller skins a couple of defenders before earning a corner.

  • 35'

    Chipperfield picks up a deep ball at the far post and hooks it back across, but he can't locate a team-mate.

  • 32'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Miroslav Klose has scored seven headed goals in the World Cup - more than any other player since 1966.

  • 32'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That is Klose's 11th World Cup goal, which ties him with Jurgen Klinsmann and Sandor Kocsis for fifth in World Cup history. Klose also becomes sixth German player to score at three straight World Cups.

  • 32'

    Schweinsteiger's corner is headed clear.

  • 31'

    Neill makes a desperate last-ditch clearance as Ozil nicks the ball over the goalkeeper! Corner to Germany.

  • 30'

    Comment from Myron Edwards: So I had to wait for Germany to show me how football should look at the World Cup???

  • 29'

    Whatever Pim Verbeek's plan was, it's not working. Australia might want to think about playing a striker now.

  • 28'

    Emerton dances through the Germany defence (!) and wins a corner.

  • 26'

    GOOOAL! Klose finally gets it right, rising to head home a deep cross from Lahm. Schwarzer was nowhere near it. Poor stuff from the Fulham 'keeper.

  • 25'

    Australia win and waste a free-kick. Their early promise doesn't seem to be carrying through.

  • 24'

    Klose misses another glorious chance! Podolski plays a square ball and, right in front of goal, he completely miscues. Wretched from Klose.

  • 22'

    Ozil wins a free-kick, Germany take it quickly and Muller fires an excellent cross in. Podolski is stretching to meet it but just can't make contact to divert it home.

  • 20'

    Garcia has a decent-ish chance on the edge of the area, gets a shot away but the effort is pretty awful.

  • 19'

    Emerton fires a deep cross to the far post, Culina rises to meet it, but Lahm's on hand to put him off and Culina heads it well over.

  • 17'

    Podolski hooks a cross in from the left, but it's much too close to Schwarzer and that's an easy claim. Providing you're not the England or Algeria goalkeeper, at least.

  • 16'

    There's plenty of passing around the midfield at the minute and nothing much happening.

  • 14'

    Ozil nearly works some magic down the right, but Muller fails to play a simple pass and the move breaks down.

  • 13'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was the tenth goal in the eighth minute or earlier for Germany in the World Cup. That's the third-most of all-time, behind Hungary and Italy.

  • 12'

    YELLOW CARD: Ozil goes shoulder to shoulder with Grella, and the Germany midfielder asks for a free-kick. The ref doesn't like that and gives Ozil a yellow.

  • 10'

    Australia win a corner, but it comes to nothing. It's been a cracking start to this match, and not what you might have expected after seeing the Australia line-up.

  • 8'

    Great finish from the Cologne striker, who's had a really poor season after returning from Bayern Munich.

  • 8'

    GOOOAL! Ozil feeds Muller, who really, really should have squared for Klose, but it comes to Podolski to smash into the net!

  • 7'

    Klose has a glorious chance but fires straight at Schwarzer! It finds its way back to Ozil, but his shot is deflected over for a corner.

  • 5'

    Australia will certainly feel there should have been ten goals in the World Cup so far after the Cahill/Garcia chances. It's promising stuff from what looked an incredibly defensive line-up.

  • 4'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Miroslav Klose's ten career World Cup goals are more than any other nation has in their entire squad. The closest are France and Spain, which both have seven. So far this World Cup has produced nine total goals.

  • 3'

    Wilkshire puts the corner into the centre and Cahill's header nearly goes in. It comes off Neill and Garcia has the follow-up, but Lahm blocks.

  • 3'

    Emerton wins a corner from Khedira.

  • 2'

    Muller curls a neat ball that threatens to go beyond the defence, but Khedira is offside. And it was cut out. Never mind.

  • 1'

    Australia gets things off to a vibrant start, buzzing forwards in numbers.

  • 1'

    Australia get the match underway!

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have played 17 matches against sides not from Europe or South America and have lost only once (2-1 against Algeria in 1982).

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    Comment from Jon Carter: We want goals. I'm excited about Germany's attacking line-up and hoping there'll be a few more goals than I've seen in the other games today.

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    Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is their main attacker. At the back, veteran defender Craig Moore starts despite having been without a club since March.

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    Australia - who took just three strikers to the tournament, who of whom is Harry Kewell - take a far more defensive approach.

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    Meanwhile, Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber plays in his first competitive match for his country after making his debut during the warm-ups.

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    Team news now, and Germany boss Joachim Low has gone for an attacking line-up with Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose and Muller all starting. If there are concerns about the goal-scoring form of Podolski and Klose, the overall line-up suggests they should pose a threat.

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    F1 fans can head over to ESPNF1.com to read about Lewis Hamilton's impressive win in the Canadian Grand Prix earlier today.

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    Before we get started, you can read a preview of the game here, and can read a feature on the earlier game in Group D here.

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    Hello and welcome to the live commentary for Germany vs Australia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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    Join us at 1830 GMT for all the action from Germany vs. Australia.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 17(9)

  • 15

  • 10

  • 56%

    44%

  • Australia

  • 11(2)

  • 12

  • 18

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Australia
17(9) Shots (on goal) 11(2)
10 Fouls 18
4 Corner kicks 7
7 Offsides 2
56% Time of Possession 44%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
2 Saves 5
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