Germany humiliates Australia 4-0 in World Cup (2)

08:46, June 14, 2010      

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Arne Friedrich (R) of Germany vies with Richard Garcia of Australia during a Group D first round match between Germany and Australia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, on June 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Haitong)

At the 20th minute, the Australians responded as Brett Emerton swung over a deep cross but Jason Culina headed just wide.

At the 26th minute, Lahm, captain of the German side, curled over a cross from the right and Klose battled home the ball to make the Germans lead 2-0. Now Klose had 11 World Cup goals to his credit, four away from Ronaldo's 15.

Later the Aussies created several chances but saw their efforts in vain. The Germans led 2-0 at halftime.

Seven minutes into the second half, the Pim Verbeek's side got motivated as Brett Holman smashed a left-foot shot just wide of the right-hand post.

At the 56th minute, the Australians were dealt a big blow as Everton's Tim Cahill was red-carded for a lunging tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Thomas Mueller of Bayern Munich made it 3-0 as he powered home a right-footer at the 67th minutes. Three minutes later, Cacau, who replaced Klose, received a cross from Mesut Oezil and slotted home from a close range to make it 4-0 for the Germans, making Germany's record of winning their last five opening FIFA World Cup matches continue.
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