Germany vs. Australia World Cup 2010 Live Blog: Results, Scores and Analysis
21:42 BST: With that it is time for me to bid you farewell after a great day of World Cup action.
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21:40 BST: "In young guns like Neuer, Kadira, Ozil and particularly Mueller, Germany have the making of another great team," writes.
"They have well and truely announced themselves into the World Cup where not too much had been talked about their chances.
"Not anymore, Germany will have made sure people will be certainly talking about them now."
21:25 BST: Next up for Germany: Serbia on Friday 18th June.
Australia take on Ghana on the 19th. They beat the Serbs 1-0 earlier on today. Lose that and it is curtains for the Socceroos.
21:21 BST: Was it a case of Germany being brilliant?
Or were Australia simply really bad?
I think it is a bit of both. Joachim Loew will be a happy man, but his side have achieved nothing yet, they must not get carried away.
The Aussies will point to Tim Cahill's red card as a turning point. I don't think it would have made a difference had he been shown just a yellow card. Germany were already in full control of the game.
Do you agree? Leave a comment below and get involved!
93rd minute: Full time - Germany 4-0 Australia. An impressive start for Germany, who rack up the highest win of these finals so far. Klose, Podolski, Muller and Cacau were the goal scorers.
The performance of the tournament so far? I think so.
91st minute: Australia corner. A brief period of head tennis ensues before it is cleared. Chipperfield has a shot blocked away for another corner, which doesn't beat the first man.
Cacau is booked for a ridiculous dive.
90th minute: Three minutes of stoppage time will be played.
89th minute: Time is almost up here in Durban. Can Germany add a fifth?
87th minute: Mesut Ozil has been voted as Man of the Match by ITV viewers here in the United Kingdom.
84th minute: Marin almost plays in Gomes for a chance. Goal kick.
83rd minute: Chance for the Aussies. Chipperfield's ball is met by Rukavytsya, whose shot is straight at Neuer.
81st minute: Podolski is replaced by Werder Bremen's Marin.
79th minute: Wilkshire has a shot that doesn't trouble Neuer.
75th minute: Even this late on in the game Lahm is bursting forward to join the attack.
72nd minute: Striker Mario Gomes comes on for Ozil. Another striker?! Surely this isn't fair? Emerton leaves the field to be replaced by Jedinak
69th minute: GOAL - Germany 4-0 Australia: Cacau! Ozil squares the ball for the substitute, who is left with the simple task of tapping the ball past Schwarzer.
Muller and Cacau have both scored their first international goals tonight. Not a bad time to get them!
67th minute: GOAL - Germany 3-0 Australia: Muller gets Germany's third, firing through the legs of an Australian defender and his shot goes in off the upright. It had been coming.
Cacau replaces the goalscorer Klose.
65th minute: Another German attack, another chance. Podolski and Schweingsteiger combine. That third goal remains elusive.
64th minute: Valeri fouls Schweinsteiger. He has to watch his step having already been booked.
63rd minute: Richard Garcia makes way for Nikita Rukavytsya (classic commentators nightmare!).
59th minute: A scramble in the box should result in a third. Klose fluffs his chance and then Khedira just can't get a telling touch on the loose ball.
57th minute: Valeri picks up a yellow card for a late challenge after the referee played the advantage.
55th minute: Red Card - Tim Cahill! Well that looks a bit harsh. Cahill goes into the back of Schweinsteiger and he does catch the man, but that was a yellow card offence in all honesty.
53rd minute: Brilliant play. Muller and Lahm play a one-two and the little left back's cross is dummied into the path of the number 13. He opts to wrap his boot around his shot and sees it curl over.
50th minute: This is better from Australia. Brett Holden, on as a substitute for Grella shoots across the face of goal. Can they get back into this?
47th minute: Shout for hand ball! Garcia's header strikes the hand of Mertesacker but the refereee gives nothing.
Australia extert some pressure and win a corner. Cahill rises to head the ball and is penalised.
45th minute: The second half kicks off. Straight away Neill plants his knee into the back of Klose as the two contest a high ball. Yellow card for the Aussie.
20:23 BST: "Germany's looking impressive so far. Maybe they could challenge to win the World Cup..." says Giants27. Hard not to agree with him.
Although there is still cause to be wary.
Argentina impressed all and sundry with their showings in the 2006 World Cup group stages. They went out in the first knockout round.
20:20 BST: Klose's 27th minute header was his 11th World Cup goal. He needs four more to equal Ronaldo's total of 15.
46th minute: The referee's whistle brings an engrossing first half to a close.
Germany have looked superb, and lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Klose and Podolski. The only surprise in this game is that they haven't added to that scoreline.
45th minute: There will be one minute of time added on. The half time whistle can't come soon enough for Australia in all honesty.
43rd minute: Culina twists this way and that under pressure, looking for some space. When his cross does come up in Neuer gathers with ease.
40th minute: A perfectly weighted pass from Podolski sets up Ozil. He knocks the ball past Schwarzer but he puts just too much on it and it goes behind.
38th minute: Lovely. Lahm stays forward after a run and Ozil dinks a pass into him. The ball is knocked in and the header is over the bar.
36th minute: Muller beats his man and wins a corner. Australia manage to clear the set piece.
34th minute: Grella crunches into Schweinsteiger. Free kick Germany.
30th minute: It is so nearly three! Klose disects the Australian defence and Ozil runs onto the pass. His chipped effort is cleared off the line.
Very very impressive stuff from the Germans thus far.
26th minute: GOAL - Germany 2-0 Australia. Klose gets his goal! Lahm plays in a fantastic ball and Klose gets to the ball before a stranded Schwarzer and heads into the net.
23rd minute: How does Klose not score? He slides on to the end of a Podolski cross but manages to plant his shot wide. Craig Moore picks up a yellow card for dissent.
Ozil is having a great game so far.
22nd minute: A quickly taken free kick frees Muller down the right. His cross evades a number of white shirts in the box.
19th minute: Another chance for Australia. Emerton sets up Garcia who hits a half-volley over.
18th minute: Australia's Culina heads over with Lahm breathing down his neck.
16th minute: Cahill attemps to play in Valeri down the right in a rare Aussie foray forward. The pass is overhit though.
Up the other end Podolski aims to turn provider with a whipped cross. It is too close to Schwarzer who cleans up.
13th minute: Germany are passing the ball from side to side with ease. That goal has settled them down.
11th minute: Ozil picks up a yellow card for diving. He did go down quite easily in truth.
7th minute: GOAL - Germany 1-0 Australia. Lukas Podolski is the goal scorer!
Ozil slips in Muller on the right wing, who is just on side. His cross finds the number 10 in the box. He makes no mistake with a fierce drive into the net.
Cracking start to this game!
6th minute: Klose breaks and some space opens up for him. His shot is down the throat of Schwarzer. Ozil's follow up is kept out.
5th minute: After that rather hectic start things have slowed down a bit.
3rd minute: Oh so very close for Australia. Wilkshire takes the corner and Cahill has a header on goal which is blocked. Garcia attempts to swivel and fire in a shot that Neuer stops.
2nd minute: Muller aims in a cross, Klose is offside. Emerton wins a corner for the Aussies.
1st minute: Tim Cahill asserts some early pressure, scuffing a shot into the arms of Neuer.
19:30 BST: We're off!
19:27 BST: The Australian anthem is given a rousing rendition by fans, coaches and players.
19:25 BST: Joachim Loew, Germany's manager with the rock star haircut, looks stern on the bench.
19:23 BST: The teams are on their way out. The national anthems will ring into the night air any minute now.
19:20 BST: It is almost time for kick off. If you have any thoughts or observations during the game, be sure to post a comment below or alternatively you can send me a tweet on Twitter - my username is Alanmcg89.
19:13 BST: Tonight's game is being played at the 70,000 capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium, which has a large arch stretching across it a la Wembley. Very impressive.
19:06 BST: A number of Germany's team were part of the victorious 2009 U-21 side. We could catch a glimpse of some stars of the future tonight.
19:00 BST: ITV's coverage of the game here in the UK is just starting up, let's hope we don't miss any goals tonight like we did during the England v USA game eh?
18:54 BST: Left back Phillip Lahm will captain Germany with Ballack out of the tournament.
Australia's skipper is Lucas Neill, who has played for West Ham United, Everton, Blackburn and Millwall. He is now at Galatasary along with Harry Kewell.
18:48 BST: The teams are in. Tim Cahill is fit enough to start, and as expected Podolski and Klose start in attack for Germany.
Germany: Neuer, Friedrich, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose, Muller.
Substitutes: Wiese, Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiessling, Trochowski, Kroos, Cacau, Boateng, Marin, Gomez, Butt.
Australia: Schwarzer, Neill, Moore, Chipperfield, Emerton, Cahill, Culina, Wilkshire, Grella, Valeri, Garcia.
Substitutes: Federici, Beauchamp, Kennedy, Kewell, Holman, Jedinak, Rukavytsya, Milligan, Carney, Vidosic, Bresciano, Galekovic.
18:40 BST: Reports are suggesting that Harry Kewell will start on the bench for Australia.
18:37 BST: One of these two could very well be England's opponents in the knockout phase. Provided Fabio Capello's men make it through of course.
18:28 BST: Klose and Podolski, by the way, have a combined total of 68 international goals between them. Not bad.
18:17pm BST: The omens for this game look good.
The last time these two sides met was in the 2005 Confederations Cup: Germany won 4-3.
Miroslav Klose, who is expected to lead the German line alongside Lukas Podolski, has scored five goals in each of the past two World Cups.
18:05pm BST: We are seven games into the tournament but so far only nine goals have been scored. The opening game of the 2006 World Cup - Germany v Costa Rica - produced six goals.
Is the new ball, dubbed “Jabulani” to blame? Vuvuzela’s - the horns that are quickly becoming synonymous with this tournament - have also come in for criticism. South Africa's World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan has said they might be banned.
Why do you think there has been a lack of goals? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
18:00pm BST: Good morning/afternoon/evening, and welcome along to Bleacher Report’s live blog of the Group D encounter between Germany and Australia. My name is Alan McGuinness and I’ll be guiding you through the game in Durban.
The Germans are the favourites, and with their pedigree it is not hard to see why. The three-times winners always seem to be there or there abouts when World Cups enter their final reckoning.
They lost to Brazil in the 2002 final and four years later lost in the semi finals on home turf to eventual winners Italy.
However, they will have to play this tournament without injured captain Michael Ballack.
The Aussies, meanwhile, are relative novices by comparison. They have appeared in only two other finals - 1974 and 2006 - progressing to the second round in the latter. Like their opponents tonight they were defeated by Italy.
Kick off is around an hour and a half away, so the team news will follow shortly.
While you're waiting, here is a preview of tonight’s match written by Samrin Hasib, our Germany Featured Columnist.
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