Wow! There is much to be happy about the result over the mostly hapless Socceroos. Khedira and Schweinsteiger continue to impress in the midfield. Khedira’s bursts forward and Schweini’s ball possession allowed the Germans space to roam. This is a formidable tandem that can only get better.
Normally, I’m not that big a fan of 4-5-1 formations, as they tend, to me, to be all long balls dumped in to the forward and counter-attacks. But with our immense- and deep- talent in midfield, I’m inclined to change my mind.
Kisses all around for Podolski, Mueller and Oezil! Lukas showed creativity on the left, assisting Mueller’s goal and should have had another setting up Klose. His opener was brilliance-personified. While Mueller, wearing the number 13, did “der Bomber” proud, scoring his first international goal after shedding two Aussie defenders. He also traded assists with Poldi, as he helped the Koeln striker on his opening goal. And although Oezil missed a couple of sitters, his through balls are amazing. He well earned an assist on Cacau’s score. A bit more finish out of him, and he’ll win “Best Young Player” of the tournament.
Loew’s faith in Klose finally paid off, and I’m happy for it! He looked the best he’s looked in quite a while, and his 11th World Cup goal was well-deserved. Of course, he missed three other prime opportunites… and Cacau came out and scored on his first touch… but, give the “old” man a break.
Philipp Lahm did the captain’s armband proud, attacking up the right. His cross for Klose’s header was- in a word- perfect. Mertesacker and Friedrich hadn’t much to do, but a mistake by Per almost cost us a goal in the third minute. Badstuber was the weak link out of the four, but was not meant to pay for it, as Emerton could do nothing. (This is the part where I, again, say “Move him in to the middle, where he belongs.”)
All-in-all, this was a superlative start to the tournament. And having just finished watching the Brazil / North Korea match, we still look like the team to beat. So far. (Spain, anyone?) Although the score line was a surprise to anyone who isn’t a fan of German football, it wasn’t surprising to any of us. Let go of your preconceived notions, everyone. This is the new, multi-cultural, attacking, showy face of German football.
Now, if anyone can tell me where I left my “Deutschlandlied” shawl? I’d be most appreciative…