World Cup 2010: Germany vs. Australia Live Stream [UPDATED]
Three-time champions Germany open their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against Australia this evening and a lopsided victory could prove that Joachim Loew’s side are rightful title contenders in South Africa, even without the injured Michael Ballack.
The Socceroos have a poor World Cup record against Germany, with defeats to both West Germany and East Germany at the 1974 event. Die Mannschaft have also won their opening fixtures at the last five World Cups, including a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in 2006 and an 8-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in 2002.
Australia’s starting XI is likely to wholly comprise players who endured the pain of elimination at the hands of Italy four years ago. Expectations of a German win are high, and I expect the Europeans to score at least twice. But despite the gap in status, captain Lucas Neill insists his team is still capable of causing an upset.
“We know we’re going to have to be at our very, very best to get near the German side,” the 32-year-old Galatasaray defender told reporters. “But we’re going to give it our very, very best.”
Loew is expected to stick with the line-up that defeated Bosnia in their final warm-up friendly. Despite Cacau and Mario Gomez being impressive in training, this means Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose is likely to start. Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, meanwhile, is delaying the selection of his starting line-up for as long as possible.
The match kicks-off at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Germany scored two goals in each half as the three-time champions routed Australia 4-0, thanks to goals from Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Mueller and Cacau.