Durban: Germany got off to a perfect start as they outclassed Australian side in every aspect thrashing 4 goals to nil to take the match in Durban.
Before the start of the match, many former players, football pandits and fans had an impression that the Germans would miss their captain Ballack and the Australian team would be giving a good run for their money. But the German side with blend of youth and experience produced the brightest start possible by any team until this stage to give the Germans a tremendous start to their quest to Fifa World Cup 2010.
Lukas Podolski hit a thundering left footed shot past Mark Schwarzer who managed to get a hand but was unable to save in the first 30 minutes.
Podolski was totally out of form before the game for his club Köln but he gave the Germans the all important opener for Germany.
Then Miroslav Klose got a golden opportunity to double the score soon after the first goal but he missed it.
However, Klose who had 10 goals in World Cup competition redeemed his miss and managed to score a header past to doublethe lead for Germany. Captain Philip Lahm fed a brilliant ball for Klose to take his tally to 11 goals in World Cup competition which matched former captain, Jurgen Klinsmann's record.
The Germans were accurate with their passing and the players managed to make swift movements whereas the Australians were not able to break-free easily.
Mesut Ozil a young player in the mid-field was really impressive as he got those crucial through balls and tight passes for the Germans.
Tim Cahill, the man whom the Australians were heavily tipping to score a goal for them looked out of sort as the German defenders marked him well and never gave him a chance to stretch his muscles.
Australia did get an early opportunity to open the scoring, Richard Garcia getting a good chance but his shot was blocked by Lahm. That was the only real opportunity the Australians got in the first 45 minutes.
In the start of the second half, the Australians looked good but soon fell apart as Germany made those elegant passes and moves.
Meanwhile, Tim Cahill was controversially shown a direct red card in the 56th minute by the referee as he was late with his challenge.
With one extra man advantage the Germans continued to dominate the game, creating good chances and looking likely to score another goal.
The two goal scorers Klose and Podolski made some breath taking moves as the game progressed.
In the 68th minute Thomas Muller scored his first International goal and Germany's third goal as the Australians had no answer to German moves.
Cacau who replaced Klose, joined the party to score one more goal to seal the match for Germany.