Joachim Loew justified his decision to include six strikers into his German squad with Podolski, Klose, Mueller and Cacau all scoring. But it was the way Germany carved open chance after chance which impressed all of us who watched the match. It was truly breathtaking.
Socceroos coach, Pim Verbeek sprang a surprise naming Tim Cahill as a lone striker. His desire to get involved got the better of him as he was red-carded in the second half. An unfair red card, if you ask me and Cahill's dismissal makes Australia's chances of progress very slim indeed.
The question is if Germany have sufficient leadership and mental strength within the team to win when not playing well. If an imposing leader emerges, then Germany will be hard to beat. Germany have laid down the gauntlet tonight, they are a team to be reckoned with.