They say records are made to be broken and Day 1 of the greatest show ever saw many records being broken. It started as early as the 6th minute when Germany's defender Philip Lahm hit a mind blowing strike to put the home side ahead against Costa Rica. The goal was the earliest goal in the World Cup.
Also he joined countrymen Josef Gauschel (1938), Paul Breitner (1974) and Jurgen Klinsmann (1994) as Germans who have scored the opening goal in a World Cup edition.
Costa Rica pulled a goal back through Paulo Wanchope in the 12th minute. The goal still remains controversial as some say he was offside.
The hosts went ahead in the 17th minute through Miroslav Klose, who was enjoying his 28th birthday. He scored again in the 61st minute.
Wachope hit another goal in the 73rd and became the first Costa Rican player to have netted in more than one World Cup edition and joined Ronald Gomez as the only Costa Rican players to have scored more than one World Cup goal.
Torsten Frings hit a goal for the host side and ensured the win inthe 87th minute.
Final result –> Germany 4-2 Costa Rica.
The 4-2 result marked the most productive opening match in World Cup history.
Also Germany continued a tradition of undefeated host nations in their first match in a World Cup finals. The Germans have now triumphed in their initial match in each of the last five World Cups.
Germany might have got the World Cup festivities rolling with a 4-2 win over Costa Rica on Friday, but a shaky defense could be trouble for the Germans in the end. No wonder their own Country Men have lost faith in their team !!
As for the other match, Ecuador thumped Poland 2-0. Read more here.
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