Germany v Costa Rica, 09 June 2006

Score4-2 to Germany
RefereeHoracio Marcelo Elizondo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group A
VenueAllianz Arena, Munich
Attendance64,950
Kick-Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referee: Darío García (Argentina) Rodolfo Otero (Argentina) Fourth official: Carlos Chandía (Chile) Fifth official: Cristian Julio (Chile) Man of the Match: Miroslav Klose (Germany) This became the highest-scoring opening game in the history of the World Cup. The previous best was the first-ever game in the competition when France beat Mexico 4-1 in Montevideo in 1930.

4  Germany

Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann

2  Costa Rica

Manager: Alexandre Guimaraes

Goals:

Philipp Lahm 6 G
Miroslav Klose 17 G
Miroslav Klose 61 G
Torsten Frings 87 G

Goals:

Paulo Wanchope 12 G
Paulo Wanchope 73 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Arne Friedrich
Defender Philipp Lahm
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Tim Borowski
Midfielder Torsten Frings
Midfielder Bernd Schneider (captain)
Forward Miroslav Klose
Forward Lukas Podolski

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper José Porras
Defender Michael Umaña
Defender/Centre back Luis Marin (captain)
Midfielder Walter Centeno
Midfielder Danny Fonseca
Midfielder Douglas Sequeira
Midfielder Mauricio Solis
Forward Ronald Gomez
Forward Paulo Wanchope

Substitutions:

Sebastian Kehl for Tim Borowski 72
Oliver Neuville for Miroslav Klose 79
David Odonkor for Bernd Schneider 90

Substitutions:

Jervis Drummond for Gilberto Martinez 67
Christian Bolaños for Mauricio Solis 78
Randall Azofeifa for Ronald Gomez 90

Cards:

Cards:

Danny Fonseca 31 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Defender Robert Huth
Defender/Centre back Jens Nowotny
Defender/Midfielder Marcell Jansen
Midfielder Michael Ballack
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger
Midfielder Sebastian Kehl
Forward Gerald Asamoah
Forward Mike Hanke
Forward Oliver Neuville
Forward David Odonkor

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Wardy Alfaro
Goalkeeper Alvaro Mesen
Defender Gabriel Badilla
Defender Jervis Drummond
Defender/Midfielder Harold Wallace
Midfielder Randall Azofeifa
Midfielder Christian Bolaños
Midfielder Carlos Hernández
Forward Victor Núñez
Forward Alvaro Saborio

Comments:

Germany continued the tradition of the host nation being unbeaten in their first game of the World Cup finals. Miroslav Klose scored a hat-trick in Germany's first game in the 2002 World Cup finals. Today was his 28th birthday. Germany have now won their first game in each of the last five World Cups. Philipp Lahm becomes the fourth German player to score the first goal of a World Cup finals tournament. The Bayern Munich full-back follows Josef Gauschel (1938), Paul Breitner (1974) and current Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann (1994).

Comments:

Paulo Wanchope becomes the first Costa Rica player to have scored in more than one World Cup game and more than one World Cup finals.