Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2

Philipp Lahm and Torsten Frings each scored on Friday, while Miroslav Klose scored two goals to give Germany a 4-2 win over Costa Rica.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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The 2006 football World Cup kicked off to a record-breaking start in Munich with hosts Germany winning the opening game against Costa Rica by 4-2. The goal total broke the record for the most in the opening match of a finals tournament. It surpassed the five goals scored in France's 4-1 triumph over Mexico in the inaugural competition in 1930. Huge turnout The Group A match between Germany and Costa Rica was played before a 66,000 sellout crowd at the Allianz Arena. Full back Phillip Lahm made sure the celebrations started early with a right footer to give Germany a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game. The lead was however short lived as Paulo Wanchope showed why he is billed as the biggest star of Costa Rican football. He slipped the ball past goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to level the scores in the 12th minute. Germany's inexperienced defence tested to the core in their own backyard. Hosts regain Miroslav Klose, who turned 28 on Friday, kicked off the celebrations in the stands once again making full use of Schneider's cross to put the Germans ahead 2-1 in the 16th minute. The Polish born striker then made it 3-1 when he fired into the roof of the net in the 61st. With Klose in a brilliant form, it seemed Germany were certainly not missing their injured captain Michael Ballack. Wanchope wasn't to be left behind he too added his second goal with 17 minutes to go. The Costa Ricans were in no mood to surrender even though Wanchope did looked marginally offside. Torsten Frings however, closed the contest in the 87th minute with what could well turn out to be the goal of the tournament with the ball curling away from the Costa Rica keeper to trigger off a night long party in Munich.