Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes… That’s a goal.

Next up in our countdown to South Africa 2010 is an absolute stunner from German midfield maestro Torsten Frings in the World Cup 2006 opening game against Costa Rica at the Allianz Area, Munich. After an opening piledriver from Bayern Munich right-back Phillip Lahm in the 6th minute, Derby County ‘legend’ Paulo Wanchope gave the underdogs a shock equaliser, but joy for the Costa Ricans was to be short-lived as goal machine Miroslav Klose bagged a brace to put the Germans in a commanding position. Wanchope and the Costa Ricans were not to lay down however,  as the leggy striker matched Klose by netted his second goal of the game.

With the nervous hosts Germany needing one more assuring goal they would not have cared how it came, but Torsten Frings he had other ideas. With 87 minutes of the game already played Bastian Schweinsteiger, who without doubt has the most German name in history, stepped up to take a free kick just inside of the touchline, and the Costa Rican defence lined up expecting the ball to be whipped in towards Klose and co. It wasn’t to come, as Schweinsteiger spotted an advancing Frings and laid the ball across the Werder Bremen man, who without even controlling the ball lashed a howitzer home from 30 yards plus in to the top right hand corner with such power, precision and audacity that goalkeeper Jose Porras had absolutely no chance.

After defeating Costa Rica, Germany went on to win their remaining two group games against Poland and Ecuador to top the group, whilst Costa Rica were never to recover from the German defeat as they lost both of their remaining games to be eliminated without a point. Germany on home soil were to reach the Semi Finals in Dortmund when they bowed out to eventual winners Italy 2-0.

In conclusion, this goal can be described no better than Jonathan Pearce’s commentary  – “Oh what a bullet!”

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