90+4 mins: The final whistle sounds and hosts Germany are off to a dream start having beaten a gutsy Costa Rica 4-2 in this thrilling opening match of this World Cup. Although two goals from Wanchope made them work for the points, Klose’s brace and two fantastic strikes from Lahm and Frings sealed the victory.
90+3 mins: Costa Rica win a late corner but if they make anything from this it will be mere consolation.
90+2 mins: Germany continue to attack now the pressure has finally been lifted but this time Friedrich’s shot from distance flies well over the bar.
90+1 mins: There will be three minutes to be added on at the end of this pulsating tie. There could yet be more goals in this one.
90 mins: Costa Rica also make a change with Ronald Gomez coming off to be replaced by Randall Azofeifa.
89 mins: Germany make a substitution with Schneider coming off for young striker David Odonkor, who only made his international debut in the recent friendly with Japan.
88 mins: This opening match is truly remarkable with so many goals of the highest order. We started with a blinder from Lahm, but this one was even better.
87 mins: GOAL FRINGS – After the free-kick is taken short by Schweinsteiger, Frings blasts a fierce, swirling shot from around 30-yards which bends into the top corner of the net.
86 mins: Germany win a free-kick on the left wing after Umana fouls Neuville and this could produce a chance to kill the game once and for all.
85 mins: Germany keep pressing and a shot by Podolski from left channel is blocked by Fonseca.
84 mins: Arne Friedrich takes the free-kick short as Germany look to hold onto possession and run the clock down.
83 mins: Germany win a free-kick after a foul by Leonardo Gonzalez on Schweinsteiger.
82 mins: Costa Rica have just eight minutes to get forward and cause a huge shock but the Germans, apart from just two moments, are looking rather solid.
81 mins: Germany win a free-kick on the right after Neuville is brought down by Marin but it comes to nothing.
80 mins: Mertesacker receives the ball once again down the left channel of the area but his cross is too hard and Costa Rica survive.
79 mins: The corner is curled into the area by Schweinsteiger and Mertesacker rises high to plant a header on target but Porras makes an important diving save.
78 mins: Before it can be taken Germany make a substitution with Klose coming off for Oliver Neuville.
77 mins: Podolski tries his luck from distance but the ball takes a deflection and goes wide for a corner.
76 mins: Costa Rica make another change with Mauricio Solis making way for Cristian Bolanos.
75 mins: There is a certain amount of anxiety in the stands as the home side, who were completely dominant, are just one goal away from dropping two ‘certain’ points.
74 mins: Oliver Kahn has a wry smile as he sits on the touchline wondering if he will get a chance to reclaim the Germany number one spot as Lehmann has now conceded two goals from two shots.
73 mins: The Germans were cruising but yet another lack of concentration has put this result in jeopardy.
73 mins: GOAL WANCHOPE – Out of the blue Costa Rica open up the German defence and a beautiful chip from Centano into the area puts Wanchope in the clear and the striker pokes the ball past Lehmann.
72 mins: Kehl will sit in midfield as Klinsmann now aims to shut up shop.
71 mins: The hosts make a change with the impressive Borowski coming off to be replaced by Sebastian Kehl.
70 mins: Germany are in the comfort zone at the moment and now the match has a training ground feel to it.
69 mins: It’s far too easy for the hosts and Lahm now has a chance to score his second of the game as he bursts into the area from the left wing, but his shot is weak and Porras makes the save.
68 mins: Costa Rica win a corner down the right but Centeno’s cross into the area is poor and Borowski is able to head the danger away.
67 mins: Ballack looks on from the touchline and can hardly have few complaints now with his manager’s decision to rest him.
66 mins: Costa Rica make a substitution with Jervis Drummond coming on to replace the injured Gilberto Martinez.
65 mins: Germany continue to link up well with a series of consecutive passes but this time Costa Rica are able to clear the danger.
64 mins: Costa Rica seem short of ideas and a long ball forward for Wanchope runs into Lehmann’s arms.
63 mins: Klose was 20/1 to win the Golden Boot before the World Cup started and that now seems a huge price for the tournament specialist.
62 mins: Costa Rica now look well beaten as Germany look very confident in possession.
61 mins: GOAL KLOSE – After some precise build-up play, Lahm is put clear down the left wing and an inch-perfect cross finds an unmarked Klose who manages to fire the ball into the net after his initial header is saved.
59 mins: Germany have slowed the pace down somewhat as they continue to knock the ball about but they still look like they could score another goal.
58 mins: An a fine long ball down the wing from Schweinsteiger finds Podolski down the left but the cross into the area lands in Porras’ arms.
57 mins: The Germans switch play from right to left but Fonseca lands an excellent challenge on Lahm down the wing.
56 mins: This game still remains very open with both sides looking for more goals.
55 mins: Costa Rica win a free-kick around 30 yards from goal and Centeno bends the ball into the area but Fonseca is penalised after a push on Frings.
54 mins: Germany attack down the right and a deep searching cross into the area looks to find Per Mertesacker but Porras comes out to claim.
53 mins: Costa Rica are starting to look more dangerous going forward but the slack German defence are making it easier than it needs to be. Unless the hosts get another goal, a draw is certainly on the cards.
52 mins: Schweinsteiger takes it short to Frings on the left corner of the area and although he manages to chip a delicate cross into the area, Podolski’s header is weak and wide.
51 mins: Podolski’s delivery into the area is poor and Costa rica have no problems clearing the danger. Germany regain possession and manage to win another corner down the left.
50 mins: Borowski wins a corner down the left after his cross is deflected behind by Umana.
49 mins: Centeno floats the ball into the area and Danny Fonseca’s diving header just goes drifts wide of the post and Lehmann is angry with his sleeping defence.
48 mins: Costa Rica win a corner after some terrible defending by Lahm down the right. Walter Centeno will take it.
47 mins: The hosts continue their shoot on sight policy with Podolski this time letting fly from outside the area, but Porras watches it go over the bar.
46 mins: Germany get the second half of this clash underway hoping to build on their advantage. Costa Rica know they can take their chances but they must create more of them if they want to take something from this.
45+2 mins: The referee blows his whistle to bring an entertaining first half to a close and Germany lead Costa Rica 2-1 in this World Cup opening match.
45+1 mins: There will be just one minute of stoppage to play at the end of this first half.
45 mins: Germany keep pressing for another goal but their opponents are closing them down well in the final third.
44 mins: This time the delivery from Podolski causes more problems and a flick on finds Metzelder on the far post but his shot is wide of the mark.
43 mins: Borowski delivers the ball deep into the area and Luis Marin concedes another corner.
42 mins: Lahm probes down the left and wins a corner when his cross is deflected behind by Michael Umana.
41 mins: Podolski is the man who takes it but his curling shot over the wall fails to come down in time to dip under the bar.
40 mins: Moments later the hosts are awarded a free-kick after Douglas Sequeira’s foul on Schweinsteiger around 30 yards from goal.
39 mins: Germany have a shout for a penalty after Lahm’s powerful shot seems to hit the arm of a defender on the corner of the area – but nothing is given.
38 mins: Wanchope all of a sudden is put clean through on goal but his chip over the on-rushing Lehmann bounces wide of the post. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as the offside flag was harshly raised against the striker.
37 mins: It’s a bit too easy for Germany at the moment and now Arne Friedrich fancies his chances to score from long range… but the shot just keeps on rising.
36 mins: After the ball is chipped into the area the flag goes up against Fonseca and the opportunity is wasted.
35 mins: But the Central Americans now have a free-kick in a promising position around 30 yards from goal.
34 mins: Apart from the Costa Rica goal, Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann has had absolutely nothing to do.
33 mins: Schneider dribbles down the right before playing a perfect reverse pass with the outside of his right foot down the line for Podolski…but the offside flag is raised even though the striker was on.
32 mins: The hosts continue to press down the left with Schweinsteiger but the attempted cross is hacked away.
31 mins: The resulting free-kick is lobbed into the area but the Costa Rican defence are able to clear their lines.
30 mins: Germany advance through the middle but Podolski is brought down by Danny Fonseca who subsequently gets booked.
29 mins: The lanky striker tries to weave his way down the left but after cutting inside onto his right foot, Christoph Metzelder closes him down.
28 mins: The first corner of the World Cup is easily cleared and now Costa Rica have a chance to break with Wanchope.
27 mins: Schweinsteiger bursts down the left and puts Podolski away but the young striker’s low cross back for Tim Borowski is put behind for a corner.
26 mins: So far they have looked shaky on the occasions they have had to defend but generally they are in full control.
25 mins: Germany have only lost once in their last six international games but they were criticised for the poor quality goals they conceded in the recent 2-2 draw with Japan.
24 mins: A long punt forward looks to have put Podolski away… but the offside flag is raised and replays suggest it an was extremely close call.
23 mins: The crowd have gone rather quiet which is strange considering their side are winning but now they might be able to cheer again.
22 mins: The Germans are on the front foot again and a driven low shot from Schweinsteiger forces Porras to shovel the ball away.
21 mins: Costa Rica attempt to apply some pressure of their own but Lahm’s cautious header just about reaches Lehmann despite the presence of Wanchope.
20 mins: Germany attack once more but a long range shot from Lukas Podolski flies straight into Porras’ arms.
19 mins: This is the first time these two nations have faced each other but the Germans have won four and drawn one in their previous five World Cup matches against nations from the CONCACAF region.
18 mins: Germany are looking solid once more and now the Wanchope goal appears to be just a momentary blip.
17 mins: GOAL KLOSE – The hosts are back in front after a great pass from Bernd Schneider on the right touchline finds Schweinsteiger just outside the area and the midfielder runs forward past two men before driving a clever low cross to the back post for Klose to stab home.
16 mins: Germany are looking to regain their composure and dominate possession once again but there are red shirts continuously closing them down.
15 mins: There are only 4,000 away fans for this clash but they are making more noise than all the partisan home support put together.
14 mins: The sea of red Costa Rican supporters are understandably going wild and their team have shocked the host nation into silence.
13 mins: Just when it seemed like Germany were going to have it all their own way, Costa Rica are now back on level terms and who’s to say there won’t be an opening day shock again?
12 mins: GOAL WANCHOPE – Out of the blue Costa Rica come forward through the middle and a lovely pass from Ronald Gomez catches the German defence out cold and Paulo Wanchope runs into the area and coolly slots his shot past Jens Lehmann.
11 mins: Germany attack down the right and a floated cross into the area is headed by Klose but the ball trickles wide of the post.
10 mins: Moments later the Costa Rican defence give the ball away inside their own area but they are relieved to see Bastian Schweinsteiger blast over the bar.
9 mins: The hosts have another chance as Klose is put through on goal but Porras comes out to smother the ball. But the danger isn’t over yet.
8 mins: Germany have lost only one of their previous 15 opening matches in a World Cup and it doesn’t look like Costa Rica will trouble them today. The hosts are off to a terrific start and the Central Americans have their work cut out already.
7 mins: What a way to get these finals underway and Lahm’s strike could well end up being the best of the tournament.
6 mins: GOAL LAHM – Philip Lahm picks up the ball wide on the left before cutting inside and curling a wonderful shot high into the far corner of the net giving goalkeeper Jose Porras absolutely no chance.
5 mins: Miroslav Klose, who netted five times in Germany’s 2002 World Cup campaign celebrates his 28th birthday today and is one of nine players from the campaign that finished as runners-up in 2002. And Germany are on the attack again.
4 mins: Torsten Frings has the first shot of the World Cup when he hammers one from nearly 40 yards but with the goalkeeper in trouble, the ball flies narrowly over.
3 mins: After a mixed warm-up campaign consisting solely of friendly games, Germany now need a big performance to get the entire nation rallying behind them. Today’s opponents Costa Rica however have nothing to lose against the three-time world champions as they hope to provide the latest in a long line of opening match upsets. So far neither side have threatened the goals although Germany are keeping hold of possession.
2 mins: No more hype, no more speculation and no more predictions – the time for great goals, emotion, colour, passion and inevitably controversy now takes centre stage. The stadium for this opening clash is packed to capacity as the home fans hope to roar their country on to a perfect start in their World Cup campaign.
1 mins: The long wait is finally over and after all the seemingly endless pre-tournament build-up, Costa Rica get this 18th FIFA World Cup underway against hosts Germany on this sweltering early evening in Munich.
Pre-match: Germany’s World Cup bid has already got off to an inauspicious start with captain and star player Michael Ballack left out of the first XI to play Costa Rica due to injury.
Ballack, who completed a move to Chelsea after the Bundesliga season, has been suffering a calf strain sustained in a friendly against Colombia.
On Friday morning, the player had expressed the hope of playing from the start but coach Jurgen Klinsmann has put Tim Borowski into the line-up in his place.
Injury-free Costa Rica field their strongest squad, including Paulo Wanchope and in-form Ronald Gomez up front.