Top 10: Goals of Germany 2006

The finest strikes of Germany 2006, as collated by a wildly clapping Nick Moore...

10. Philipp Lahm, Germany vs Costa Rica

Could there have been a more deserving candidate to open up Germany’s jamboree? Munich-born superman Lahm’s effort – bathed in sunshine at his hometown’s sparkly new Allianz Arena – was the perfect appetiser for the fun to come. 

Lahm picks the ball up on the left wing and cuts inside onto his right foot, so a cross to one of his three waiting team-mates seems like the logical next step. But Lahm, being a comic-book hero, instead dispenses with all faff and cracks a pinpoint effort into the keeper's far top corner. Just five minutes into the World Cup, the Germans were in dreamland.

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