Socceroos celebrate stunning win
ONLY hours after being dismissed as second-rate, the Socceroos pulled off one of their most stirring performances by humbling powerhouse Germany 2-1 in their own backyard yesterday. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness mocked the Australian team pre-match, saying the friendly was a waste of time and that ‘‘ a match between Bayern’s A and B teams’’ would be more intense than the Borussia Park fixture. Hoeness and the German camp may now see the Socceroos in a different light after being served up a large slice of humble pie in Monchengladbach. David Carney and Luke Wilkshire scored two goals in three minutes in the second half as the Socceroos collected a historic victory in front of more than 30,000 spectators. Sure, this was not a full-strength Germany but it was a quality line-up and included big names such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller. And the taste of victory remained awfully sweet for the Australian players following their 4-0 shellacking from Germany at last year’s World Cup in South Africa.