Coming into the World Cup, some people said this might be the year when Germany was finally beaten to first place in the group stage.

After Die Nationalmannschaft's 4-0 blowout of Australia, though, any such talk has been steamrolled into silence. Their performance today was by far the best of the tournament so far. It could have been even more dominant had Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski not both missed multiple chances to score in the first half.

You simply cannot count the Germans out in the World Cup. They always find a way to get things together and deliver strong performances when it matters. And in case you'd forgotten, if Germany wins Group D and the U.S. finishes second in Group C, the two teams will meet in the Round of 16.

Brahaus Schmitz was absolutely teeming with fans this afternoon. The video I put together does the best job I can of conveying the atmosphere, but it's only a small slice of the real thing. Enjoy.