DURBAN, South Africa - Germany scored two goals in each half and Tim Cahill was sent off as three-time champion Germany beat Australia, 4-0, Sunday in Group D of the World Cup.
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose scored in the first 30 minutes as Australia coach Pim Verbeek's defensive tactics backfired.
Thomas Mueller and Cacau also scored against an overwhelmed Australian defense in the second half after Cahill was red-carded in the 56th minute for a late tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Germans' dominant win, played in front of 62,660 fans at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, came without injured captain Michael Ballack.
Podolski started the rout by ending a slick passing move in the eighth minute and Klose headed in his 11th career World Cup goal in the 26th.
A stunned Verbeek sat on the bench shaking his head while Joachim Loew, in his 50th game as Germany coach, punched the air in celebration.
Ghana 1, Serbia 0
PRETORIA, South Africa - The first World Cup in Africa has its first African winner.
Ghana stunned Serbia when Asamoah Gyan scored on an 84th-minute penalty kick for a victory in Group D. The win set off celebrations not only on the Loftus Versfeld pitch, but throughout Ghana.
And across the African continent.
"That's what you're seeing," Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah said. "This is the first time the World Cup is held in Africa, and all Africa is united."
Slovenia 1, Algeria 0
POLOKWANE, South Africa - Robert Koren scored a late goal to give Slovenia a win over 10-man Algeria in the teams' tournament opener, putting the World Cup's smallest nation - population two million, about the size of Houston - ahead of the United States and England in Group C.
The Slovenian captain struck a long-range shot that Algeria goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi misjudged and allowed to bounce into the net off his arm in the 79th minute.
"I was just lucky to see it go in like that," Koren said.
Algerian coach Rabah Saadane said the new World Cup ball was a challenge for goalkeepers. "Everyone saw what happened with the ball, and what happened [Saturday] with England's goalkeeper," he said. "You have to adjust to the flight of the ball."