Opening Match Day
Mon 12 Jun 2006 0 °F
Gwen, Daniel and I made to the Deutsches Museum the next day. It was really interesting even though some of the main exhibits weren’t open. But there was more that we couldn’t seen in several days anyways. Dean and Ivan has to deal with the on-going search for their luggage along with the possibility of replacing things. The luggage was reportedly on its way so a major shopping trip was temporarily avoided. Unfortunately, nothing arrived before the game.
The trains were completely jammed packed on the way to the game, we couldn’t even make it into the first train that came. The crowds were very well behaved though – actually more subdued then we had seen at the main train station. It was a long sea of people to the stadium, quite a sight to see.
But after all the planning and waiting, at long last we made it to the opener! Everyone was happy to be there and the stadium was really interesting looking from the outside. It looked more amazing that pictures that I had seen of it – like a giant IMAX screen canvas covering the outside. It’ll be really cool to see at night next time.
Germany verses Costa Rica. The pageantry before the start was interesting, with women hanging from the top of the stadium, giant flags from each country, stages, performanace. The opening game didn’t disappoint. Three goals within the first 17-18 minutes of the start – and two that were on our end.
The Ticos had to be pleased with their first performance and though the German’s had some trouble, in the end, they played without Ballack, scored some fine goals and won. And since Ecaudor upset Poland, the Germans will have their hands full with a team desperate to win. As Ivan says, this Group could easily be decided by the next game.
After the game, Ivan’s and Dean’s luggage finally did show up. For the sake of their comfort and our noses, we were all thankful indeed!