The opening ceremony in Munich featured the august presence of Pelé (left) and Diego Maradona. Pelé won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, '62 and '70.
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German president Horst Koehler kicked off the 2006 World Cup with a Bavarian-themed celebration commemorating soccer lore, featuring Brazilian soccer legend Pelé and German supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
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Tim Borowski (right) leaps over Costa Rica's Mauricio Solis for a header in the opening match of the World Cup, which Germany won 4-2.
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Man of the Match Miroslav Klose scored twice for the host country -- on his 28th birthday, no less -- and left at the 80th minute to a thunderous standing ovation. Four years ago Klose scored a hat trick against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup.
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Torsten Frings (left) scored Germany's fourth and final goal, but the tone for Germany's victory was set six minutes into the match, when Philip Lahm fired a laser from the left penalty area, which struck the upright and bounced into the net.
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Danny Fonseca (center) tussles on the pitch with Germany's Arne Friedrich and Lukas Podolski.
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Danny Fonseca (right) and Costa Rica couldn't slip past Bernd Schneider and the heavily favored German team.
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Torsten Frings snuffed out any thoughts of a Costa Rican upset by blasting a 35-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net. The goal gave Germany a comfortable two-goal lead.
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The crowd of 66,000 at Allianz Arena in Munich went ballistic following Torsten Frings' goal in the 87th minute.
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