Spain are the defending Euro and World Cup champions, but Germany sure looked like the best team in the world on Tuesday. The Germans absolutely crushed the Netherlands, riding goals by Thomas Muller, Mirsolav Klose and Mesut Ozil to a 3-0 win in Hamburg as they make their claim to earn the title best team in the world heading into next summer's Euro 2012.
The Germans got off the mark thanks to a beautiful team goal. It started with Toni Kroos hitting an inch perfect long ball all the way across the field to Klose on the right, who crossed it with his first touch for Muller. Muller was making a run from deep and was completely unmarked, leaving him with a simple finish as Germany scored with one touch each from Kroos, Klose and Muller. Just gorgeous.
They got one more goal before the break as Ozil drifted right before crossing for Klose, who nodded the ball home to double the Germany lead. All of this came with Germany's defense rarely being troubled by the Netherlands. Yes, the Dutch were without Robin can Persie and Rafael van der Vaart, but that doesn't mean the Germans weren't any less brilliant.
The feather in Germany's cap cap on the other side of halftime when Klose and Ozil combined beautifully. The two played the ball between each other as they broke apart the Netherlands defense, eventually leaving Ozil with a tap in right in front of the goal. It was a gorgeous play and just a continuance of the dominance that Germany showed all night en route to their 3-0 win.