German supporters at Queenstown's Xtreme bar celebrate
another goal during their nation's 7-1 victory over Brazil
in yesterday's World Cup semifinal. Photo Guy Williams
A large group of young Germans watching the game at
Queenstown's Xtreme Bar yesterday were not difficult to spot in
Compared with sombre Brazilian supporters slumped on their
bar stools, the Germans were draped in their national flag,
celebrating wildly after each goal and chanting
''Deutschland'' over and over.
Simon Gruenefeld, of Kassel, said people back at home would
be ''out of their minds'' at the result, and would be unable
to sleep after watching the game.
''This is ridiculous; this is unbelievable.''
Milan Waldeck, also of Kassel, said Brazil appeared to have
been mentally ''destroyed'' after the first three goals.
He expected the Netherlands to beat Argentina in this
morning's other semifinal, and expected the final to be much
''After this, there is huge pressure on Germany.''
At Ratbags bar in the Octagon, the mood was mostly sombre.
But the result, clear as the game drew to a close, produced
the opposite reaction from German fan Malte Lambers.
Mr Lambers, who has lived in Dunedin for six years, was
feeling ''pretty good'' when the German team was up 6-0.
''I'm a bit surprised, but not really. I'm quite
Seconds later, Andre Schuerrle scored his second goal in the
79th minute, to take the score to 7-0.
''Now I'm surprised,'' Mr Lambers said, once celebrations