Cacau brace lifts Germany
Low's men kick off warm-up matches with a win
Last Updated: 13/05/10 7:52pm
Cacau: Brace against Malta
Germany started their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 success over minnows Malta on Wednesday thanks in part to a brace from Cacau.
The Brazil-born striker scored either side of half-time to put Joachim Low's side in firm control of the tie with Kenneth Scicluna's own goal wrapping up the scoring.
Germany now take on Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the coming weeks before tackling Australia, Ghana and Serbia in Group D in South Africa.
Germany started the game brightly with Toni Kroos appearing keen to take his chance to impress as the team's playmaker.
Cacau put the dominant home side in front in the 16th minute with debutant Dennis Aogo providing the cross from the left wing for the Stuttgart striker to head in from 10 yards out.
Despite their dominance, Germany were unable to add to Cacau's goal and they risked conceding an equaliser after half an hour, but Neuer made his first serious intervention to deny Roderick Briffa.
Stefan Kiessling's goal 10 minutes before the break was ruled out for offside, leaving Low's side with a rather disappointing solitary goal to show for the first 45 minutes.
It took them almost a quarter of an hour in the second half to double their lead through Cacau.
Another debutant, Kevin Grosskreutz, was involved in the build-up with his pass being knocked on by Podolski to Cacau, who placed his shot past Justin Haber.
Three minutes later, the ball was in the back of the net again with Podolski's cross put past his own goalkeeper by Scicluna.
Kiessling could not believe his luck in the final few minutes as he missed three quick-fire chances to add a fourth while a deflected cross from Piotr Trochowski hit the crossbar as Germany had to settle for only a 3-0 win in Aachen.