Thomas following in Gerd’s footsteps

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Yet again, a man named Müller has plunged the England footballing family into despair. Gerd 'Der Bomber' Müller did it in the past, and young Thomas Müller has done it again now. Bayern's 20-year-old prodigy contributed two goals and an assist to Germany's clear-cut 4-1 victory at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein to see his side through to the World Cup quarter-finals.

"It's obviously a fantastic feeling when you've scored the goals to relieve the pressure on the team," commented Müller, named Man of the Match afterwards and facing the world media still in his pitch-soiled kit.

Top of the scorer chart

"Don't praise me, praise the team," the forward continued, admiring the "sensational" precision on the break which led to his brace. Germany could still go further at the finals, the player insisted. "But that was the case before we arrived here," he said. Müller is now second to Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain in the tournament scoring chart.

Skipper Philipp Lahm had earlier praised his club-mate's "level-headedness and class," after Müller opened his senior scoring account in the 4-0 victory over Australia. The youngster recovered superbly from an average display against Ghana to strike on 67 and 70 minutes and send the German fans into raptures.

Der Bomber's footsteps


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