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Prolific pair

Thomas and Miro on target in South Africa

Gerd Müller has repeatedly said his young namesake Thomas could be the discovery of the World Cup – and the FCB youth product proved Der Bomber right again on Saturday. The game between Germany and Argentina at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town was just three minutes old when the 20-year-old Thomas Müller met Bastian Schweinsteiger’s angled free-kick with a flicked header beyond keeper Sergio Romero and into the net.

“He can be my successor. I’m really proud of him,“ all-time great Gerd Müller commented. He and Thomas had another reason to celebrate on 68 minutes: although he was on the ground after a challenge, the FCB youngster passed incisively to Lukas Podolski, who expertly teed up Miroslav Klose to tap the ball over the line.

Klose level with Der Bomber

It was the first of the 32-year-old’s two goals on the afternoon, a superb way to mark his 100th game for Germany. It was also Klose’s tenth brace for his country, and takes him level with Gerd Müller in the all-time World Cup finals goalscoring chart on 14 goals. Only Ronaldo (15) has more. “I’m very, very happy,“ said Klose, who brushed aside comparisons with Der Bomber: “Gerd Müller only played at two World Cups, but this is my third. However, I’d have nothing against scoring one or two more here in South Africa.“

Thomas Müller only signed professional forms 18 months ago and is at his first finals, but he has more than replicated his stunning form for Bayern last season. He scored in Germany’s opening day 4-0 win over Australia, struck two in a 4-1 victory over England, and has now turned in a scintillating display against Diego Maradona’s star-studded side.