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Aussies flock to Woolshed but Germans crash party

STICK to the cricket, mates.

That was the harsh message for Dublin's Australian Socceroos today amid the hangover of their World Cup humiliation.

The Aussies, more famous for their prowess at the crease, were a downtrodden lot at the Woolshed on Parnell Street by the time Germany had finished with them.

The rampant Germans crushed the Australian World Cup dream with an emphatic 4-0 drubbing and cast a sombre mood at Socceroo HQ, Dublin -- though the large German contingent was ecstatic.

The city centre bar was the only place to be on a dreary Sunday evening -- other than South Africa of course -- as scores of German fans braved the Aussies' spiritual home in Dublin to watch the match.

With several large HD TVs and designated tiered seating for the die-hard fans, it didn't take long to whip up a frenetic mood among the supporters.

Duty manager Joyce Dolan told the Herald: "The place was packed and the atmosphere was brilliant. We're showing every match so we're catering for them all. The crowd was pretty much divided between German and Australian fans, but with Germany getting four goals in, it was hard enough to hear the Aussies!" But she added: "The Aussies made up for it afterwards because they went outside and started singing Waltzing Matilda."

afinneran@herald.ie


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