Germany 4(2) Costa Rica 2(1). Numbers in brackets indicate scores at half time.
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After a lively first half which left Germany ahead by two goals to one, an equally lively second half left Germany the winners by four goals to two.
The second half was equally as lively as the first and was, in fact, exactly the same, in that Germany scored two goals and Costa Rica just the one.
This is the first time the opening match has had equal halves since 1978 when Western Germany drew nil nil with Poland.
To work out whether a game is of two, equal, halves, divide each team's final score by 2 and see if they equal each team's half time score.
For example, in the opening game of the World Cup in the USA in 1994, the opening match was between Germany and Bolivia and ended up 1 0 to Germany. If you halve these scores it would leave Germany 0.5 Bolivia 0. As this was not the half time score, this game doesn't count as a game of two, equal, halves. Alternatively, you can double each team's half time score and see if this equals their respective full time scores.