Grand Prix pays high price for football goal-fest

Last updated 12:43 10/07/2014

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German football fans weren't the only winners after yesterday's World Cup semifinal slaughtering of Brazil.

The organisers of next week's German F1 Grand Prix have been left red-faced after initiating a special offer based on the number of goals scored by the national football team in the World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany.

The special offer on top category seats for the next round of the 2014 F1 championship, to take place at the Hockenheim Ring on 20 July, set a generous NZ$17 reduction in price for every goal scored by the German football team.

After just 11 minutes of play in the heavily-hyped semifinal, prospective German F1 grand prix goers were awarded their first discount in ticket prices when Thomas Mueller side footed the ball into the Brazilian goal to send the Germans ahead.

Miroslav Klose then scored a record breaking 16th World Cup goal after 23 minutes to bring up the Germans' second goal and increase the discount, followed quickly by a pair of goals from Toni Kroos in the 25th and 27thminute of the game.

With a further goal by Sammi Khedira in the 30th minute, Hockenheim's special offer had ratcheted up to NZ$85 well before the half time whistle.

Two goals by Andre Schurrle in the second half took the overall discount to a handsome NZ$119, despite a late face saving goal by Brazil's Oscar.

German F1 grand prix seats that originally cost NZ$378 and NZ$456 can be purchased for NZ$260 and NZ$338 under the special offer, but only for a limited time.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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