Germany warmed up for their opening World Cup clash against Portugal on Monday week with an incident-packed 6-1 rout of Armenia.
After a sluggish first half in Mainz, the main talking point was the injury to Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus as the 24-year-old had to be helped off the pitch on the stroke of half-time.
Arsenal star Podolski was his replacement, and alongside fellow club team-mate Mesut Ozil - who was also introduced at half-time - the Gunners duo were the catalyst for a second half slaughter.
Incredibly, the opening goal didn't come until the 50th minute, as Podolski was found down the left and his low cross was exquisitely finished off by Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle.
The Blues forward was perhaps a surprise starter by German boss Joachin Low, but Schurrle’s hard work, creativity and eye for goal reflected the qualities seen in a number of displays for Chelsea last season. Schurrle completely outshone fellow striker Thomas Muller.
Despite Henrikh Mkhitaryan stunning Germany with a leveller from the penalty spot, the three-time World Cup winners ended up with a convincing 6-1 victory after goals from Podolski, Benedikt Howedes, Mario Gotze and Miroslav Klose.
The star performer for Germany, however, was Arsenal's Podolski, as he put in a near faultless second half performance. The 29-year-old scored once, provided three assists and maintained a 91% pass completion rate.