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Friday, 30th June
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Quarter-final Match

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Argentina Argentina
in Berlin

Previous Encounters:
Argentina vs Germany has all the makings of a classic; just a shame it comes so early in the tournament. Of ten previous encounters, Germany have won three and Argentina four. The last meeting was in the Confederations Cup, on 21st June 2005 in Nürnberg. The game ended in a draw (2:2).

In previous World Cup meetings, West Germany beat Argentina (1:0) in the Italy 1990 World Cup Final and lost (3:2) in the Mexico 1986 World Cup Final.

They also met in the group stages at England 1966, (0:0) in Birmingham; and Sweden 1958, (3:1) to West Germany, in Malmö.

The Match:
The first quarter-final match started rather tense, as Miroslav Klose and Torsten Frings tried to make their presence felt on Argentine playmaker Juan Riquelme.

Germany's first half-chance came in the 16th minute, when Michael Ballack headed wide. A minute later, Per Mertesacker blasted over the bar.

Argentina had the most possession in the first forty-five minutes but they didn't really do much with it.

Half-time: (0:0)

Roberto Ayala headed Argentina into the lead, from a Riquelme corner, just five minutes after the re-start.

Ten minutes from the end of normal time, Michael Ballack crossed into the box. The ball was headed forward by Tim Borowski, to Miroslav Klose; who headed   his fifth goal of the tournament, to equal the score and take the game into extra-time.

Into Extra-time.

Germany looked the fitter of the two teams and with the earlier Argentina substitutions, forced due to Abbondanzieri's injury halfway through the second-half, creativity was lacking.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 1 - Travel to Argentina Argentina 1
After Extra Time

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Roberto Ayala (49)
1:1 Miroslav Klose (80)

Oliver Kahn shook Lehmann's hand before the Arsenal goalkeeper took his place in goal for the penaly kicks.

PENALTIES: (4:2)
Germany: Oliver Neuville -- Scored.
Argentina: Julio Cruz -- Scored.

Germany: Michael Ballack -- Scored.
Argentina: Roberto Ayala -- SAVED.

Germany: Lukas Podolski -- Scored.
Argentina: Maxi Rodríguez -- Scored.

Germany: Tim Borowski -- Scored.
Argentina: Esteban Cambiasso -- SAVED.

End Result:
Germany do it again on penalties to book a place in the semi-final; while Argentina left the field in disgrace. Not the best of matches for entertainment but the hosts got the eventual 'win' they needed; one they do so well, from the spot when the pressure is on.

Teams

Germany: (Captain Michael Ballack)
1 Jens Lehmann; 3 Arne Friedrich, 16 Philip Lahm, 17 Per Mertesacker, 21 Christoph Metzelder; 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 8 Torsten Frings, 13 Michael Ballack, 19 Bernd Schneider; 11 Miroslav Klose, 20 Lukas Podolski.

Argentina: (Captain Juan Pablo Sorin)
1 Roberto Abbondanzieri; 2 Roberto Ayala, 3 Juan Pablo Sorin, 4 Fabricio Coloccini, 6 Gabriel Heinze; 8 Javier Mascherano, 10 Juan Riquelme, 18 Maxi Rodríguez, 22 Lucho Gonzalez; 9 Hernán Crespo, 11 Carlos Tevez.

Referee: Lubos Michel Travel to Slovakia

Substitutions Substitutions:
62 Mins (Germany) - 22 David Odonkor on for 19 Bernd Schneider
71 Mins (Argentina) - 12 Leonardo Franco on for 1 Roberto Abbondanzieri
72 Mins (Argentina) - 5 Esteban Cambiasso on for 10 Juan Riquelme
74 Mins (Germany) - 18 Tim Borowski on for 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
78 Mins (Argentina) - 20 Julio Cruz on for 9 Hernán Crespo
85 Mins (Germany) - 10 Oliver Neuville on for 11 Miroslav Klose

Yellow Cards 7 Yellow Cards:
3 Mins - Lukas Podolski (Germany)
46 Mins - Juan Pablo Sorin (Argentina)
60 Mins - Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
88 Mins - Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina)
90 Mins - David Odonkor (Germany)
96 Mins - Julio Cruz (Argentina)
114 Mins - Arne Friedrich (Germany)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Argentina's Leandro Cufre, who didn't play in the game, was shown a red card; for unsporting behaviour, after the final whistle.

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

2006 World Cup Final

Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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