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Saturday, 3rd July 2010
Germany Score Four Again

Quarter-final Match

Argentina vs Germany
in Cape Town

Argentina started the game seeking revenge for the 2006 quarter-final defeat against Germany.

But it was Germany who took the lead inside three minutes; Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick headed in by Thomas Müller.

Argentina struggled to get back into the game due to Germany's defensive discipline. Each time Argentina tried to ignite something, Germany smothered their flame and broke out in numbers, with plenty of options.

Twenty minutes after their first goal, Germany should have doubled their lead; if Müller's pass to Klose wasn't lofted over the bar.

Germany let Argentina come at them, just like they did with England, but then closed all the holes with doubled-up defence.

Argentina started to work a little harder for each other around the half-hour mark and came closer to penetrating the German area; Gonzalo Higuain cutting inside and forcing Manuel Neuer to save low at the near post.

Neuer then had a double fist clearance to keep Argentina out, as half-time drew ever closer.

Philipp Lahm tried one more forage down the right for Germany but they would have to be content with the one-goal lead at the end of the first forty-five minutes.

Half-time: 0:1

Argentina looked positive at the start of the second-half, with some ball dancing by Messi and a shot just wide from Di Maria.

Twice the ball fell out of Neuer's hands, but both times there was no Argentina follow-up threats to trouble him.

Angela Merkel was all smiles in the 68th minute as Podolski and Klose combined in a typical trademark move of theirs; Klose just getting into the right position to tap the ball into an open goal.

Argentina couldn't reply, as a well-drilled German Mannschaft made it all look so easy; because they played their football as a team game.

Bastian Schweinsteiger strolled through the Argentine defence on the left, to set up Arne Friedrich for his first international goal; and Germany's third, with over fifteen minutes still to play.

The icing on the cake came just before the final whistle, as Miroslav Klose volleyed home to make it four to Germany, for the third time in this tournament, and put himself on a total of 14 World Cup Finals goals; level with Gerd Müller and just one behind Ronaldo.

Germany progressed to the semi-finals for the eleventh time in the last fifteen World Cups.

Final Score:
Argentina 0 Germany 4

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Thomas Müller (3 mins)
0:2 Miroslav Klose (68 mins)
0:3 Arne Friedrich (74 mins)
0:4 Miroslav Klose (89 mins)

Man of The Match:
Miroslav Klose - Now sits just one goal behind Ronaldo's 15 World Cup Finals goals.

Teams

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
22 Sergio Romero; 6 Gabriel Heinze, 4 Nicolas Burdisso, 2 Martin Demichelis, 15 Nicolas Otamendi; 7 Angel Di Maria, 14 Javier Mascherano, 20 Maxi Rodríguez; 9 Gonzalo Higuain, 10 Lionel Messi, 11 Carlos Tévez.

Travel to Germany Germany:
1 Manuel Neuer; 20 Jerome Boateng, 3 Arne Friedrich, 17 Per Mertesacker, 16 Philipp Lahm; 10 Lukas Podolski, 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 6 Sami Khedira, 13 Thomas Müller; 11 Miroslav Klose, 8 Mesut Özil.

Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Substitutions Substitutions:
70 Mins (Argentina) - 23 Javier Pastore on for 15 Nicolas Otamendi
72 Mins (Germany) - 2 Marcell Jansen on for 20 Jerome Boateng
75 Mins (Argentina) - 16 Sergio Aguero on for 7 Angel Di Maria
78 Mins (Germany) - 18 Toni Kroos on for 6 Sami Khedira
84 Mins (Germany) - 15 Piotr Trochowski on for 13 Thomas Müller

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
11 Mins - Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina)
35 Mins - Thomas Müller (Germany) - will miss next match.
80 Mins - Javier Mascherano (Argentina)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Argentina and Germany met in the Berlin quarter-final at Germany 2006. The game ended 1:1aet and Germany went on to win the penalty shootout (4:2).

After beating England in the Turin semi-final, West Germany went on to beat Argentina (1:0) in the Final at Italy 1990; gaining revenge for the Mexico 1986 Final where Argentina won (3:2).

The two teams drew in a Birmingham group game at England 1966, and West Germany won (3:1) a Malmö group game at Sweden 1958.

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Second Round

Game 1
Uruguay vs South Korea
Port Elizabeth

Game 2
Argentina vs Mexico
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game 3
USA vs Ghana
Rustenburg

Game 4
Germany vs England
Bloemfontein

Game 5
Holland vs Slovakia
Durban

Game 6
Paraguay vs Japan
Pretoria

Game 7
Brazil vs Chile
Jo'burg Ellis Park

Game 8
Spain vs Portugal
Cape Town

Quarter-finals

Game A
Uruguay vs Ghana
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game B
Argentina vs Germany
Cape Town

Game C
Holland vs Brazil
Port Elizabeth

Game D
Paraguay vs Spain
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Semi Final 1
Uruguay vs Holland
Cape Town

Semi Final 2
Germany vs Spain
Durban

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Saturday, 9th July
Uruguay vs Germany
Port Elizabeth

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Sunday, 11th July
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