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Germans put four past Argentina to make semis

AFP/The Local · 3 Jul 2010, 17:41

Published: 03 Jul 2010 17:41 GMT+02:00

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Germany steamrollered Argentina to reach the World Cup semi-finals with a brace from Miroslav Klose, winning his 100th cap, and goals from Thomas Müller and defender Arne Friedrich.

Three-times Germany now face either Spain or Paraguay in the last four with Uruguay meeting Holland in the other semi-final.

Müller, who picked up an unfortunate booking to rule him out of the semi, nodded in a Bastian Schweinsteiger free-kick after just three minutes.

"It's difficult to know what to say when you sweep Argentina aside 4-0," said an overwhelmed Müller. "We did it as a team and I can't pick out any individuals. We all pulled together for this and it's just great."

Captain Philipp Lahm was equally incredulous: "No way – they are a top team. It's unbelievable that we beat them 4-0," he told German state broadcaster ZDF.

Manager Joachim Löw advised caution in the midst of the euphoria. "There's still a long way to go. There are two games left. We're among the four best in the world. But that's where this team deserves to be."

Although star player Lionel Messi strove to raise the Argentinians the Germans continued to dominate as Klose tapped in after Müller combined with Lukas

Podolski on 68 minutes.

With Chancellor Angela Merkel watching in the stands, Friedrich added the third in the 74th minute after a surging run and pass from Schweinsteiger.

Central defender Friedrich, who was relegated with Hertha Berlin last season, could not believe that he had chosen the World Cup to score his first goal for Germany. "I can't describe what is happening. For me personally. I had a really bad year, and now this. I wasn't expecting to ever score another goal."

After the match, Merkel told ZDF, "That was overwhelming. It's a dream, a complete dream. It's a young team, but it was great to see how composed they were in front of goal. And they played really well in defence too."

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Klose volleyed home the fourth in the 89th minute as an outplayed Argentina disintegrated to notch his 14th World Cup goal, level with German legend Gerd Müller and just one behind record holder Ronaldo.

Germany took the lead after just three minutes when Lukas Podolski earned a free-kick that Schweinsteiger curled in for Müller to head home his fourth goal of the tournament, the ball deflecting in off goalkeeper Sergio Romero's leg.

Argentina had a goal disallowed with half-time approaching after the linesman spotted four Argentinians offside.

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18:24 July 3, 2010 by ivspaul
Well done Germany you wiped the smile off maradonas face, hope you win the most prestigious prize in football. From an England fan were not enemies with you
18:36 July 3, 2010 by JAMessersmith
That was a complete dismantling... I called a win, but thought it would at least be a tough one. Die Mannschaft made the Argies look like amateurs out there. Klose is now chasing Ronaldo for most WC goals! What a game. The only downside was Müller's yellow card, but there's enough depth to make up for his loss in the next round. I have a feeling it will be a rematch of the Euro Cup with Spain (Paraguay's lucky to even be there)... and like the Kickzkrieg's chances this time around. To the Finals!
19:00 July 3, 2010 by Northernsoul
Another England through and through fan raising a sincere cheer to an absolutely superb, young Intelligent and well managed German football team. The cup is yours for the taking and I will be raising my voice in applause as high as my glass when you do so. Well Played-You are all exemplary!
19:13 July 3, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Way to go Schweinsteiger! That was one awesomely played game both back, middle and front. Deserves a medal!
19:47 July 3, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Germany played a superb match, both offensively and defensively. I congratulate the team on a well-earned victory. It displayed infinitely more class than some of its supporters.
19:53 July 3, 2010 by GAZ082
Congrats to Germany. They scored when had the chance and defended very well. 0-4 is not fair for what my team showed, but hey, tell that to the Mexicans.

Now I'd like to see the title in hands of Uruguay or if not possible, Holland, because its history the Orange deserve a title and have the team and luck to get it.

Germany has already too many titles ;) However, Italy having 4 is also not fair for Europe, but again, this is football!!!

Gabriel from Argentina.
20:20 July 3, 2010 by cobalisk
Very impressive and while I did posit that Germany could beat Argentina due to the weak defense on counter and the lack of real testing for the Argentine goalie, I so, did not pick 4 -0.

Incidentally, my wife and I were in Oberhausen to take pics of the fish and Paul the Octopus last week, the day he made his 'pick'.After the press scrum subsided I got a few pics of Paul and was happy to see the tintefisch had tipped Deutschland over Argentina. A perfect record for Paul so far, considering he even tipped Serbia a few rounds ago. I must admit, I am mighty curious to see his next two picks...

Well done team and a great victory!
21:01 July 3, 2010 by mikecowler
Well done Germany you made us proud.....all sorts of idiots come on here saying rubbish...Be positive all German supporters like me, then sit and laugh at the losers at the end of their thrashing by the Best Football team in the World GERMANY...PROST!!!
21:26 July 3, 2010 by madanbandekar
Congratulations to the German team for an exciting game. Now there is no stopping them, the No. 1 team in the world. Why should any body for that matter have any doubts now, or for that matter in the beginning when the matches began. Every German player is a class by himself, the ball control, the passes, the maneouvering skills, every thing in precision. Just forget it, now there's no competition left. It is going to be Germany all the way. Its a KLOSEd chapter. Viva Germany, Well done. We are all proud of you. Madan Bandekar, India
21:57 July 3, 2010 by Fafanis
congratulations this Germany team have won very good , I am a Argentinian fan and I am so sad for the result , but win very good . Fabian from Argentina
22:47 July 3, 2010 by Raybat
Congratulations Germany! I have been your fan since the euro cup in 1996. It's very entertaining to watch the young Germans advancing to the semifinal by defeating Argentina by an outstanding score. The team commitment, cohesion and discipline were just excellent. An example of perfect defense. Sharp counter-attack. Great teamwork. Extraordinary!

Again congratulations to smart Joachim Low for a masterclass tactic! Enjoy the short celebration before preparing for the semi ! I pray that Germany will beat Spain and the other finalist to win the World Cup for the fourth time. God bless Germany...
22:53 July 3, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
For me it was sad to see the Argentinian players so sad. But it was very satisfying to see Diego eating humble pie and crow sandwiches... I hope that in the future we will see good sportsmanship and less prideful outburst from the likes of people like the Argentinian coach. Hasta luego Diego!
23:15 July 3, 2010 by Raybat

Out of all the teams in world cup, the young Germany has the champion mentality despite of lack of experience. I'm fed up to watch so many big teams with so many "internal issues" in this world cup (i.e. arrogance, bad in-game attitude, spoiled celebrity-players, disrespectful to other teams, disrecpectful to their own nation...etc). But Germany has simply been humble and kept a low profile from very beginning, yet they have been playing well. They have made their nation and the fans proud. Anyone who has followed their progress would have just falled in love with this team...

I hope all the Germany fans (be it Germans or non-Germans) will rally behind this young team until they lift the cup on July 11th. I hope the Germany squad will be strengthened by knowing that the fans love and support them!! Keep on giving your best guys...
00:08 July 4, 2010 by ashraf999
hooray hoooray hoooray...Germany will win the world cup!. I am more confident than ever that they will do it!. And Maradona: your empty talks proved once again that you were indeed a good player but you were NEVER a good coach!!!
01:43 July 4, 2010 by franconia
Fussball does not need players that want to win a game singlehanded, like Rooney,Messi,Ronaldo, Beckham, oh well ,now you can throw in Ballack too. Give me a few no-names and a Ballboy, playing together as a team ,and you have a game worth watching. Viva Alemana, muerte Espana este Miercoles con quattro goles!!!!
03:00 July 4, 2010 by fabiomarte8
Hi everybody, I'm from El Salvador, living in the USA and let me tell you, that right now I am as happy as you are because of the win in the World Cup against Argentina. I never doubt it that Germany was to win. I've been rooting for Germany since 1986 and everytime that Die Mannschaft plays I'm rooting for them. I swear if Germany wins this World Cup ( I am sure they will) I'll go to Germany next year to celebrate!!! Viva Alemania!!!

Let's go Germany!!!
11:05 July 4, 2010 by Kalam Azad
Who'll stop this Beautiful German Machine???


I think Spain have to increase their strength 100 times for beating this Germany !!!!
16:38 July 4, 2010 by mehta_p
Congradulations to German team and Germany....

I call it - A perfect win und eine saubere Spiel und fair Sieg...

It will b hard for Argentina especially for Maradona to digest the defeat....

from last games, Germany and Netherland has improved standard of football game in on going Football World Cup....world should learn how to play sauber and fair....

i am curious - wht psychic octopus chooses for next game - Germany x Spain

have fun guys...
16:59 July 4, 2010 by baliyavi
I was thrilled seeing germany route argentina by 4 goals. I hope even a better performanc in semis and off course in final. well done deutschland!
17:39 July 4, 2010 by LancashireLad
What is it with Germany and the number 4 at the moment? They've got 2 more matches to get their 4th 4, and I can see it being the final.

Even though I am an Englishman I have to admit that our performance got what it deserved and so has Germany's. I watch them and I see solid defence, solid attack, ability to counter quickly. We've got the winners here. They are winning and will win because they are a TEAM, not 3 or 4 prima donnas with backup. For heaven's sake they even gave the ball to a defender to put home.

Having said all that, I don't follow a team purely because I think they'll win so I'm now behind Holland. I don't think they've ever won it yet.

If Germany do win it (which is highly likely) I can still enjoy the atmosphere and say that I have at least been in a country when it won the World Cup.
19:37 July 4, 2010 by moonstep1969
Congratulations Germany! What a stunning performance!

I believed and hope that the Germans would conquer Argentina - but I never imagined it would turn out 4-0 (if betting, I would probably have said 3-2). Now this is what neutralising the opposing sports team means...

In the hope that you win gold on Sunday 11th July. You deserve it better than any team in this Cup.

Regards from Sweden who didn't even qualify for World Cup this year
19:44 July 4, 2010 by franconia
Samba and Tango Football are passe. " Brain" Soccer is in. Prima Donna Players don't have one.
02:10 July 5, 2010 by Eagle1
Way to go Germany!!! Maradona can eat scheisse in his crappy silver suit!
10:03 July 5, 2010 by moistvelvet
Fantastic, amazing result, making it look so easy a unified Germany are no doubt on their way to getting their first world cup star ;-) Germany played brilliantly!!
10:52 July 5, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Simply love you all, except your high taxes.
16:34 July 5, 2010 by banker1
@ moistvelvet

Sorry to pop your bubble but the official German Football Association created in 1900 says 3 stars to date and bases all stats on a unified Germany already. I will assume your opinion is the unofficial and nonfactual one for the record.

Very odd comments to praise the German team yet insult them at the same time. Are you German or other?

Please spread your rhetoric elsewhere as its not welcome here.

Poor taste and no class.
16:55 July 5, 2010 by PMACH1
Excellent game Germany!! I new you had it in the bag after the first goal along with your resolute defending. Again you displayed far more class then Argentina and far more class than the so called supporters here.

Don't worry banker1 moistvelvet is still suffering from the English loss period. Anyway 100% of the soccer federations are behind the 3 stars and stats. Let him embarrass himself and plays his foolish and immature little games. Its easy enough to throw the GFA back at him.
22:11 July 5, 2010 by cocovelvet
Well ,I said it that the Germans were gonna send the Latinos packing right away, didin't I ??!!! Geezzz !!! I enjoyed that look of humiliation on Mr. Kiss-all-my-players Maradona....

Haa!haaa!!! I wondered a great deal why he didn't kiss his players each on the cheek after the game like he did before the start of the game ........ i thought Jogi was the one more suited to give the young boys a kiss, not those alteböcke getting it for nothing and coming out with a 0.

11:21 July 6, 2010 by moistvelvet

Yes official GFA records show that they annexed the results of the FRG in 1990, but the official records of FIFA still show that it was West Germany who won, a unified Germany so far has not.

And just for the record PMACH1 I'm not suffering any loss, I was actually laughing when Germany demolished England in the second half. So please don't be concerned about any suffering on my part, I'm quite stable and secure to reposte without any abusive remarks.

Whilst acknowledging the superiority of the German team it is still possible to also highlight factual errors with the aim of giving a balanced view ;-)
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