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Date: 14 December 2018

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Germany overwhelm Argentina

[Posted 03 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Germany overwhelm Argentina

Cape Town

Germany qualified for the semi-finals after thrashing pre-tournament favourites Argentina 4-0 in a World Cup quarter-final match rich with attacking flair, power, determination and a razor-sharp strategy at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and veteran striker Miloslav Klose combined to inspire the Germans to continue to grab news headlines by repeating the four-goal feat at this World Cup for the third time in a space of less than three weeks. Joachim Loew's boys have already notched four goals past Australia in the opening match and England in the closing match of the group stages.

Klose scored twice in a 22 minute blitz in which Germany displayed a devastating form of attacking football and scored 3 times to add to an earlier strike by Muller in the 3rd minute. The two goal hero Klose scored in the 62nd minute and 89th minute to take his World Cup tally to 14 goals, and now sits just a goal behind Ronaldo who at 15 is the tournament's highest ever scorer. 

Schweinsteiger was a real livewire for Germany. He swung in a cross which Mueller fully utilised to give Germany the lead.

Argentina did have their moments of dominance in this match. Towards end of the first half, Diego Maradona's men threw everything at Germany with the ever hard-working Carlos Tevez bustling and fighting, with support from Gonzalo Higuain. But Germany, renowned masters at defending a lead, managed to keep the Argentinian talisman Lionel Messi under lock and key, thus straving Tevez and Higuain of real chances to pose a real threat to the German lead.

In the second half Argentina bombarded the Germany goal in search of an equaliser. Carlos Tevez had a moment in the second half to find the equaliser, but his shot was blocked by Per Mertesacker. German keeper Manuel Neuer produced a string of saves to keep his team ahead.

It was during a moment when Argentina poured forward that Germany realised how vulnerable their opponents could be, and hit them with a counter attack. Podolski received a pass after an Argentinian attack had been frustrated once again. He burst into the box with aplomb, beating a defender with pace and power before sending an inch-perfecting pass which Klose majestically controlled under challenge to leave a defender sprawling on the ground, and walked the ball into an empty net.

The second goal proved to be such a devastating sucker punch to a team that had looked to be on course to get an equaliser. Germany felt that they now had Argentina where they wanted them. What followed after the second goal was reminiscent of the manner in which Germany had totally dismantled England after England nearly equalised and had a genuine goal denied them which could have been an equaliser.

Buoyed by their two goal advantage, Germany now burst into life and played with such lethal determination that Argentina did not know what hit them.   Schweinsteiger took advantage of the dejected Argentinians and found space on the left, shook off his marker and delivered a telling cross for Arne Freidrich  to blast in Germany's 3rd goal. It surely appeared all over for Argentina at this stage.

But Germany were not finished as yet. Schweinsteiger and Mesut Oezil combined well, resulting in the latter swinging a last minute cross for Klose, who earned his 100th cap, to complete his double and score Germany's fourth and final goal of the match. That proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Maradona's dream of winning the World Cup as a captain in 1986 and now as a coach in 2010.

German will have to wait for a couple of hours to know the identity of their semi-final opponents between Paraguay and Spain, who are set to engage each other in the final quarter-final clash in Johannesburg tonight. 



   

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