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|Nicolas Burdisso, N|
|Nicolas Otamendi (Javier Pastore, 70)|
|Angel Di Maria (Sergio Aguero, 75)|
|Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez|
|Jerome Boateng (Marcell Jansen, 72)|
|Sami Khedira (Toni Kroos, 78)|
|Thomas Muller (Piotr Trochowski, 84)|
Full-time: ARGENTINA 0-4 GERMANY.
Messi cuts free, but once again he finds Neuer in fine form.
Germany have been oustanding today. They have destroyed Maradona's side.
ARGENTINA 0-4 GERMANY: KLOSE guides home his second of the day! Podolski breaks clear and plays the ball into Ozil. The playmaker looks up and hands Klose the easiest of chances.
Messi finds some space, but his strike from distance is easy for Neuer to claim.
The lively Pastore is the next to shoot high and wide.
Muller earns a deserved standing ovation as he makes way for Piotr Trochowski.
Argentina are completely fnished here. Germany are swarming forward in numbers even at this late stage.
Fine strike from Kroos stings Romero's palms and it goes out for a throw.
Mascherano cynically fells Klose and picks up a deserved yellow card. Podolski is eventually played on the left and his stinging effort goes wide.
Resolute defending from Germany keeps Argentina at bay again.
Klose breaks and, with three players square of him, he can't pick them out and Argentina survive further trauma.
Toni Kroos comes on for the industrious Khedira.
Tevez almost smashes the ball out of the stadium. Time is running out on Argentina's World Cup bid.
Great ball into the box from Tevez, but Higuain can't connect and Aguero shoots wildly wide.
Sergio Aguero is brought on for Di Maria as Argentina are staring down the barrel.
ARGENTINA 0-3 GERMANY: FRIEDRICH scores his first international goal! Much credit goes to the imperious Schweinsteiger as he cuts in and picks out the marauding defender to slot home.
A flowing move from Germany sees Jansen's cross go out for a corner.
Marcell Jansen replaces the impressive Boateng as Germany tighten things up.
The substitute twists and turns before placing a tempting ball into the box, but nobdy is on hand to convert the chance.
Otamendi is withdrawn and Javier Pastore comes on.
Ozil finds Podolski and his attempted lob just didn't have the height on it to trouble Romero. That second goal was totally against the run of play.
ARGENTINA 0-2 GERMANY: KLOSE scores on his 100th appearance for his country! Podolski is fed clear on the left and he picks his partner out inside the six-yard box and he has the easy task of tapping home.
Schweinsteiger can't clear the three-man wall and the ball is pumped into Germany's territory.
Free-kick for Germany in a similar position from where they scored. Can they double their advantage?
Constant Argentina pressure now. Di Maria torments Germany's back-line and he cuts in from the right and shoots at Neuer.
Messi's strike is deflected and almost falls perfectly for Higuain, but Lahm makes a crucial clearance in the nick of time.
Messi plays in Higuain at the angle, but his effort lacks any power and Neuer gathers.
Quick free-kick from Argentina sees Higuain seek out Messi. But the ball is half cleared and comes to Tevez and he fires straight at Neuer.
Germany break with Podolski and, although Argentina clear, Otamendi's poor touch sees him foul Klose. Free-kick from 25-yards out.
Lahm skins Heinze once more, but his cross is comfortably gathered by Romero.
Fine break from Higuain as he storms through, but he is stopped by Boateng and Germany survive that scare.
Tevez bulldozes his way through and tees up Messi. The diminutive star is eventually knocked off the ball and the ball is fed to Podolski on the left wing, but is cross is beyond Klose. End-to-end stuff.
An excellent ball into the box by Boateng is punched clear by Romero.
Fantastic throughball from Messi finds Higuain clear on goal, but he strayed just offside. Argentina are looking the more likely here.
Podolski tries his luck from distance as Germany land a free-kick. But his effort is deflected to safety.
Higuain forces his way to th byline and his cross is spilled by Neuer. Fortunately for the Germany 'keeper the ball is cleared.
Di Maria's cross is chested down by Mascherano and Tevez blasts straight at Mertesacker. Excellent block by the defender.
Tevez and Friedrich challenge for the ball in Germany's area and it is the centre-back that manages to win a goal kick off his opponent.
Mascherano is penalised for a high challenge on Schweinsteiger.
Messi is cutting a frustrated figure on the pitch as he struggles to make a lasting mark on this one. You can never rule him out though.
Demichelis uses al of his experience to thwart the largely ineffective Ozil.
Fine effort from Di Maria swings just wide of Neuer's goal. Argentina are forcing the issue.
Excellent start to the second period from Maradona's men. They have came out flying.
Rodriguez wriggles free in the box, but his effort his blocked by Mertesacker.
Germany get the second half under way. No changes at the interval.
Half-time: ARGENTINA 0-1 GERMANY.
Magical play from Messi as he jinks inside Schweinsteiger. But his powerful strike goes over and that should be the end of an intriguing first half.
Schweinsteiger picks up the loose ball and smashes over the top. Muller was free on the right and the better option.
Lahm bursts past Heinze and finds Muller, but his stabbed effort is deflected wide for a corner. Romero then punches the resulting kick clear under pressure.
Messi is trying his best to pick a hole in Germany's resolute defence, but they stand firm.
From one end to the other Germany break, but Ozil is challenged and the chance goes. The ball finds its way back to his feet and his strike on goal lacks conviction and goes high and wide.
Short corner finds Mascherano and his excellent delivery is punched clear. The resulting corner leads to nothing.
Podolski defends well again as he tackles Di Maria. The ball runs out for a corner.
Rasping drive from Podolski goes just wide of Romero's goal.
This game certainly has an edge to it. The tackles are flying in now. Argentina have dominated for the last ten minutes or so.
Higuain has the ball in the net, but four or five Argentina players were offside there.
Muller picks up a harsh caution for a handball. He will miss the semi-fnal should Germany progress.
Higuain cuts inside Friedrich, but his left-footed shot his saved at Neuer's front post.
Podolski stands tall and stops Messi in his tracks. The front man is performing well today.
Javier Mascherano makes a telling tackle on Khedira and the ball breaks forward, but Di Maria shoots tamely at Neuer.
Messi strikes the set-piece high and wide. Chance gone.
Tevez does well to win a free-kick as he tussles with Podolski. Great chance to put the ball in the box here.
Gabriel Heinze fires a left-footed strike high and wide. A cross would have been the better option there.
Excellent Argentina possession sees Messi go on one of his trademark runs, but after skipping past Jerome Boateng, his cross is adjudged to have bent out of play. Much better from the South Americans.
The shackles are certainly on Messi and co here. The Germans are really growing into this game.
What a chance for Germany! Muller picks his way through the Argentina defence and finds Klose, but the 100-cap star skies his effort over when unmarked from 10-yards. Big waste.
Clever ball from Messi almost finds Tevez, but the alert Manuel Neuer rescues Germany with a sliding save at his feet.
Podolski and Muller storm forward and the final ball to Klose is just behind him and it runs out for a throw.
Tevez will be disappointed that his arrowed pass has too much weight on it as Otamendi fails to collect.
Schweinsteiger and Klose combine to haul down Demichelis. Free-kick for Argentina.
Martin Demichelis is beaten in the air as Maxi Rodriguez's flag kick is cleared.
Otamendi finds space on the right and his cross is deflected behind off Friedrich.
Argentina are struggling to find Messi, Higuain and Tevez. Germany have done their homework.
Fine cross from Lahm is headed away just as Klose was waiting to nod home.
Di Maria cuts through and finds Higuain in the middle. But the free-scoring forward is outnumbered and the chance goes begging.
Ozil's corner is headed clear and Argentina survive this freshest onslaught.
Poor defending from Argentina as they fail to clear the ball to safety. Podolski's strike is deflected wide for a corner.
Podolski's raking centre is just too high for the waiting Klose.
Otamendi hacks down Arne Friedrich and the referee produces the frst card of the game.
Argentina are taking a breather now. They are keeping possession quite well.
Excellent break from Argentina as Germany are caught out in midfield. But with three players at the back post, Di Maria fails to clear the first defender.
Flowing move from Germany almost sees Ozil break clear, but he is denied and it's a corner.
Blatant handball from Di Maria and he is lucky not to go into the book for that.
Constant German pressure as Muller, Philipp Lahm and Schweinsteiger combine, with the latter firing over from distance.
Germany are oozing in confidence now, what a start. Sami Khedira almost goes through on goal, but Sergio Romero is out off his line and thwarts the midfielder.
ARGENTINA 0-1 GERMANY: MULLER glances home Schweinsteiger's free-kick and Germany have the early breakthrough.
Nicolas Otamendi trips Podolski. Free-kick in dangerous position.
Open start here as Angel Di Maria makes a darting run up the left wing, but Per Mertesacker tackles.
Good move between Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger as Germnay march forward, but the ball breaks loose and Klose commits a foul.
Referee Ravshan Irmatov blows his whistle and Argentina get the game off to a start.
Here we go, we are now ready for kick-off! We are hoping for a World Cup classic this afternoon.
The players are on the pitch and we are almost ready for the national anthems.
These two nations have met in two World Cup finals with Argentina grabbing he glory in 1986 and Germany gaining revenge four years later.
A semi-final showdown against Paraguay or Spain, who play this evening, awaits today's winners.
Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez will star in attack for Diego Maradona's Argentina and this promises to be an exceptional battle today.
Germany coach Joachim Low has named the same starting 11 that battered England 4-1 in the last-16 and with Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller in the goals, they will be full of confidence today.
Good afternoon and welcome to this World Cup quarter-final bout between Argentina and Germany from Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.
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