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  • Muller (3), Klose (68), Friedrich (74), Klose (89)
  • Date:2010-07-03
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Greenpoint Stadium
  • Attendance:62100
  • Referee:Irmatov, R

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-time: ARGENTINA 0-4 GERMANY.

90mins

Messi cuts free, but once again he finds Neuer in fine form.

90mins

Germany have been oustanding today. They have destroyed Maradona's side.

89mins

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.

87mins

Messi finds some space, but his strike from distance is easy for Neuer to claim.

85mins

The lively Pastore is the next to shoot high and wide.

84mins

Muller earns a deserved standing ovation as he makes way for Piotr Trochowski.

82mins

Argentina are completely fnished here. Germany are swarming forward in numbers even at this late stage.

81mins

Fine strike from Kroos stings Romero's palms and it goes out for a throw.

80mins

Mascherano cynically fells Klose and picks up a deserved yellow card. Podolski is eventually played on the left and his stinging effort goes wide.

79mins

Resolute defending from Germany keeps Argentina at bay again.

78mins

Klose breaks and, with three players square of him, he can't pick them out and Argentina survive further trauma.

78mins

Toni Kroos comes on for the industrious Khedira.

77mins

Tevez almost smashes the ball out of the stadium. Time is running out on Argentina's World Cup bid.

76mins

Great ball into the box from Tevez, but Higuain can't connect and Aguero shoots wildly wide.

75mins

Sergio Aguero is brought on for Di Maria as Argentina are staring down the barrel.

74mins

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.

73mins

A flowing move from Germany sees Jansen's cross go out for a corner.

72mins

Marcell Jansen replaces the impressive Boateng as Germany tighten things up.

71mins

The substitute twists and turns before placing a tempting ball into the box, but nobdy is on hand to convert the chance.

70mins

Otamendi is withdrawn and Javier Pastore comes on.

69mins

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.

67mins

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.

67mins

Schweinsteiger can't clear the three-man wall and the ball is pumped into Germany's territory.

66mins

Free-kick for Germany in a similar position from where they scored. Can they double their advantage?

65mins

Constant Argentina pressure now. Di Maria torments Germany's back-line and he cuts in from the right and shoots at Neuer.

64mins

Messi's strike is deflected and almost falls perfectly for Higuain, but Lahm makes a crucial clearance in the nick of time.

63mins

Messi plays in Higuain at the angle, but his effort lacks any power and Neuer gathers.

62mins

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.

61mins

Germany break with Podolski and, although Argentina clear, Otamendi's poor touch sees him foul Klose. Free-kick from 25-yards out.

60mins

Lahm skins Heinze once more, but his cross is comfortably gathered by Romero.

59mins

Fine break from Higuain as he storms through, but he is stopped by Boateng and Germany survive that scare.

58mins

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.

57mins

An excellent ball into the box by Boateng is punched clear by Romero.

56mins

Fantastic throughball from Messi finds Higuain clear on goal, but he strayed just offside. Argentina are looking the more likely here.

55mins

Podolski tries his luck from distance as Germany land a free-kick. But his effort is deflected to safety.

54mins

Higuain forces his way to th byline and his cross is spilled by Neuer. Fortunately for the Germany 'keeper the ball is cleared.

54mins

Di Maria's cross is chested down by Mascherano and Tevez blasts straight at Mertesacker. Excellent block by the defender.

52mins

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.

51mins

Mascherano is penalised for a high challenge on Schweinsteiger.

50mins

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.

49mins

Demichelis uses al of his experience to thwart the largely ineffective Ozil.

48mins

Fine effort from Di Maria swings just wide of Neuer's goal. Argentina are forcing the issue.

47mins

Excellent start to the second period from Maradona's men. They have came out flying.

46mins

Rodriguez wriggles free in the box, but his effort his blocked by Mertesacker.

46mins

Germany get the second half under way. No changes at the interval.

45mins

Half-time: ARGENTINA 0-1 GERMANY.

45mins

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.

45mins

Schweinsteiger picks up the loose ball and smashes over the top. Muller was free on the right and the better option.

44mins

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.

42mins

Messi is trying his best to pick a hole in Germany's resolute defence, but they stand firm.

41mins

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.

40mins

Short corner finds Mascherano and his excellent delivery is punched clear. The resulting corner leads to nothing.

40mins

Podolski defends well again as he tackles Di Maria. The ball runs out for a corner.

39mins

Rasping drive from Podolski goes just wide of Romero's goal.

38mins

This game certainly has an edge to it. The tackles are flying in now. Argentina have dominated for the last ten minutes or so.

36mins

Higuain has the ball in the net, but four or five Argentina players were offside there.

35mins

Muller picks up a harsh caution for a handball. He will miss the semi-fnal should Germany progress.

34mins

Higuain cuts inside Friedrich, but his left-footed shot his saved at Neuer's front post.

33mins

Podolski stands tall and stops Messi in his tracks. The front man is performing well today.

32mins

Javier Mascherano makes a telling tackle on Khedira and the ball breaks forward, but Di Maria shoots tamely at Neuer.

31mins

Messi strikes the set-piece high and wide. Chance gone.

30mins

Tevez does well to win a free-kick as he tussles with Podolski. Great chance to put the ball in the box here.

29mins

Gabriel Heinze fires a left-footed strike high and wide. A cross would have been the better option there.

27mins

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.

25mins

The shackles are certainly on Messi and co here. The Germans are really growing into this game.

24mins

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.

22mins

Clever ball from Messi almost finds Tevez, but the alert Manuel Neuer rescues Germany with a sliding save at his feet.

22mins

Podolski and Muller storm forward and the final ball to Klose is just behind him and it runs out for a throw.

21mins

Tevez will be disappointed that his arrowed pass has too much weight on it as Otamendi fails to collect.

20mins

Schweinsteiger and Klose combine to haul down Demichelis. Free-kick for Argentina.

19mins

Martin Demichelis is beaten in the air as Maxi Rodriguez's flag kick is cleared.

18mins

Otamendi finds space on the right and his cross is deflected behind off Friedrich.

17mins

Argentina are struggling to find Messi, Higuain and Tevez. Germany have done their homework.

15mins

Fine cross from Lahm is headed away just as Klose was waiting to nod home.

15mins

Di Maria cuts through and finds Higuain in the middle. But the free-scoring forward is outnumbered and the chance goes begging.

14mins

Ozil's corner is headed clear and Argentina survive this freshest onslaught.

13mins

Poor defending from Argentina as they fail to clear the ball to safety. Podolski's strike is deflected wide for a corner.

12mins

Podolski's raking centre is just too high for the waiting Klose.

11mins

Otamendi hacks down Arne Friedrich and the referee produces the frst card of the game.

10mins

Argentina are taking a breather now. They are keeping possession quite well.

9mins

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.

8mins

Flowing move from Germany almost sees Ozil break clear, but he is denied and it's a corner.

7mins

Blatant handball from Di Maria and he is lucky not to go into the book for that.

6mins

Constant German pressure as Muller, Philipp Lahm and Schweinsteiger combine, with the latter firing over from distance.

4mins

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.

3mins

ARGENTINA 0-1 GERMANY: MULLER glances home Schweinsteiger's free-kick and Germany have the early breakthrough.

3mins

Nicolas Otamendi trips Podolski. Free-kick in dangerous position.

2mins

Open start here as Angel Di Maria makes a darting run up the left wing, but Per Mertesacker tackles.

1mins

Good move between Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger as Germnay march forward, but the ball breaks loose and Klose commits a foul.

1mins

Referee Ravshan Irmatov blows his whistle and Argentina get the game off to a start.

0mins

Here we go, we are now ready for kick-off! We are hoping for a World Cup classic this afternoon.

0mins

The players are on the pitch and we are almost ready for the national anthems.

0mins

These two nations have met in two World Cup finals with Argentina grabbing he glory in 1986 and Germany gaining revenge four years later.

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A semi-final showdown against Paraguay or Spain, who play this evening, awaits today's winners.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

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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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MK DAMODARANsays

(04 Jul 2010, 05:34)

THOMAS MUELLER was born on September 13,1989.He is lucky 13.His shirt number is 13.Addition of the date,month and year of 3-7-2010 also gives 13.Addition of 13 gives 4.The name "THOMAS MUELLER" has 13 characters. Addition of 13 gives 4.The name"THOMAS' begins with the letter T.The name "MUELLER" begins with the letter M.The occult value of both D and M is 4 each.Germany has won 4 goals against Argentina.If Germany wins the World Cup this time,it will be the 4th one.Numbers 1 and 4 are numerological twins.See,this is the 19th World Cup.number 19 adds up to 1. Number 13 is a much maligned number. On this occasion I request the esteemed readers to go through the article written by me in the ASIAN TRIBUNE dated December 26,2006. Number 13 Not Un-Lucky Tue, 2006-12-26 01:16 — admin Article M.K. Damodaran - Numerologist, Kerala, India. There is a world –wide superstition that No13 is an unlucky number. In fact No13 has scared the lives out of many. But actually, No13 is a very powerful number. The belief that No 13 is unlucky has no numerological basis.My first experiment with No13 was the study of the political fortunes of India’s former Prime Minister, A.B Vajpayee, who was in the Prime Ministers office for 3 times. This numerologist has been passionately involved with numerology for the last 18 years and found that there is no reason to isolate No13 as an unfortunate number. Certain numbers are fortunate to certain people .Similarly certain numbers are unfortunate to certain people. There is no number which is fortunate or unfortunate to all. So by that yardstick, No13 may be unfortunate to someone. The theory that number 13 is unlucky may be correct to that extent only. My first experiment with No13 was the study of the political fortunes of India's former Prime Minister, A.B Vajpayee, who was in the Prime Ministers office for 3 times. Interestingly, he was Prime Minister for 13 days and 13 months during the first and second term respectively. Naturally, after he was voted out of office during the second term many people began to declare that number 13 did not augur well for A.B Vajpayee. At that time I, have predicted that No 13 was lucky for A.B Vajpayee and that he would return as Prime Minister after the election. The prediction was published in "The New Indian Express" daily May 17,1999.The prediction was mainly based on the fact that the upcoming election was for the constitution of the 13th Lok Sabha. Detailed Analysis Full details with which I had prepared the note for prediction are furnished below: Vajpayee was born on Dec 25,1924 . Those born on 7, 16 and 25 of any month have the birth number 7. Because, numbers 16 and 25 individually adds up to 7(1+6=7, 2+5=7).Numbers 1, 2, 4 and 7are generally lucky for such people .But in the case of A.B Vajpayee, number 4 has an additional strength. This is due to the fact that No 4 represents his name number 31 which adds upto4 (3+1=4). No 13 is lucky for him since it adds up to 4 which is his lucky number. What is a name number? In numerology, every name has a number. English alphabet from A to Z is put into 8 groups and each category consists of certain letters. The letters are assigned a particular value from 1 to 8. The groups, letters and value of each letters are as follows: 1. A, I, J, Q,Y =1 2. B, K, R =2 3. C, G, L, S =3 4. D, M, T =4 5. E, H, N, X =5 6 . U, V, W =6 7. O, Z =7 8. F ,P =8 The name number is obtained by adding together the value of the letters of that particular name .Thus the name number of A.B Vajpayee is - A+B+V+A+J+P+A+Y+E+E =1+2+6+1+1+8+1+1+5+5 =31(3+1=4) Other Factors As already pointed out, numbers 1, 2, 4 and 7 are generally lucky or influential for Vajpayee. 1. He first became Prime Minister on May 16 ,1996 .Both the date and year represent number 7,since each of them individually adds up to 7. That is ,16 adds up to 7 (1+6=7) and 1996 also adds up to 7 (1+9+9+6=25,2+5=7) 2. He became Prime Minister for the second time on March 19, 1998 (1+9=10, 1+0=1). 3. During the second term, Vajpayee undertook the historic Lahore trip on Feb 20, 1999(2+0=2). 4.He was Prime Minister for 13 days and 13 months(1+3=4). After showing the influence of numbers I,2,4 and 7 in Vajpayee’s scheme of things, the prediction was summed up as follows: 1.Election is for the 13th Lok Sabha.Since 13 adds up to 4and no 4 is lucky for Vajpayee. The coming election is likely to be in his favors. 2. The election year is 1999 which adds up to 1-his lucky number (1+9+9+9=28, 2+8=10, 1+0=1). 3. In the history of Indian democracy, no person defeated on the floor of the house and who conducted election as caretaker Prime Minister has returned to rule. Vajpayee is likely to 'break the record as the first person' (No 1 is lucky for him). Vajpayee returned as Prime Minister after the 13th Lok Sabha election and was sworn in on Oct 13,1999. Months before the election, Vajpayee had escaped a Pak shell attack on June 13, 1999 during the Kargil war. Strangely, during Vajpayee’s third term as Prime Minister the Tehelka expose hit the govt on March 13,2001.Seeing that the expose came on his lucky day, this writer predicted through The New Indian Express daily dated March 20,2001 that Vajpayee will have the last laugh in the issue. Strangely again, the attack on parliament by terrorists was on Dec, 13, 2001.1t did not unnerve Vajpayee. On the contrary, it made him more resolute and much stonger. Just one more example. Shane Warne was born on Sept 13, 1969. It was on July13, 2004 that he equaled Muthiah Muralitharans record with regard to taking the highest number of wickets. Interestingly, Warne is leaving the field after the 4th Ashes series. The above things irrefutably give credence to the fact that number 13 is not an unlucky number. - Asian Tribune -

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Match Report

Germany stormed into the World Cup semi-finals with a stunning 4-0 victory over Argentina in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

Joachim Low's side will now play Paraguay or Spain in the last four after a ruthless display against Diego Maradona's beleaguered troops.

Germany's cause was significantly aided by Thomas Muller's early strike.

A free-kick on the left wing was fizzed in by Bastian Schweinsteiger and the young striker forged clear of his marker to glance home off goalkeeper Sergio Romero after just the minutes.

The three-time world champions quickly pressed through the gears as the Albiceleste struggled to come to terms with their shocking start, but around the midway stage of the first half, the South Americans gained a foothold.

With Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Muller looking sharp in advanced areas, Argentina counterparts Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi grew into the contest.

Without significantly troubling keeper Manuel Neuer, Argentina saw plenty of the ball and they did have the ball in the back of the net, but Higuain's tap-in was correctly chalked off for offside.

They started the second half as they ended the first and all that was missing was a cutting-edge and a telling final ball and, against the run of play, Podolski cut in from the left and rolled the ball into the six-yard box.

Klose, who was playing his 100th game for his country, kept his composure to finish the chance from close range and, soon after, defender Arne Friedrich bundled in his first international effort.

Schweinsteiger again broke free on the left and, as he dropped his shoulder and skipped past his markers, he coolly picked out the big centre-back to roll the ball home.

With the game over as a contest, Argentina continued to huff and puff, but it was Klose who put the icing on the cake as he finished off a superb flowing counter-attack.

Messi lost possession, leaving Podolski to break free on the left. He then found Mesut Ozil and his pin-point chip into the area found Klose to sidefoot into the far corner of the net.

Argentina

Germany

Corners

54

Fouls

2014

Goal attempts

1412

Shots off target

76

Offsides

50

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