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Leo Messi takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.
Miroslav Klose fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Argentina 0-4 Germany.Assist on the goal came from Mesut Ozil.
Leo Messi takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.
Gonzalo Higuain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.
Shot on goal by Javier Pastore from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Javier Pastore is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
Piotr Trochowski comes on in place of Thomas Muller.
Foul by Javier Mascherano on Miroslav Klose, free kick awarded. Javier Mascherano is given a yellow card. Mesut Ozil restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Javier Pastore, Philip Lahm manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Miroslav Klose, Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.
Toni Kroos replaces Sami Khedira.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Sergio Aguero comes on in place of Angel Di Maria.
The ball is sent over by Carlos Tevez.
Arne Friedrich scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Argentina 0-3 Germany.Assist on the goal came from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Short corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the left by-line.
Foul by Javier Mascherano on Bastian Schweinsteiger, free kick awarded. Jerome Boateng leaves the field to be replaced by Marcell Jansen. Direct free kick taken by Mesut Ozil.
Centre by Javier Pastore.
(Argentina) makes a substitution, with Javier Pastore coming on for Nicolas Otamendi.
Centre by Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Argentina 0-2 Germany.The assist for the goal came from Lukas Podolski.
Unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski by Nicolas Otamendi results in a free kick. Bastian Schweinsteiger delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Gonzalo Higuain manages to make a clearance.
Angel Di Maria takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Leo Messi, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Leo Messi takes a shot. Philip Lahm gets a block in.
Gonzalo Higuain takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Nicolas Otamendi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miroslav Klose. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Centre by Philip Lahm, save made by Sergio Romero.
Foul by Gonzalo Higuain on Per Mertesacker, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
A cross is delivered by Lukas Podolski.
Jerome Boateng delivers the ball, save made by Sergio Romero.
Foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Thomas Muller, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Philip Lahm.
Gonzalo Higuain is caught offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Burdisso on Miroslav Klose. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Lukas Podolski.
Gonzalo Higuain sends in a cross, save made by Manuel Neuer.
Corner from left by-line taken by Leo Messi.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Angel Di Maria.
Gonzalo Higuain is caught offside. Per Mertesacker takes the indirect free kick.
Thomas Muller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Burdisso. Nicolas Burdisso takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Mascherano on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bastian Schweinsteiger takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger on Angel Di Maria. Direct free kick taken by Martin Demichelis.
Angel Di Maria has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Gabriel Heinze crosses the ball.
Leo Messi takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Bastian Schweinsteiger takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Bastian Schweinsteiger takes the inswinging corner, save by Sergio Romero.
Thomas Muller takes a shot. Nicolas Burdisso gets a block in.
Gabriel Heinze produces a cross.
Nicolas Otamendi fouled by Lukas Podolski, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicolas Otamendi.
Mesut Ozil takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Angel Di Maria takes a shot. Blocked by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leo Messi.
Javier Mascherano delivers the ball, save by Manuel Neuer.
Rodriguez Maxi decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Heinze by Thomas Muller. Free kick taken by Gabriel Heinze.
Lukas Podolski has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Tevez on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bastian Schweinsteiger restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sami Khedira by Javier Mascherano. Free kick taken by Sami Khedira.
The offside flag is raised against Carlos Tevez. Manuel Neuer restarts play with the free kick.
Leo Messi takes a shot.
Thomas Muller is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Thomas Muller shown a yellow card. Leo Messi takes the free kick.
Angel Di Maria produces a cross, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Gonzalo Higuain takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.
Mesut Ozil fouled by Javier Mascherano, the ref awards a free kick. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.
Lukas Podolski challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leo Messi shoots direct from the free kick.
Shot on goal by Gabriel Heinze from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Leo Messi.
Miroslav Klose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Burdisso. Nicolas Burdisso takes the free kick.
Angel Di Maria fouled by Sami Khedira, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Demichelis restarts play with the free kick.
Miroslav Klose produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Bastian Schweinsteiger challenges Martin Demichelis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Demichelis.
Outswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Maxi, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Nicolas Otamendi, Arne Friedrich gets a block in.
Angel Di Maria concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Muller. Thomas Muller restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Philip Lahm, clearance by Gabriel Heinze.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Mascherano on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Arne Friedrich takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Angel Di Maria.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mesut Ozil played to the near post, Nicolas Burdisso manages to make a clearance.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Blocked by Nicolas Otamendi.
Unfair challenge on Arne Friedrich by Nicolas Otamendi results in a free kick. Nicolas Otamendi is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
The ball is delivered by Angel Di Maria, blocked by Philip Lahm.
Corner taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger from the left by-line played to the near post, Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.
Angel Di Maria is adjudged to have handled the ball. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.
Shot by Bastian Schweinsteiger from outside the box goes high over the target.
The ball is delivered by Philip Lahm, clearance made by Nicolas Burdisso.
Bastian Schweinsteiger takes a shot. Javier Mascherano gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Otamendi on Lukas Podolski. Centre by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Argentina 0-1 Germany.Assist on the goal came from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Foul by Miroslav Klose on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. Martin Demichelis takes the free kick.
The match gets underway.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half begins.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Low wary of Argentina firepower
Joachim Low can't get any satisfaction from knowing Mick Jagger is backing Germany to beat Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final.
The legendary Rolling Stones front-man was in Bloemfontein to watch the Germans dump England out of the competition last Sunday and was impressed enough to declare Low's young side are his tip to go all the way.
Given his past record, it is not something Germany should be that comfortable with.
And Low is happy to steer away from good luck charms and ensure his players are totally focused on an eagerly-awaited tussle with Diego Maradona's unbeaten outfit.
"We can't bet any money on Mick Jagger's predictions because he's been wrong several times," laughed Low.
"Instead we have to concentrate on what the Argentinian team have shown so far.
"They have won all their games, and in terms of numbers, they are almost incomparable attacking players.
"They have some incredibly talented strikers who don't even make it into the side, like Diego Milito, who had such a fantastic season at Inter Milan. Their firepower is remarkable."
Eager to side-step the simmering tension between the two camps that has rumbled on for a couple of days since Bastian Schweinsteiger accused Argentina of being provocative, Low preferred to concentrate on the eagerly-anticipated contest itself.
Prior to the World Cup starting three weeks ago, the star names were all South American.
Now Germany have a couple in there as well in 20-year-old Thomas Muller, whose two second-half goals killed English hopes of a comeback, and Mesut Ozil, who has quietly established himself as one of the players of the tournament.
Low has dispelled fitness concerns about the 21-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder, who missed training yesterday purely so he could get some rest after an arduous 12 months, which started with his demolition of England in the European Under-21 Championship final.
He is also very wary about putting too much expectation on the youngster's shoulders given he must now go head-to-head with Lionel Messi.
"You cannot compare such players," countered Low.
"Messi has a lot more experience. He has been with Barcelona for many years and has won the Champions League and La Liga titles.
"His dribbling is superb and loves to take on opponents one-to-one.
"Ozil is different. Short passing and combination play are his forte.
"He spots passes rather than takes the ball past people.
"This is his first tournament, although the matches he has played in South Africa have been very impressive and he shows no fear."
Miroslav Klose is expected to win his 100th cap, an impressive stint for the national side, even more remarkable because he has scored 50 times as well, the latest effort coming against England.
Maradona will tell Lionel Messi to go out and destroy Germany just like he did in the 1986 World Cup final.
Messi will be given a free role to play exactly where he likes in the quarter-final at the Green Point stadium despite suffering from a touch of flu.
Maradona, who scored five goals in the 1986 World Cup and was their inspiration in a a 3-2 final defeat of Germany, said: "He did feel a bit under the weather, had a slight fever.
"He told me about it and I sent him back inside. It was very cold when we started training at 4.30pm. I gave him a bit of a rest.
"The session went well, but I never considered him not playing in this game. I just let him have a rest so he could play against Germany."
Messi has not scored so far at this World Cup but has provided assists for more than half of Argentina's 10 goals and Maradona will allow him the same free role he used to occupy for the national team.
"I want to give him freedom to play his game," said Maradona. "He has no defined position.
"These players, like Messi, if you label them or shackle them, you'll detract from their freshness and initiative."
Maradona refused to accept Argentina were now favourites to win the trophy after Brazil's defeat against Holland.
He said: "No. No. We're not favourites. But to beat us our opponents are going to have to play better than us and leave their skin on the pitch.
"We don't feel like we're hot favourites. We have to keep playing our football. We're focused."
Maradona, who was written off as a coach by the sceptics before this World Cup, has nurtured a rapport of respect and togetherness with his players, showering them with hugs and kisses before and after all four matches they have won.
He is determined not to change anything now, either in the make-up of his team or in his coaching style.
He said: "They're my players, my national side. I'm very grateful to all of them."
Imperious Germany oust Argentina
Six days after turfing England out of the World Cup with a magical display, Germany cast their spell on Argentina with a brilliant quarter-final performance.
Argentina were buried thanks to a third-minute goal from Thomas Muller and two second-half efforts from Miroslav Klose either side of one from Arne Friedrich.
Even Diego Maradona would had appreciated it had he not been in the opposite dug-out. An imperious masterclass from a side on the march.
Who knows whether Germany will win the World Cup. But when Fabio Capello talks about the future, about Euro 2012 and the improvements England will make, this is the team he must measure his own by. And the gulf is huge.
Games of this magnitude can often be dull, sterile affairs, where two giants cancel each other out completely.
This spectacular never had a chance of being that way.
An Argentina team containing Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez, managed by one of the most creative forces there has ever been, is not exactly set up to defend.
Germany's talents are not as well known. But over the past week Joachim Low's team have made some statement.
Wherever he was watching, Capello must have at least taken some comfort from the fact England are not the only ones to suffer. Nor are they the only ones with a goalkeeper prone to make errors.
When Nicolas Otamendi brought Podolski down by the touchline, the start of what turned out to be a tortuous opening period for the young full-back, Bastian Schweinsteiger curled the free-kick to the near post.
Muller escaped Otamendi's attentions and rose unchallenged.
The youngster should have sent a firm header into the corner. Instead, he got the faintest touch which deceived Sergio Romero, who must have thought he was going to be beaten anyway.
It shot off the Argentina keeper's leg and rolled into the net.
For a good 15 minutes, those famous blue and white shirts were seen twisting and turning in all directions as they tried to keep their opponents at bay.
Klose wasted a golden opportunity to double the advantage when Muller capitalised on Gabriel Heinze's error and squared for the veteran frontman.
On his 100th appearance, it should have been his 51st goal. But he rushed the opportunity and side-footed over.
Too young to be considered for Germany's triumphant Under-21 squad at last summer's European Championships, what a year Muller has had.
In reaching the Champions League final with Bayern Munich, he had already confirmed himself as one of the best young players in the world.
On successive weekends, both England and Argentina have discovered the 20-year-old is a rich talent as well.
Unfortunately, football can be a cruel sport and a harsh booking for handball means the youngster will miss Wednesday's semi-final in Durban.
After being hurt so badly so quickly, Argentina at least managed to clear their heads and began to respond.
The problem was Germany's defence was rock solid, their movement choreographed superbly.
Messi tried to sparkle but he was forced further back to gain meaningful possession, and then surrounded instantly to ensure there was no escape.
Another star name destined to leave South Africa without making a significant mark, or scoring a goal, Messi did his best with the scraps that were offered without making the mesmerising burst or defence-splitting pass his team craved.
On the touchline, Maradona stood, knowing the difference between a great player and the absolute best is their ability to produce when the pressure is at its greatest, as he did in 1986.
Since then, Germany have gained revenge, both in the 1990 final and the quarter-final four years ago.
In his amusing dismissal of England, German skipper Philipp Lahm said he wanted to win today, inside 90 minutes, for his country to finally defeat a big team.
It was time for his youthful team-mates to announce their arrival.
First, a prone Muller stabbed the ball into space and set Podolski free to present Klose with a tap-in.
Then, pushing forward even though the game was won, Friedrich was on hand to finish from close range after Schweinsteiger had cut through the Argentine defence like a knife through butter.
Klose finished the rout.
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