CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03: Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3 2010 in Cape Town South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Germany Rolls Through Argentina, Into Semifinals With 4-0 Win

Germany and Argentina have met in two World Cup finals, but it is the quarterfinal between the two teams four years ago that has been the focus of attention leading into today's edition of this rivalry.

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World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Germans Walk Over Argentines, Into Semifinals

Three goals in the final 22 minutes gave Germany an easy 4-0 victory over Argentina, qualifying them into their third consecutive World Cup semifinal.

The Germans were up after three minutes through Thomas Müller, the 20-year-old attacker heading home a Bastian Schweinsteiger dead ball for an early 1-0 lead.

Thought a push from Argentina at the end of half that saw half-chances for Ángel Di María and Gonzalo Higuaín, Germany took their 1-0 lead into a second half that opened with up-and-down play, though neither team was initially able to create scoring chances.

That changed in the 68th minute when Müller, on the ground, fed a pass behind the right side of Argentina's defense for Lukas Podolski.  The left winger made for the near post and, once he got goalkeeper Sergio Romero to commit, fed a ball into the six yard box for Miroslav Klose, who converted to give Germany a 2-0 lead.

Six minutes later Argentina put the match away, again exploiting the right side of Argentina's defense.   Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was able to dribble through that side, get to the by line and cut a pass back for central defender Arne Friedrich, who right-footed home is first international goal.

Near the end of the match, Podolski earned another assist when he floated a ball to Klose, who volleyed a ball past Sergio Romero for his 14th World Cup goal, putting Germany up 4-0.

With the goal, Klose tied Gerd Müller for second all-time in World Cup goals.  The German striker is now behind Brazil's Ronaldo for the all-time lead.

The only bad news for Germany came near the end of the first half, when a hand ball called on Thomas Müller earned the attacker a yellow card and, having carried a card into this match, a suspension for Wednesday's semifinal.

There, Germany will play the winner of Spain-Paraguay, to kick-off in Johaneesburg later today.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Miroslav Klose's 14th World Cup Goal Puts Germany Up 4-0

Miroslav Klose is within one of tying the record for most career World Cup goals after scoring his 14th in the 88th minute against Argentina, putting Germany up 4-0 and on the verge of the semifinals.

A counterattack led to Lukas Podolski with the ball on the left flank, the Köln  attacker floating a  cross for Klose, whose right footed volley was perfectly placed in Sergio Romero's lower right-hand corner, giving the Germans a 4-0 lead.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Arne Friedrich Goal Puts Argentina Away

Arne Friedrich has his first international goal, a surprisingly easy score for Germany, putting the team up 3-0 with one step into the semfinals.

The goal came as midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger beat a number of Argentine defenders through the right side of their  defense, getting to the by line near Sergio Romero's right post before cutting the ball back for Friedrich, still forward after a corner kick.  The central defender's right footed shot into an almost undefended net made the score 3-0 Germany in the 74th minute.

Friedrich had 76 international appearances for Germany before today's quarterfinal, having never scored a goal.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Miroslav Klose Benefits From Podolski, Mueller Work, Puts Germany Up 2-0

An open second half that had given few clear scoring chances was broken open in the 6thh minute when Miroslav Klose scored his 13th World Cup goal to put Germany up 2-0 over Argentina.

The play began with build-up through the left side that was eventually played behind the line for Lukas Podolski by Thomas Müller, who turned while on the ground to put a pass beyond the right side of Argentina's line.  Podolski went toward the near post and put a ball across the six for Klose as goalkeeper Sergio Romero committed. 

Klose took two touches to push Germany to a 2-0 lead.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Thomas Mueller Goal Stakes Germany To 1-0, Halftime Lead

Germany's 20-year-old attacker Thomas Müller continues to make this World Cup into his coming-out party, scoring in the third minute to give the Germans and early lead in their quarterfinal against Argentina.

Müller ran onto the Bastian Schweinsteiger set piece and headed the Germans in front, having lost his mark and creating an easy finishing opportunity.

It was Müller's fourth goal of the tournament, tying him for the competition's lead, though it was not all good news for the Bayern Munich starlet.  Toward the end of the first half, Müller picked-up a yellow card for a hand ball, earning him a suspension.

By that time, Argentina had evened-out the match, controlling play in at the end of the half, keeping the match in Germany's defensive third.  Argentina, however, has only two shots on goal - two chances from the right of goal, from Angel Di María and Gonzalo Higuaín.

Lionel Messi has been marked by Bastian Schweinsteiger throughout the first half, having less of an effect on this match than he's had on Argentina's previous four.

Argentina has held 56 percent of the match's possession.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Nicolas Otamendi Picks Up Match's First Yellow Card

After what was far from the most egregious tackle of the first 11 minutes, Nicolás Otamendi's difficult start against Germany got worse when he was shown a yellow card.

Otamendi's tackle on Arne Friedrich deep in the Germany end brought out the card, though Otamendi could have been carded eight minutes earlier, cynically taking down Lukas Podolski after the winger had played a  ball past him.  The card stayed in Ravstan Irmatov's pocket, though Germany scored on the ensuing set piece, Otamendi having lost goal scorer Thomas Müller on the play.

Minutes before Otamendi's first foul, Miroslav Klose committed what appeared to be a caution-worthy tackle on Maxi Rodríguez,  though only in the second minute of the match, Irmatov kept his card in his pocket.

The match is now in the 15th minute, with Germany maintaining a 1-0 lead.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. Germany: Thomas Mueller Puts Germany Up In Third Minute

Germany easy converted a set piece in the third minute to take a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the teams' 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match-up.

Bastian Schweinsteiger service from the left flank, a dead ball won by Lukas Podolski against Nicolás Otamendi, was curled toward the near post where Thomas Müller was running clear of his man (Otamendi) to easily head the opening goal past Sergio Romero.

The 20-year-old attacker is now tied for the tournament lead in goals with four.

The match is now in the seventh minute with  Germany leading 1-0.

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