Germany Vs Argentina Results: Germany Smashes Argentina 4-0By Soumitra Mondal, Gaea News Network
Saturday, July 3, 2010
San Francisco (GaeaTimes.com) Argentina’s quest for the World Cup 2010 came to an end as the Germans inflicted a mammoth 4-0 defeat on Maradona’s Eleven. After the 1-0 on the first half, the Germans came back with renewed energy on the second half to play better than ever before as they pinned down the final series of nails on Argentina at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium.
Argentina had 54% ball possession and also had 20 shots on target compared to Germany’s 18 shots but these stats did not reflect anything on the final scorecard.
The first goal of the match took only three minutes as Schweinsteiger’s superbly judged inswinging free kick was slightly headed by Thomas Mueller. This is the quickest goal so far at the World Cup 2010 and also the quickest for Germany. Argentina could not respond with a goal in the remaining 87 minutes of play.
Germans continued to produce better chances for goal and Klose wasted a good chance to score a goal from the ball set by Mueller. La Albiceleste played on speculative long range efforts Lionel Messi fired up before the end of the first half.
Podolski led a counter attack in the second half and Klose scored a goal in the 68th minute. With a dazzling solo run from Schweinsteiger, Arne Friedrich removed any doubt that their team is going to win with their third goal. Klose scored the fourth goal from Ozil’s measured cross with a minute remaining to rub some more salt into Argentina’s wounds for a memorable German win.
With Miroslav Close’s two goals he totaled 14 goals in three tournaments. This record equals with the German record held by Gerd Mueller. The world record is held by Brazil striker Ronaldo with 15 goals.
Bastin Schweinsteiger was awarded man of the match and Germany will face Spain or Paraguay in the Semi Finals.