Quarterfinal – Argentina versus Germany

Muller already scored the first goal in three minutes

PEEEEEEP PEEEEP PEEP. Game over. The streets of Buenos Aires are safe from short naked men and Germany were rampant. Can they be beat?

89:00 – GOOOOOOAAAALLL – Klose scores his second. Germany pick them apart for the upteenth time. Cross comes in and Klose takes his time and taps it in. He becomes the second most prolific goal scorer in world cup history, right behind the fat one. Germany 4 – Argentina 0

87:00 – Messi has a shot on goal but it is at Neuer. Not going his way as we all thought might happen.

85:00 – Low looks like he should be in art gallery reviewing the latest work from some post bauhaus hipster.

83:00 – Argentina keep trying but the uphill climb is too steep.

77:00 – Merkel is overjoyed. Love it. Heads of state rooting on their players!

74:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAALLL. Friedrich bundles the ball over as Schweinstieger does all the work ad he dribbles through people and around the Pillars of cement that are masking as Argentine defenders and then lays it off to the defender for his first ever international goal. Germany 3 – Argentina 0

73:00 – Germany’s only form of defense is to attack more…fantastic!

68:00 – GOOOOOOAAAALLL. Klose scores on his 100th cap. Podolski gets the ball as the Argentine defenders watch in admiration as he threads a cross for Klose to juggle in. Germany 2 – Argentina 0

67:00 – Germany get a free kick in the same position as their goal but this time Argentina are awake and clear it with ease.

64:00 – Tevez tries to replicate his wonder goal against the Mexicans but the shot needed some flight. Higuain is released moments later but his shot is well controlled by Neuer.

60:00 – Higuain leads the breakaway but holds onto the ball for too long and the threat is over. He had Tevez and Messi either side of him.

58:00 – Tevez and Messi just put on a clinic of dribbling and ball control without going to ground at the slightest touch. Fantastic but nothing comes of it as they are surrounded by 7 German players.

57:00 – Higuain is caught offside. That’s the first thing he really has done in this game, but ignore him at one’s own peril.

55:00 – I wrote too soon!

54:00 – Mertesacker saves a full on Tevez shot in the face. If there was ever a reason for showing something in super slo mo that was it.

50:00 – Ozil has the sort of face that reminds one of the creepy psycho in movies, but he sure can play football.

48:00 – Di Maria attempts a shot from distance, but the swerving ball goes wide.

46:00 – Game back on. Drinking a beautiful beer from the Elizabeth Street Brewery and munching on a bacon scone.

46:00 – Messi trying to do everything and he can but his shooting is of and it goes high and wide

44:00 – Lahm blows by Heinze like he’s John Terry and sends a great ball to Muller but his effort is blocked and goes just wide.

42:00 – Germany looking good on the counter but Mascherano shows how to stop an attack by tackling. Barry should take note.

39:00 – Podolski tries his luck from distance but it was always curving and went wide.

37:00 – Argentina put the ball in the back of the net but the entire team was offside.

35:00 – Argentina’s turn to have a dangerous free kick as Muller handles the ball.

31:00 – Messi tries his luck with a free kick. Jublani wins.

28:00 – Messi showing his class as he rounds 2 players and gets to the byline but his cross is out of bounds. Could he actually not score at this world cup?

24:00 – Klose with too much time and leans back as he skies the ball when he was open with the keeper to beat. Lucky for the South Americans.

23:00 – Messi sends a lovely through ball to Tevez but its a tad too strong. Tevez tries to hurdle Neuer but his little legs tap the keeper on the head.

22:00 – Germany having no trouble getting through the Argentine defense and are giving up the ball on their own accord.

15:00 – Di Maria gets a ball of Tevez down the wing and brings it to the byline and cuts back, but his pass was behind everyone and Germany clear.

11:00 – Tevez is at his usual fiestyness as he battles against 3 German players. Odds are against him as he loses the ball.

5:00 – What a perfect start for an exciting game. Germany do not know how to park the bus!

3:00 – GOOOOOAAAAALLLL  – MULLER. Terrible defending by ARgentina of a free kick as MUller runs in with an absolute free header. What a start. Germany 1 – Argentina 0.

Tweeeeeet – Game on…sleepy


The lineups

German: Neuer, Lahm, Mertesacker, Boateng, Friedrich, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiessling, Badstuber, Trochowski, Kroos, Cacau, Marin, Butt, Gomez.

Argentina :Romero, Otamendi, Demichelis, Burdisso, Heinze, Maxi, Mascherano, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain, Tevez.
Subs: Pozo, Rodriguez, Bolatti, Veron, Garce, Samuel, Aguero, Gutierrez, Palermo, Milito, Andujar, Pastore.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John on 2010/07/03 at 7:04 AM



  2. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/07/03 at 7:09 AM

    The Argentina keeper looked shaky in the last game, Germany needs to continuously test him.


  3. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/07/03 at 7:49 AM

    37:00 – Argentina put the ball in the back of the net but the entire team was offside.

    I love this. And then they react like a great injustice has befallen them.


  4. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/07/03 at 8:47 AM

    Loved Ballack’s reaction to the 4th goal.


  5. Posted by Hercules on 2010/07/03 at 8:48 AM

    Wow. 4-0. It looks like Argentina is just falling apart, but Germany is looking very impressive. England doesn’t look quite as bad now. And Messi could escape the World Cup without a goal. Didn’t sound possible before it all started did it?


    • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/07/03 at 8:53 AM

      No goals for Messi, Rooney, and one for C.Ronaldo, although that one seemed more of a fluke than anything.


  6. Posted by Hercules on 2010/07/03 at 8:51 AM

    And what happened to South American dominance?


  7. Posted by Tom M on 2010/07/03 at 8:57 AM

    Every World Cup it seems people say that this is the year Germany can’t compete for a title. This year they didn’t have the star power, no goalie, too young, and whatever else and every freakin’ World Cup they are in the semi’s. Unbelievable. I guess the moral is don’t ever doubt the Germans.


  8. Posted by Mark T on 2010/07/03 at 9:11 AM

    Just a random thought…

    During the game Martin Tyler mentioned that Neuer admitted that he deceived the ref on the England non-goal.

    Isn’t “intentionally deceiving an official” a bannable offense?

    Eduardo was banned for that offense (though difference circumstances) by UEFA after his Champions League shenanigans versus Celtic. Does FIFA have a similar rule.

    Considering all the debate about Suarez, I thought I’d bring it up.


    • Posted by Hercules on 2010/07/03 at 11:48 AM

      I thought that he heard that he didn’t try to deceive the ref. He just picked up the ball. I think he was a similar position to Howard last year in the Confed Cup Finals v. Brazil, just more clear cut. He was on the ground when it went over him, he might have just thought that it hit the crossbar and got it out of there as quickly as possible.


  9. Posted by s44 on 2010/07/03 at 9:16 AM

    I love how Germany loves to mercilessly run up the score.


    • Posted by penpen on 2010/07/03 at 9:51 AM

      The best defense to be sure (for them and all us spectators).


      • Posted by s44 on 2010/07/03 at 11:05 AM

        They just stay focused and clinical no matter what the score. You saw the Dutch with similar blowout chances just blow it. (Which isn’t to say they can’t beat the Germans if that’s the final.)

        We (the US) have come a long way in staying calm and focused when we’re down, but no one is as sharp when they’re comfortably ahead as these guys.


  10. Posted by JW on 2010/07/03 at 9:50 AM

    There are 8 players with more than 1 assist right now (before Spain-Paruguay). Germany has 4. There are only 4 players with 3 assists right now. Germany has 3. THREE. Granted, these are inflated because of the counter-attacks in the past two games, but it has still been a clinic on how to get into dangerous positions, and why the timing and exacting position of a run is more important than it’s existence.


    • Posted by Dougs on 2010/07/03 at 9:57 AM

      Thanks for pointing out those stats. They validate the sense you get watching Germany that they play as a cohesive unit better than any other squad currently inthe tournament.


  11. Posted by s44 on 2010/07/03 at 11:35 AM

    Uh, did you just *replace* the entire Germany post?


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/03 at 11:41 AM

      Apparently. We are having terrible internet issues in the “basement”. Sorry about that


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