Wed July 7, 2010

Germany overwhelms Argentina, 4-0, to reach World Cup semifinals

By Grahame L. Jones
Updated: 11:03 AM 7/3/2010
Germany striker Miroslav Klose does a flip as he celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal -- his second of the day -- in a 4-0 victory over Agentina to advance to the World Cup semifinals.
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Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa-- Suddenly, it's 2006 all over again in Germany.

Fans are turning out in the tens of thousands on the streets of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and elsewhere to watch what is surely the best German soccer team put together in the past quarter-century.

That team, in a performance as devastating as it was comprehensive, demolished Argentina, 4-0, on Saturday to sweep into the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup.

"They did what we knew they were capable of doing," said downcast Argentine forward Carlos Tevez.

"I feel like I have been hit by Muhammad Ali," said Diego Maradona, Argentina's coach.

Striker Miroslav Klose scored two of the goals, bringing his haul in three World Cups to 14, tying the German record held by Gerd Mueller and leaving Klose only one goal shy of the World Cup record of 15 held by Brazil's Ronaldo.

Forward Thomas Mueller, no relation to his namesake, scored once and so did defender Arne Friedrich.

Germany took the lead in the third minute and never looked back. It was a motivated and tactically flawless performance, one that was unreservedly praised by Coach Joachim Low.

"What the team showed in terms of determination to win was the sort of thing you would expect from champions," Low said. "It was absolute class."

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