WHAT A PERFORMANCE! Maradona and his side are left - as England were before them - humiliated and broken The talent in Argentina's ranks was there for all to see - Messi, Tevez, Higuain - but this was not a game about individuals, this was a game about a team. Eleven players playing in unison - and that team was Germany who put in one of the most emphatic performances we have seen in many a World Cup. The key to it all was organisation and simplicity as Germany came flying out of the blocks, opening the scoring early and almost putting the game beyond reach within the first fifteen minutes. Argentina edged their way back into it but Germany defended calmly and methodically, were never overawed and counter-attacked at ever opportunity. Going forward, Germany were just flawless at times with Bastian Schweinsteiger the jewel in the crown - controlling the game from midfield and in Miroslav klose they have as clinical finisher at World Cups as we have ever seen with 14 goals now - one off top man and Brazil legend Ronaldo. There might be a way to beat this Germany side but on this showing, it will be a tough ask for any team - including Spain. This game ends with Germany riding high and Argentina going home having been soundly beaten 4-0.
ALL OVER Unbelievable. Germany were electric and dispatch Argentina four goals to nil...
GOOAAAALLLL!!!! My oh my. This has just turned from a mere beating into an utter thrashing and it was so, so simple. Miroslav Klose hits another milestone on his 100th appearance by volleying himself level with Gert Muller's record for goals at World Cups.
NOTHING That is what we are getting from Argentina now. To put some perspective on this defeat, they have not shipped three goals at a World Cup since 1994 and if Germany could get another, they would be the first time to put four past Argentina since Czechoslovakia hit six past them in 1958.
MULLER OFF Thomas Muller will miss the semi-final following a yellow in this game and he will also miss the end of this game, limping off to be replaced by Trochowski. It's hard to believe that the player-of-the-tournament contender has only seven caps. He goes off to a deserved ovation.
QUALITY It is perhaps easier to gauge Germany's thumping victory over England last week because that was not a one off - this German side is quality, make no mistake about it. Argentina have been out-thought and out-fought... the discipline laced with attacking talent and intent from Joachim Low's side is a beauty to behold. This team are truly world class.
BROKEN Argentina were hit by the sucker punch and look absolutely broken. The faces painted sky blue and white look crestfallen in the stands and Maradona can only hope this doesn't get any worse. All they are playing for is pride now.
GOOOAALLLL!!!!! This is all over now. Argentina are all over the shop and Germany look imperious. Bastian Schweinsteiger waltzes past three players as he burst into the box on the left. He reaches the byline and spots Friedrich rushing in and finds him well for the defender to fire low past Romero. All over bar the shouting.
WEATHERED THE STORM Germany survived Argentina's best spell and Maradona's side look totally deflated here.
CHANGE FOR ARGENTINA Otamendi - at fault in the build-up for both goals - is replaced by Pastore.
GOOOAALLLL!!!!! It's that man Klose and he couldn't have an easier finish. Argentina are killed by the movement again as Podolski is sent clear down the left, sends a superb ball across that Burdisso cannot deal with and Klose can stroke home from a metre out. Killer blow from Germany.
A BUSY MAN Neuer has had a busy old time of it in the last ten minutes or so as Argentina fire in efforts from all angles. They still can't find the breakthrough though - or a meaningful chance...
SAFE STOP Argentina are breaking with more pace and purpose that at any other time in the game - and Germany seem to have changed tactic somewhat and look occasionally stretched as a consequence. Tevez sticks his right foot through the ball from distance but Neuer does well to hold onto it.
IN HIS POCKET Every time Lahm matches up against Heinze down Germany's right, the right back is breezing past the Argentine like he's not there. Low's side need to capitalise on it.
TIGHTER Argentina seem to have got a handle on dealing with the offensive threat of Germany somewhat but with so much of their attacking play on the counter attack at the moment, we shall see how Maradona's side cope when Klose and Podolski have a little more support.
POOR Schweinsteiger and Podolski have a debate over who gets a crack at goal from a free-kick but the arguing yielded little as the former leaves it for the latter to strike it straight into the wall. Poor.
BRAVE BLOCK Mertesacker is brave man, blocking Tevez's powerful effort with his face following a neat chest down from Maxi Rodriguez.
BAD TACKLE The more unsavoury side of Mascherano is evidenced as he clatters through Bastian Schweinsteiger with his studs showing. The German midfielder doesn't make a meal of it, though, and no card is shown.
GOOD TACKLE Germany respond with some pressure of their own but Klose is dispossessed wide on the left thanks to a cracking tackle from Javier Mascherano.
JUST WIDE Di Maria spanks one from 35metres out and the effort has Neuer worried but the ball flies just wide of the keeper's left upright. Positive stuff from Argentina.
GOOD START Good possession football from Argentina as Germany's first touch of meaning in the half comes after 1min 35secs, with Boateng forcing the ball off Messi and away for a corner.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY and no changes from either side... will we see a change in the pattern of play, though?
IN CONTROL Argentina grew into the game but Germany have effectively shackled all of the attacking talent on offer from Maradona's side. Not only have they defended superbly and with great shape and cohesion, they break with pace and intent, have looked genuinely threatening up front and could have scored more. Oh, to witness Maradona's half time team talk - for sure, Argentina will need it. Still all to play for.
HALF TIME The half ends with Germany one up
END TO END This game is absolutely consuming as the two teams look to press home a territorial advantage as quickly and directly as they can.
MULLER AGAIN Lahm skins Heinze to put over a good low cross for Muller - who is again, completely unmarked - but the youngster's shot is deflected wide. Germany may rue these missed chances later in the game but on the evidence so far, they will continue to create them.
PRESSURE Mascherano sent across a superb ball but the impressive Neuer met it with a masterful two handed punch. The pressure is growing on the Germany goal - but Argentina must be wary of the counter attack because this German outfit look electric on the break.
FRUSTRATION Argentina are definitely forcing their way back into this game but they have little to offer in the way of cutting edge and the frustration is evident. No more so than when Tevez went straight through Schweinsteiger.
OFFSIDE Argentina have the ball in the back of the net but it will not count - Heinze's superb through ball caught four Argentina players offside. The chance came just after a second disappointing free-kick from Messi who took it short and then belted his shot straight into the wall.
BETTER SAVE Higuain has Argentina's best effort to date and certainly, Argentina are starting to wake up following their dismal start. The shot was going in but lacked pace and Neuer did well to claim it low to his left.
CUT INSIDE Di Maria cut in from the left but his shot dribbled pretty pathetically into the arms of Neuer. Argentina are looking impotent - unable to get off their punches.
FREE-KICK Tevez wins a free-kick with a theatrical little dive from a Podolski shove but Messi can only send his effort miles over the bar. Argentina still do not look at all comfortable.
HYPNOTIC There is a strangely hypnotic rhythm to this game. Argentina will surely have some periods of ascendancy so it could all boil down to individuals taking their chances. Messi is dropping deep to try and get hold of the ball as Germany frustrate.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO... Germany once again slice through the Argentina back line and Muller centred right to the feet of Klose who conected well but fired over. They could have put this game to bed right there...
FIRST CHANCE Finally, Messi has the ball at his feet with a little bit of time and space and he dinks a great ball through for Tevez who is beaten to the ball by the onrushing Neuer.
MOVEMENT It is the fluid movement of this young German side that is bamboozling Argentina at the moment. Maradona's side just don't look comfortable and are struggling to find their markers.
ACTIVITY ON THE BENCH Perhaps in a not-so-subtle threat to those on the pitch, Diego Maradona has the subs warming up along the sidelines. They have certainly been nowhere in this game so far and some of those subs have seen about as much of the ball as Messi and his attacking colleagues.
CAN'T FIND A WAY Tevez looks to go past a player but his boot falls off mid-stride and the ball is cleared. Kind of sums up Argentina's day so far.
ELUSIVE Ozil and Muller were more than a handful for England last week and are so far proving the same for Argentina. Klose and Podolski are both pulling their markers all over the place and it is leaving big holes for Muller and Ozil. Argentina need to wise up the ploy - quickly.
YELLOW CARD The first yellow of the game goes to Otamendi who - quite needlessly - went through Friedrich when the ball had long gone. Late and untidy from the Argentine.
FIRST SIGHT For the first time we see Messi in full flow and for a second Argentina regain some swagger but the move quickly breaks down and Germany surge forward again.
REACTION We will soon see if the air of confidence Argentina have thrown off so far in this tournament has an underlying fragility. They have never been behind in this competition so far and are struggling to cope with Germany's passing game.
ON TOP Germany are playing all around a static Argentina who look completely shell-shocked. They need to gather some composure here - and quickly - or this could get bad for Messi and co. very quickly.
GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Wow. Germany mean business and they make the perfect start, Schweinsteiger bends a free-kick towards goal and England's tormentor-in-chief, Thomas Muller comes across the ball and heads past Romero - who should have done better. What a start...
LIVELY Klose loses the ball on the edge of the Argentina box and chases down Demichelis and gives him a sharp nip from behind who goes down like he has been hit by Mike Tyson. This could get lively pretty quickly if we see any more tackles like that early on.
AND WE'RE OFF Germany get this game underway
THE ANTHEMS Argentina look absolutely bang up for this game - there is an air of extreme concentration, echoed by their coach Maradona who looks ready to explode. The Germans on the other hand, look relaxed yet determined. This should be very, very interesting.
HISTORY These two teams have a deep running rivalry and there have been some classic games including in the final of the 1990 World Cup - which Germany won and will be remembered more for Argentina's indiscipline than the sparkling football. In 2006, a compelling game ended with a penalty shootout - won, with clinical precision by the Germans. Who knows what we will get here - it might be a slugfest, it might be a cagey affair - but either way, it is sure to be enthralling, so stick around for full coverage of the action.
ARGENTINA TEAM 22-Sergio Romero; 15-Nicolas Otamendi, 2-Martin Demichelis, 4-Nicolas Burdisso, 6-Gabriel Heinze, 14-Javier Mascherano, 20-Maxi Rodriguez, 7-Angel Di Maria, 10-Lionel Messi, 11-Carlos Tevez, 9-Gonzalo Higuain
CONTINUITY Both sides remain unchanged from their Last-16 encounters so Messi has recovered from the sniffles and Miroslav Klose wins his century of international caps.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, who has been suffering with a cold, is expected to be fit. Defender Walter Samuel is available after recovering from a thigh injury. Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil sat out Thursday's training due to fatigue and forward Lukas Podolski has a muscular problem, but both players should be fit. Striker Cacau looks likely to miss the match due to a stomach muscle injury.
PREVIEW Argentina's quarter-final clash with Germany in Cape Town is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the 2010 World Cup finals. Both teams are in fine form and come into the match on the back of impressive round-of-16 victories. Argentina beat Mexico 3-1 in Johannesburg, while Germany ended England's World Cup hopes with a superb 4-1 win in Bloemfontein. Diego Maradona's side will be looking to avenge their penalty shootout defeat by Germany in the quarter-finals four years ago.
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