Germany master penalties to beat Argentina to semi-final spot

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Friday, June 30, 2006

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Germany beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the Fifa World Cup semi-finals in Berlin, Friday.

Olympiastadion, Berlin.

The match had drawn 1-1 without many clear chances for either side due to defensive play on both sides. First it was Germany who were unable to be positive as Argentina dominated play with 65 per cent of ball possession.

Until their goal Argentina controlled the game.

Four minutes after half-time Roberto Ayala got across Miroslav Klose to meet Juan Riquelme's corner which he powered between Jens Lehmann and his near post guard, Philipp Lahm.

The goal early in the second period made for a more exciting match which had been mostly uneventful in a first half during which neither side could muster more than a single shot. However; good scoring chances where hard to come by.

Juergen Klinsmann may be credited with a substitution change that partially helped Germany get an equalising goal. The fast David Odonkor troubled Juan Sorin and the Argentine left flank and allowed Germany to press forward nearer to the opposition penalty area.

Argentine manager may also have made a tactical mistake and suffered form a moment of bad fortune. In the minutes before Germany equalised from Ballack's wonderful left field cross his goalkeeper had to be stretchered off with a muscle injury.

Jose Pekerman followed his keeper's substitutions with two defensive ones; taking off creative midfield playmaker Riquelme and forward Hernan Crespo. The gifts of Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola were left on the bench while Julio Cruz, a long ball-holding forward, was brought on to partner Carlos Tevez.

The bad luck and changes seemed to put Germany in charge of the tactical game for the first time in the match.

A minute after Cruz arrived Pekerman might have regretted his decision. Klose's fifth World Cup goal ten minutes from time put him at the top of the Fifa Golden Boot leader board as the tournament's highest goalscorer. He beat his marker to dip and head beyond Leonardo Franco after Tim Borowski, a substitution on 74 minutes, had flicked on a Ballack cross.

The game finished 1-1 and the two halves of extra time mirrored the match; first half uneventful, the second half more attacking. Fabricio Coloccini came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the crossbar from 45 yards trying to catch Lehmann off his goal line.

Neither Germany or Argentina had lost in a World Cup penalty contest; both sides had won three. All the penalties hit the target and were well struck, except Ayala's who hit a soft effort which Lehmann saved to his left. Cambiasso's effort to Lehmann's left was better struck but the keeper had guessed the right side to dive to break Argentine hearts.

Post shootout melee

FIFA launched an investigation into an on-field melee which began after the penalties had been decided in Germany's favour.

Punches and kicks were thrown in the tangle. Unused Argentine substitute Leandro Cufre assaulted German Per Mertesacker and was presented the red card by Lubos Michel.

According to the German captain Michael Ballack the conflict originated when Argentine players shouted at the German team during the shootout. When Tim Borowski got Germany's fourth penalty he made a sign to the Argentine players to be quiet.

After the penalty kicks Argentine players approached Borowski and a scuffle of mostly pushing began that involved dozens of players, referees, coaches and substitutes.

FIFA said television pictures would be looked at and fines or sanctions would be considered if appropriate.

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Match 57

June 30, 2006
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Olympiastadion
Klose 80'
Ayala 49'

Attendance: 72'000


Flag of Germany.svg Notes Result Flag of Argentina.svg Notes Result
Neuville Hard to left Soccerball.jpg Cruz High to right Soccerball.jpg
Ballack Hard to right Soccerball.jpg Ayala Saved low left X
Podolski Hard low left Soccerball.jpg Rodriguez Stutter, low right Soccerball.jpg
Borowski Low to left Soccerball.jpg Cambiasso Saved low left X
Total 4 Total 2

Notes are from the goalkeeper's view.



Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svg Jens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich 114'Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgTorsten Frings Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgBastien Schweinsteiger
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Soccerball.jpg Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski 3'Yellow card.svg


  • 62' David Odonkor 94'Yellow card.svg for Schneider
  • 74' Tim Borowski for Schweinsteiger
  • 86' Oliver Neuville for Klose

Coach: Juergen Klinsmann

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Argentina.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Abbondanzieri (GK)
Flag of Argentina.svgGabriel Heinze Flag of Argentina.svgFabricio Coloccini Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Ayala Soccerball.jpg Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Sorin (C) 46'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgLuis Gonzalez Flag of Argentina.svgJavier Mascherano 60'Yellow card.svg Flag of Argentina.svgMaxi Rodriguez 88'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Riquelme
Flag of Argentina.svgHernan Crespo Flag of Argentina.svgCarlos Tevez


  • 71' Leonardo Franco (GK) for Abbondanzieri
  • 72' Esteban Cambiasso for Riquelme
  • 79' Julio Cruz 95'Yellow card.svg for Crespo
  • unused Leandro Cufre 120' Red card.svg

Coach: Jose Pekerman

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Slovakia.svg Referee: Lubos Michel Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Roman Slysko

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Martin Balko

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fourth referee: Massimo Busacca

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fifth referee: Francesco Buragina

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