Friday, June 30, 2006

World Cup : Germany vs Argentina

Argentina knocked out by hosts Germany in the world cup's second penalty shoot out.

pictured: Germany's striker Miroslav Klose

After playing full time and both the extra time at a score of 1-1, the match had to be decided by way of penalties with Germany winning 4-2.

With the match being goalless at half time, the deadlock was broken in the 49th minute by Argentina's Roberto Ayala who headed a corner from Riquelme past Germany's goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Germany was restored parity thanks to striker Miroslav Klose's 5th goal of the tournament. Klose scored in the 80th minute by heading a cross from Ballack.

The scores were tied at 1-1 even after the 2nd extra time were.

With the partisan German crowd cheering their team on it was Germany which came out on top in the shootout.

German goalie Lehmann saved 2 shots from Ayala and Cambiasso each to seal Argentina's fate and send them packing home. Oliver Neuville, Michael Ballack, Lukas Podolski and Tim Borowski scored for the Germans.

Argentina managed only 2 goals with Julio Cruz and Maxi Rodriguez scoring.

With this win Germany has added to its perfect World Cup penalty shootout win record.

The end of the match saw pushing on field when Argentine and German players clashed and Argentine players surrounded the referee. German manager Bierhoff also got involved in the unfortunate incident.

Argentina's pain was compounded when their coach Pekerman announced that he quit his post.

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