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Germany 1-1 Argentina
Friday, 30 June 2006

Germany win 4-2 on penalties


M Klose 80


R Ayala 49


L Podolski 3yellow card
D Odonkor 90yellow card
A Friedrich 114yellow card


J Sorin 46yellow card
J Mascherano 60yellow card
R Maxi 88yellow card
J Cruz 96yellow card



47% 53%

Shots on target

7 5

Shots off target

7 8


4 6


23 30


  • 01 J Lehmann
  • 03 A Friedrich yellow card
  • 17 P Mertesacker
  • 21 C Metzelder
  • 16 P Lahm
  • 07 B Schweinsteiger (74 T Borowski )
  • 08 T Frings
  • 13 M Ballack
  • 19 B Schneider (62 D Odonkor yellow card )
  • 11 M Klose (85 O Neuville )
  • 20 L Podolski yellow card


  • 14 G Asamoah,
  • 18 T Borowski,
  • 09 M Hanke,
  • 23 T Hildebrand,
  • 15 T Hitzlsperger,
  • 04 R Huth,
  • 02 M Jansen,
  • 12 O Kahn,
  • 05 S Kehl,
  • 10 O Neuville,
  • 06 J Nowotny,
  • 22 D Odonkor


  • 01 R Abbondanzieri (71 L Franco )
  • 03 J Sorin yellow card
  • 02 R Ayala
  • 04 F Coloccini
  • 06 G Heinze
  • 18 R Maxi yellow card
  • 22 L Gonzalez
  • 10 J Riquelme (72 E Cambiasso )
  • 08 J Mascherano yellow card
  • 09 H Crespo (78 J Cruz yellow card )
  • 11 C Tevez


  • 16 P Aimar,
  • 21 N Burdisso,
  • 05 E Cambiasso,
  • 20 J Cruz,
  • 17 L Cufre,
  • 12 L Franco,
  • 19 L Messi,
  • 15 G Milito,
  • 14 R Palacio,
  • 07 J Saviola,
  • 13 L Scaloni,
  • 23 O Ustari

Ref: Lubos Michel
Att: 72000


By Dan Warren

"Don't cry for me Argentina, let's celebrate for Germany."
Commentator Alan Green, BBC Five Live Sport

1843 BST: The trouble seems to be calming down. Many of the Argentines are in tears, while the Germans have their shirts above their heads and are swinging them around. Jurgen Klinsmann has a smile almost as wide as the Brandenburg Gate.

"The attitude at the end of some of the Argentines was absolutely disgraceful."
Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

1840 BST: The Germany players celebrate their success - but there is a problem as the squads square up to each other on the pitch. In the chaos following Jens Lehmann's save, it seems someone from the Argentina camp may have swung a punch at a German player or official. Officials are trying their best to restore order. A dramatic game is ending in dramatic fashion.

Germany 4-2 Argentina
Esteban Cambiasso sees his spot-kick saved. Germany are in the semi-final.

Germany 4-2 Argentina
Tim Borowski shows a cool head and sends Leonardo Franco the wrong way to score.

Germany 3-2 Argentina
Maxi Rodriguez slots it into the corner, Jens Lehmann guesses correctly, but Rodriguez scores.

Germany 3-1 Argentina
Lukas Podolski hammers it into the corner of the net to score.

Germany 2-1 Argentina
Roberto Ayala produces a weak spot-kick along the floor, and it is saved by Jens Lehmann. Advantage Germany.

Germany 2-1 Argentina
Michael Ballack may be injured, but he has nerves of steel. Down the middle and he scores.

Germany 1-1 Argentina
Substitute Julio Cruz runs up and hits a perfect right-foot shot into the roof of the net to score.

Germany 1-0 Argentina
Oliver Neuville takes the first kick and scores.

1835 BST: The referee is talking to goalkeepers Jens Lehmann and Leonardo Franco. And Germany are to take the first penalty.

1831 BST: Oliver Kahn goes over to Germany keeper Jens Lehmann and wishes him all the best for the shoot-out. A surprising gesture, given the acrimony between the two.

FULL TIME Germany 1-1 Argentina
Penalties it is. Something has to give. Germany have had three World Cup penalty shoot-outs, against France (1982), Mexico (1986) and England (1990). They have won the lot. Argentina have had three World Cup penalty shoot-outs, Yugoslavia (1990), Italy (1990) and England (1998). They have won the lot.

120 mins: A free-kick from the right by Maxi Rodriguez is into the Germany penalty area. But Michael Ballack heads clear.

119 mins: One minute plus injury time remains. Penalties seem inevitable, unless someone can conjure up a remarkable finish...

118 mins: Carlos Tevez finds space on the edge of the box but fires way over the top as he looks for a dramatic goal. Meanwhile, Michael Ballack is back on the pitch - but he does not look mobile.

116 mins: A Germany counter-attack ends with a disappointing cross from David Odonkor. Perhaps more alarmingly for Germany, Michael Ballack is off the field receiving treatment. Germany are down to 10 men for now.

115 mins: Argentina's Fabricio Coloccini mis-hits a cross and almost flukes a goal. Jens Lehmann watches it as it swirls above his head and it bounces on the top of the crossbar with the goalkeeper not looking entirely comfortable.

114 mins: Arne Friedrich is the latest player to be booked after a clumsy foul on Carlos Tevez.

113 mins: As in the first half, Argentina are dictating the play again. But with less than eight minutes to go, the Germany defence is looking solid.

110 mins: The ball bounces dangerously around the Argentina box, but the danger is cleared. The expectation levels among the Germany fans when they get beyond the half-way line is immense.

108 mins: Argentina are on the attack and Christoph Metzelder has to put the ball out for a corner. But Germany clear the danger.

1814 BST: The final period of play begins in Berlin.

"If a penalty shoot-out happens, I think I'd back Germany."
Ex-England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

RATER POLL It seems you have a lot of (probably justified) faith in Germany when it comes to penalties. A total of 67% of voters on Player Rater believe Jurgen Klinsmann's side will win if the game goes to penalties - just 33% fancy Argentina. Perhaps Klinsmann should adopt a blanket defence tactic and see out extra-time.

EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME Just 15 minutes remain and still there is nothing to choose between the teams. Penalties are looming - and both sides have a good track record. Germany won their last penalty shoot-out in 1990 against, er, England. Argentina won their last penalty shoot-out in 1998 against, er, England. England aren't the opposition today - something will have to give.

105 mins: Juis Gonzalez tries an ambitious volley from a tight angle. It is well struck, but equally, it is well wide.

104 mins: Julio Cruz tries to thread a ball through to Esteban Cambiasso, but it is hit too strongly and goes through to Germany keeper Jens Lehmann.

101 mins: Michael Ballack is struggling. There were fears about his fitness before the match, and it seems extra time could be 30 minutes too far for the Chelsea man, who is currently rooted in the centre circle.

99 mins: Michael Ballack goes down in the box theatrically clutcing his face after coliiding with Roberto Ayala while both are looking to reach Oliver Neuville's free-kick. The referee is, correctly, having none of it - but chooses not to book the midfielder.

97 mins: Michael Ballack hits the ball long looking for substitute Oliver Neuville, but there is no chance of Neuville reaching it. Not even with his fresh legs.

95 mins: Carlos Tevez is back on and straight into the action, putting in a good tackle on David Odonkor. But Argentina's Julio Cruz is in the book after leaping for a header with Philip Lahm with his left arm raised.

94 mins: There is a hold-up in play after Carlos Tevez goes down clutching his face following a collision with a Germany player. He goes off to receive treatment and Argentina are temporarily down to 10 men.

93 mins: Julio Cruz has a good chance to break for Argentina, but the ball hits the back of his heels. The nerves are showing.

1757 BST: The action restarts in Berlin. Here's a good omen for Germany. The World Cup hosts have won their quarter-finals on penalties in both 1998 (France, against Italy) and 2002 (South Korea, against Spain). Will Jurgen Klinsmann's side make it a hat-trick?

END OF NORMAL TIME Miroslav Klose's header has kept Germany in the World Cup, following Roberto Ayala's earlier goal. The managers have to motivate their players for another 30 minutes - that's all they can do as both Jurgen Klinsmann and Jose Pekerman have used all three substitutes. Expect some tired legs soon.

90 + 3 mins: David Odonkor is booked for a tackle from behind on Esteban Cambiasso. The free-kick will be the final opportunity to attack in the match. But there is no late drama as the ball goes out for a throw-in.

90 + 3 mins: One minute of an absorbing second half remains.

90 + 2 mins: The home fans go a touch quiet as Argentina win a corner. And the cheers ring around as Jens Lehmann clutches the ball.

90 mins: Injury time begins. And extra time is looming.

89 mins: A heart-stopping moment for Germany as a quick break results in the ball being headed goalwards by Luis Gonzalez. Carlos Tevez ducks, Jens Lehmann dives and the ball bounces just wide. But an offisde flag is raised against Tevez.

88 mins: Maxi Rodriguez is at the centre of controversy. As he breaks into the box, he tumbles theatrically to the floor after Philip Lahm's tackle. It is not a penalty, and Rodriguez is booked.

86 mins: Goalscorer Miroslav Klose's afternoon's work is done. Oliver Neuville - he of the last-minute goal against Poland - is on for him. Will he repeat his dramatic feat?

85 mins: The buzz is still going around the Olympiastadion. TV replays have shown Jurgen Klinsmann's reaction to Miroslav Klose's equaliser. Excited doesn't even begin to cover it - it's like he's on an invisible pogo stick. Which is making him shout. A lot.

82 mins: Has Argentina coach Jose Pekerman blundered? He has taken his playmaker Riquelme off and used all three substitutes. Lionel Messi is on the bench and will not play a part. Will the South Americans be able to conjure up another goal?

80 mins: GOAL Germany 1-1 Argentina
Miroslav Klose sends the home nation into raptures. The tournament's leading scorer nets his fifth of the tournament, heading in after substitute Tim Borowski flicks on Michael Ballack's cross. The atmosphere in the Berlin Olympiastadion is extraordinary.

79 mins: Miroslav Klose has a half-chance as the loose ball bounces to him. But with the home crowd willing the ball in, his shot is blocked.

78 mins: Striker Julio Cruz is Argentina's third and final substitute. He replaces Hernan Crespo. And it means we will not see Lionel Messi in this match.

77 mins: Substitute Tim Borowski tries his luck from long range, and his effort causes fellow substitute Leonardo Franco some problems in the Argentina goal as it bounces just in front of him. But Argentina survive.

75 mins: Germany win a free-kick a few yards outside the area after a foul - rather soft, it must by said - on David Odonkor. But Lukas Podolski's effort is blocked by the wall.

74 mins: Jurgen Klinsmann makes his second change. Bastian Schweinsteiger is coming off and Tim Borowski takes his place.

73 mins: A real chance for Argentina - and they blow it. Maxi Rodriguez finds space on the right-hand side of the box after a swift counter-attack, but shoots into the side-netting.

72 mins: Argentina coach Jose Pekerman is shoring things up. He brings off Riquelme and brings on Esteban Cambiasso.

71 mins: Bastian Schweinsteiger, perhaps buoyed by the sight of a new Argentine goalkeeper in goal, tries a shot from a free-kick. Not a wise move - he was all of 40 yards out and the ball flew over.

70 mins: Bad news for Argentina. Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri was injured after colliding with Miroslav Klose during the corner which led to Michael Ballack's chance on 64 minutes. He cannot continue and Leonardo Franco takes his place.

69 mins: Germany have responded well to the challenge of going a goal behind and, for the first time, are taking the game to Argentina.

64 mins: Michael Ballack has a great chance blocked by goalscorer Roberto Ayala. A corner is headed clumsily back across his own goal by Fabricio Coloccini and Ballack's goalbound shot is stopped by the Valencia man.

63 mins: Argentina's Juan Pablo Sorin is already on a yellow card and had better watch his step against David Odonkor. The 22-year-old has a best time for the 100 metres of 10.9 seconds. Crumbs.

62 mins: Germany make their first change. Bernd Schneider comes off and winger David Odonkor - who made a real impact with his pace against Poland - comes on to the cheers of the Berlin crowd.

60 mins: Argentina's Javier Mascherano is booked for a sliding challenge on Bernd Schneider just outside the box. It is a good chance for Germany to attack. But Lukas Podolski's free-kick is woefully off-target and goes straight out for a goal-kick.

RATER POLL Most of you have faith in the Germans' ability to come back. According to 68% of those who voted on the player rater, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will recover from going a goal down.

56 mins: The Germans have led from the front in this tournament so far. Their attacking approach has been based on early goals. This is the first time they have trailed in any match - will they be able to bounce back?

54 mins: The game has opened up. A Germany attack breaks down, and Argentina's swift counter-attack ends which Luis Gonzalez has a shot blocked. It will disappoint Argentina coach Jose Pekerman, whose side had three against three for a moment.

52 mins: For obvious reasons, Germany's play - and their support - is imbued with a new sense of urgency. It is a rare event they have just witnessed. Ayala's strike was just his seventh goal in 105 international appearances.

49 mins: GOAL Germany 0-1 Argentina
Roberto Ayala heads in directly from Riquelme's corner. For all their possession, it is their first effort on goal - that is efficiency of which the Germans themselves would be proud. But for now, the hosts are stunned.

47 mins: Carlos Tevez, perhaps concerned at his side's lack of shots in the opening half, tries an ambitious volley from the edge of the area. As it flies about 20 metres over the top, it is difficult to imagine an effort being less on target.

46 mins: It does not take long for the action to get a bit nasty. Juan Pablo Sorin is booked for a tackle on Arne Friedrich - he will miss the semi-final should Argentina progress.

1702 BST: Germany restart the match.

1700 BST: The teams re-enter the arena, Germany first. There are no substitutions as of yet, but Argentina's prodigious talent Lionel Messi has been warming up during the break. He may yet have some impact on proceedings in Berlin.

1653 BST: Whatever Jurgen Klinsmann is telling his side in the dressing room, one thing is for certain. The hosts need to end their dreadful recent record against the established football nations to win. Germany have not beaten one of the game's established powers since their 1-0 win over England in October 2000.

"We've only had four shots in total and only two of them were on target, but despite that we've really enjoyed watching Argentina's passing."
Alan Green, BBC Five Live Sport

PLAYER RATER You have been most impressed by Argentina playmaker Riquelme so far - he leads the way on our Player Rater with 8.71. Miroslav Klose is the top German, with 8.14.

HALF-TIME The pundits, the bookies and the neutrals found this one too close to call beforehand. And so it has proved in a half of few opportunities. Argentina are dominating possession - but are yet to seriously test Jens Lehmann.

45 mins: Germany have a chance to attack just before the interval. But Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick from the right-hand side is headed clear. It is the last action of the half.

43 mins: Germany simply cannot keep hold of the ball. But for all the Argentines' possession, they are struggling to break down the Germans' defence. Nevertheless, Jurgen Klinsmann will be worried.

41 mins: Carlos Tevez is full of energy. He finds himself tackling Arne Friedrich in the left-back position and producing a Wayne Rooney-esque moment of skill as he nutmegs his German foe. Who promptly fouls him.

39 mins: A flowing move from Argentina ends with Carlos Tevez with his back to goal in the Germany penalty area. But he is swamped by Germany shirts and Per Mertesacker completes the clearance.

37 mins: Argentina are enjoying good possession in the Germany half, but the hosts' so-called suspect defence seems to be coping with the threat rather well. Jens Lehmann is yet to make a save of note.

36 mins: Hernan Crespo is fouled on the right-hand side by Christoph Metzelder, who is sticking to the striker very closely.

33 mins: Philip Lahm, sporting a rather fetching lower-arm bandage on his right arm clears - none too convincingly - after Carlos Tevez almost latches on to the loose ball in the box.

RATER POLL Still nothing to choose between the teams with half an hour gone. But those of you on our Player Rater poll are tipping the South Americans to progress, with 55% saying Argentina will win this match.

28 mins: Referee Lubos Michel has words with Lukas Podolski - already booked for an early foul - after the German clatters into Maxi Rodriguez. The gist of the conversation appears to be 'Watch it, sonny'.

27 mins: Hernan Crespo races into space to pick up Riquelme's pass. It looks like a dangerous moment for the hosts, but the referee has spotted that the ball hit Crespo's hand as he controlled and it is Germany's free-kick. Much to Crespo's disgust.

25 mins: A delightful ball from Michael Ballack finds Philip Lahm in space on the left. But the cross is far too deep.

23 mins: Germany are showing the pace on the counter-attack which has characterised their previous matches. But Argentina look a more formidable prospect at the back than anything the Germans have faced to date.

19 mins: Carlos Tevez produces a delightful pass through the legs of Arne Friedrich, but Juan Pablo Sorin's attempted cross is put out for a corner by Per Mertesacker.

17 mins: Michael Ballack wastes no time in making up for his mistake of one minute ago - and comes close to putting Germany ahead. He has an unmarked header after Bernt Scheider's cross and the ball flies just past the angle with Roberto Abbondanzieri rooted to the spot.

16 mins: A rare blunder by Michael Ballack puts Argentina on the attack and the move only breaks down with Luis Gonazalez trying to find a way through on the edge of the area.

14 mins: Argentina have the advantage with possession at the moment. A good ball towards Hernan Crespo is hammered out by Christoph Metzelder under some pressure.

12 mins: Juan Pablo Sorin finds space down the left for Argentina, but his attempted volleyed cross is blocked.

10 mins: Argentina have already done better than most against Germany at this World Cup. In three of their first four matches, the Germans have netted inside the opening 10 minutes. But not today - how will they react after not getting their customary quick start?

9 mins: An Argentina corner is cleared at the near post - with some difficulty - by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

7 mins: Lukas Podolski has Germany's first shot after the ball is tapped to him at a free-kick. Argentina keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri fumbles, but gathers at the second attempt.

5 mins: Things are starting to settle down, although the early signs are that this contest could be more like the niggly 1990 World Cup final (won by Germany) than the classic 1986 World Cup final (won by Argentina).

3 mins: Lukas Podolski is in the book already for Germany for a foul on Javier Mascherano. An ominous start for the hosts in the light of the disciplinary problems which have marked this World Cup.

2 mins: Riquelme takes an early free-kick for Argentina 10 yards ahead of the half-way line. There is some pushing and shoving in the box - the tension on the pitch is palpable.

1600 BST: Argentina get the game under way.


1558 BST: Michael Ballack and Juan Pablo Sorin shake hands in the middle of the pitch. The exchange is cordial - but there are no smiles from either player.

1556 BST: Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann seems relaxed and happy in the dug-out - and why not? Before the World Cup started, 86% of fans did not think Germany could win the World Cup. Now you would be hard-pressed to find a German who is not backing the side to the hilt.

1555 BST: Argentina's anthem plays first. The players do not sing, but they look focused, many with their hands across their chests. Germany's anthem follows. All the players are singing and they have their arms across each other's shoulders.

1552 BST: An anti-racist message is read out by Germany captain Michael Ballack - then passed to Argentina's Juan Pablo Sorin. Both players read it in their native tongue. It is an appeal from Fifa to combat racism in society.

1551 BST: Flags wave, balloons are released and the players enter the arena.

1550 BST: The cheers echo around the arena. A fanfare signals that the players are on their way out of the tunnel.

1548 BST: There is not a seat to be had at Berlin's 72,000-capacity Olympiastadion. The Argentines are well-represented in the crowd - but, obviously, the Germans are there in greater numbers.

1544 BST: The heatwave which has swamped Germany appears to be taking a day off. Temperatures in Berlin are expected to peak at a distinctly ordinary 20C - which should suit the hosts' high-octane approach.

1539 BST: Torsten Frings lit up Germany's opening match with a 30-yard belter against Costa Rica. But should he get booked there could be some Gazza-esque tears - one yellow card will rule him out of the semi-final, should Germany win.

1533 BST: England fans might be justified in being pleased that one of these two teams will be out of the tournament tonight. Argentina dumped England out of the 1986 and 1998 World Cups, while Germany ousted England in 1990 (and out of Euro 96 for good measure). Three of those four matches went to penalties - will one of these countries be suffering spot-kick hell later on?

1527 BST: In Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Germany have the most potent attacking force at the World Cup, with seven goals between them. But should they boast about this to Argentina's Carlos Tevez, he could always say: "So what? Here's my Olympic gold medal from 2004 when I scored the winning goal in the final against Paraguay". That would stop their bragging.

1520 BST: Omens are no indicator of football success. But here's one anyway - and it is bad news for Argentina. The country's tennis hero, David Nalbandian, has made a surprise exit from Wimbledon, suffering a defeat to Fernando Verdasco.

1515 BST: Most pundits have found this one too close to call. The bookmakers are struggling too. Most make Argentina favourites - by the slightest of margins. One million Berliners no doubt disagree.

1510 BST: The most eagerly-awaited match to date in this World Cup is less than hour away from kick-off. Germany, remarkably, have only been knocked out before the semi-finals in three of their 16 World Cup appearances. But the Argentines have the upper hand overall, with seven wins and five defeats in their 16 matches against Germany.

"Berlin is buzzing. An estimated one million people will be watching the game in the area of the city known as the 'fan's mile'."
Alan Green, BBC Five Live

1450 BST: The teams are in. Argentina's Javier Saviola is replaced by Carlos Tevez up front while Fabricio Coloccini comes in for Lionel Scaloni.

Luis Gonzalez has recovered from a groin injury and plays in midfield, while Lionel Messi is on the bench.

Germany have named an unchanged team as skipper Michael Ballack and striker Miroslav Klose were both passed fit after shaking off injuries.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the same team which started in the 2-0 second-round win over Sweden.


Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Frings, Ballack, Schneider, Klose, Podolski.
Subs: Asamoah, Borowski, Hanke, Hildebrand, Hitzlsperger, Huth, Jansen, Kahn, Kehl, Neuville, Nowotny, Odonkor.

Argentina: Abbondanzieri, Sorin, Ayala, Coloccini, Heinze, Maxi, Gonzalez, Riquelme, Mascherano, Crespo, Tevez.
Subs: Aimar, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Cruz, Cufre, Franco, Messi, Milito, Palacio, Saviola, Scaloni, Ustari.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

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