Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany

Referee: Lubos Michel | Attendance: 72000

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  • Miroslav Klose 80'

(4) 1 - 1 (2)


Game 57


  • Roberto Ayala 49'
  • 120'

    Still Heinze argues and shoves his finger in someone's face; he isn't happy. Now he's down on his haunches, holding his head. I think he's crying.

  • 120'

    A massive brawl breaks out on the half-way line; amazing scenes. Tevez and Heinze were in the thick of it, as were several officials. Not a very edifying way to end the afternoon.

  • 120'

    Lehmann is embraced by Kahn as Germany celebrate; a nice moment between the two warring keepers.

  • 120'

    GER 4-2 ARG: Lehmann's save leaves Cambiasso in tatters. Berlin erupts as Germany book their spot in the semi-final.

  • 120'

    GER 4-2 ARG: Borowski puts Germany on the edge of the semi-final with a nerveless spot-kick. His floppy hair bounces with joy as he leaps to celebrate.

  • 120'

    GER 3-2 ARG: Maxi stutters in his run-up; Lehmann guesses right, but Maxi has too much on his shot and places in the corner. Cool, dude.

  • 120'

    GER 3-1 ARG: Podolski drills low in to the corner. He punches the air in celebration. Good work, sunshine.

  • 120'

    GER 2-1 ARG: Ayala looks mean and moody as he strides up and places the ball. Lehmann guesses correctly, and saves!

  • 120'

    GER 2-1 ARG: Ballack has been suffering from cramp. It doesn't show as he blasts down the middle.

  • 120'

    GER 1-1 ARG: Whistles welcome Cruz up to the penalty area. It doesn't affect him; he sticks his penalty in to the top corner.

  • 120'

    GER 1-0 ARG: Neuville smashes his penalty in to the corner. He held his nerve magnificently there.

  • 120'

    Over the course of the next ten minutes, one man will become a hero; and another, his country's most hated man. Tough luck.

  • 120'

    FULL-TIME: A very tight game will end in the most exciting way possible - a penalty shoot-out.

  • 119'

    Germany flood forward in a counter-attack; they have plenty players in the attack, but Borowski's cross is cut out.

  • 118'

    Ballack is on the sidelines at the moment, receiving treatment, perhaps for cramp.

  • 117'

    GOOD PLAY, POOR CROSS! Odonkor teases his marker, gets to the by-line, but only picks out the goalkeeper with his low cross.

  • 116'

    OFF THE BAR! Coloccini's attempted cross is over-hit; Lehmann back-tracks and watches as the ball clips the top of the crossbar before bouncing out for a goal-kick.

  • 115'

    Friedrich is booked for clipping the heels of Tevez as the striker tried to turn inside the German half.

  • 114'

    STAT ME HARD, FOR I HAVE SINNED! I'm informed there have been over 50 free-kicks given so far in this game. Use that one to impress your friends down the pub tonight.

  • 113'

    Frings clatters Cruz on the half-way line; free-kick.

  • 112'

    Pekerman is very animated on the sidelines; Klinsmann joins in with a few pointless hand-gestures of his own.

  • 111'

    ...but Cruz heads over the crossbar.

  • 110'

    Argentina win a corner when Frings heads a cross behind. Maxi sends the corner in to the crowded penalty area...

  • 109'

    SOFT FOUL! Podolski is adjudged to have pushed Ayala as the two competed for a cross sent in to the Argentina penalty area. Quite what the referee spotted, I don't know.

  • 108'

    Mascherano is again moaning to the referee about something; I've never seen one man whine and winge so much in the course of a football match.

  • 108'

    Ballack is loping around the field at little more than walking pace at the moment; he has given this game everything. What a hero.

  • 107'

    SHOT! Tevez fires in a shot on goal, but his 30-yard effort is straight at Lehmann. Decent effort from the stocky little striker.

  • 106'

    Germany kick off the second period of extra-time.

  • 105'

    HALF-TIME, EXTRA-TIME: Very tight, very defensive; a penalty shoot-out seems likely, readers.

  • 104'

    Cambiasso tries to combine with Cruz as Argentina play in front of the Germany penalty area, but he can't get on the little return pass and Lehmann collects.

  • 102'

    OVER! Metzelder meets Odonkor's corner, but he plants his header high over the crossbar.

  • 101'

    Odonkor wins a corner for his side as he blasts an attempted cross against the legs of Sorin.

  • 100'

    Ballack stays down after stretching for a tackle in midfield; he is soon on his feet, but he looks very weary at the moment.

  • 99'

    SHOCKING DIVE! Ballack throws himself to the ground as he and Ayala tussle for a cross; a dreadful act of deception from the German captain.

  • 98'

    Ballack and Ayala square-up as the two wait for a free-kick to arrive in the penalty area.

  • 97'

    Both sides are still battling away, but they look very tired. I think another goal looks unlikely.

  • 96'

    Cruz is booked for jumping with his arms raised in a challenge with Lahm.

  • 96'

    Tevez is working very hard for his side; he is tracking back and doing some good defensive work.

  • 95'

    Klinsmann looks very cool on the sidelines; his powder-blue shirt is still immaculate.

  • 94'

    Tevez collapses to the ground, first holding his face, then his leg. Moments later, he seems to have recovered and play can finally go on.

  • 93'

    Lahm's cross is well defended on the edge of the area by Maacherano.

  • 92'

    There seem to be a few players struggling out there; the tempo is quite laboured at the moment.

  • 91'

    Metzelder is caught by a swinging boot from Maxi. Free-kick. The German defender stays down for a moment, but is soon back in the action.

  • 90'

    Argentina kick off the first half of extra-time.

  • 94'

    END OF 90 MINUTES: Germany deserved their equaliser, and we're now set for a stomach-churning, nerve-shredding, fingernail-biting 30 minutes of extra-time. Hold on to your hats, folks...

  • 94'

    ...but Germany head clear. The last chance passes.

  • 93'

    Odonkor is booked for clipping the heels of Gonzalez. Free-kick...

  • 92'

    Maxi's corner is met by Heinze, but Lehmann claims comfortably.

  • 91'

    Argentina win a late corner when Maxi's cross is deflected behind off Frings...

  • 90'

    Ballack seems to have dropped in to a defensive midfield position in the last ten minutes or so; he seems to be struggling for energy.

  • 89'

    GREAT SAVE! Lehmann palms away Gonzalez's header; a difficult task, with Tevez stood right in his line of vision.

  • 88'

    PENALTY! NO! BOOKING FOR DIVING! Maxi goes down as he tries to round Lahm in the penalty area; clear dive, and the yellow card is shown to the diving Maxi.

  • 87'

    It is a little surprising that Argentina didn't choose to use Messi off the bench; he could have really frightened the German defenders.

  • 86'

    GERMANY SUB: Klose is replaced by Neuville.

  • 85'

    Ballack seems to have picked up an injury.

  • 85'

    Maxi's cross causes a moment or two of panic in the Germany penalty area, but Ballack eventually clears.

  • 84'

    Adonkor and Tevez square-up to each other after a tussle on the sideline. The referee is quick to come over and calm things down.

  • 83'

    Argentina have used up all their substitutes, remember; that could prove interesting should we be forced in to another 30 minutes of extra-time.

  • 82'

    The crowd inside the stadium have gone wild; we're heading for extra-time.

  • 81'

    GOAL! Klose nods in from close range to bring Germany level. The relief is palpable

  • 80'

    ARGENTINA SUB: Cruz comes on to replace Tevez; Argentina's final change is to replace Tevez with Cruz up front.

  • 79'

    BLOCKED! Borowski's shot is blocked on the edge of the penalty area; Germany are managing to keep the pressure on the Argentina goal.

  • 78'

    GERMANY SUB: Borowski comes on to replace Schweinsteiger.

  • 77'

    Crespo almost intercepts a low pass from Lehmann out to Lahm; nervy moment for the German goalkeeper.

  • 76'

    ...but Podolski hits his shot in to the defensive wall.

  • 76'

    Ballack and Podolski stand over the free-kick...

  • 75'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Odonkor is fouled by Tevez as he attempts to get his shot away; free-kick, just on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 74'

    Maxi goes down and stays down after a tackle from Schweinsteiger; he is obviously time-wasting and it is breathakingly annoying to watch.

  • 73'

    UNLUCKY! Lahm gives the ball away in a dangerous area; the ball is worked to Maxi, but he slices his shot in to the side-netting.

  • 72'

    ARGENTINA SUB: Riquelme is replaced by Cambiasso; it's a defensive change from Pekerman, who brings on the more defensive-minded Cambiasso.

  • 71'

    BRAINLESS! Franco is the goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid; Schweinsteiger attempts to test him early on with a shot from the original free-kick, but he blasts over the bar.

  • 70'

    ARGENTINA SUB: Franco comes on to replace Abbondanzieri; the first-choice keeper didn't recover from the stomach injury he suffered as he came out for a corner.

  • 69'

    Ballack is brought down; free-kick to Germany, 45 yards out. Abbondanzieri seems to still be suffering; he is going to be substituted before the free-kick is taken.

  • 67'

    Germany win another corner, but Sorin heads clear.

  • 66'

    Odonkor has already given Germany an extra option down the right; he is very fast and direct, and a willing runner.

  • 65'

    Abbondanzieri is down receiving treatment for an injury he picked up at that last Germany corner; he's soon back on his feet again.

  • 64'

    CHANCE! Abbondanzieri comes for a deep corner, misses the ball; it breaks to Ballack, but his shot is blocked inside the six-yard box.

  • 64'

    Odonkor's first contribution is to clip a high cross in to the middle as Germany win another corner...

  • 63'

    Germany are dominating possession now; Argentina look content to sit back, soak up the pressure and play on the break.

  • 62'

    GERMANY SUB: Odonkor is brought on to replace Schneider; a straight swap down the right of midfield for Germany.

  • 60'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Schweinsteiger can't control Ballack's cross-field pass and Argentina break up another Germany attack.

  • 59'

    RUBBISH! Podolski over-hits his free-kick and the ball flies high out behind for a goal-kick.

  • 59'

    Podolski stands over the set-piece as the players jostle in the middle...

  • 58'

    Schneider is brought down by Mascherano on the right-edge of the penalty area; free-kick, and Mascherano is shown the yellow card.

  • 57'

    Klinsmann might have to sacrifice one of his midfielders for a more attacking option at some point; Neuville would be the man he turned to on the bench, I'm sure.

  • 56'

    Ballack spurns another shooting chance as he tries to slip Klose in; Ayala intercepts on the edge of the area.

  • 55'

    Argentina aren't usually a side easy to break down; it is going to be even harder for Germany now that the South Americans have the lead.

  • 54'

    ALMOST! Abbondanzieri comes for the free-kick but Mertesacker beats him to it; unfortunately, the defender can't direct his header on target.

  • 53'

    Podolski is brought down, 45 yards out. Free-kick, which Schneider stands over...

  • 52'

    This is the first time that Germany have been behind in the whole tournament; it must feel strange to them.

  • 51'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Coloccini tackles Klose inside the penalty area as Germany look for an immediate response.

  • 51'

    Mascherano blasts a shot high over the bar from 30 yards. Disappointing effort.

  • 50'

    Finally, we have a breakthrough; Argentina take the lead thanks to Ayala's thumping header. How will Germany respond?

  • 49'

    GOAL! Riquelme clips the corner in to the middle; Ayala climbs all over his marker, but powers a header past Lehmann.

  • 49'

    Argentina win a corner when Maxi attacks down the right and Lahm deflects his cross behind.

  • 48'

    If I was Jurgen Klinsmann, and God-willing, one day I hope to be, I'd have told my side during the half-time break: "Hey, lads, you've got to keep the tempo up. Keep pressing, keep getting forward. You can do this, boys. Win it for yourselves. Win it for me. Win it for Der Kaiser.' That's what I'd have said.

  • 47'

    Podolski curls the free-kick in to the middle, but Abbondanzieri comes through a crowd to claim.

  • 46'

    Sorin is booked for pulling down Friedrich; that's a blow for the Argentina captain - he will miss the semi-final, should his side make it through.

  • 46'

    Argentina's tactics worked well in the first half; they stopped Germany getting off to a flying start, and kept the crowd quiet. But coach Pekerman will be disappointed that his side didn't then kick on and threaten the German goal.

  • 45'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Germany kick off the second half. No changes at the break.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: A very organised, functional 45 minutes of football; if it were to be compared with a kitchen utensil, it would be a can-opener.

  • 45'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Germany win a free-kick, down near the by-line, in first-half stoppage-time; Schweinsteiger clips the ball in to the middle, but Ayala heads clear.

  • 44'

    Riquelme has seen more of the ball than any other player in this first-half; he is always available to his team-mates, giving them a passing option.

  • 43'

    Germany haven't really been able to use the home crowd to their benefit as yet; they have given their supporters nothing to get excited about.

  • 42'

    Argentina are knocking the ball about patiently in their midfield and back-four; they don't appear to be in any great rush to open the scoring.

  • 41'

    Tevez is shaped a little like a Weeble; you can wobble him, but you can't knock him down. He wins a free-kick as Schneider tries to barge him off the ball.

  • 40'

    It has been a very scrappy half; neither side has been able to impose themselves for any length of time.

  • 39'

    Argentina play through the German defence, but Tevez is finally crowded out on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 38'

    Heinze, I'm told, has a German father. And an Italian mother. How cosmopolitan.

  • 37'

    Juergen Klinsmann wins my vote as the smartest coach at this tournament; today, he has gone for a dark suit, with a crisp, snug powder-blue shirt, sleeves rolled-up. Wonderful. He looks like the smartest Geography teacher you've ever seen.

  • 36'

    Riquelme sends the ball in towards the back post, but Ayala pushes over Schweinsteiger and the referee awards Germany a free-kick.

  • 36'

    Crespo is tripped by Metzelder; free-kick, out on the right touchline.

  • 35'

    ...Riquelme's delivery in to the box is good, but Germany head clear.

  • 34'

    Argentina win a free-kick when Sorin has his shirt pulled. Riquelme again stands over the set-piece...

  • 33'

    Riquelme's angled through-ball almost finds Crespo, but Lahm comes across and slide the ball out for a throw.

  • 32'

    Lahm goes on a good run down the Germany left, but is stopped by Coloccini; he has a long way to get back in to his defensive position, but does so before Argentina can threaten.

  • 31'

    A third of the game gone, and we haven't really seen signs of a potential breakthrough.

  • 30'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    The re-unified Germany has never beaten Argentina; they have played four times since they met in the 1990 final, three times in Germany.

  • 29'

    On the evidence of some of the football we have seen so far in this tournament, either of these two sides would be worthy winners of the trophy.

  • 28'

    The referee has done well to get this game under control; there were some signs that it might become a firey affair, but the ref has doused all that.

  • 27'

    Riquelme feeds Crespo with a good pass over the top of the defence, but the referee rules that Crespo had controlled the ball with his arm and gives the Germans a free-kick.

  • 26'

    The Germans are just starting to edge on top at the moment; they have forced Argentina back, and making them play on the break.

  • 25'

    Smooth football from the Germans works a crossing chance for Lahm, the over-lapping full-back; unfortunately, he over-hits his centre and Argentina clear.

  • 24'

    Ballack out-muscles Riquelme as the two battled for a ball on the edge of the Germany penalty area.

  • 23'

    The winner of this tie will play the winner of the Italy v Ukraine match, played later this evening, in the semi-final.

  • 22'

    No really clear-cut chances as yet, for either side; there has been a lot of hussle and bussle, but nothing to test either goalkeeper.

  • 21'

    Juan Roman Riquelme rivals Figo as the grumpiest-looking player at this tournament; the Argentine midfielder plays as though he has just been told his tax return is over-due.

  • 19'

    NICE MOVE! Tevez brilliantly controls a long pass, feeds Sorin, but his low cross is deflected behind. Great move. Corner to Argentina.

  • 18'

    OVER! Mertesacker flashes a shot over the crossbar as he found a loose ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 18'

    Podolski goes down under a challenge from Mascherano; free-kick to the home side.

  • 17'

    SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Klose chips a superb cross in towards Ballack, but the Germany captain's header flashes high and wide.

  • 16'

    Gonzalez stumbles over the tackle of Metzelder, but the referee doesn't spot a foul.

  • 16'

    There is already some whistling from the German fans when Argentina have a spell in possession; perhaps some early frustration from the home fans.

  • 15'

    Germany to win, with bet365  
    Argentina to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Tevez looks very confident and dangerous when the ball comes in to his feet; he is as strong as a house and very difficult to knock off the ball.

  • 14'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Metzelder holds off Crespo as the two battle for Sorin's pass on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 14'

    Argentina have made a very patient start; while Germany seem to want to force the pace, their South American opponents are content to knock the ball around and wait for an opening.

  • 13'

    Sorin is pushing very far up the field; he is supposed to be playing left-back, but spends a lot of time in the final third at the other end.

  • 12'

    The old Olympiastadion in Berlin is absolutely jam-packed to the rafters; fantastic atmosphere inside the ground.

  • 11'

    BLOCKED! Podoloski's shot is blocked on the edge of the area; he looks lively in these early minutes.

  • 10'

    OOOH! Riquelme's free-kick is curled in to the middle; all it needs is a touch from an Argentina head, but no-one can reach it and Lehmann claims.

  • 9'

    A sloppy pass from Podolski hands possession back to Argentina; poor play from the young striker.

  • 8'

    TAME! Podoloski takes on the shot, but his effort is weak and easily claimed by Abbondanzieri.

  • 7'

    Germany win a free-kick, 30 yards out. Podolski and Schweinsteiger stand over the ball...

  • 7'

    Germany have only made two team-changes in the entire tournament so far; one of their strengths has been their consistency of selection.

  • 6'

    It seems that Frings has been given the task of man-marking Riquelme; he is sticking very close to the Argentinian play-maker in these early stages.

  • 6'

    Riquelme shows a nice touch to get down the left and fire in a low cross, but Germany clear.

  • 5'

    It is another warm, humid afternoon in Germany. I wonder if they have a hose-pipe ban at the moment. They must have; it has only rained on one day in the last month, from what I've seen.

  • 4'

    Podolski is booked for a little foul on Coloccini. It hasn't taken long for the referee to start flashing his cards. That's not a good sign.

  • 4'

    It has been a very niggly start to the match; already the players are chatting back to the referee and protesting at a series of little fouls.

  • 3'

    The free-kick is lofted in to the middle, but the referee spots a push by Heinze, and Germany win a free-kick of their own.

  • 2'

    ...Riquelme stands over the set-piece...

  • 2'

    Riquelme is brought down by Frings inside the centre-circle. Free-kick to Argentina...

  • 1'

    Both sides are lining up with a traditional 4-4-2, so the midfield will be a fiercely-contested area.


    Here we go; Argentina kick off the action.


    Juan Pablo Sorin, the captain of Argentina, is reading out an anti-racism annoucement; his words are greeted with universal applause. A nice moment.




    The players are lined up in the tunnel; some look nervous, others excited, some focussed, others bewildered.


    My name is Alex, and I'm going to be your eyes and ears for this afternoon's match. I hope you're excited; I'm quite literally trembling with anticipation.


    Hello, welcome to our coverage of Germany v Argentina, the first quarter-final of the 2006 World Cup.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 17(7)

  • -

  • 23

  • 47%


  • Argentina

  • 13(5)

  • -

  • 30

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Argentina
17(7) Shots (on goal) 13(5)
23 Fouls 30
4 Corner kicks 6
3 Offsides 3
47% Time of Possession 53%
3 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 6

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