4 Jul 2010

Germany stun Argentina 4-nil

5:48 am on 4 July 2010

Germany have stunned Argentina with an incredible 4-nil victory in the quarter-finals as the favoured South Americans followed Brazil out of the football World Cup.

A third minute goal from Thomas Mueller and two second half strikes from Miroslav Klose and one from Arne Friedrich booked the Germans a semi-final date with either Spain or Paraguay.

Diego Maradona's Argentina, like Brazil who were dumped out by Netherlands, had been strongly fancied to reach the final.

But Germany's early goal gave them confidence and they dominated the match, sternly resisting the attempts of Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez to break them down.