Germany thrash Argentina to reach final four

16:25, July 04, 2010      

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By Sportswriter Cao Jianjie

Germany gave their deadly enemies Argentina a 4-0 beating in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium on Saturday to romp into the World Cup semifinals.

Thomas Mueller's third minute goal eased the Germans' nerves and Miroslav Klose scored twice and Arne Friedrich added one in the second half.

Three minutes into play, Bastian Schweinsteiger delivered an inswinging free kick from the left and Thomas Mueller got in front of Nicolas Otamendi to glance the ball goalwards, which hit keeper Sergio Romero's right leg before flying into the net.

That was the quickest goal and Mueller's fourth at this World Cup, beating English Steven Gerrard's effort against the United States.

Germany were menacing on every attack, coming at the Argentina backline with fleuncy and precise passing and reminding people of Germany's mercilessness in their 4-1 trouncing of England in the second round.

Argentina's first decent chance came at the 22nd minute when Lionel Messi curled the ball behind the back of the German defence for Carlos Tevez, but Manuel Neuer was quick enough to snatch the ball.

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