Created on 03-07-2010 at 00:00 AM
Germany hit a new high at the World Cup in South Africa with a 4-1 demolition job on joint trophy favourites Argentina, earning Joachim Löw’s men a semi-final meeting with Spain. Miroslav Klose struck a brace in his 100th international appearance, with Thomas Müller and Arne Friedrich also on target in front of a 64,100 crowd in Cape Town. The result means FCB man Martin Demichelis is on his way home.
“What’s happened today is obviously just unbelievable. After you’ve played Argentina off the park and beaten them 4-0, you’re basically speechless,” said Müller, whose third-minute goal set Germany on their way to a famous victory. The shooting star and Klose are now both on four goals for the tournament. “The star today was definitely the team, yet again. We’re all playing at the limit,” enthused Müller, although the youngster collected a second booking and will now miss the last four clash.
Only Ronaldo ahead of Klose
That was the only blemish on an otherwise stunning afternoon for the Germans. Klose took his total at World Cup finals to 14, level with legend Gerd Müller. Only former Brazil ace Ronaldo (15) has now scored more at the tournament. “Looking at the way we stood our ground and fought again today, just like we did against England, I only have one thing to say: respect,” said Klose, “I’m proud of this team, and also the team behind the team – every man in this squad is sensational. I’m delighted we’ve hit the target we set ourselves before the tournament. Everything else now is a bonus.”