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FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 - Germany beat Argentina on penalties to reach semifinals

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 Germany beat Argentina on penalties to reach semifinals
1st Jul, 2006 11:37:17 AM

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Germany are through to the World Cup semi-finals are beating Argentina 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time in Berlin.

The host nation started brightly with starlet Lukas Podolski testing Roberto Abbondanzieri with a 30-yard curling free-kick, while skipper Michael Ballack flashed a header just over the bar after latching onto Bernd Schneider's cross following a trademark late run into the area.

The remainder of the half was a cagey affair with very little in the way of goalmouth action as Argentina kept possession well, frustrating Germany and the majority inside the Olympic Stadium in Berlin as a result.

And there was to be further frustration for Jurgen Klinsmann's men just four minutes into the second period when Juan Riquelme's corner from the right was powerfully headed home by central defender Roberto Ayala - beating the two men on the post and the despairing dive of Jens Lehmann.

Germay tried to rally with Ballack having a goalbound effort blocked and substitute Tim Borowski firing straight at sub keeper Leonardo Franco.

But just when it looked as if their efforts were set to come to nothing Klose, who had hardly had a look in all game, steered an 80th-minute header past Franco after Borowski had flicked on Ballack's centre from the left - Klose's fifth goal of the tournament.

The extra 30 minutes came and went with neither side able to fashion a decent opening to win the contest, and so it was to the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.

And it was the Germans who progressed to Tuesday's semi-finals after Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso's efforts were saved by Lehmann to hand Klinsmann's side a 4-2 shoot-out victory.

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 Groups
Group A
Teams GP Points
Germany 3 9
Ecuador 3 6
Poland 3 3
Costa Rica 3 0
Group B
Teams GP Points
England 3 7
Sweden 3 5
Paraguay 3 3
Trindad Tob 3 1
Group C
Teams GP Points
Netherlands 3 7
Argentina 5 4
Ivory Coast 3 3
Serbia 3 0
Group D
Teams GP Points
Portugal 3 9
Mexico 3 4
Angola 3 2
Iran 3 1
Group E
Teams GP Points
Italy 3 7
Ghana 3 6
Czech Rep 3 3
U.S.A 3 1
Group F
Teams GP Points
Brazil 3 9
Australia 3 4
Croatia 3 2
Japan 3 1
Group G
Teams GP Points
Switzerland 3 7
France 3 5
Korea South 3 4
Togo 3 0
Group H
Teams GP Points
Spain 3 9
Ukraine 3 6
Tunisia 3 1
Saudi Arabia 3 1
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