July 03, 2010
Argentina vs Germany at Cape Town Stadium: Live updates
German fans in Cape Town during the Round of 16 match against England. Photo by Deon Gurling
Cape Town Tourism brings you live commentary from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final between Argentina and Germany at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
Argentina 0 - 4 Germany
Full time: Argentina are going home after another disappointing World Cup for this great footballing nation. Germany have once again proven their class in defence and, having also scored four times, will be full of confidence going into the semi-finals. If you are planning a trip to Cape Town for the semi-final match between the Netherlands and Uruguay on Tuesday, check out our domestic flights and accommodation specials. We look forward to welcoming you.
91 minutes: Argentine fans just want the final whistle to blow; their team has been well and truly beaten. Messi attempts a consolation goal, with no luck.
89 minutes: GOAL!!! WOW! Klose slots another to not only make it 4-0, but also to put him alongside Ronaldo as the highest scorer ever in World Cup history.
85 minutes: Argentina remain goalless as German fans start looking ahead to the semi-final in Durban on Wednesday, which will be against Spain or Paraguay. Cape Town will host the other semi-final, between Uruguay and the Netherlands, on Tuesday.
80 minutes: There are just 10 minutes left. The way the German defence has held out, there is probably more chance of snow than of Argentina winning this match now (bearing in mind that Google Weather doesn’t even predict rain in Cape Town, on this sunny day of 18 degrees).
74 minutes: GOAL!!! 3-0 to Germany! Schweinsteiger moves strongly into the Argentine box and lays it off to Arne Friedrich, who taps it in.
70 minutes: Maradona looks bemused and seems to have run out of hand gestures, for now. Germany replace their Ghana-born star, Jerome Boateng.
68 minutes: GOAL!!! Klose scores in his 100th match for Germany! With an open goal, he simply taps it in from two metres out. He now needs just one goal to equal Ronaldo’s World Cup record. Klose has now scored more World Cup goals than Maradona, just to rub it in. Germany lead 2-0 and it looks seriously uphill for Argentina from here.
63 minutes: Tevez finds some space and tries a shot, but it bounces once before it is safely collected by Neuer. Messi creates another opportunity, but great defence from German captain Philipp Lahm shuts him down.
60 minutes: Half an hour to go. Romero makes an easy save and throws the ball forward straight away. The match remains fairly open and the crowd are seeing some fantastic football.
58 minutes: Higuain is caught offside as another Argentine surge comes to nothing. Germany quickly move forward and Sergio Romero is forced to make a diving save for Argentina. Another goal for Germany now would likely put a win beyond Argentina’s reach.
54 minutes: Tevez smashes a volley with his left foot, but again, German defence stands firm, as one of the defenders takes the shot in the face.
48 minutes: Another Argentine shot at goal goes wide as Maradona does a dainty dance of despair on the sidelines. Had he not been one of the greatest footballers ever, he probably could have had a very successful career as an actor.
47 minutes: Argentina start the second half strongly. They have much to do if they are to break through this solid German defence.
Half-time: The teams go into the tunnel for a quick break and chat.
45 minutes: Still 1-0 to Germany as another Messi effort soars above the German goal.
43 minutes: Maradona waves his arms about like a deranged traffic cop, as the television cameras now pick out Oscar-winning South African actress Charlize Theron.
40 minutes: Neuer punches an Argentine cross to safety as Germany counter aggressively. The 2006 semi-finalists are looking firmly in control of this match at the moment.
37 minutes: Argentine frustration is becoming very evident as Teves argues with the referee. If it were a cartoon, there would be smoke coming out of his ears.
36 minutes: Another Messi free kick comes to nothing as it hits the wall. Argentina finally find the back of the German net, only to be ruled offside by the linesman. They still trail by a goal.
35 minutes: With ten minutes left in the first half, Argentina are battling to get back into this match. Gonzalo Higuain tries a shot, but the save is an easy one for Neuer, who is looking very safe at the back today.
31 minutes: Tough German defence is making it difficult for Argentina to get that equaliser. Messi takes a free kick from 26 metres out, but it is way too high as it sails over the goals. Television cameras pick up Blood Diamond star Leonardo DiCaprio in the stands.
28 minutes: A cross from Messi doesn’t find any of his team mates in the German box, but the 23-year-old is looking prosperous today. Still to score in this World Cup, he will be seriously yearning to get off the mark today.
23 minutes: And at the other end, Klose fires a shot from 15 metres out, but it goes well over the crossbar. Klose requires a further three goals to pass Ronaldo as the highest scorer in World Cup history. He did, of course, pick up the golden boot for most goals in Germany in the 2006 World Cup.
22 minutes: Good save by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who falls to his left to grab a rolling ball.
20 minutes: At the quarter mark, Germany lead 1-0, following the header by Mueller in the third minute.
18 minutes: Barcelona star Messi, who has been tightly marked throughout the tournament, puts in another clever little touch. The 23-year-old is probably the player most Capetonian fans wished to see during this World Cup.
16 minutes: Tevez battles to stay on his feet, as Germany start to dominate the battle for territory.
14 minutes: Both teams had strong wins in their Round of 16 matches, Germany thrashing England 4-1 and Argentina ousting Mexico 3-1. The vuvuzelas get louder as Tevez creates an opportunity for Argentina. Nothing comes of it, though.
10 minutes: What a free-flowing match we are seeing here. Lionel Messi puts in a clever touch to get Argentina moving forward, but Germany quickly counter attack and move the ball up the field, opting to keep it along the ground for now.
Six minutes: A left-footed shot from German stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger goes over the Argentine crossbar. Germany are looking very dangerous very early on in this crunch encounter. Argentine coach Diego Maradona is not looking happy on the sidelines.
Three minutes: GOAL!!! What a start for Germany! Thomas Mueller heads the ball in from a neat cross. This sets the scene for a very exciting match.
Two minutes: The stadium is packed and it’s a glorious, sunny day in Cape Town. Germany launch forward straight away, but Miroslav Klose, winning his 100th international cap today, commits a foul in the Argentine half.
Argentina: Sergio Romero, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Burdisso, Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Otamendi, Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez.
Germany: Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Arne Friedrich, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose.