Germany 4, Argentina 2 Shoot-Out
Posted by ssbg on June 30, 2006
Germany’s unerring players move the score to 4-2 making Esteban Cambiasso’s penalty crucial but he sees it saved
Germany beat Argentina 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a tense quarter-final in Berlin ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Argentina led when Roberto Ayala took advantage of slack marking to head in a Juan Riquelme corner after 49 minutes.
But with 10 minutes left Michael Ballack’s cross was flicked on by Tim Borowski and Miroslav Klose headed home his fifth of the tournament.
Germany scored from their first four kicks but Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso both missed to send the hosts through.
The match ended on a sour note when players and officials from both sides clashed on the pitch, with punches thrown between the rival camps.
Fifa are almost certain to view footage of the incident and could decide to take action against one or both of the teams.
But Germany’s immediate concern is a semi-final in Dortmund against either Italy or Ukraine.
It was a dramatic finish to a game that took a while to live up to its billing, with both sides failing to reproduce the all-out attacking football of their earlier four matches.
Germany had scored inside six minutes in three of their previous games, but there was no flying start this time despite being roared on by the majority of the 72,000 fans in the Olympiastadion.