Recap of World Cup Quarterfinals Game 1: Argentina vs. Germany

The other side of the World Cup Quarterfinals was on today and the games were not what people expect at all.

Game 1: Argentina vs. Germany

Before the game even started, all soccer fans thought this would be a very close game with Argentina being the favorites. However, in the beginning of the game during the third minute, Germany forward  Thomas Müller scored to take the early lead and the goals kept raining for the Germans after that. 

At Halftime the score was 1-0 and Germany had the advanatge but Argentina still had a chance. When the second half started, the Germans started pouring on the goals making them look easy. Forward  Miroslav Klose  scored in the 68th then defender Arne Friedrich scored in the 74th and Klose wasn’t done and scored his second goal in the 89th miute to finish off the 4-0 defeat over Argentina.

This game was over once the second half started, the German offense was very effective all game and scored at will even only with 47%  time of possession.

Argentina didn’t have it’s usual swagger and with Messi not playing well from the start of the game, it didn’t look good for Argentina the rest of the way.

I am surprised it was such a blowout because Argentina is a true powerhouse and they didn’t play like the team they were supposed to be much like the Brazil team that lost to Netherlands a few days ago.

Game Notes

Germany eliminates Argentina in the quarters for the second straight World Cup and reaches the semis for a third straight World Cup.

– With his 13th and 14th career World Cup goals, Miroslav Klose passes Pelé and Just Fontaine and is now tied with fellow German Gerd Müller for second-most in World Cup history, one behind Ronaldo’s record of 15.

 – Argentina’s Martin Demichelis completed all 51 passes he attempted, the second-most by a player with 100 percent passing accuracy in a World Cup match. West Germany’s Paul Breitner completed all 57 passes against Chile in a group-stage match in 1974.

– Germany is the first team ever to win by 3-plus goals in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals.

– Thomas Müller scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the third minute, The 20-year-old had two appearances and no goals for Germany before the World Cup.

– Müller will miss the semifinal after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament (on a handball).

Quote of the game:

“It was absolute class.” – Germany coach Joachim Loew


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