By Milos Kosic
There was not much left for Diego Maradona to say after Argentina had been kicked out of the World Cup in the quarterfinals. The merciless Germans humiliated yet another big team, score for the third time in the tournament four goals.
Maybe a few months ago, when the two teams had met in a friendly, Maradona had thought that Thomas Muller was just a ball-boy, but the Argentinean coach will not make the same mistake again. It was the young Bayern Munich player who scored the first goal in the game on Saturday, just three minutes after the beginning. Conceding so early forced the Argentineans to push forward, a move that left them open for deadly German counter attacks. Although, at moments, especially during the first ten minutes of the second
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half, it seemed that Argentina would bounce back, all their hope was gone in the 68th minute. After poor defending, Miroslav Klose doubled the lead. Just five minutes later Scheweinsteiger made a beautiful run, fooling three defenders and then passing the ball to Friedrich, who scored his first international goal. Klose hit the target again in the 89th minute, setting the final score to 4-0.
All three Argentinean most powerful weapons, Messi, Tevez and Higuain, failed to impress. Messi, the current Golden Shoe winner, leaves the World Cup without scoring a single goal.
In the second semi-final game, on Wednsday, Germany takes on Spain. Last time these two sides met was two years ago, in the 2008 Euro Cup finals. Spain won that game 1-0. Every other team would see the upcoming match as a perfect opportunity for revenge. But that’s not the case with Germans. They don’t have time to look back. The future is all that interests them.