Germany have made their ninth consecutive Quarter-Finals at the FIFA World Cup with a 3-1 win over Argentina, leaving host nation as the only CONMEBOL nation left in the tournament. The game wasn’t without controversy as Germany were awarded a hotly-debated penalty midway through the first-half.
The opening goal was a moment of magic from Andre Schürrle, sixteen minutes in t the game. Lars Bender picked him out with a fine pass, and Schürrle beat three men with a 25-yard run to the edge of the box before he cracked a shot into the bottom corner past Ustari.
Ten minutes later came the game’s big talking point. Argentina had a corner cleared and Germany countered quickly. Mario Götze burst into the box but looked to take too heavy a touch as the ball ran through to the ‘keeper, just as Javier Mascherano made contact with him from behind.
Penalty said the referee from Uzbekistan, and up stepped Lukas Podolski to put it to Ustari’s left for two-nil.
Midway through the second-half and the sides exchanged goals within three minutes of each other. Badstuber was closed down by Zabaleta after a pass across the back four, and Lionel Messi was able to pull a goal back from 15 yards out.
Germany restored the two-goal lead within moments. Schweinsteiger hit a long ball forwards that Ilkay Gündogan and Podolski played a neat headed one-two with each other that beat the centre-backs and Gündogan scored his first goal for his country to seal the win.
Germany will now play Italy in Brasilia for a place in the final four.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 56: SECOND ROUND ARGENTINA 1-3 GERMANY Messi 64 Schürrle 16 Podolksi 25 (pen) Gündogan 67 Salvador
DORTMUND PLAYER WATCH (all GER): Götze: Played 90 - 1 assist, 14/26p, 2/6c, 3/4h. 7.0 Gündogan: Played 90 - 1 goal, 37/44p, 2/3c, 3/5t, 3/3s. 8.0 Hummels: Played 90 - 2/3t, 13/13h (10 key), 13i, 0 fouls. 8.0 Schmelzer: Played 90 - 33/41p, 3/10t, 0/2c, 2/2h. 6.9 - Schieber on 90th minute. Beck, Reus unused subs.