Germany, Italy Advance to Semis

Germany got a late goal and a penalty kick triumph over Argentina to send the hosts through to the semi-finals. The Germans will face Italy, who blanked Ukraine, 3-0.

Miroslav Klose scored his 5th goal of the tournament to draw Germany level in the 80th minute. Roberto Ayala had put Argentina ahead early in the second half with a beautiful header off a corner kick. But Argentina could not hold off the hosts. Both teams were spent physically in the extra time periods, so the match went to a penalty kick shootout. Oliver Neuville, Michael Ballack, Lukas Podolski and Tim Borowski all beat back-up Argentine keeper Leo Franco. His counterpart, Jens Lehmann stopped two of the four shots he faced, including an attempt by Esteban Cambiasso, to seal the victory.

Germany will now face Italy in the Semi-Final match in Dortmund. Italy jumped on Ukraine early, scoring off a Gianluca Zambrotta strike in the 6th minute. Luca Toni added two goals in the second half, while Ukraine missed on a number good opportunities. The Italians will play in the 8th World Cup Semi-Final in its history.

Tomorrow’s matches:
England – Portugal
Brazil – France


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  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow i think England will win against germany

  • dylan

    Dude England plays Portugal tomorrow not Germany

  • john r

    HI England does not play Germany tomorrow it plays Portugal :) England should win over Portugal

  • dylan

    I am going for the slight underdog Portugal because I give them props for showing heart in the Netherlands game. England has Beckem who is alittle over rated, but I am going against them cause I don’t like Crouch!!

  • anonymous

    england better win and beckem is hot and wicked good!

  • germany hater

    germany is soo freaking lucky, they deserve to lick my butt

  • Uber Alas…

    Argentina should play in the short runt diving league…I’d hate to see them play in a wind! Go ome mini mee’s!

  • Roberto

    FORZA ITALIA… FORZA FORZA FORZA – Klinsman better get ready to retire. I don’t think he’ll be jumping around like he won the world cup when Italy scores on them and wins!!!

  • Uber Alas…

    When Klinsman retires he’ll be sitting in Rome dining at a fine Italalian restaraunt drinking your wine from the 2006 World Cup! Podolski and Krose will be eating your Lasagna preparing for 2010!

  • Kathy

    Germany has come out strong in all of their games and have played assertively. I think they’ll advance. Plus my mom’s from Munich so GO GERMANY!!

  • Kathy

    Germany has come out strong in all of their games and have played assertively. I think they’ll advance. Plus my mom’s from Munich so GO GERMANY!!

  • JCM

    Germany plays sick still. Germany all da way. dey gonna win this years world cup. Even though im latin.still.lol

  • Alex T

    Germany is going to have a tough time. Look at how Italy played yesterday. Two of Italy’s best defensive players were not playing yesterday. Also, the entire team was shaken up by the suicide attempt of ex-teammate Pessotto. If Italy’s defense can hold and Buffon plays well, Italy will win. Remember – the only goal scored against Italy during this cup was by an Italian player. = : FORZA AZZURRI : FORZA AZZURRI :

  • Akilah

    I AM SOOOOOO SAD THAT ENGLAND LOST TO PORTUGAL!!! I was born in England but I live in the U.S. now..I was upset when America lost and I’m even more upset that England lost..Now who do I cheer for!?

  • gaby

    argentina should have won. the ref was paid off by the stupid germans

  • dylan

    Gaby you are retarded if the Germans paid the refs than they would of won in the first 90min. Sorry that Klose schooled the goalie and Jens is amazing.

  • pete from windsor ontario

    iam optimistic about italy and germany i fell they both have a good chance at winning.Both teams are good,but i do hope that germany advances.Viel Gluck germany

  • pete from windsor ontario

    iam optimistic about italy and germany i fell they both have a good chance at winning.Both teams are good,but i do hope that germany advances.Viel Gluck germany

  • thats all i care about

    All I care about is that Brazil is out. From here now that englandis gone I root for GERMANY! portugual is a terrible team the only reason they won was because the ref hate the brits. They said he was ecuadorian orsomething so you knew hewould hate them. So GO GERMANY!

  • DMAN

    its going to be germany and france in the final and germany will pull out the win. i dont think italy and portugal are complete enough. its going to be a great final.

  • Jed

    USA should have made it this far. They don’t mark up.

  • Sid

    Argentina paid the price for poor subs and bad refs decisions! I don’t know what the hell was Pekermen thinking of by taking Riqelmi off and going into defence mode which cost them the game.

    He most have made lots of EU’s be letting the boring Germans to win & bank balance will rise in future. This same mistake he did against Eng last year and he stated ‘Riqelmi was tired’…wasn’t he tired against the Mexican’s?

    This WC has been disgrace and filled with corruption especially FIFA/Officials/ & most of that big headed Sep Blatter!

  • Fred

    USA looked horrible, could only muster what,three shots in total. They talked about having a certain swagger, they brought NOTHING.next world cup you will be saying Donavan who? Beasley who?GO GERMANY!!!!!!

  • luc

    italy sucks germany well blow them away

  • Brandon

    Lets just say the remaining four teams all have a legitament shot at winning the title.

  • Ash

    Italy will beat Germany than France will beat Portugal and Italy will beat France and win!

  • david

    all remaining teams have about equal shots at winning it all.

  • Isabelle

    Allez les bleus!!!!

    No one thought they’d get this far and they played brilliantly against Brazil (the fav)! Now all they have to do is go all the way…

    VIVE LA FRANCE!!!!

  • David

    I have to congratulate France for defeating Brazil, a favorite to win it all. I think France now has their act together and are gelling as a team. Henry in my opinion is the best striker in the world. I’m quite sure it’ll be France and Germany in the final and oh what a final will that turn out to be. I say Germany keeps the cup home.

  • phil

    Italy’s going strong…no one on their squad is necessarily weak and their defense is stacked. Portugal’s being overlooked–they have Big Phil, Mourinho of the world stage. The thing is, I think France will dominate the center midfield with Zidane and Vieira matching up against Deco and Costinha, but then on the wings Ribery and the other winger match up against C. Ronaldo and Figo…so both games should be interesting. I think Germany will be shut down unless Klose steps up (he’s recovering from injury and Podolski, the other striker, is too inexperienced)

  • toni mazatti

    Italy is gonna beat the Germans tommorow you’ll see

  • saka su ku jong

    korea shuld have one … yes, they have best team. European teams stupid. Refs were paid and made korea lose. Korea is best team of all

  • Keeping it clean

    I’ll be tuning out of the final if ITA and POR win their semi-final matches. If I want to see people faking injuries every other minute, I’ll tune my TV to WWF (american wrestling for those who are not familiar)

  • toni mazzati

    u above me, italy doesn’t fake injuries, there is a thing called gravity, so if u lose control of your legs, you fall to the ground, you’re just jealous because u know they are good

  • luca pastami

    all of u’s people are stupid, italy is gonna win, look at what they did to the Ukraine, people say that the ukraine sucks, but they have to had play good to get that far, ital is gonna take it, keeping it clean is stupid

  • luca pastami

    all of u’s people are stupid, italy is gonna win, look at what they did to the Ukraine, people say that the ukraine sucks, but they have to had play good to get that far, ital is gonna take it, keeping it clean you don’t no what ur thinking

  • luca pastami

    alls u people know whats gonna happen italy is gonna win, look at what they did to the Ukraine, people say that the ukraine sucks, but they have to had play good to get that far, ital is gonna take it, keeping it clean you don’t no what ur thinking

  • Sean from o’ boy alberto!

    Germany better win or I’ll Cry

  • HOW WRONG YOU WERE

    HOW WRONG YOU ALL WERE!!STILL AT LEAST I STILL HAVE MY FAVE AUSSI WINE TO DRINK,LINDEMAN’S 65 THE BEST THEIR IS

  • JOHN

    HEY SEAN,C U AT EARLS COURT BACKSTAGE WITH MAIDEN,LONG TIME NO SEE

  • RICARDO

    SORRY

  • JOHN

    SORRY WHAT?

  • RICARDO

    THAT PORTUGAL MAKA MISTAKE WITH THE CHEAT DIVING U KNOW

  • JOHN

    FORGET IT RICO.EVERY COUNTRY MAKES MISTAKES,JUST LOOK AT IRAN AND SAUDI,THEY WORSHIP THAT PRAT MUHAMED WHO JUST LOVES A LAAADY OR 4

  • Dr. Haze

    Haha.. very funny, this Korean sliteye.. said that the referees got paid to kick them out!

  • toni mazzati

    Italy won the world cup, i knew it, haha to mall the people against them