Posted on June 30, 2006
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.
England – Portugal
Brazil – France