World Cup 2010: Argentina vs. Germany Live Stream [UPDATED]
One of the most eagerly anticipated matchups of the 2010 FIFA World Cup takes place this afternoon in Cape Town as Diego Maradona’s Argentina lock horns with three-time champions Germany–two perennial favorites in this tournament.
Up for grabs is a place in the semi-finals, with the South Americans looking to avenge a quarterfinal loss from four years ago. Die Mannschaft defeated Argentina on penalties at the same round in 2006, and La Albiceleste will try to reverse that result.
I think Maradona’s got an amazing front six but it’s the quality of the back line that decides if teams win or lose World Cup games. Joachim Loew’s squad is relatively young and despite having little experience on the big tournaments, the team has a well organized defense, and that’s a great advantage. But the Germans are also known for their firepower. Loew’s side crushed England 4-1 in the second round, surprising a lot of football fans who expected a tight game.
Lionel Messi remains goalless in this tournament, and he is heavily criticized for not being able to replicate his Barcelona form for the Argentina national team. But if the 23-year-old striker can use his enormous talent to get on the scoresheet, Germany could be in for a long day.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose is set to play his 100th game for Germany. The 32-year-old has scored 50 goals in 99 games for his country and his 12 World Cup goals put him equal with Pele in fourth place overall.
The match kicks-off at 16:00 CET (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Klose scored twice and Thomas Mueller and Arne Friedrich added goals to give Germany a convincing 4-0 win over Argentina. The three-time champions will play Spain in the semifinals Wednesday in Durban.