June 30, 2006

Germany 1, Argentina 1 [P.K.- Ger., 4-2]: Klose Kall. Trailing by a goal with less than ten minutes to play, Germany equalized via the head of Miroslav Klose, then prevailed on penalty kicks over an exhausted Argentinean team playing its second extra time in less than a week. It was everything predicted, at least for the first ninety minutes, as both sides through everything they had at the other, Argentina grabbing a lead just after the start of the second half, only to lose their momentum when goalkeeper Roberto Abbodanzieri had to be replaced following a collision with Michael Ballack. The tense action during regulation gave way to a tentative overtime, with both sides, previously unbeaten in penalty kicks, seemingly content to run out the clock. Then Jens Lehmann, whose controversial selection as starter over legend Oliver Kahn threatened to drive Jurgen Klinsmann of the country out on a rail, came up big, stopping goalscorer Roberto Ayala to clinch a place in the semis.

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