Germany stormed into the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup with a 4-0 drubbing of Argentina in Cape Town on Saturday. Joachim Low's team will now face Spain or Paraguay in Durban on Wednesday.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the third minute with a glancing header from a Bastian Schweinsteiger free kick, while a flat and disorganized Argentine defense looked on. The Germans then had to wait just over an hour before Miroslav Klose extended their lead by tapping home after a fine run from Schweinsteiger. Defender Arne Friedrich scored his first goal for Germany in the 74th minute, slotting home from close range, and Klose rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute at the end of another fine German counterattack. That goal brought Klose's World Cup goal tally to 14, tying him with Germany legend Gerd Muller for second place on the all-time scorers list behind Brazil's Ronaldo (15).