Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
Argentina (442): Romero, Otamendi, Heinze, Demichelis (Gutierrez 60'), Burdisso, Mascherano, Rodriguez, di Maria, Higuain, Tevez (Aguero 101'), Messi (Milito 74')
Germany (451): Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger (Trochowski 118'), Oezil, Khedria (Jansen 67'), Klose, Podolski, Mueller (Gomez 86')
Sergio Romero was the hero in the first half for Argentina, limiting the Germans to a one-goal lead at halftime, and his great performance would extend throughout the match. The Argentine team had little to build on after forty-five minutes with their opponents enjoying a large slice of the possession generating chances for Klose and Mueller who were both denied by Romero and Podolski sliced his late shot wide.
The breakthrough came early though when in the 14th minute Friedrich intercepted a pass and started the Germans on a break. Khedira ran with purpose down the touchline and his far post cross was met by Miroslav Klose to head home a rocket for his fourth goal of the tournament.
After the interval Argentina quickly sorted themselves out and soon made a real game of it when just after the hour mark Otamendi roofed home a defence splitting pass from Mascherano. Minutes before Gonzalo Higuin was denied by Neuer at his post but things developed into a stalemate after the equalising goal.
The next big chance fell to Germany, sub Michael Jansen's improvised bicycle kick clipping the top of the bar after Mueller had put a cross behind his teammate. Mueller then had the chance to be a hero in stoppage time when Friedrich's corner kick was met by the forward at the near post only for his header to go over the crossbar.
So Argentina take another game to extra time where they had to rely on Romero to stop Jansen, Schweinsteiger and Podolski as the German team continued to pass the ball smartly. Argentina's game-winning chance came in the second half of extra time when Burdisso ran past two opposing players and fed Aguero to put him clear on goal, but the substitutes shot was very poor and proved easy pickings for Neuer.
The penalty shootout was a demonstration on how to take spot kicks with twelve of the thirteen penalties finding the back of the net. The tension increased exponentially after each goal and it may have proved to much for Nicolas Burdisso who slammed his high shot against the crossbar, moving the pressure over to Phillipp Lahm who dispatched his kick past Romero to put Germany through to the semifinals where they will face the Netherlands.
Argentina 1 (aet) 1 Germany, Germany win 7-6 on penalties
GER Klose 14'
ARG Otamendi 61'
ARG Heinze, Higuain, Aguero, Rodriguez, Otamendi, Milito,
GER Klose, Podolski, Jansen, Boateng, Oezil, Gomez, Lahm
GER Schweinstiger 109'
Man of the Match:
ARG Sergio Romero