World Cup Update: Germany, Spain Advance in Wild Quarterfinals

World Cup Update:  Germany, Spain Advance in Wild Quarterfinals

POSTED: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 3:37pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 5:39pm

Saturday, July 3:  What a day in the World Cup Quarterfinals.  Germany defeated Argentina, 4-0, while Spain held on to defeat Paraguay, 1-0.  Germany has won the World Cup 3 times, while this will be Spain's first appearance in the Semifinals in team history.

Argentina Coach Diego Maradona had all the smack talk lined up all week long, attacking the Germans, while many of the Germans fired back.  Most of it was about Argentina's classless play, or the Germans easy schedule.  At the end of the day, it was the Germans laughing and Maradona consoling all Argentines.  Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world, was held without a goal in the World Cup.  Thomas Muller opened up the scoring in the third minute, while Miroslav Klose scored twice. 

Spain needed a late goal from David Villa in the 83rd minute, this after both teams missed penalty shots.  Paraguay's Oscar Cardoza missed a penalty in a wild second half, then only a minute later, Xabi Alonso's second attempt was saved.  His first attempt was ruled against due to a line violation by Spain.  No need, Villa came up big when needed.  Spain will now meet Germany in the World Cup Semifinals, while Uruguay will meet the Netherlands.

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