Germany whips Argentina to reach World Cup semifinals

Argentina head coach Diego Maradona reacts during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa today

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Germany had an easier than expected 4-0 win over Argentina on Saturday, reaching the World Cup semifinals and sending both Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona home.

Miroslav Klose scored two of the goals, taking his World Cup record to 14 in three tournaments. The 14 goals equals the German record, held by Gerd Mueller. Brazil striker Ronaldo has the record with 15 goals.

Thomas Mueller gave Germany the lead with a third-minute header, and Klose celebrated his 100th international appearance with a simple tap-in in the 68th minute as Germany outplayed the Argentine defense.

Arne Friedrich raced all the way up from defense to strike home the third goal in the 74th, and Klose scored his second in the 89th.

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