Ar­gentina vs. Ger­many

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

When: 9 a.m. Where: Cape Town

TV/ra­dio: ABC, Univi­sion; KTXX (104.9 FM), KZNX (1530 AM), KWNX (1260 AM)

The buzz: There is no love lost be­tween these long­time ri­vals. In the 2006 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals, af­ter Ger­many beat Ar­gentina on penalty kicks, the teams brawled on the pitch. Ar­gentina comes into this one with the bet­ter record at this World Cup, hav­ing won all four of its matches by a com­bined score of 10-2. Gon­zalo Higuain has four goals and Car­los Tevez two for the Al­bice­leste, who are still wait­ing for the first goal from su­per­star for­ward Lionel Messi. Ger­many, mean­while, has scored four goals twice in the tour­na­ment but also lost 1-0 to Ser­bia. Bay­ern Mu­nich team­mates Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger and Thomas Muller lead the Ger­man at­tack, with Muller hav­ing scored a teamhigh three times. Young goal­keeper Manuel Neuer will be the last line of de­fense against Messi and Co., who lead the World Cup in goals and shots on goal (nine per match).

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