The verdict is out. South America was humbled again and this time rather overwhelmingly by the gutsy and powerful Germans. Maradona's high-flying Argentines were outclassed, outwitted and outplayed by Loew's gutsy, confident young team.
Germany were not only awesome in their thrashing of Argentina, they looked commanding and looked deserving of being crowned world champions. Their astounding victory over Messi & Co. also sent a message to the other surviving teams in the World Cup. They made the mighty South Americans seem like schoolkids as Podolski, Klose & Co. just continued their thrashing mercilessly.
In the build-up to the match, young German sensation Thomas Muller had told many that he would avenge Maradona's insult by defeating the Argentines. He will be a happy man as he avenged his defeat in a manner only suited to world champions.
Germany started the first half in top form. The Argentine defense was shaky and that resulted in Germany's first goal within the 5th minute. A superbly placed free kick from Bastian Schweinsteiger placed the ball on the path of Muller who headed home his fourth goal in the World Cup and had his sweet revenge against Maradona.
Argentina was pathetic in their defense and hardly enjoyed possession. The Germans were creating chances aplenty and would have gone ahead further if not Klose had missed a superbly created goal scoring chance in the 23rd minute. Argentina had a goal disallowed as four of their players were in offside position in the build-up to the ensuing goal.
Argentina started the second-half brimming with confidence and started attacking frequently—but Maradona's boys failed to penetrate the gritty German defense as Lahm and his men confidently steered clear any threats created near the German box. These Argentine defenses were the worst in any recent records as they failed to check the German defenses. Germany used their pace and power splendidly as they fauxed the Argentine defenders and went ahead 2-0 courtesy Miroslav Klose in the 68th minute.
That broke down Argentina's morale and they lost the plot as Germany took the upper hand and started pressing more and more. Argentina went on the offensive but again a defensive failure cost them their dreams of a World Cup semi-final spot. Schweinsteiger made an awesome run on the left beating several Argentine defenders before squaring the ball for defender Friedrich who scored his first World Cup goal .
With only a quarter of an hour left the game was already dead and buried. Argentina's coach Maradona painted the picture of a heartbroken man as he watched his dreams of a World Cup triumph crumble before his eyes.
With a minute left from the end, Ozil provided a great cross from the left and Klose made no mistake in netting his second of the day. That was the final nail in the coffin for Maradona's World Cup dreams as Germany recorded a famous victory in Cape Town.
It was all smiles in the German camp as they are now the favourites to be the World champions. Moreover, the young Thomas Muller had his sweet revenge against Maradona as he scored Germany's opening goal. Miroslav Klose had a memorable 100th international outing as he scored a brace. That two goals took his total World Cup goals tally to fourteen, equalling Gerd Muller and one short of top scorer Ronaldo's record fifteen goals.
The Argentine camp reflected a contrasting situation with Messi and his teammates in tears as their World Cup dream lay shattered on the field. Maradona looked to be in shock as he was confident that his young ambitious team would take the game to the Germans. He failed to come to terms with the shocking scoreline 4-0.
Germany was the better team, be it in attack or defense. The Argentines could hardly catch up with their pace and power. The match also exposed Argentina's weak defense as the Germans made them pay for their mistakes and brought the high-flying Argentines to the ground rather pathetically.
But in the end the better team prevailed and a good game of football was enjoyed.