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Playing against an Argentina side short of ideas, Germany ran away with today's first quarter final clash, confidently beating the Albiceleste 4-0.
Skippering a fairly young Germany side to victory, Mannschaft captain Philipp Lahm spoke to the press after his side romped their way to victory in South Africa.
“Argentina were favourites to win the World Cup before today,” began Lahm. “To beat them 4-0 is incredible. People are seeing how hard our team works in every game now – it's very rewarding.
“Anyone who gets to the semi-finals has what it takes to get to the final or even lift the World Cup. However, the semi-final will be a tough nut to crack.”
While Lahm was the man with the armband, many have been hailing Bastian Schweinsteiger as the real man behind Germany's success. The talented midfielder had this to say post-match:
“I have goosebumps,” Schweinsteiger started. “If I were to say now that I don't want to win the final, I would be lying. We've beaten two strong teams to come this far.”
“If we play against Spain, we'll be facing the strongest team in the world. However, we believe in ourselves and have the self-confidence to succeed.”
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