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Germany stunned Argentina with an incredible 4-0 victory in the quarter-finals on Saturday as the favored South Americans followed Brazil out of the World Cup.

A third minute goal from Thomas Mueller and two second half strikes from Miroslav Klose, making his 100th appearance for his country, and one from Arne Friedrich gave Germany a semi-final date with either Spain or Paraguay.

Diego Maradona’s Argentina, like Brazil who were dumped out by Netherlands on Friday, had been strongly fancied to reach the July 11 final.

Germany’s early goal gave them confidence and they dominated the match, sternly resisting the attempts of Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez to break them down.

Spain meet Paraguay at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in the last quarter-final later on Saturday. Reuters

Photo: Germany’s Philipp Lahm fights for the ball against Argentina’s Carlos Tevez (L) during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 3, 2010.

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