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Klose claims double as Germans destroy Argentina in quarterfinal

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Miroslav Klose scores twice as Germany thrash Argentina 4-0 in Cape Town
  • Thomas Muller heads opening goal of World Cup quarterfinal in the third minute
  • Arne Friedrich nets his first for Germany in rematch of 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals
  • Germany will next play European champions Spain in Wednesday's second semifinal

(CNN) -- Three-time champions Germany marched into the semifinals of the World Cup after destroying Diego Maradona's highly-rated Argentina side 4-0 on Saturday in a rematch of the 1986 and 1990 title matches.

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose celebrated his 100th international appearance with two goals in Cape Town, taking him level second in the tournament's all-time scoring list alongside compatriot Gerd Muller on 14.

Thomas Muller, one of the finds of the month-long football showpiece, headed the opening goal inside the third minute, his fourth of the South African tournament, while Arne Friedrich bundled home his first in 76 internationals to make it 3-0.

Maradona told reporters after the match that he was unsure about his future with Argentina, who also lost to Germany at the same stage in a penalty shootout in 2006.

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"We will see what happens. I haven't thought about leaving. I have to check that with my family and the players, and there are things I have to consider," he said.

"But as coach and player, the type of football people like is this one. Touch the ball, rotate, run -- Argentina can't play a different style."

The star-studded Argentina team rarely looked like breaking down the well-organized German line-up, and when they did put the ball in the net in the 36th minute Gonzalo Higuain was clearly offside.

I haven't thought about leaving. I have to check that with my family and the players, and there are things I have to consider
--Diego Maradona
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Argentina's world player of the year Lionel Messi now goes home without having scored a goal at the event, having come into it with huge expectations surrounding him.

Germany will next face European champions Spain, who beat Paraguay 1-0 in Saturday's final last-eight tie.

Muller will miss that match due to suspension after picking up his second booking.

"The fact that we won't have him is a serious blow because he has shown how dangerous he is," Germany coach Joachim Low later told reporters in quotes carried by AFP.

"I saw his yellow and don't see why he got it. The ball touches his thigh then his arm from a short distance. I really question the yellow.

"But in the past we have been able to replace people like Muller and we will continue to do so as we move forward."

The 20-year-old, who has played only seven international matches, glanced in an early header from Bastian Schweinsteiger's teasing cross which Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero could only deflect into the net with his right leg.

Muller then presented Klose with a glorious chance to make it 2-0, but the 32-year-old blazed his shot over the bar.

The South Americans thought they had equalized when Tevez fed the ball to Higuain, but at least four Argentines were in offside positions in the build-up play.

Klose, who spent most of last season on the substitutes' bench at German champions Bayern Munich while Muller grabbed the headlines, made it 2-0 from close range in the 68th minute after being set up by Lukas Podolski.

The 31-year-old Friedrich killed off Argentina with 16 minutes to play after Schweinsteiger waltzed past three defenders and laid on a perfect pass for his teammate.

Coach Maradona -- who led Argentina to victory as captain against the Germans in Mexico in 1986 but suffered defeat in Italy four years after that -- took off right-back Nicolas Otomendi, who struggled to fill what has been a problem position for the team throughout the tournament.

He also brought on striker Sergio Aguero, but Germany continued the clinical counter-attacking display that so ruthlessly ended England's hopes in the previous round as Klose moved to within a goal of Brazil star Ronaldo on the all-time list with an 89th-minute volley from Mesut Ozil's cross.

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