South America’s grace takes on Europe’s power in a classic match

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South America’s grace takes on Europe’s power in a classic match

They don’t get much more classic than this: Germany vs. Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals in Berlin’s 72,000-seat Olympiastadion.
Look in any direction and there’s a story angle when three-time champion Germany faces two-time winner Argentina tonight at midnight, Korean time, in a match that’s rated dead-even.
“The game will be very hard fought and close,” Argentina’s 22-year-old striker Carlos Tevez said. “It’s going to be very tough for us ― and for them.”
It’s South American grace and style against European technique and power. Contrasts and history are littered all over.
Germany and Argentina have met twice in the World Cup championship game, each winning once: Argentina 3-2 in the 1986 final and West Germany 1-0 in 1990. This will be their fifth game in World Cup play. Germany has won two, tied one and lost one.
Both teams are considered young. It will be Germany’s size against the smaller and much quicker South Americans.
Both teams feed off two top-flight midfielders, Argentina’s Juan Roman Riquelme and Germany’s Michael Ballack.
Germany and Argentina have played attacking soccer throughout the tournament, so there should be goals. They’ve both scored 10, although six of Argentina’s came in a 6-0 landslide over Serbia.

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