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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Argentina and Germany face a super derby after winning in the Round of 16

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Two of the best teams of the Cup, Germany and Argentina qualified for the quarterfinal stage after beating Sweden 2-0 and edging Mexico 2-1 respectively.

In the Allianz Arena, german forward Lukas Podolski scored twice in eight minutes to help Germany ease past Sweden in the first encounter of the World Cup knockout stage.

Indeed, Podolski scored his second goal of the tournament five minutes into the match, when fellow striker Klose broke clear in the box, was just stopped by Andreas Isaksson and Podolski was on hand to convert the rebound.

The Bayern Munich striker put it 2-0 eight minutes later after a fine combination with Klose, who slipped a pass through and Podolski found the back of the net with ease.

Sweden wasted their greatest opportunity in the 52nd minute. Striker Henrik Larsson was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled in the box by Christoph Metzelder. But the 35-year-old shot the ball out of the field.

Juergen Klinsmann expressed his satisfaction: "We were extremely well prepared from the kickoff. I played with full power and full energy. We wanted to attack and give them pressure from the start and the players did very well. "

And in the other match, Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez scored as spectacular goal in extra time against desperate Mexico on Saturday night. Argentina, who defeated Mexico 2-1 in extra time after a full-time 1-1 tie, will meet hosts Germany in the quarterfinals in Berlin on June 30.

In fact, midfileder Rodriguez was named Man of the Match by the FIFA Tecnical Study Group after the match. He said his amazing goal had left him stunned he was confident Argentina could now overcome host nation Germany in the next stage.

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