Germany: Vorsprung Durch Technik!
In the end, it was fair: the two teams were so evenly matched, a penalty shoot-out was the only way to settle a winner. After a soporific first half, we saw Germany play with so much heart it made you ache. A heroic Argentine defense finally got beat in the air.
If anyone can be faulted, it's Pekerman, who thought Argentina had the game sewed up too early and started substituting midfielders for attackers. Messi saw his team go down from the bench...oh cruel fate.
Both teams were still running flat-out deep into extra time. A truly awsome display. You couldn't really say one was better than the other. But the hosts are still in.