A big opportunity for the Argentinians to avenge their 2006 defeat against the Germans who won the game on penalties. Big stage, big moment, the tie is set to attract many football fanatics across the globe.
Argentinians have won all their four matches so far and are indeed one of the favorites to lift the World Cup 2010.
Lionel Messi has shown his caliber, his big game, his pace, his ability to shrug off defenders but he has failed to find the netting. He will be itching to find a goal against a team like Germany and send them packing.
Carlos Tevez has come off well at the right time for the Argentinians. He was terrific against the Mexicans and managed to score two goals for the Argentinians.
Their key striker Gonzalo Higuain has been in prolific form and has bagged 4 goals so far, and is in contention for the golden boot alongside Spanish striker David Villa. Higuain will be keen to add more goals to his tally by scoring against the Germans and progress to the semi-final stage.
On the Other side, the Germans have come a long way as well, with their terrific 4-1 victory against the English side. A very well balanced side, the Germans will be keeping a close watch on every Argentinian player as the game is as big as the finals.
They will be hoping to disappoint Diego Maradona and his men and defeat them once again like their last tie in 2006. Brazilian born Cacau is likely to miss the match as he is suffering from abdominal pain.
Mezut Ozil will be their key man as the left-footed player is deadly with his one-on-one situations. His association with Schweinsteiger has been decisive for Germany to advance to this stage.
Miroslav Klose is also expected to play a key role as he is experienced and is considered a big match player, if the Germans are to walk away with the match.
Paul, an English-born octopus in the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, picked Germany as the winner against Argentina. So far Paul has correctly predicted all four games of Germany in the World Cup. Paul decides over a winner by picking a sea goodie in one of two glasses — one with a German flag and the other one with a flag of the opponent.
Can we go with Paul's prediction??
Will it be Germany once again??? or will it be Messi's day???
Well, we can just wait and watch till the match actually happens.
Hopefully, there won't be any refereeing errors in the clash and the best team at the end of the day wins to claim the semi-final berth.