NEVER in the history of the world cup football tournament have there been such vastly different results in the semi-finals: Germany mauled Brazil 7-1 while Argentina scraped through via a penalty shootout over the Netherlands, neither team being able to score in two hours of play.
Argentina’s win came after what was surely the most boring game of the tournament to date, with the number of scoring attempts less than the number of digits on one hand. The tie-breaker was not tense either; the very first Dutch attempt was saved and provided an indication of which way it would go.
The German win was remarkable in many ways; it was the highest number of goals scored by any team in a semi-final over the 20 tournaments held so far. The eight goals scored by both teams was also the most goals scored in a semi-final.
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