BERLIN was no place for an Argentina fan on Friday night. Kurfurstendamm clogged up with hooting traffic, German flag-waving rife, a busy U-Bahn carriage rocking to rousing communal choruses, some honouring the penalty-saving king Jens Lehmann, other odes dedicated to the increasingly popular Mannschaft mastermind they call "Klinsi".
FIFA's disciplinary committee are set to investigate the scenes of violence which marred Germany's quarter-final victory over Argentina last night.
ARGENTINA are set to face the wrath of FIFA after some shameful scenes on the pitch following their penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany in Berlin's Olympic Stadium yesterday.
ARGENTINA star Lionel Messi has urged his team-mates to keep the ball on the ground if they want to beat Germany.
ARGENTINA 2 Crespo 10; M Rodriguez 98 (aet)
LIONEL Messi has been told by one of Argentina's elder statesmen to enjoy himself and not fret too much. The gifted Barcelona winger hopes to mark his 19th birthday tonight by retaining his place in the starting-line in the match against Mexico.
ARGENTINA against Holland was billed as a game between two potential winners of the tournament and, while it perhaps didn't live up to expectations, it was the South Americans who impressed me the most.
A TWO-INCH crest stitched on to the side of Lionel Messi's boots has given the watching world a clue into the fine line between the agony and ecstasy of top-level sport.
HERNAN CRESPO believes it will be difficult for Argentina to emulate their mesmeric performance against Serbia and Montenegro when they take on Holland tomorrow.
ARGENTINA forward Javier Saviola admits he would rather face Mexico than Portugal in the last 16 of the World Cup.
IT WAS one of the traditional building blocks of world football. For decades, we all knew that when the World Cup came to Europe, the Europeans would dominate. Yes, Brazil had won it in 1958, but that was the time of Pele's extraordinary emergence, and the defenders were cruelly under-prepared for his young genius.
ARGENTINA, safely through to the last 16, set the benchmark for the World Cup yesterday with the sort of performance that will send fear into the camps of the tournament's other big guns. Brazil, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain and England must surely now sit up and take notice of a result that was just as convincing and clinical as it sounds.
HERNAN CRESPO believes Argentina need to play patiently at the beginning of the World Cup.