- Title: ARGENTINA: Argentines weep as World Cup dream ends.
- Date: 30th June 2006
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (JUNE 30, 2006) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WATCHING THE ARGENTINA-GERMANY PENALTY SHOOT-OUT IN A BUENOS BAR AND CELEBRATING A GOAL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE COVERING THEIR FACES AND LOOKING DEPRESSED AFTER ARGENTINA LOSES THE MATCH PEOPLE APPLAUDING IN THE BAR AT THE END OF THE MATCH GIRL CRYING OVER ARGENTINA'S LOSS YOUNG MAN WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN THE BAR AT THE END OF THE GAME
- Embargoed: 15th July 2006 13:00
- Location: Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVACE11GF2BT2X75QMSYHUTLIP3V
- Story Text: Argentines glued to their screens for the nail-biting penalty finale in the quarter final against Germany on Friday (June 30) watched their dreams shatter as German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann saved two shots and put the host nation into the semi-finals.
After a spectacular game which ended in a 1-1 draw, Lehmann saved penalties from Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso in the shootout, while the German players kept their nerve and converted all four of their spot kicks.
The win for Germany puts an end to Argentina's World Cup hopes, and devastated fans watched numbly as the reality sank in. With tears in their eyes and heavy hearts, supporters drowned their sorrows as their team bowed out after a series of strong performances that led them to the quarter finals.
Argentina, winners of the trophy in 1978 and 1986, pulled ahead in the 49th minute with a header from Roberto Ayala, but the tournament's leading scorer Miroslav Klose headed an equaliser in the 80th minute to send the match into extra time.
Germany will now play the winner of Friday's (June 30) game between Italy and Ukraine. The host nation are bidding to add to world championships won in 1954, 1974 and 1990 all as West Germany before the country was reunified.
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