Low stunned by demolition job

  • Last Updated: July 3 2010, 18:12 BST

Germany manager Joachim Low described his team's performance as close to perfect after their 4-0 demolition of Diego Maradona's Argentina.

Thomas Muller is mobbed after scoring.

Having brushed aside England in the last 16, Germany tore Argentina apart in Cape Town in the quarter-finals with a ruthless counter-attacking display.

And Low was delighted with the performance of his team as Thomas Muller scored in the first half before the second half saw Miroslav Klose score twice with an Arne Friedrich tap-in sandwiched in between.

The Germany manager said: "The team did everything nearly perfectly.

"The result is nearly unbelievable because Argentina have a strong defensive team. It was first class that we were able to get so many goals."

Muller, who continued his impressive World Cup but will miss the semi-final through suspension after collecting two yellow cards, was staggered by the performance and the 20-year-old could not hide his emotions.

He said: "It's insane to beat Argentina 4-0. It's hard to find the words for a result like that.

"I think Germany is quaking right now and that's the right way to celebrate this."

Low said of Muller's suspension following a debatable handball: "The fact that we won't have him is a serious blow because he has shown how dangerous he is.

"I saw his yellow and don't see why he got it. The ball touches his thigh then his arm from a short distance. I really question the yellow.

"But in the past we have been able to replace people like Muller and we will continue to do so as we move forward."

Man of the match Bastian Schweinsteiger: "That gives you goosebumps seeing the way people are celebrating at home.

"We may have to play Spain next, they're the best team in the world in my view. But we're good enough, we believe in ourselves."