Jens Lehmann- divine intervention
Unsere Hand Gottes hielt die Schüsse von Ayala und Cambiasso, brachte uns ins Halbfinale!
That's what the Bild says, in a pointed reminder to the Maradona hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup. Today it was Lehmann's hands of God that stopped Roberto Ayala's and Esteban Cambiasso's PKs and sent Germany to the semifinals.
Klinsi made the right choice in Lehmann. He has fantastic reflexes. I am sure Riquelme seeing the PKs from the sidelines must have been painfully reminded of the day when Lehmann saved Riquelme's penalty kick in the European Cup in the Arsenal- Villareal semi-finals.
There was quite a bit of violence between German and Argentine fans that went on for a while after the match was over. But I am glad that Klinsi and Pekerman said the right things to calm the teams and their fans down.