Just a couple of hours ago, Germany beat Argentina on penalty kicks in the World Cup. I was reading an article about Juergen Klinsmann, Germany’s coach which mentioned that he had replaced goalkeeper Oliver Kahn with Jens Lehmann for the World Cup. Looking at Lehmann’s Wikipedia article, I noticed the following:
A highlight of Lehmann’s international career came in the 2006 World Cup quarter final match (30 June 2006, Olympiastadion, Berlin) of Argentina vs. Germany. The game remained tied after regulation and two overtime periods. The game came down to penalty kicks and Lehmann carried his team through. He made two critical saves of Argentinian penalty kicks, one from Roberto Ayala and another from Esteban Cambiasso. Meanwhile, the Germans made all of the necessary goals to win the penalty kicks 4 – 2. It was Lehmann’s skill in goal that allowed Germany to move on the semifinals and avert a national disappointment by early elimination.
That was fast.