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Argentina lived Maradona's dream for a few heady weeks here but yesterday they died by it. The new German World Cup contenders, like the ones from the past who won the tournament three times, do not do dreaming. They do planning and the relentless grooming of the best of their youth and now, once again, they loom large as the team who know better than any other on earth how to make the best of themselves at the highest level.

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A score has been settled with Germany's 4-1 win over England in the last 16 of the World Cup yesterday, according to the German press.

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Philip Lahm accused England of not paying Germany enough respect and that is why they are heading home following a 4-1 defeat in the last 16 of the World Cup in South Africa.

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The Germany coach, Joachim Löw, hailed his young team's "magnificent" display in their 4-1 World Cup second-round demolition of England yesterday before explaining exactly how they targeted a suspect English rearguard.

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