Look out, world. Even playing mostly backups Argentina looks good.
Coach Diego Maradona replaced seven starters from the lineup that ran up a 4-1 victory over South Korea - the other team to make it out of the group - but it didn't matter much.
Argentina still won its third straight game.
"We're showing ourselves that many of the things [journalists] said were wrong," Maradona said, referring to predictions his team would struggle in South Africa. "The players leave everything they have on the pitch, they're 100 percent professionals and they make the people happy."
Demichelis scored from short range in the 77th minute after his header bounced off Diego Milito and back into his path. Palermo's came in the 89th from a rebound.
In Durban, South Korea added another memorable chapter to its soccer history by advancing out of Group B with a 2-2 draw against Nigeria.
South Korea plays Uruguay Saturday in Port Elizabeth. Argentina plays Mexico on Sunday at Johannesburg's Soccer City. - AP