Sunday, July 13, 2014

Germany vs Argentina FIFA World Cup Final - July 13, 2014

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Germany vs Argentina - Competition: World Cup Final
Though it were some of the most astonishing moments in football history when Germany scored four goals within seven minutes against the five-times world champions on Tuesday, we should not overvalue them, as Brazil’s defence acted like amateurs. Still this unbelievable success will boost Germany’s confidence even more, if this is possible at all. They have already displayed an extreme confident body language when demolishing Portugal 4:0 in their first match, never left doubts that they want to lift the Cup this time. The Germans perform well structured, play quick and precisely, defend very organised and still have huge quality on their bench. With Thomas Müller (5 goals) and Miroslav Klose they are equipped with the top-scorers of the the last two World Cups and in goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels they have the two probably best defensive players of the tournament available. The later got substituted in the Brazil match due to tendon problems, but should be fit for the final.
While the match between Brazil and Germany was pure excitement its counterpart between Argentina and the Netherlands was probably the most boring semi-final ever. Two extremely defensively-minded teams did not even try to score goals, so nobody was surprised when they found themselves in a penalty shoot-out which was finally won by the South Americans. It was not the first time the ‘Albiceleste’ played this destructive football in this tournament, they also played very defensively when beating Belgium and Switzerland both 1:0 before. However, besides a solid defence the Argentinians have an outstanding defensive midfielder in Javier Mascherano and they know how to slow down a match, which could effect the German game seriously. They will patiently wait for their chance and hope that the four times ‘World Player of the Year’ Lionel Messi will decide this final with his ingenuity. A creative player who could support Messi is Angel di Maria. The midfielder missed the match against the Dutch due to a thigh injury and his appearance in the final is not sure as well.

Germany last 5 matches:
21/06/14   Germany 2 – 2 Ghana
26/06/14   United States 0 – 1 Germany
30/06/14   Germany E 2 – 1 Algeria
04/07/14   France 0 – 1 Germany
08/07/14   Brazil 1 – 7 Germany

Argentina last 5 matches:
21/06/14   Argentina 1 – 0 Iran
25/06/14   Nigeria 2 – 3 Argentina
01/07/14   Argentina E 1 – 0 Switzerland
05/07/14   Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium
09/07/14   Netherlands 0 – 0 P Argentina

Match date: Sunday, 13 July 2014
Kick Off Time: 21:00 BST
Venue: Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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