Germany vs. Argentina; Venue – Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro; Date – 14th July 2014; Time – 12:30 am IST;
The stage is finally set for a match of epic proportions as a rampant German side takes on a conservative Argentinean side in the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. Both sides have played their part in making this tournament an exciting affair over the last 4 weeks and they will march out once again in all their glory at the Maracana to enthrall us all with one more roll of the dice.
Germany will be the hot favorites entering the final and they have played some phenomenal football over the last month. Their 7-1 mauling of hosts Brazil in the semi final just shows you how fearless and free flowing they are in play. They pay no heed to reputation and will follow a similar approach going into the finals as well. The Germans have been harshly undone in over 5 major recent tournaments by losing in the semi’s or finals and this year will be their shot at redemption.
Argentina have been the most cautious team in the tournament so far and their approach has paid off. The La Albaceleste have featured in matches involving fewer goals on regular basis, a complete contrast to what matches regarding their European counterparts involve. The team has invariably centered around Barcelona magician Lionel Messi and the former world player of the year has been more than happy to contribute at the grandest stage of them all. This time however, they are up against the German wall and will need all the firepower in hand to break this barrier. A world cup win in Brazil, the territory of their arch nemesis will please them like nothing else, ever.
Germany – WDWWWW
Odds: Germany 13/10 Draw 11/5 Argentina 12/5
Key factors in the match:
Injuries cloud the preparation for both sides heading into this match. Germany will be sweating over Hummels’ fintness whereas Argentina will be concerned over Di Maria and Mascherano’s. All the above mentioned stars have been solid performers for their countries and their performance could be affected by this.
Germany have scored 21 goals in the tournament when compared to Argentina’s 8. This shows you who the more adventurous side is. Portugal and Brazil have conceded 11 goals together against Germany and Argentina could just turn out be the next big name on their hit list.
Sergio Romero was a national hero after bailing out Argentina against the Dutch in the semi finals. Concerns over his lack of match practice were all ruled out after this. However wasn’t it the same with Cesar, who conceded 10 goals in two games after his shootout heroics?
Messi did not get one touch on the ball inside the Dutch penalty box for the entire game in the semi finals. This staggering fact is due to the heavy man marking the Dutch treated Messi with. Germany will surely follow suit and deploy Lahm or a central midfielder to do the task.
Germany are set to play in their eighth World Cup final; more than any other nation. They have won three titles.
Argentina are set to play in their fifth World Cup final, they have won two and lost two of the previous four.
This is the tenth time teams from Europe and South America have met in the final; seven of the prior nine were won by the South Americans
Argentina haven’t been trailing in any of their six games at this World Cup
Muller and Messi are in line to compete for the golden boot in the finals. The German needs 1 more goal whereas his Argentinean counterpart needs 2.
All of Argentina’s wins have been with 1 goal margins so far. Could this be the order of the day in the finals as well? Or will be it be another steam rolling by the German juggernaut.
Goal.com: 3-1 to Germany
BBC: 2-1 to Germany
Bleacher Report: 2-1 to Germany
SB Nation – 2-0 to Germany