Sunday, 13th July
Germany vs Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.
The last time Argentina made it through to the World Cup Final,
they lost to Germany (0:1) in Rome; although they did
beat West Germany (3:2) in Mexico City, four years
previously. Win this one and they equal Germany's three World Cup Finals victories.
- all in Europe.
Switzerland 1954; West Germany 1974; Italy
Argentina (2) - both in Latin America.
Argentina 1978; Mexico
Germany and Argentina have also met twice in the quarter finals (Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010) and twice in the group stage (Sweden 1958 and England
Germany won (4:0)
in the Cape Town quarter-final
and (4:2) on penalties, after the game ended one
goal each, in Berlin quarter-final.
Germany beat Argentina (3:1) in the Malmo group game and eventually
went out to Sweden (1:3) in the semi-final.
As for the group matches, the Birmingham encounter ended without a
goal; then Germany went on to contest the World Cup Final with England.
Were the two Popes, Benedict from Germany and Francis from
Argentina, watching this match in The Vatican together?
Brazil 2014 might have been a great World Cup Finals in general but
the final game itself will not go down as the most memorable in history.
For ninety minutes neither team managed to score a goal and the
neutrals were preparing to see goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Sergio Romero try to win the
World Cup for their team; with a vital penalty save, or two.
The only goal of the game came in the 113th minute when Mario Gotze, on for Miroslav
Klose, converted Andre Schurrle's cross; giving Germany their fourth gold star to put on
their shirt, equalling Italy and now just one behind Brazil.
Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball as the tournaments best player,
but I'm sure that's very little consolation to the 100,000 Argentina fans who travelled
across the border to see him lift the other golden trophy.
It's not nice to lose a World Cup Final but it sure is nice to be in
Final Score: Germany 1 - Argentina 0 aet
1-Manuel Neuer; 16-Philipp Lahm, 20-Jerome Boateng, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Howedes;
6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 13-Thomas Muller, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil,
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos Rojo;
6-Lucas Biglia, 14-Javier Mascherano, 8-Enzo Perez; 9-Gonzalo Higuain, 10.-Lionel Messi,
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli - Italy
4 yellow cards.
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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