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Germany and Argentina meet for third time in World Cup Final – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 12th, 2014 by Ian

Germany and Argentina meet for third time in World Cup Final
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Undefeated Germany and Argentina will square off for the World Cup at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, July 13. The Germans will be going for their fourth World Cup triumph while the Argentines are aiming for their third. Germany made it to the event’s finale by smoking host nation Brazil 7-1 in their semifinal outing while Argentina squeaked past Holland 4-2 in a penalty shootout after playing to a 0-0 draw.

This contest will feature Argentine forward Lionel Messi, who’s arguably the best player in the world right now and has four goals to his name in the tournament. Germany will counter with Thomas Muller, who isn’t as well known, but has scored five of Germany’s goals and has set up several others. Muller also scored five goals in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Javier Mascherano will be counted on to keep Muller in check with German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hoping to keep Messi off of the scoreboard. Neuer has three shutouts so far in the tournament.

If Germany does manage to take the World Cup home with them, they’ll be the first European nation to win the trophy on South American soil. Argentina would also love to win the event on the home soil of their biggest rivals Brazil. Germany will go into the match as the favorites due to their dismantling of Brazil in the semifinal, but Argentina has won all six of their games while Germany was held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana in the group stage

Expect Argentina to be the more cautious side here as they’ll be concentrating on stopping the Germans’ potent attack. Germany has scored 17 goals in half a dozen games in the event as their finishing has been very clinical. They haven’t been too shabby in their own end either with just four goals against. Germany will also be looking towards captain Philipp Lahm to come up with another big game. Lahm has played exceptionally well both in the midfield and the back four during the tournament and has been the key to Germany’s defense.

German manager Joachim Low will be making a mistake if he changes tactics for the Final and opts for a more defensive starting-11. His players are red hot right now with a lot of momentum behind them and they don’t want to slow the pace down at this point by concentrating on defending. Yes, they need to make sure Messi is closely marked, but they can’t sit back and wait for chances. They need to create them instead. The first goal in this game will be important since Argentina will likely try to defend a lead. If Germany can jump out in front, Argentina will be forced to open things up.

German defenders Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng will also need to keep their eyes on Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain if they play. If those Argentine forwards do manage to beat the German defenders then it’ll be up to Neuer to continue his excellent play in net. While statistics and past encounters between the two teams mean nothing at this point it’s interesting to note that these two teams have met twice previously in World cup Finals.

Argentina beat Germany 3-2 in 1986 in Mexico, but the Germans avenged the loss four years later with a 1-0 win over the Argentines in Italy. This will be Germany’s eighth appearance in a Final and Argentina’s fifth. Finally, Germany entered the 2014 World Cup ranked number two in the world by FIFA and Argentina was ranked fifth.

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