Sunday night signals the end of perhaps one of the more entertaining World Cup Finals in a long time. Both Germany and Argentina were considered pre-tournament favourites. The stereotypically efficient Germans and the flair of Argentina, right? Not quite, in an apparent role reversal Germany have been arguably the most entertaining side so far, their opening 4-0 victory against Portugal and 7-1 demolition of Brazil the notable highlights. On the other hand, Argentina have only scored one goal in the opening ninety minutes of their knockout games, relying on a very tight defence and the pressing of Javier Mascherano to launch counter attacks for the likes of Lionel Messi.
Argentina go into the game without the injured Di Maria and his absence was apparent against the Netherlands as Argentina failed to create any clear-cut chances. The team will include three players shortlisted for player of the tournament, keeper Romero, Mascherano and of course Lionel Messi, the three have been the spine of the team throughout the tournament and will all need to have good games if they’re to have any chance of winning their third World Cup and equalling the tally of their German counterparts.
Germany head to the final as the tournament’s highest scoring team. Thomas Muller looks to replicate his top goalscorer award from four years ago which would be quite the feat for the 24 year old. Miroslav Klose will be there still on a high from breaking the all-time goalscoring record at the World Cup and look to extend his lead at the top. At the back, the presence of Mats Hummels will be significant as will Lahm’s continuation at right back. Germany have looked far more comfortable at the back with the pair both starting in the back four and they will need to be at the top of their game to keep out Argentina’s plethora of attackers. Manuel Neuer’s sweeper/keeper role will be put to the test tomorrow given the speed of the Argentina players, a quality with which they failed to handle well when they faced off against Ghana.
The final looks set to be a great game and Argentina are going to have to play better than they have all tournament, given the amount of games that have made it into extra-time and beyond, the final might well be no different. Back 2-2 @ 16.50 and Thomas Muller to end up on the scoresheet @ 2.10
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