Germany will go into Sunday’s World Cup final at the Maracana to face Argentina on the highest of highs and this encounter revives memories of World Cup finals of the late 80s and 90s as the sides face each other for a record third time in Brazil. Both their last World Cup triumphs came against each other. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 final after Andreas Brehme converted the decisive penalty in the 85th minute and Argentina managed to win the 1986 final 3-2 against Germany in Mexico. In their most recent World Cup games, Joachim Loew’s side have had the upper hand, defeating Argentina on penalties on home soil in 2006, before beating Maradona’s side 4-0 in South Africa. Should they triumph at the Maracana, Germany will make history as the first ever European team to win a World Cup on Latin American soil.
Germany demolish Brazil in surreal World Cup semifinal
Germany crushed five-time champions Brazil 7-1 in one of the most absurd World Cup matches ever and Brazil’s World Cup dreams came to an abrupt end. Brazil, playing without the injured Neymar and the suspended Thiago Silva, suffered the worst ever result in their World Cup history. The Germans scored five goals in the opening 30 minutes. Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 11th minute and only 12 minutes later, Klose scored Germany’s second goal for his 16th career World Cup goal in his fourth tournament. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with the retired Ronaldo, who watched the game in the stadium as a TV commentator. Toni Kroos scored two goals in a row in the 24th and 26th minute and Sami Khedira’s goal in the 29th minute gave the Germans an astonishing 5-0 lead in the first half. In the second half of the game many of the Brazilian fans sportingly applauded the masterclass that was delivered by Joachim Loew’s side and Schuerrle, who came in for Klose, scored two more goals in the 69th and 79th minute, while Brazil’s Oscar scored the consolation goal for Brazil in the 90th minute.
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties
The World Cup semifinal game between Argentina and the Netherlands on Wednesday ended 0-0 after extra time and was considered to be one of the most boring games ever. Both sides played a cautious defensive game and reminded us that stopping goals can also be an art. Messi and Robben are exceptional players, but they need some space to work, and with both teams employing such cautious tactics, they couldn’t find that space. After a scoreless draw, a penalty shootout had to decide the game and this time Louis van Gaal could not produce a final miracle for the Dutch. He had already been forced to use his three substitutes and was not allowed to repeat the trick of the quarter-finals when he replaced Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul for the shoot-out. Cillessen had never saved a penalty in his career and he didn’t save one that night either. The Argentinians converted all four of their penalties and will play against Germany in the final.
Messi against Germany
All eyes will be on Messi in the final game as he is considered to be the key to unlocking the German defence. Germany and Argentina will face off for the third time in the World Cup Finals. Argentina won in 1986 and Germany won in 1990. According to the bookmakers, Germany is the favourite to win the World Cup (winning odds of 2.38). Argentina have not yet fully exploded into life at this tournament but with Lionel Messi in their squad they are not without chances (odds of 4.00). It will be interesting to see which team will hold the trophy in their hands after 90 minutes.