Germany and Argentina Meet in a World Cup Final AgainPublished July 13, 2014 by Amir G
Germany and Argentina meet for a third World Cup final tonight in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium (9pm UK time).
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil concludes tonight in Rio's Maracana stadium with a classic meeting between Germany and Argentina.
Third World Cup Final Meeting
These two teams faced each other time after time in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals. In 1986, Argentina beat the Germans 3 to 2 under the leadership of Maradona. Argentina lifted the World Cup for the second time in its history after 1978, and then in 1990 they went to meet Germany again in the Italy World Cup. The game wasn't much to write home about, and it ended a 1-0 win for Germany after a penalty kicked by Andreas Brehme.
These two teams have also met in the last two World Cups: In Germany 2006 it was the home team that won 4-2 by penalty kicks in the quarter-final, going on to win 4-0 again in the quarter-final at South Africa in 2010.
Messi vs. Germany
Argentina was efficient all throughout the tournament but they haven't been displaying spectacular football; too many times they relied on star Lionel Messi who "woke up" close to the 90th minute, putting one in the rival's net. It's very hard to believe Messi and his teammates Aguero and Higuain will be enjoy a great freedom against Germany's tight defense with terrific players like Hummels, Lahm, Boateng and Howedes.
Argentina can't rely only on one man and their only way of lifting a third World Cup lays in playing as a team – this is exactly what Germany has been doing, and this is what renders them favorites for tonight. Both outcomes will be a sensation: Either Germany lifts its coveted cup after so many heartbreaks, or Argentina lifts a World Cup in Brazil – something which would put all Rio's policemen on their feet.