After two fantastic and entertaining semi-finals, the fixture for the World Cup 2014 final has been decided as Germany will take on Argentina on Sunday 13th July at the Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. These two teams both had very promising odds for being the champions at the beginning of the tournament, yet observing each of the side’s forms, past and present, it is looking as though the European side is likely to take away the gold. For the fourth tournament running, Germany will certainly finish in the top 3 teams of the tournament, whilst Argentina haven’t reached the semi-finals or final since 1990, when they lost to Germany in the final.
Germany booked their place in the World Cup 2014 final in style against Brazil. They absolutely humiliated the host nation by a dominating score of 7-1. Brazil knew they were in trouble before the match even started as their captain and best defender Thiago Silva was out due to suspension and the face of their team, Neymar was also missing due to injury.
Yet, this was no excuse for what happened as Germany embarrassed Brazil in front of their home crowd. The Germans took an early 1-0 lead, and followed that up with 4 goals in the space of just 6 minutes. Brazil then found themselves 5-0 down at the half hour mark. Germany scored 2 more in the second half and Brazil’s midfielder Oscar scored a 90th minute consolation goal to make the final score 7-1. This result secured Germanys place in the World Cup 2014 final, and ensured Brazil would play for third place on Saturday.
The other semi-final match between Netherlands and Argentina, was completely the opposite, by comparison, as neither team scored in ninety minutes, or even in extra-time. The games fate rested on a penalty shoot-out. The Netherlands had previously scraped through the quarter-finals by winning a penalty shoot-out, this was a massive disadvantage as the Argentinian goalkeeper knew which side to dive, and he was counting on the players aiming in the same place as they had done in the quarter finals. The Argentinian goalkeeper made 2 saves, which secured his teams place in the World Cup 2014 final.
Germany and Argentina will meet on Sunday night to play the World Cup 2014 final whilst Brazil and Netherlands will clash on Saturday night to see who will finish third and fourth.
Author Daniel Foster.
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