Gary Lineker introduces live coverage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final. Germany face Argentina at the iconic Maracana stadium. With commentary from Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson.
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will face the might of Germany. It's seven!
Spain are out. What a fantastic goal!
Rio, a special place on the ground, but even more special from the air.
Brazil has always drummed to a different beat, but the drama, the
twists and turns, the sheer excitement of this World Cup, it's
simply been beyond what any of us could have hoped for. Even here,
some things have remained consistent and reliable. Never, ever write off
the Germans. COMMENTATOR: Mats Hummels is there!
Looking for Goetze. Found him all right. And it's in. Miroslav Klose
runs away to celebrate. Thomas Muller with a beauty. And then
there's the little man from Rosario, Argentina, about 1200 miles that
way. So many world-class players never get the chance to play on the
ultimate stage, but Lionel Messi gets his chance tonight. Even
without hitting his extraordinary heights in this competition so far,
he's dragged his team, his country up the mountain. And now, there's
just one summit left. COMMENTATOR: Give it to him and pray
- oh, he's done it! Who else, Lionel Messi. We know who the locals will
be supporting, tango doesn't get much of a look in around here
amongst the samba, there's no Brazilian beat here tonight
COMMENTATOR: Brazil are being humiliated. It's
seven. But this is where the 2014 World Cup will end, the pulsiating
heart of a nation, the Maracana. It is the World Cup final between
Germany and Argentina, a final that's been played out on two
previous occasions, in 1986 Diego Maradonna led Argentina to victory.
Four years later the Germans got their revenge with a 1-0 win.
Germany are playing in a record-breaking eighth final, hoping
to lift the trophy for the first time since the Berlin Wall came
down. It's a fifth final for Argentina. Winners on home soil in
1978 and of course, in Mexico, eight years later. Here with us for the
final Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and for the very last time, Alan
Hansen. You've covered many tournaments, any Bert than this one?
-- any better than this one? Not a bad place to go Gary! This has been
the best by a mile. I said at the start of the tournament that we
needed something after the last two or three competitions have have been
substandard and as far as entertainment was concerned, haven't
been great. They needed something to elevate it to the best sporting
event in the planet. We've seen it here. It's exceeded all
expectations, the goals, the games, the excitement, the drama. When it's
come to the knockout stageds, there's been heartache, euphoria.
I'm a great believer that winning is everything but you have to have
excitement along the way. We've had that in We have abundance. Two
giants in the final. Absolutely, I think Germany, superbly organised.
They have a record goal scorer up front. Muller is in the form of his
life. Argentina, a lot of the talk about the tournament was about the
Fab Four, Messi, di Maria, Higuain, Aguero, but of course, it's been the
back four and the goalkeeper that have been their safior. Four clean
sheets -- safior. -- saviours. Four clean sheets. A tough test against
Germany, a Germany that has gradually got better including that
astounding result in the semifinal. Earlier in the tournament they did
enough just to get through. As the tournament has gone to the last
stages, they've started to command games, dictate the pace of games and
I think that's what the Argentineans won't be expecting to command this
game or dictate the pace. I think they'll be looking to hit Germany on
the counterattack. That's their best bet with the players they have in
attacking areas. Germany will come out and do what they've done, trying
to attack, break teams down How big early. An advantage is it for
Germany to have had an extra day's rest and essentially a pretty
comfortable semifinal? The biggest thing is that you will pick up
injuries along the way. They will have done that. That extra day is
huge. Have you time to get in the ice bath, to rehabilitate your
muscles. It's an extra day. Wur doing loads of things to -- you're
doing loads of things preparing. They will be ready to go out there
and do the job. They are often tight affairs, finals. We could do with
one that's quite open, I suspect it won't be. It will be a cagey affair.
It could be a long evening. Two very, very good teams. Two very
different teams. A lot has relied on Messi for Argentina. He's produced
the goods, most of the time. Had a quiet time in the semifinal. But
Germany are the best team. It's the best team against the best player. I
think where Messi has struggled is where the teams have doubled up on
him. I don't think the Germans will. They might, but I'd be surprised
because I think the Germans will feel they can win this game. The
Argentineans have a great defensive record with Mascherano just from
front. An early goal and quids Rio has in. Been invaded by Argentinian
supporters this weekend hoping to see their side lift the World Cup
for a third time. They heavily outnumber the German fans, although
I suspect the locals will be cheering for the men in white. Our
man just a few miles from the fan park is Jason Mohammed. A truly
fantastic atmosphere here. Can you see the Argentina fans are here.
Where are you from? SanJuan. How excited are you? Excited and
confident Are you also. Going to lift the cup Yes of today? Course,
we have leanel. There -- Lionel. I think we can win this What would
cup. It mean to lift the trophy in Brazil? This is the dream of every
Argentinian. These guys have something to say
about that. Where are you from? Manchengladbach. I love Brazil. I'm
sure we take the fourth star today. I want you to meet this couple. They
look like German fans, but they're from Brazil. Why are you supporting
Germany? Because of the Germany. Same colours. Despite the fact that
Germany absolutely battered the host company. Yes, Brazilian has the best
soccer in the world, nowadays the Germans are playing the best soccer.
I don't think there are any Argentineans left in Argentina,
they're all here. SINGING
There is a fabulous and very friendly atmosphere right around Rio
de Janeiro. This has been one of the best world cups ever. Dan walker
reflects on a magnificent festival of football.
Questions, questions, could the five-time winners give us a World
Cup to remember? Statistics, logistics - sceptics said no. Brazil
said yes. This was different, the old kings quickly lost their crown.
COMMENTATOR: Spain are out. And what of England? Youthful vigour, yes,
but home long before bedtime. In the mighty jungle, the lions fell
asleep. COMMENTATOR: Balotelli is going to
get there. Zblt nightmare never stopped.
COMMENTATOR: Oh, Suarez has knock today in. He can dribble,
COMMENTATOR: Oh, Suarez has knock nibble. But this party isn't all you
can eat. We saw the two sides of another star, Robben the rogue.
Robben the ruthless, Robben the reliant. It was a World Cup of
wonderful number ones. Terrific save. Keepers, sweepers, swappers.
None shall pass. Saved, brilliantly saved. Football was frantic. Goal
after seemingly endless goal as the records came tumbling. Miroslav
Klose records came tumbling. Miroslav
record goal scorer. The world's most powerful nation fell in love with
the world's most powerful game. For the first time, two African sides
strode into the last 16, but their light was soon extinguished. We saw
the very best from the very best. He dance as way and he scores! Lionel
Messi. Messi on his way to the Maracana, the two together again.
His is not the only left sided one to weave and leave his magic.
His is not the only left sided one even loved by the locusts. His team
had class, style. Perfect rhythm, while others were dancing aloan and
had class, style. Perfect rhythm, left the stage without -- alone and
left the stage without an encore. Wood work, hard
left the stage without an encore. warmed the world up. Neymar broke
his back, but the broken Brazilian hearts will take much longer to
heal. Mullered. Humiliated, humbled and taken apart. Germany will always
remember. Brazil try hard to forget. and taken apart. Germany will always
Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, we roared, we sang. They sang.
Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, sprayed. They prayed. We watched.
Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, watched. Millions of viewers.
Millions of fans. 32 nations down to just two. The best team against the
best player, only one can go home happy.
Indeed. Tone was set for this tournament right at the start with
that remarkable game between Holland and Spain. It went from there. Yeah,
we thought oh, it's not going to get better than this. Then the 7-1 as
well. We've had fantastic goals, great players emerging. For me,
playing in World Cups and coming here as part of this team, being
able to go out and see the fans and locals and how the different nations
are merging together, a carnival atmosphere. Very friendly as well.
Exactly. You don't see that as a player. You're in a hotel,
concentrating on the football and getting ready for each game. This is
so different and I've had a fantastic time. They've host today
brilliantly. That game, that five when Holland beat Spain, I thought
that was it. It set the tone. I thought that game won't be beaten.
But that semifinal was just absolutely incredible. Let's not
forget England, how great we were. Then the you had the underdogs,
Costa Rica were terrific. When you looked at their side and the
personnel in the side and you think, the lesser players usually will be
men behind the ball and defend deep and it will be a bore, but they had
quality as well in the final third. They didn't score a lot of goals,
but real quality and were a joy to watch. Even in the cagey games, the
tight games, the games that were perhaps in some ways dull ended up
exciting affairs, whether it was a penalty shootout, dramatic extra
time. It slowed down a little bit after the group stages and I couple
of games were 0-0. Even the extra time were just brilliant games.
There's always been something significant to talk about in most of
the games. Then even the norm was if you had a relatively bad game, the
next game you could bet your life was going to be sensational. Let's
hope the final lives up to the rest of the tournament. Argentina winning
tonight is every Brazilian's worst nightmare. Brazil's campaign started
brightly but ended in humiliation, thrashed by Germany on Tuesday,
defeat in the third place play-off yesterday has done little to ease
the pain. Will this be Luiz Felipe Scolari's
last game in charge? His CV is now tainted by the defeat to Germany.
It's probable lit end of the road for some of his squad.
Robben is pulled back. Penalty kick. Had to be.
Referee deciding it is inside the penalty area. After 90 seconds the
Dutch are awarded a spot kick. Arjen Robben was flying away. Robin Van
Persie can put the Netherlands in front here. 1 off #. -- 1-0. Super
cool penalty kick from Robin Van Persie. Good penalty. Arjen Robben
here. Van Persie arriving in the middle. Luiz away. It's 2-0.
Terrible defending by Brazil. David Luiz clearing heading straight to
Bulletined and it's in the back of the net. The home fans are silenced.
No foul by Dan. Good overlapping run. 3-0. Always been a suspicion
that Brazil would be armed on on the break and that's exactly what has
happened. Bash macro under armed. Brazil's World Cup is over and the
boos rained down on the selection and on Scolari. (STUDIO) they
imploded. Whilst they weren't brilliant early on, they completely
lost it from the semifinal onwards. Neymar and Thiago Silva being out
totally destabilise them. Emotionally, with the T-shirt with
Neymar on, it took too much out of them. We spoke about their defence
earlier in the tournament, as soon as they went up in quality, we saw
their weaknesses. I don't think enough of their defenders want to
defend. Conceding ten goals in two games. The way they capitulated,
I've never seen anything like it. They just gave up and collapsed. I
thought you were going to say you can't win anything with Fred! He was
useless. To wait so long to have the World Cup finals in Brazil and be
beaten 7-1... I was distraught myself! A great game to watch, but
unreal. I look at it and I think a country of this size, I look at the
centre forwards, I've had my say about Fred, but how can they not
produce a guy who can give them good quality, hold up the ball, run into
the corners? You see better players on the beach! Their midfield and
their forward line is the most unattractive in terms of football
flair you will ever see in a Brazil shirt. The first time they've lost
back-to-back home games since 1940. Without Neymar they had no flair
going forward. You still never saw 7-1 coming. Absolutely not. Four
goals in six minutes to go 5-0 down. Everybody was in total disbelief. I
did! You said it would be a tight game. Picking the team of the
tournament isn't easy, but we thought we would try. Mark Chapman
-- Mark Chapman cheddar discussion to pick a BBC 11.
Before we get to the players you've picked, the first thing you have to
do is whether you will have a back three or back four. You've gone with
a back three. If the majority go with a back four, you have to change
your side. Who is your keeper? Noye. He's the best the world. -
Manuel Neuer. The same. The full package. Right back?
Manuel Neuer. The same. The full best right back in the world. Never
gives it away, perfect full-back. He can defend, attack, that tackle in
the semifinal, perfectly timed, that some Tim up. Left back. Rodriguez,
Switzerland. Blind. Competition going on! He's an all-round
footballer and he is a must. Centre halves? Gonzalez of Costa Rica. And
how moles of Germany. Especially for the performance against France. -
Hummels. Thiago Silva brought them together and organise them. Thiago
Silva missed the semifinal. Take him out! The next six will be very
fluid. Mascherano, Toni Kroos, Rodriguez playing behind the
striker. I saw Mascherano for the first time playing for the Argentina
under 20 side and the harder it is, first time playing for the Argentina
the more he likes it. He's been sensational. You could take any one
of the German midfielders and you'd sensational. You could take any one
be happy. Have you all got Rodriguez? Yes, goal of the
tournament. Mascherano and Rodriguez. Who else? Mola up top and
they can all move around and do Rodriguez. Who else? Mola up top and
they want. - Muller. There hasn't been an outstanding centre forward.
Neymar had two excellent games and I think quite order was more important
in more games. No Neymar. Messi hasn't
in more games. No Neymar. Messi deep for Argentina. I've gone for
Thomas Muller up top. No doubt that without Messi Argentina would have
been out a long time ago. Who else have you got alongside Muller? Just
him, Rodriguez behind. Robben on the left. Muller has been consistent,
the chances he's created along left. Muller has been consistent,
the goals and his ridiculous workrate. Messi backed up by James
pulling the strings. One Midfield Place alongside Mascherano and one
right-winger. - midfield player. Schweinsteiger. Kroos. One winger.
Robben. It looks like he will hurt you. I'm not sure he warrants being
in there, others have been better. He was on fire. I can go with
Robben. Neuer, Lahm, Gonzales, Hummels, blind, Mascherano and
Kroos, Robben, Rodriguez, Messi and Muller. Can't argue with that. Can
we do this again on Monday morning after the final? Very attacking
line-up. You were having your afternoon nap. I watched them
filming fat and I got bombed out. You've got your chance now, do you
disagree with that? Kompany is the best centre-back. I thought he was
excellent. That would be the one change. Ron Vlaar! I'd get him in
instead of Gonzales. You just picked the team! We'll have another
discussion at the end of the final. We can now hear from David Beckham
who's here in re-over the final. - in Rio for the final. Beckham! It's
in! Beckham has scored for England. Great to see you again. Do you think
it's the best World Cup you can remember, either playing in
watching? Without a doubt. I've loved every World Cup, even 98.
People question that. There is nothing better than playing in a
World Cup. Where will the final B won and lost? It will be won by a
big moment, big player. I am a big fan of line all. - Messi. Germany
have a group of players that are great players and they perform so
well together and they have done for a number of years. They are a really
strong team. Footballers always want the best players to be at the
biggest events. You don't want a World Cup to be held without them,
particularly when they do what Luis Suarez did. I don't need to say
anything about what he did. He knows. I look at him as a player and
he's a huge talent. It's a shame he's leaving the Premiership because
the Premiership needs teams like him, players with character and
passion. It's sad to see him leaving. What is your assessment of
what went wrong? Small margins or a bigger problem? Roy has brought
young players into the team with a few experienced players. In the
future we will perform really well. When you look at the way the World
Cup worked out for Steven Gerrard, can you look at him as a captain and
feel he hasn't delivered or can you look at him as a captain and
case of just not working out? You definitely don't blame one player
for the early exit. I know as England captain you feel the weight
of expectation and the responsibility. When you are England
captain, you take that on board and Stevie knows that. You could see his
pain. I hope he continues as England captain. You've got to love Becks!
He knows a thing or two about our next subject. There have been four
penalty shoot outs in this World Cup. Two of the last five finals
have gone to shoot outs. We've prepared with a man who has taken a
few in his time. Representing your country and the whole nation is
watching, and the pressure is huge. Imagine there are 50,000 people
around you, you're walking from the halfway line to the penalty spot,
take it through what's in your mind. This is where your mind starts to
play tricks. What should you do? It's a very long walk and there are
a million things going through your mind. Try to stay calm, although you
can feel your heart beating faster. You have to believe in what you've
trained to do. And you have to stay in control of the situation. Looking
at the keeper? No. He will try mind games, we saw it with Tim Krul. He
was trying to get into their heads. I would have stood ten yards outside
the box and waited for Tim Krul to go back in his goal. Stay in
control. I always used a line up the ball and look at the opposite side
to where I was going to put it. I would always look to the
goalkeeper's left knowing I would go to the right. The valve at the top,
don't ask me why, I just had to do that. You already know where you're
going to put it and you should never change your mind. The Germans have a
word for the process of taking a penalty. It means strength of nerve,
nerves of steel. They aren't bad at it! If you're going to make sure you
score a penalty... I would rather wear a Sunderland shirt! What is the
last game that goes through your mind? Don't miss!
And then the walk back is better than the walk down. Two arms, unit
that from someone! You are under more stress than ever before and
they don't even count on your record. We have to get that changed.
Bobby Charlton wouldn't like that. Despite their success in this
competition, Germany are looking to end 24 years of hurt by lifting the
World Cup for the first time since beating Argentina in 1990. Their
victory over Brazil was quite possibly the most remarkable result
in World Cup history, but will count the little if they fail to winter
night. In the lexicon of football, thousands of words have been written
on the spirit of the game in this nation of that. One notable section
looks a little sparse. Because this isn't a romantic tale. You've heard
of boy meets girl, this is more boilie meets strategic grassroots
funding, good governance, learning. - boilie meets.
In 2010 we played decent football, sometimes very attractive, but
without delivering. The guys have matured and they know how to get a
result. It might not make for a blockbuster page turner, which is a
pity because German success could shouldn't be anything other than a
cause for celebration. It would also be a victory for humility and
respect. Bellow horizontal, Tuesday, half-time.
This was winning in the grand manner in every sense of the term. And the
knowledge month that a grieving Brazilian public had seen billions
diverted to pay for and finally build this World Cup. The land of
the last minute didn't expect to be 5-0 down after 29. We've been
brought up like this because in our history we couldn't afford to show
any kind of arrogance. We've been told don't humiliate people. It
would also be a victory back home for a packed stadium, cheap tickets
to watch home-grown players who also happen to be some of the most
skilled footballers on the planet. The current player of the year
dreamt of carrying his nation all the way and no posters ever needed a
World Cup triumph like Brazil. Fantastic storylines thrown on the
fire and now the world's finest talent of all could also see his
wildest fantasy go up in flames. Another polite act from this very
decent group of dream wreckers. Four Germans have been nominated for
the Golden en Ball. Ozil has created more chances than
any other German player. Up front Klose makes his 24th World Cup
appearance. He's the only player who was involved in the 2002 final.
Alan, you are focussing on the right was involved in the 2002 final.
side of the German side. They're a very strong side. Down the right
side, whether very strong side. Down the right
Kroos, in particular, Phillipp Lahm, they link up incredibly well.
They want to get into the space as much as they can. When
They want to get into the space as there, they want to deliver. It's
nice, neat, tidy. there, they want to deliver. It's
one-touch football. They're all moving, looking for the ball. They
all want the ball in, out, through. Very unlucky, with the thought to
get into the final third. pop to the Maracana, Clarence is
there alongside Jason. Thank you very much. A very good
evening to you. Welcome. The Argentinian fans have wasted no time
in mocking their Brazilian rivals. They're here. Where are you, they're
sing. They've been singing it at the beach all weekend. Good evening to
you, great to see you. I remember last year, when we met at the
Confederations Cup you said to me, the team that gets to the final an
the team that may win it is the team that gets it right on the pitch and
off the pitch. That team, Clarence, you were right is Germany. They
built their own training venue. They've been impeccable on and off
the pitch. Absolutely. Argentina have done their job as well. Great
players up front of course. It's going to be a great final. How do
Argentina stop the German machine? Well, I think this is the hardest
match for the Germans. Arg tona showed against Holland that they
have a very solid defence that they can defend very well in their own
half. Up front, we don't have to explain how dangerous they can be.
It is going to be very, very interesting to see how the Germans
will find the spaces. The big question that lots of people have
been talking about over this weekend is Lionel Messi. For many people he
is one of the great of the of all time -- greatest of all time. That
is guaranteed. If he wins the World Cup, do we start talking about Messi
in the same breath as Pele and Maradona? You know, they always have
to finish their career to make those kind of statements. But for sure
Messi is incredibly busy with going in that way. He achieved this final,
finally. He achieved a great performance in a few games in this
tournament. He scored finally also in a World Cup. Let's see was going
to happen. I think he's going to be brilliant today. I think he's going
to score today. Still, I think, the Germans normally, normally should
win this game. We'll talk more at halftime. Thank you very much. Gary,
a chilling message from the Germany coach, Joachim Low, in the news
conference, he says, "We're here to win the final and dominate world
football for years to come." Nothing new there then! They mentioned
Lionel Messi and he's been the man largely responsible for Argentina's
presence. The Argentinian genius is attempting to repeat the feat of an
Argentinian genius. Ten years ago, Spain wanted to call
up a tiny, timid youngster from the Barcelona academy. Lionel Messi's
response - I'm Argentine. Another old boy, briefly, was Messi.
Like so many in this city, his skills were honed with endless hours
playing on the Rosario streets. Always shy, always brilliant and
always compared to Maradona. As far as Argentines are concerned, he is
always in his shadow. Messi has shown signs of World Cup
greatness in this tournament. But there's only one outcome that will
cement his place in Argentine hearts.
We shall see shortly. There is the little genius. He's got four goals
in this tournament. He's not been quite as dominant in a lot of games
as perhaps we've seen in his days at Barcelona. Even in the semifinal, I
was at that game, he was pretty static for large parts of it. He's
always capable of something. static for large parts of it. He's
had the magic moments. I static for large parts of it. He's
Germans, they'll be looking to represent lip Kate what the Dutch
done. They crowded represent lip Kate what the Dutch
bodies in the way. They wouldn't let represent lip Kate what the Dutch
him get in the zone in the midfield. him get in the zone in the midfield.
He wants to run at them and cause problems. As a midfielder, Khedira,
they have to get back and help the defenders. The defenders will delay
him and the midfielders can help. One on one he can beat you like
here. See you later. You have to be diligent in your work, get back,
double up. He's capable of going past anyone on the planet one V one.
You double up and he's not as exciting and goes back. That's what
he was about, the Dutch done that very, very well and smothered him.
I've got a couple of stats. We talked about Thomas Muller br. I
know you love stats -- Thomas Muller before. I know you love stats. He's
covered 69,000 metres, Messi 52, he's not working as hard as in
previous times. He used to be a explosive player.
previous times. He used to be a too much from him? I watched him in
the early rounds and saw him score four goals, three world class,
the early rounds and saw him score got us off our seats. His passing is
incredible. He's got assists to go with that. I agree, he looked static
in the semifinal, with that. I agree, he looked static
scores the with that. I agree, he looked static
of the tournament. Nobody with that. I agree, he looked static
setting a team up against the Argentineans, you're doubling up on
Messi. Of course that should provide space elsewhere, but the great times
he had in this tournament is when he goes past the first man and the
second man isn't waiting. When the second one is waiting, he's tugled a
bit. He -- struggled a bit. Will the Germans do that today? I'm not sure
they will. We have seen wonderful moments from him. He's created more
chances than anyone at this tournament. If he gets the ball
higher up the pitch, and starts facing the back four, he will cause
problems, skipping past people. He gets his head up. Doesn't come off
here at end of it. But he's causing havoc in the Swiss back four. The
players here, look, everyone comes to him. That creates space for other
players. He sees that, goal. Assist. to him. That creates space for other
Devastating. This is the pass of the tournament. He gets his head up,
sees that. How he see that's pass, I don't know. The likes of him and
Maradona are probably the only people who can play that and are
devastating dribblers as well. And you, ruo! He -- Rio! He see that's
type of stuff clear, other players it goes hazy. But he does. I was at
this game. This was brilliant. I came to that game to see him do
something, have that. I mean, he's brilliant. That's beautiful. That
something, have that. I mean, he's pace is frightening. You can't
defend against it. He doesn't even have to beat you. It's a sign
defend against it. He doesn't even great player. Stand here and I'll
put it round you. He does more than anyone else. Maradona and he can see
passes, dribble. Here change of direction, see you later. Come back
together and I'm gone. That's watt kids want to see. YouTube is about
skills. This is his time. What a kids want to see. YouTube is about
chance he's got. That is in that box, the World Cup trophy. It's
being carried out by Carlos Pugol and Guselle. -- Guiselle.
It's only 12 irchls high. -- Inches high. I think the other guys haven't
performed. Aguero, Higuain, one goal. They haven't helped him a
great deal either. I think Lavezzi, this could be a good game for him.
He has the legs to get behind the Germans.
And here is the Argentinian team. The Germans believe that Mascherano
is Argentina's key player and Schweinsteiger says he is the leader
of a pack of Wolves. Messi has never scored in a World Cup knockout
match. Higuain has not hit top form in Brazil but he got the crucial
strike against Belgium. Mascherano, one of the great holding players in
world football. Without a shadow of a doubt. He has pace, a wonderful
tackle, anticipation, and he can pass as well. The complete midfield
player. This is timed to perfection. This against the Dutch was one of
the great performances, reading it, picking it up, possession is king,
never give it away. He looks, looks, and what a past that is. The great
players, the great passers in world football would be happy with that.
Again, not giving it away, looking all around, produces an inch perfect
pass again. This is what he's best at. Six Argentinian defenders in the
picture and he's in near the penalty spot. He's blocking, coming right
across. Spotting the danger and eliminating it. An absolutely
magnificent piece of play. Coming up, without a shadow of a doubt, the
tackle of the tournament. Seven or eight yards away from Arjen Robben.
Perhaps Arjen Robben should hit it earlier but to time that tackle to
perfection was masterful, brilliant play. I suppose that's five the
Argentinian defence and goalkeeper have been so good. He is a
defender's dream. I had Michael Carrick read the game in front of me
at Manchester United and that was a dream for a defender. But the first
thing he does is sniff out danger and snuff it out. The free kick is
for Germany have been hugely important in this World Cup and they
scored from a lot of set pieces. They have scored from five. This
does not just happened. It is from work on the training ground. Mats
Hummels goes in, Klose is blocking David Luiz for the run around the
back. Look at Klose blocking David Luiz. He realises but too late.
Muller has the space. They are very dangerous from set pieces whether it
is Muller or Mats Hummels. Dangerous. World Cup finals offers
players the chance to achieve footballing immortality. Thierry
Henry at pays homage to some of those who have triumphed on the
world 's biggest stage. What does it take to be a World Cup
legend? For me, if you want to go down in history you have to perform
in big games. It obviously helps if you win, but as long as you
perform, people always remember. Pele! Number three.
The walk up is the biggest thing for me that you can play in. -- the
World Cup. Especially if you are supposed to be that player that can
make the team win. People start to talk about you, other teams are
aware of your quality. You are going to get it, people will try to upset
you and take you out of the game but you need to do one thing, make sure
you don't let your team down. It is not only about scoring goals.
Beckenbauer with a delicate chip nearly surprises the goalkeeper. As
long as you can have an impact in the game people always recognise
that. When you have players of quality around you you become a
better player because of it. It is difficult to put your finger on it.
They have that little thing extra that will make them perform.
Ronaldinho! They are great players, obviously, but it is up there, how
will you perform under pressure when you know the world is watching? But
we have a legend already in this World Cup? We will see. We have 90
minutes ago. You might have a guy like Zinedine Zidane, he did not
score a goal before the final, then he came up with two goals and the
rest is history. So don't choose one yet. Wait until the final.
GARY LINEKER: The final is here, of course. And there is a great player,
without question. Walking down the tunnel. Will this be his day of
reckoning? We will find out. Somebody once said that great
players win football matches and great teams win tournaments. The
perfect example of one against the other.
ALAN HANSEN: Exactly, this is Messi's time. If ever he needed a
performance, that he alone in this Argentinian side could give, it is
right now. I think the Argentina 's side could win this. I think the
Germans were great in the semifinal but before that I was not that
impressed. They play a high line and leave space behind and that is a big
weakness. I would like to see him have a fantastic game. Some of the
moments we have seen before. His have a fantastic game. Some of the
great goals, that is what we want to see and it does not get bigger than
this. For him to be placed alongside Maradona and Pele, he has to to win
this game. I think everybody tuning in except the Germans and except
most Brazilians will want to see this man. They want to see him
produce a world-class performance and take this trophy with both hands
by himself. I think it will be difficult. I'm with the Germans
myself, as a team I think they are strong and commanding with a lot of
experience and I think they will get themselves over the line. A very
good team and they have a different goal-scorers, that tells them they
are a team. We said before the game that we wanted it to be a spectacle
and an early goal would help that. The World Cup final, Germany against
Argentina at Maracana. Your commentators are Mark Lawrenson and
Guy Mowbray. GUY MOWBRAY: Thanks, Gary. You have
been closer than most of us, but imagine how that feels. A group of
players about to realise the dream, a moment when the money really does
not matter. Look into the eyes. From the parks and playing fields to the
professional game, One of that number about to
the iconic Maracana field, Miroslav Klose, this is his chance to secure
a World Cup. Before the game we will have the national anthems of Germany
and Argentina. When all of the have the national anthems of Germany
the supporters from the two countries that have travelled to Rio
de Janeiro, their anthems will never sound so sweet.
# Danach lasst uns alle streben Bruderlich mit Herz und Hand
# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Sind des Gluckes Unterpfand
# Bluh' im Glanze dieses Gluckes Bluhe, deutsches Vaterland. #
ARGENTINA NATIONAL ANTHEM - INSTRUMENTAL
GUY MOWBRAY: It will hurt Brazil hearing the Argentinian national
anthem ring gained out loud and proud around their national stadium,
their temple of football. It is time for Germany against Argentina part
three in finals terms, a record. We hope for something more like 1986
and a little less of 1990. The heads of state are in position. It was to
be the same German team for the final that beat Brazil in the
semifinal, but spare a thought for Sami Khedira who was injured in the
warm up. A first competitive start for 23-year-old De Rossi
Moenchengladbach man, Christoph Kramer. -- by Russia
Moenchengladbach. Miroslav Klose will be here for what
will surely be his final World Cup appearance. Three of his record 16
goals have come against Argentina in the last two tournaments. Nicola
Rizzoli has the honour of REFEREE: The biggest game, let's hope he has
a more routine job than Howard Webb last time around.
Angel Di Maria pulled up in training yesterday so won't be risked. Enzo
Perez will feature again. Sergio Aguero is only among the substitutes
again. This is a team yet to concede a goal in the knockout stages. It is
a team all about Mascherano to stop them, and Messi to star. The
proudest moment in the coaching careers of Joachim Low and Alejandro
Sabella. Both cut their teeth as national team assistants before
promotion. They are both looking for greater honours than their previous
incumbents. One of the modern wonders of the
world. What a setting for a game that promises so much.
The stars are out and ready to shine.
Everything is set for the 20th World Cup final. WHISTLE
The ultimate contest in the game and one of the ultimate teams against
another a lot more reliant on one particular talent. This is the
fourth time I've seen Argentina live, and they scrap for everything.
I think they will need some magic from the aforementioned little
fellow to win today. They've had a day less to prepare.
They won't be as fresh as the Germans. If you look at the Germany
game against Brazil, they only had to play for about 25 minutes, so a
massive difference. It went from 1-0 to 5-0 in under
seven minutes. They will find this Argentina defence harder to pick
through. Yeah, especially with Mascherano in front of them. They
start with Perez on the left, Lewandowski on the right. Higuain --
Lavezzi on the right. They tried to play a tricky one
through to Klose. Argentina very deep in the early stages.
Demichelis gave it away. Mascherano has only managed to move
that up to Muller. He claims he was blocked. Yes, the referee agrees.
That's a daft foul as well. Just clatters into the back of him.
There can be the touch of the reckless about Marcos Rojo. In two
years in Portugal he has seen five red cards, three of them last
season. red cards, three of them last
They score from set pieces, don't they, Germany? They have been doing.
More from the wider positions into the box, but they'll fancy this.
Committee meeting first. A smile on Schweinsteiger's face is
telling. Ramiro has kept three clean sheets.
He's hard to beat. So are Germany when it comes to free kicks.
This is interesting. What happens next.
They're all in the queue. Not a lot. A bit dancing round your handbag
really. Hummels has to retreat. Neuer wasn't entirely sure of where
his line was. It goes for a Germany throw. Argentina's first sorte into
opposition territory and they look dangerous. And from a very poor
German free kick. You could hear the change in noise
around the stadium as soon as You could hear the change in noise
men in blue broke forward. Argentina have by far and away the lion's
share of support, even though have by far and away the lion's
from Brazil are behind the They've come across the border in
any way they could. They're sleeping anywhere and everywhere. It's been
They'll be hoping for an Argentinian an Argentinian takeover.
They'll be hoping for an Argentinian take away, won't they? They aren't
the favourites. Might be worth
the favourites. last World Cup here, the only
previous World Cup final here, Brazil came into it
previous World Cup final here, seven past Sweden and six against
Spain. Then they lost as favourites to Uruguay.
Here's Ozil. Muller. Nearly came back to Ozil. He looked to
out, Muller, actually. It's a good deflection back to the
goalkeeper. The referee just saying that he
couldn't really get out of the way. The last touch was a German one. It
will be an Argentine throw. That's unfortunate there.
Senor Rizzoli, this is his fourth game at the tournament.
The noise around the place now, you could be watching BocaJuniors,
astonishing. Muller might get onto that.
It is Martin Demichelis who comes across to stop him in no uncertain
terms. A little bit worried that Argentina
down the left-hand side, that's three occasions, they're all coming
down here. Muller was there. Lahm has nobody opposing him at all.
Kroos dictating a lot of the passing in the German midfield. They look
sharp, Germany. Sharp and measured. They won't hurry
it. Can you see
it. out of every player in white.
it. -- you can see the confidence oozing
out of every player in white. Hummels was a doubt. Problem with
his left knee. But taken off at halftime against Brazil purely a
precaution. Look at the room Phillipp Lahm
There was no way through for Kroos. Messi will leave Hummels in his wake
here. He found Schweinsteiger in the way.
Messi was a little bit tired, someone was saying. Waky, waky.
Not now. There has been a feeling that he's
been saving something special.. We hope. So
-- something special. We hope so. Demichelis came out into the pocket
again. Demichelis came out into the pocket
The whistle has gone for a free kick. That wasn't the pinching the
ball off Messi, it was the first challenge by Hummels, I think.
Brilliant, though. He almost stops and then goes again. Hummels is
trailing in his wake. Perez was waiting. Higuain was the
man further over. In between the two of them! Turned
clear by Muller. Great play by Zabaleta. We haven't
seen him come forward that often in this competition.
Biglia had time to line it up there. He took plenty of time.
Decent block too by the Schalke man. Yeah, it was. We haven't got a ball
at the moment. There is a spare special final ball.
There's the man most consider to be the world's best goalkeeper, having
to keep out The Many think is the world's best player and co.
Now Argentina down their right posing problems. We thought it might
be cagey and lack pace early on. Not a bit of it. Certainly not.
Zabaleta hung Rhyl into the tack -- hungrily into the tackle. He doesn't
really tackle any other way. Kramer is playing a little bit
further forward than Khedira would be, certainly from that point of
view, it's given the Argentineans a little bit of problems when he tries
to come off the front man. Messi comes back to help out
defensively. Germany get the throw. Demichelis stout stuff. Yeah,
Demichelis just read it a Demichelis stout stuff. Yeah,
second before close close close. He just -- Miroslav Klose. He just did
enough to put him off. I think they might have conceded a
key free kick here. It's in the back of Klose. I'm not
sure it's a foul, is it? A little late.
It is another free kick in a very promising position for Germany.
Zabaleta read it. Germany's throw.
It squirted awkwardly off the head of Demichelis, the sun in his eyes.
Yeah, he Jess -- gesticulats that. fascinating to watch from the German
players. That was unlucky, it was meant for Muller. He came out around
the back. meant for Muller. He came out around
Perez tries to run away. That's twice they have broken from set
pieces, Argentina, and for the neutrals that is good.
pieces, Argentina, and for the Joachim Low spoke about at press
conferences, he was aware of the speed at the break. And wary of one
man in particular. We have speed at the break. And wary of one
darting run from him so far down the right-hand side, Lionel Messi.
Ezequiel Garay, a solid centre-back. Marcos Rojo was a little
off-balance. Looking down at the pitch. I don't think so, must have
been a worm! There has been a bit of rain around Rio in the last few
days. Perfect evening for the World Cup final.
Demichelis was shoulder to shoulder with Miroslav Klose. He has already
taken the throw. That was hefty from Kramer. Germany are a man lights
just now. They're not too worried, they're just keeping the ball.
Argentina's players are pointing to the touchline to tell Boateng to put
it out of play. They don't have to, it is their man. They've made the
decision on the pitch. Toni Kroos does that. They have the ball, they
can make the decision. It is the call of the referee whether he wants
to stop play or not. At sea ought to have done. Always when you are
looking the other way that you miss one. -- perhaps he ought to have
done. He took the full weight. Zabaleta took one the other night,
very similar. Clicking his jaw back into place. A
penny for the thoughts of Sami Khedira. Ruled out in the warm up.
He's a player who has had rotten luck with injury in last season.
Kramer will carry on for now. He only made his debut against Poland
it one of the warm up games in May. What a rise for the 23-year-old.
Sometimes it's just meant to be. Watching on anxiously in the town
where he's from, famous for making swords. I'm sure he's got plenty of
steel in him. He won't be coming off. Not if he
had has any say about it. He's fine, He won't be coming off. Not if he
jogging around the pitch now. Over two wards Lahm, but it won't reach
him. Rojo looked to find Higuain. A
nose of Alejandro Sabella. They nose of Alejandro Sabella. They
called him Alex when he was at Bramall Lane as a player. Standing
down, what may after this game. Kroos to Lahm. Muller this time
takes one. Get up, he's fine. Rojo went in. He was waiting for it, well
done, referee. Nothing wrong with him. There was a bit of that in
Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game against Portugal.
Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game enough to get himself off.
Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game take a lot to get Pepe sent off.
Excellent slide into win from Mascherano.
That was a risk, DME, a chance for Higuain! What a waste. He was
presented with a World Cup final gift. He obviously couldn't believe
it. He snatched at this. He waited to hit it and it almost came off the
ankle, above the boot. What an opportunity. Toni Kroos headed the
ball back without looking. A player who has hardly wasted a pass all
tournament long. For him not to make the goalkeeper made a save from that
position is criminal. What a let off for Germany. They now have a free
kick in the Argentine half. Kroos has just steadied himself. His heart
will be absolutely pumping. Just tries to hit it too hard, doesn't
he. Kramer was second to that ball,
Demichelis won it. A free kick to Argentina.
Demichelis won it. A free kick to when you look at it, looked around,
and he's just dragged it. Dear oh dear. The man wearing number nine.
Looked at Javier Mascherano's reaction. And the bench. Sergio
Aguero, number 20, he had his shirt over his head. What he would give
for a chance like that, if and when he gets on the field.
Acres of space for Philipp Lahm here. Not the best ball. It sent him
backwards rather than forwards. Past the midway point of the first
half. Cross by Philipp Lahm, Klose collapse, collected by Muller. Zappa
Letta, great on his left foot. -- Zappa Letta.
Benedikt Howedes was Germany's goal-scorer... As we look down
Benedikt Howedes was Germany's Copacabana beach. He was the
goal-scorer for Germany the last time
goal-scorer for Germany the last friendly in Frankfurt, it was a 3-1
Argentina victory, and we had something almost as breathtaking in
the Higuain mess in the first half, we had a missed penalty from Messi.
Germany getting a bit of order back about themselves.
All the way back to Neuer. He doesn't mind receiving the ball
anywhere in his doesn't mind receiving the ball
field. One of these sweeper- keepers.
A lovely take and turned by Mesut Ozil. Klose is stopped by Garay.
Just as This is good pressing from Rojo and
Perez, forcing Germany back. Germany bossing possession but not
going anywhere that quickly yet. Schweinsteiger is having too
going anywhere that quickly yet. the ball as far as Argentina are
concerned. Good closing from Lavezzi. On it again.
Didn't get that one right, not close enough to Kramer. I think he
stopped, thinking he was running offside. Thereafter some Germans
here. -- there are some Germans here. There have been plenty of
Germans wherever they have played, they have plenty of support in
Brazil. That killer Lee in the south of the country. -- particularly in
the south of the country. Even more today.
Forced out by the pressure of Kramer. Sabella's face tells a
story. A great one for reactions, Sabella will stop never left in any
doubt what he's thinking. A chip up towards Klose and Romero
had seen that developing. I think Klose realised if you went for that
he would get smashed. Just a split second, he's onside, has a look at
the goalkeeper and thanks, maybe not. The timing of the run was
exquisite. The veteran striker is looking to go out on the biggest
high of all having already broken the record for the number of goals
scored at the World Cup in this tournament. Lahm was through. Romero
gets it away but the flag is up. Would not have counted for Muller
even if he got his toe to it. The flag seemed to go up late. A clever
ball as well. Great decision. Renato Faverani wasn't just the right place
to see it all. Lavezzi is sent sprawling. A free kick. He wanted to
take it quickly but the referee was not ready because he's making a note
of the foul and we have the first yellow card of the World Cup final.
Asti and Schweinsteiger gets it. -- Bastian Schweinsteiger gets it. No
complaining. Stopped him in his tracks.
That was Daft as well because Boateng was just waiting to tackle
him. No surprise at all to see who's the
wall. Biglia with a touch to Messi to allow him to run. Can't get
through that way. to allow him to run. Can't get
keeps that in. Might have caused a problem but Romero is out to tidy
up. Rojo, that wasn't tidy from Germany. Lavezzi has Rojo and
Higuain is in there. Germany. Lavezzi has Rojo and
it won't count. He doesn't know yet. But Argentina have not taken the
lead. The flag went up very quickly. Great ball. This is a ball and a
half and an absolutely correct decision again. What a finish after
his miss as well. Curling away from Neuer. This time we give the thumbs
up to the other assistant referee, Andrea Stefani. I think Schurrle
could be coming on here. He's taken off his top. There's a subplot
within a big story. Kramer in at the last minute for Sami Khedira,
injured in the warm up. And now he's only lasted half an hour himself.
He's still very, very dazed. Yeah, he's groggy. I hope he's all right.
Christoph Kramer's dream hasn't quite gone to plan.
On will come Andre Schurrle, who when he has left the bench has made
impact after impact for Germany. You get the impression actually that he
is a real impact player. When he starts and thinks, not sure, when he
comes on, most definitely. The referee's assistant just explaining
what was wrong. Andre Schurrle, the Chelsea player, came on as a
substitute against Algeria in the last 16 to give Germany the lead, to
look really lively throughout. Then came on against Brazil, last
Tuesday. He got himself two of the seven. He's going to play on the
left. I think they'll probably just, I don't know if they're going to
drop Ozil in a little bit with Kroos and Schweinsteiger. Play a front
three. Joachim Low, even in his days as the assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann
was the tactition in the camp. He will have a plan for every
eventuality. This might improve Germany's attacking prowess. Howedes
is not particularly great about going forward. We know Schurrle is
all about attacking people in those areas.
keep rolling overment you got -- over. You got your foul, mate, get
over it. Mesut Ozil caught him. Let's see how many rolls we can
count. One, two, three... I think there were three-and-a-half.
Zabaleta has been taken out. That is a naughty one. Has Howedes. That
will be a yellow card. Maybe something brewing for
Argentina here. Maybe something brewing for
Two German names in the referee's note book. Germany having already
had to make one change in the game and one just before it. Oh, it's a
naughty foul, that. To be fair to Zabaleta, he's tough.
If he's going to catch any player in the Argentinian side that will note
it down for later, he's just caught him. Any player plus And him
Mascherano. . Just need to settle down a bit,
Germany, here. You might say
with Higuain missing that sitter. -- lightly.
Schweinsteiger is even more important to the Germany plans.
Lavezzi felt he was fouled. The Italian referee begs to differ.
Rojo almost getting in Perez' way. Both so eager to go in and make the
tackle themselves. Yeah, it's getting a little bit
spicy, which is always good. We are just over ten minutes from 45 being
played. This is good stuff. just over ten minutes from 45 being
Not edge of your Messi couldn't get it through to
there's a lot developing here. Messi couldn't get it through to
Higuain. He has won a corner. It was Schweinsteiger again, I think.
That's Lavezzi originally into Messi.
Schweinsteiger there just reads the situation.
Lavezzi has got a turn of pace from somewhere.
Starting his fourth game in a row with Sergio Aguero having been ruled
out. Oh, yeah we need one of them, mate, to carry on.
He's looking lively. It's Manuel Neuer's. The box belongs
to him. Muller gives Zabaleta the slip.
Good chance. Good save, Romero. Schurrle met it nicely. So did the
keeper. I think it's a corner. He's saying
no. a little nip at him. Ozil just got
out of the a little nip at him. Ozil just got
been given. No, offside. Yes, offside, Ozil. Romero taps it out to
Demichelis. Germany 0, Argentina 0.
Argentina have had the ball in the German net. Offside Higuain. He
should have had the ball in the German net earlier.
Messi ran straight into Schweinsteiger, who doesn't make a
meal of it just gets on with the Perfect ball to Lahm, just bounced
off his boot. He wanted to keep it a lot lower, obviously. But great ball
into him. That's gone out for an Argentina throw-in.
A rocky few minutes for Germany. They seem to have got their rhythm
back at the moment. So fantastically poised, this game.
Argentina beaten in only one of the last 25 games. Germany can do
better, one defeat in their last 27. Perez has swapped sides at the
moment. Yeah since Lavezzi took the corner before, he's not gone back to
his original position. Another one, they're creeping forward.
This time it's Germany's. Ticking around towards halftime.
Strange to think after today it's all over. Luckily you don't have to
wait too long for the football to start again. Match of the Day
returns in 34 days, Saturday August 16 for its 50th year.
Messi has managed to get through. It's turned away from goal.
It's Boateng. He got through unbelievably easily, Messi.
Hummels is feeling the pace of the races he's having to have against
the brilliant Argentina Number Ten. He has largely been kept quiet, but
you know it's there. Hummels and Howedes had big guys.
Messi is causing them problems. No free kick. Well done, ref.
Late challenge there. Germany appeal for a free kick.
Muller is down again. Referee didn't see it.
Muller back to his feet. Biglia caught on the ball and needlessly
fouled by Schurrlement A -- Schurrle. Schurrle and Rojo having a
little set-to here. Lavezzi is across to have a word and
Mascherano is here too. Thomas Muller can rub opponents up the
wrong way and he's doing just that here.
This will play into Argentina hands. I would have thought so.
That's just a Schurrle foul. We know that all day. It's amazing when they
don't see it. This is the one. What's that? It was something rather
manufactured by Thomas Muller. It was indeed, for the second time.
Rojo is lucky. He tried to be too clever. In the end, he just let
Muller have a simple cross and thanks goodness for Zabaleta, for
Argentina. Thomas Muller has to be careful. If he wants a battle, he's
playing the right team for it. Or the wrong team!
It goes Argentina's way. Contested by Schurrle. He's come on full of
fire. Yeah, he's getting a little bit rattled, the Germans, which
would suit Argentina. They don't have a problem with this.
It was the right call. straight at Romero from Kroos. Klose
did really well here, great awareness, out of his feet. That's a
back pass. Not his thing today. That's two though, isn't it? Germany
just showing signs approaching halftime of knocking it around
again. They're going over too easily as
well. Muller had to make sure he stayed in front of Lavezzi.
Could Miroslav Klose have flung himself at that? I think he thought
about it. Great ball, isn't it? No. Even though we're goalless, for a
World Cup final, it's actually been good, the first half.
Schweinsteiger has run most of the first half.
Germany corner. We move into two minutes of first-half added time.
That's such a good relationship down the right, Muller and Lahm. Perez
puffing there. It's difficult. It will be Kroos with a corner.
puffing there. It's difficult. It and Howedes have made their way into
the Argentina penalty area. - Hummels. Romero started to move
towards the ball and he retreated and he will stay
towards the ball and he retreated corner kick. Hummels is a danger.
Two goals in the World Cup at already, one against
Muller is the target of the referee's attention again, pushing
and pulling between him and Pablo Zabaleta. Expectant German fans.
Against the post! The flag has gone up. It hasn't gone in. Romero has
the ball in his grateful gloves. Such a great header as well, this
was, from Howedes. It comes off the post.
I'm saying it's a good header, he should have scored. He
I'm saying it's a good header, he run at it. Got great leveraged at
I'm saying it's a good header, he the header as well. Good officiating
once again. A stroke of luck for Argentina. Schurrle caught by
Zabaleta. Half-time at the Maracana. We haven't had a goal, but we have
seen a glaring miss from Gonzalo Higuain, who then did put the ball
in the net only for it to be ruled out for offside. Right at the end we
had that Howedes header. I think out for offside. Right at the end we
will get goals, we just don't know out for offside. Right at the end we
score them. Goalless it may be, but fascinating
it certainly is. A contrast in styles between attack and
counterattack. Classic, German pass and move and they tried to thread
their way through a resilient defence. The Germans are then
playing high up the pitch, distinct lack of pace and susceptible to the
counter attack. It's very, very open. Argentina have probably had
the better chances, apart from the one that hit the post at the end. It
was tough to call before the game, but it becomes increasingly
difficult. Still tough to call. Germany have had a lot of
possession, a lot of play down the right-hand side. Both teams have had
two great chances. Higuain should score and Howedes at the end is a
sitter from the set piece. Thoroughly enjoyable first half.
Yes. Argentina are looking very dangerous on the counterattack. I
can't believe Germany are playing with such a high line in possession,
with the lack of ability their centre halves have. Lavezzi and
Messi are having a field day. You said that throughout the tournament,
but you'd suspect with the class Argentina have got... Algeria did
the same thing, but this is against Argentina. If they continue to take
chances like that... There's no great recovery pace so when it's
played pass them, Messi gets in on the right-hand side and he's in.
Conceivably should have done better. Germany went very close to scoring
just before half-time. Before the game you said set pieces could be
crucial. They are very good at it and they know their jobs, Germany.
That is a fantastic ball in and Howedes should score, five yards
out. You've got to score. Eventually gives offside. It's a great ball in.
Argentina haven't defended brilliantly. Higuain has had an
interesting first half. He had the best chance before that. Just before
Mascherano had made a great tackle. He takes about three days to get it
under control. Then a gift of a chance. He's onto it, but he is
slow, pedestrian, laborious. Just nudging forward with your head and
make the chance easier. It sat out really well for him. He can take it
on. Because it's so nice to hit, and it's a sitter, you dream about one
of them. I don't think he needs to go so early here. He needs to check
his run to three yards. It's a very, very good ball in and a great
finish, but he doesn't need to make the wrong so early. He can see the
defenders. He should see a cross the line. Messi getting the ball between
the lines and he puts someone else in. Fantastic to see. You said
before the games that Germany are strong down the right and that is
predominantly where their threat has come from. Almost everything is
coming down the right-hand side. Lahm starts it off the vast majority
of the time. Whether it's Muller, they get in there and they have a
habit of getting in there. They find pockets of space and eventually
Argentina will get punished if they don't stop the cross coming in. They
are not prepared to rush, they wait. They get into the final third
and they are dangerous. You can tell that their favourite side because
and they are dangerous. You can tell the vast majority of it is there
whether it is Muller and Lahm or the others down there. It's a dangerous
area. You have to stop the cross. Defender lets him cross it to be
easily and at the moment Argentina are getting away with it. They are
creating half chances, Germany. The final ball hasn't been great. This
is fantastic from Ozil. Bit of a backpass, but they are working the
spaces really well. If they can find the final ball, they will punish
them. We've talked about the high line and the lack of pace of
Hummels, is it possible to exploit that? Yeah. He's been protected
really well this tournament, they haven't been left isolated man for
man. He has a lack of ability. He can't live with him. Comes inside.
The next one shows it even more. Neuer knows exactly where he is,
great goalkeeping. One on one, he identifies who he is up against, see
you later. Stop start. That's what they have to do. Great players
identify a weakness and they sit on it. The thing about a high line, and
we've seen Neuer are coming and sweeping, sometimes you can't come
and sweep. You just need one little ball in and the player to make the
right run and the goalkeeper is out of the equation. The game springs to
life when it gets to Messi. Three occasions in the first half,
including this one. Not only that, his vision and to execute the pass
also. He is top, top drawer. That is a very good tackle from
Schweinsteiger, who comes across and cuts out the danger. Him running at
you, you fear the worst. For the first time, his final ball let him
down. This is the one over the top I was talking about. A simple ball. So
dangerous. Boateng does well. So much space behind that Neuer
account, and get this one. When the ball is good enough like that, the
goalkeeper will be in no man's land if he dares to come out. If you are
giving Messi that space, he will punish you. Eventually. We shall
see. Time to pick your goal of the tournament.
Great ball, he's onside, van What a fantastic goal! What a
fantastic goal! The underdogs have made such a good
start. Is there a response? K Hill! What a strike! Tim K Hill has done
it again for Australia. - Give it to him and pray. And he's
done it! It had to be Messi. He's broken in rainy and hearts. -
Iranians. Now Jones. Jones! The equaliser!
Jermaine Jones. James Rodriguez! Moment of magic!
The outstanding James Rodriguez has once again lit up a game at these
World Cup finals. David Luiz! Brilliant! What a goal
from David Luiz! Absolute perfection. David Luiz Hammers home
a sensational free kick! A lovely reverse ball. Schurrle!
Andre Schurrle, seven! Seven to choose from and we know which one we
like. To vote, head to the BBC World Cup website and click on the goal of
your choice. Voting closes on the full-time whistle and we'll give you
the result towards the end of the programme. Plenty more sport to look
forward to this summer, starting with the live coverage of The Open
Championship from Hoylake on Thursday morning. But what about
next month? Thursday morning. But what about
next month? Life returns. I don't think I know
who the doctor is any more. I'm the doctor. I've lived
who the doctor is any more. I'm the years. I've made many mistakes. It's
about time I did something about that. Where are we going? Into
darkness. Here we go again. Am I a good man? I don't know. Dr
Who. Let's pop back, not in time, but
right now to the Maracana to hear the thoughts of Clarence Seedorf.
Just before kick-off I spoke to Lothar Matthaus. He says he's very
confident, although I'm not sure how relaxed he was when Higuain was
clean through. Is this the World Cup finals you expected?
clean through. Is this the World Cup Cup final, great quality, great
game, exactly what we expected. Argentina waiting for the Germans,
great possession from the Germans, but Argentina are knocking on the
door. Do you think Germany need to speed up their midfield? Yes, and
use the left side more. They are ignoring the left side. They have to
be more adventurous. They came out quite dangerously a couple of times.
I think Argentina have had the better chances. I know how impressed
you've been with Thomas Muller, whose movement has been fantastic.
He's fantastic, always doing the right thing. He's a bit out of the
game because they are forcing the game on the right-hand side, which
ups Argentina to defend better. - helps. The atmosphere is incredible,
what will happen helps. The atmosphere is incredible,
what will in the second-half? Is it going all the way? I expect
Argentina to sit back and Germany to push forward, with more movement up
front. They have to be aware of the speed of Argentina up front. Messi
is in the game and I'm liking what I'm seeing. Who will lift the
trophy? Very hard question. The logical thing is Germany, the best
team of the tournament. But Argentina are knocking on the door.
Thank you. Brilliant way of saying he has no
idea! More of the same in the second-half? I can't see it
changing. Germany will have the lion 's share of the play, but Argentina
have looked dangerous. If they introduce Sergio Aguero, he could
have a big say. We don't always say this but you have to say the Germans
have been a little bit unfortunate so far, losing Khedira before
kick-off and then losing his replacement, Kramer. It is one of
those were you can't see him coming. You take the full force of it. I
feel sorry for him there, You take the full force of it. I
introduced to the game and then for that to happen to him. Normally when
you can see somebody coming you can prepare yourself, you tense up, but
there is nothing there. Nasty one. How do you see it going, Alan? I
agree with Clarence. The Germans had a lot of possession in the first
half. Because Argentina can see Germany are susceptible to the
counterattack they will sit back and try to hit them on the break. They
have the pace of Messi. It just needs one ball over the top. I agree
with Rio, if Aguero comes off on, he can make the difference. Is it
fate? You just wonder. We have had a first half with no goals but it has
been end to end. We expected Argentina to get men behind the ball
but we did not expect a first half as good as that. Both managers will
be happy at half-time with all players carrying out their
instructions. Argentina will be looking for more of the same. Mats
Hummels, they have been in your team of the tournament. He has been slow.
It's still 0-0. They just look relaxed and happy in this situation.
It is a World Cup final, 24, 25 years old, but they're just chilling
before they go out. He looks pretty cool, with his family by the looks
of it. Looks like he's supporting Argentina. How can he let them wear
Argentina shirts? I don't understand it. Diego Simeone told him he had
to. One goal for Thomas Muller and he would grab the Golden Goal. James
Rodriguez has six at the moment and there will be watching closely. The
first goal will be vital. I think there should be more of the same but
with goals. The first half was absolutely excellent. Great watch.
Cancer attacking play against a classic passant move team. Cash
counter attacking play. -- passage and move team. Germany will
definitely be hoping to get that first goal. The two sides walking
back out onto the pitch at the fantastic Maracana Stadium. Back to
Mark Lawrenson and Guy Mowbray. GUY MOWBRAY: Thanks, Gary. A change
to start with. Ezequiel Lavezzi is going off to be replaced by Sergio
Aguero. A change for Argentina. Lavezzi came into the side after
Aguero was ruled out with injury. He has started the last three games.
Aguero still looking for his first World Cup goal. He has half a dozen
international appearances without a goal but is not a bad player to have
coming on at We did see him in S?o Paulo and he
looked a bit ring rusty. Growing problems? I'm not sure you could say
that. He's had a number of muscular problems since New Year with
Manchester City. His first touch in the World Cup final, sending it back
to Javier Mascherano. Messi is running already. Howedes is beaten
by Higuain. Aguero An interesting story developing in
that Argentina kept the Germany players waiting for some time in the
player's tunnel. Mascherano lists it three for
Higuain but he's offside again. -- lifts it through for Higuain.
Probably four or five different occasions down that side now.
Looking at what Argentina have done, I think Higuain will play on the
right, Messi in the middle and Aguero on the left. Aguero and
Higuain Hattie tucked in from those sides. Perez is playing as a
right-sided midfielder. Aguero will try to run onto this but Jerome
Boateng combines with Neuer. It was easy for Boateng. A positive stride.
Positive start for Argentina. Biglia has gone to the left of Mascherano.
Messi, the flag has stayed down but he has missed! Right across the face
with the crowd waiting to roar. Of all the people. He is on the side. A
massive intake of breath. You are just waiting for the net to bulge.
How close was that? Very. Neuer was beaten. He was stranded. Another
It has got those blue and white Argentina opportunity goes by.
It has got those blue and white striped shirted
It has got those blue and white feet and waving the flag
It has got those blue and white They like what they have seen since
the break but they might not like Muller the ball now.
A little bit of a waste. But a really bright start by Argentina. He
is not just feeling his left hamstring? I'm hoping it's just an
itch. So is he. He knows where the camera is, Alejandro Sabella. Still
0-0, still a lot of Argentina fans wondering how that is
Fired all the way through by Mascherano. Not quite sure
Germany players. They were waiting in the tunnel except Philipp Lahm.
He came out onto the field but was in the tunnel except Philipp Lahm.
called back in by the referee. Lahm ignored him and had the Maracana to
himself for a couple of minutes. Zabaleta was caught by Klose. The
sunset in Rio, not many finer sites in the world.
That is a picture. Staggering, isn't it. To think we have been up there
as well. Argentina free kick. Mistake by Perez.
Javier Mascherano for bailing him out there. Perhaps he was lucky that
Javier Mascherano for bailing him it was Klose who
Javier Mascherano for bailing him quickly as he used to. Don't mind
seeing the odd mistake, it usually means goals. Aguero climbed early
and five. Higuain went in with Howedes, but the defender did
enough. A swing and a miss from Higuain.
Messi, defenders doubling up on him. Messi couldn't get involved there,
he was wandering back rather lazily from being offside. At the moment
every time Argentina come forward, they are posing problems for the
Germans. Its lack of football now, isn't it. That is amazing. Almost as
though it was planned that way. It isn't it. That is amazing. Almost as
just doesn't look real. That is how amazing it is.
Ozil got it out to Howedes who showed too much of its two Pablo
Zabaleta who took a bit of everything. He looked like a
centre-back playing left-back then, Howedes. The second touch was almost
a header. There is room on the right for
Philipp Lahm should Germany choose to go that way. Lahm, threatening to
under all busily through, to go that way. Lahm, threatening to
instead he will have to get back pretty quickly. -- to bundle. Great
tackle by Boateng on Aguero. They will have a rest and set off
again. The game is quickening up, which is great. Even Mascherano
threatened to break forward then which is great. Even Mascherano
he was ignored. They will try another way round. Zabaleta sets
off. That was wasted by Mascherano. Two
in a row for him, most unusual. He goes down, tripped by Zabaleta.
The advantage is played and it's turned behind by Garay for the
corner. Schurrle asking for the free kick. But the referee gave Germany
the advantage. Foul, yeah, but look what a good position Germany are in.
They will have to settle for the corner, which they are pretty good
from. No card for Zabaleta, incidentally. Howedes is making the
run to the near post. Well over him. And there was a bit of pushing and
pulling with Muller grabbing hold of some shirt.
Well, yeah, right. After his was pulled. I think the free kick has
gone against his reputation. Mats Hummels was getting a hug from
Garay. Thomas Muller was unlucky there.
Germany. Quite clever when you are under the cosh a little bit.
Argentina quickening the tempo once more. Zabaleta looking for the run
of Higuain. Outcomes Neuer, a long, long way. Big collision. He's given
a free kick the other way, the referee. Was Neuer inside the box
when he made the connection with his fist? That's exactly what Sergio
Aguero is arguing about. Higuain has a look, he knows he's coming, he can
hear him. That doesn't tell us, does it? I think he's just all right,
just. Higuain might not be. It's his knee coming up into the side of the
face. Is that dangerous play from the goalkeeper? He does get to the
ball first. What's he going to do with his knees when he's that high
up in the air? You make contact with the ball and then worry about
everything else later. German goalkeeper Polak Singer boy in blue,
we are back to Schumacher! Not quite in that category, thank goodness.
we are back to Schumacher! Not quite Higuain is half accepting the
apology. Hard to know how it can be a free kick to Germany. Very harsh.
He got his head in the way of a six German. - six German. You can
understand his anger and his business. Quite a few breaks for
blows to the head throughout this World Cup. He's having a go at the
fourth official as well, Higuain, on the touchline. Sub ballot is joining
in. Not getting a lot of movement from
Klose, are they? Finding it really difficult to get into the game at
the moment. A cross towards Klose. He's got one
on target, there's always once a match. That's what he's good at,
within the confines of the 18-yard box. A good league, but not a great
connection. It seemed to slide down his face rather than
connection. It seemed to slide down temple. Echoes the way he got off in
2002 when Schurrle runs into Pablo Zabaleta.
five goals Just kept in. It will be an
Argentina throw in. They claim it should be a goal kick, but not the
case. Joachim should be a goal kick, but not the
with a few words to say, it Lahm couldn't quite slide it
the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller stop thinking he was offside, maybe?
the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller Clever play by Lahm. No,
the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller moment it looked like Bayern
He is forced a slice from the keeper. What a touch!
Demichelis was caught by Klose. Muller wants it in the middle.
Mascherano didn't really get it away and then it was behind from Ozil. It
shot up at him, a bit unlucky. Klose was also behind Ozil. Looks like a
deflection off Mascherano. A little bit unfortunate, not a lot Ozil
could do. Running at full pelt. The World Cup final remains
intriguing. Still don't think you would want to
firmly put yourself in one camp, saying one team will win it over the
other. Hummels against Aguero and that's getting tetchy. Well done,
Aguero. He fought three different people to win that corner. He is
strong. Looks far more ready for this than he was the other day. He
was undercooked the other day, no doubt about it. Clever too. Didn't
let Hummels anywhere near that. Demichelis and Geraint Hughes and
row Joe up from the back. - garra right.
My first thought was it was another corner for Argentina. I think I was
right, it came off Klose. Schweinsteiger is
want it. Doesn't want it there. I don't think he wants it anywhere.
Really messy between Neuer and Howedes. Neuer are saying to
Howedes, you have to accept the ball. Zabaleta will take the
Argentina throw in. Threatening to have a good spell with Aguero
instrumental. Mascherano has made another mistake. And then plunging
into a tone for the error and he will get a yellow card. He knew
straightaway as well. Doesn't complain. OK, I'll take that, my
mistake. Argentina in the final, you might say, largely down to his lots
this chick tackle to deny Arjen Robben. - last-ditch tackle. Most
definitely. Stretched so much he almost did himself a mischief in
that game, but fit today. Aguero was in late and he will be
yellow carded. He has ended Schweinsteiger and there is a lot of
feeling creeping into this now. Echoes of when they meant in the
World Cup in Germany in 2006, when it went all the way to penalties. At
the end, Schweinsteiger was punched in the back by Maxi Rodr?guez after
the penalty shoot out. It all went off, as they say. I think it's
because you've got that undercurrent in this game as well, which is why
it's so intriguing. Lots and lots of Argentinian noise again. I thought
they had been quiet for a while. Overruled. Ozil took it. Not to any
great benefit for Germany. Biglia was caught waiting for it. Free kick
for Argentina. Klose as well, back a long way. He
couldn't stop himself. Germany have six or seven players warming up
behind the goal. Can't bring them all on! Played in. Neuer was the
only player ready for that. Very coolly done by Demichelis. He
had to get that absolutely right. Schurrle and Romero have words. We
had a player sent off in both of the last two World Cup finals, why
shouldn't this one be any different? I think Romero is the biggest player
Argentina have in terms of height. Not a tall team at all. Free kick
for Germany and Biglia is contesting that. Many duels developing all over
the field. Returned to Ozil by Muller. Zabaleta doesn't take any
chances. Kept by Higuain. Perez claims handball and gets it against
Toni Kroos. Not sure what Kroos can do in that circumstance. Is he
supposed to chop it off at the shoulder?
Great run from row Joe down the left-hand side. Higuain is in the
box. left-hand side. Higuain is in the
Schweinsteiger. Who else? Three separate
Schweinsteiger. Who else? Three he's come in and saved Germany. Nice
turn by Enzo Perez and then he drove straight at Hummels. Demichelis out
to Zabaleta, who can put in a cross, but it was too close to Neuer R.
The game is opening up. Here we go. Lahm breezes past Biglia. And then
he is unceremoniously taken down. He bought it, didn't he? He wasn't
turning round and running back to his own goal.
Lovely passing Germany players. Howedes with a
cross that is anything but lovely. It goes for a throw in. That's why
he's a centre-back. It's also why we've seen no goals to determine who
will be closer to lifting that trophy at the end of the day. You
can still focus your goal of the trophy at the end of the day. You
Cup website. The vote Clark says - closes at full-time. It has run
away, Rome are row has it. Poor touch. Lovely play.
much longer there, he ran straight into Kroos. He had a couple of
moments in the first half, most definitely. But you could have said
that about ten in some of the other games until the last couple of
minutes. And then we saw games until the last couple of
Particularly in the last 16 game against Switzerland when he made the
winner for Di Mar?a in the nick of time. Perez and Schweinsteiger
having a falling out. To be considered with Maradona and Pele,
does Messi have to start performing before this game is done? Yes.
does Messi have to start performing answered that! Did you want the
longer version? Yes will do. A little bit of anxiety at
German end but they seem relaxed by and large. Argentina supporters have
been anything but relaxed. I'm amazed they all made it four
kick-off because of the noise made in Rio last night, until 6am,
fantastic stuff. Aguero towards fantastic stuff. Aguero towards
Higuain. Away by Howedes. Mascherano went in bravely, some might say
foolhardy. I'm not sure it was a free kick. He goes download to head
it. You are allowed to challenge him.
Higuain can't get past Mats Hummels, one of the defenders of the
tournament. Howedes asked a lot of Andre Schurrle there. Schurrle went
stride for stride with Zabaleta. Looked like the assistant was about
to give a free kick to Germany. He undoubtedly was. It is a throw for
Perez to take. Now it is Zabaleta to take.
Messi can't take it. Looked as though he was about to burn away
from Howedes. I think he had a little luck before the ball was due
to arrive at his feet. Must have just taken his eye off it. They all
look old enough to have enjoyed Maradona at his best. This is not
Messi at his best on night. The touch from Perez somehow bounces
through to Messi. Messi bounces past a couple of tackles to shoot but he
couldn't quite wrap his left foot around. But here he comes. Amazing,
isn't it, defenders seemed mesmerised when he's up against
them. His movement is so quick, short steps, fantastic control. He
was thinking of Iran all over again. That goal in injury time moments
after Iran had had their own chances to win it. Argentina are yet to be
behind in any game in this World Cup.
Klose did well to keep his balance but couldn't quite keep the ball in
the end. Neither could Lahm. Joachim Low is contemplating what
move to make next but I think Sabella will make the next move. It
will probably be Palacio. He seems to come on quite regularly. Has come
on in four of the games. He could have won it against the Dutch.
We don't know if Di Maria is fit to play any part at all. You would
think if he was he would be involved. Howedes beat Perez to
that. Schurrle loses out to Mascherano and in fact was impeding,
stopping Mascherano getting away. The referee in the right place. The
question is, who does he come on for? This will be a statement. If
it's not the like of Higuain, you're not taking Messi Ofcom is on. He's
either taking off Higuain or he's going for it with everything,
Sabella. The board says nine, Higuain will be coming off.
Throw for Argentina. They will make the change before play is reserved.
-- resumed. Higuain was put through by, of all people, Toni Kroos with a
backward header. He won't be getting a goal in this World Cup final.
Rodrigo Palacio takes over. Aguero had to be strong. Messi
trying to hold off Schweinsteiger. It won't quite run for Palacio and
Neuer is there to pounce. A good bit of distribution as well, Muller was
screaming for the ball. Looked for a split-2nd like Messi would burst
through everybody. Muller got himself in a mix up. They
have managed to get a corner from it. I think what Argentina have
done... Look at that, fantastic. Just stumbles and then
off-camera... He turns to the rest and thought he had been caught. He's
now playing through the, Messi. Argentina looking all the more
dangerous for it. It will be Germany who could threaten from this,
though. Garay is trying to go where ever Mats Hummels wants to go. It is
towards Muller. He could not get off the floor to challenge for it.
Argentina in no hurry to get out here.
A lovely ball from Muller. Had defenders swarming around Howedes,
the chance was gone. Again, it went to the wrong man. But he was the
the chance was gone. Again, it went only man in there for Germany. Won
back by Mats Hummels. Lahm lists it towards Muller but it looks like a
push. Everybody's down. It was like Beaches Brooke. -- beach
I think they just clattered into each other. Howedes could not get it
out of his feet and under control. It has been the story of his game.
He broke free from Demichelis... No, he didn't, he just fell over. The
referee said that all of the German players lining up behind the goal,
it's a distraction. For whom? I think for him.
Less than ten minutes of the 90 to go. We are yet to see a goal in the
first World Cup final played Palacio never really had a handle on
where that was going over his head. The game continues to be reasonably
open and The game continues to be reasonably
both teams. Can Ozil create something? Behind Schurrle. Kroos!
He passed it wide of the post. Well wide. Never felt like he would make
the net bulge. Ozil cuts inside, head up and a great ball. No. Didn't
even bobble or anything. No excuse. There was no conviction in me shot
from a player who scored twice as Brazil were bulldozed in Belo
Horizonte Leeds on Wednesday. I wonder if were getting to the
stage I wonder if were getting to the
pressing and Argentina forced to sit back, where the toil of Argentina's
semifinal against the Dutch takes control. Goalkick. Ozil thinks it's
a corner. So did I at first. Good decision. Ozil was in front of
Mascherano. Ozil Ben claims he should have had a free kick. But it
will be a goalkick. -- Ozil Ben Joachim Low is unruffled. There is a
delay for an intruder. That is a far better site. Absolutely. Some
village has just lost its idiot. It looks so close, doesn't it. We can
see it with the naked eye from where we are sitting, just on top of the
hill. Germany 0-0 Argentina. Nodded on towards Klose. A combination of
Demichelis and Garay can bind to keep him away. Romero was very cool.
And a lack of pace Palacio is on the move down the
left. Slip from Boateng it allows the ball to be played into Messi but
a slip from Aguero. I don't think he would have got to it anyway. No, he
was just setting himself and Messi flicked it as though... He does
about 50 of those everyday. Here you go. We knew the final would be tight
but we did not know how it would pan out other than that. Six minutes.
Are we set for a big finish? Argentina are getting ready to make
their third and final change and it looks like a defensive one with Gago
getting ready. Will it still be level terms? Schurrle could not find
Muller. Germany's throw. Sabella wants to make the change. The
referee has not glanced over. It will be Gago for Perez when they
get the chance. Argentina's throw, and it is their
last road, substitution wise. -- their last throw. Perez
last road, substitution wise. -- two games in the World Cup, not bad,
in the semifinal and final, but now he makes way for Fernando Gago. Gago
actually lost his place to Biglia. A home-based player takes the field
for Argentina, plays for Boca Juniors. Another player who fits the
team old, very steady and solid. Joachim Low is going to throw on
someone a little more exciting in style, Mario Gotze. When he gets the
chance. Palacio on the ball for Argentina in the meantime.
I think it will be Klose making way for Germany, which presumably will
mean Muller in the middle. Yeah. Gago demanding the ball. Messi ran
into Boateng. Biglia. What a great tackle that is. Two tackles
actually. That one firm Schweinsteiger, yet again in his own
penalty area, and Boateng beforehand. Now the change. Mario
Gotze, 22 years old, who many thought would have
Gotze, 22 years old, who many tournament than he's had. He did
score against Ghana. The Bayern Munich boy wonder is probably a
better player than he's shown overall. He might have a big say
yet. Presumably the end of his World Cup career. 36, he's done it all,
he's scored more goals at the World Cup finals than any other player.
Two at this one. One more than Ronaldo and two more than Gerd
Muller. Says it all, what a career. On comes Gotze, whose career is
bouncing along very nicely, thank you. A worry for Argentina. Biglia
is half smiling, half grimacing. Joe Cain lurve has taken the opportunity
to speak to Schweinsteiger. - Joachim Low. Tactics, I presume. Pat
on the back and carry on as you are. Biglia will be OK to continue, he
has to do, Argentina have used all their substitutes. Germany have one
left. It might be needed in extra time because that is now looming
large. Sabella is going mad... Biglia is back on now.
Palacio has Zabaleta in support. He got past Hummels all by himself, but
a good challenge by Howedes. Gotze is through the middle and Muller is
still on the left-hand side. Schurrle on the right. Muller is
trying to make a nuisance of Schurrle on the right. Muller is
will stop Demichelis had time to steer it back to Garay. Gotze not
close enough to take advantage of the stumble.
Three minutes to be added on. Three minutes to find a winner all we will
have another 30. - or. Messi minutes to find a winner all we will
to take it from Ozil. A lovely shift of the ball. Almost rude to Aguero.
Boateng has had of the ball. Almost rude to Aguero.
Given away by Biglia, that was very, brilliant.
Given away by Biglia, that was very, very casual. Gotze with Schurrle
running strongly. Gotze stuff debt. - scuffed it. The ball never seemed
to come down. Romero going long again, Aguero
trying to force the error from Hummels, but there haven't been many
throughout the World Cup. No way through to Messi, well cut out by
Muller. Rojo ran straight into Schurrle.
Lahm finds Ozil. A touch from Gotze. Three in the box for Germany. Gotze
trying to ghost into a shooting position. Zabaleta away. Towering
staff from Hummels. One last staff from Hummels. One last
Argentina break before the end. Here it is. Aguero. Messi and Palacio are
up. They are outnumbered and it is. Aguero. Messi and Palacio are
been outdone. Yeah, Hummels just kept his eye on the ball.
been outdone. Yeah, Hummels just really for Gago to go, he had to go
into reverse. Schurrle is still full of running.
Palacio looked like he might have been offside. Knocked down by
Hummels to Kroos. Demichelis can't get it through to Aguero and we are
going to have an extra 30 minutes and maybe a little bit more! There
have been chances, but nothing taken even with the likes of Messi on the
field. We still don't know who will be world champions in 2014, but
don't go anywhere. (STUDIO) it's awfully tense and it
could go either way. It's been like that all evening. Chances at both
ends, but despite that, there's only been three shots on target in the
entire match and they were all from Germany. Argentina probably having
the best chances in much of the game, but they failed to hit the
target and Messi just after half-time having one of the best of
all. Perhaps a good omen for Argentina, the last two World Cup
finals that went to extra time were won by the team wearing blue or dark
blue. 18 years since Germany's last trophy at Euro 96 and 24 years since
their last world title. Argentina's last significant silverware was the
Copa America in 1993. It's the longest drought in their history,
but something has to give. So difficult to predict which way this
will go. Unbelievably difficult, the game is so open. The first half was
better than the second half. The second half was stop start. Messi
had a golden opportunity just after half-time and he missed the target.
Very, very difficult to pick a winner. What do you think? It is
very difficult. The big thing is there have been big chances and the
disappointing thing is none of them have made the goalkeeper 's work.
Messi had his moment, one on one, left foot. Put it wide. The second
half wasn't as exciting as the first half. Gotze coming on will give them
more legs to run in behind because Klose was really, really tired.
Expected at his age. Gotze will give them more. We've talked about the
German high and whether they will get caught out, but they are getting
away with it. They are. The first half they got away with it, and in
the second half. Boateng has had a fantastic game at centre half, he's
been immense for Germany. Almost in there. So square. Hummels doesn't
even look on his left shoulder. Both centre halves on the same line,
which is criminal. The full-back is a centre-half. There's not a lot of
space behind that one, but there is here. Look at the line. This was his
chance. Pick-up the trophy himself. That would have put him up there
alongside if not above Maradona. A few inches the difference. Sometimes
he bursts to life. Few and far between. Probably their best chance.
It is. When he gets the ball in this position and he's running at you,
it's virtually impossible to stop him. You know where he wants to go,
but you can't stop him. A clever little pass. Three players around
him and he has a picture in his head before he gets the ball. Everyone
knows he wants to come on his left foot, but you can't stop him, he is
so quick and so good. That's where they've improved a little bit,
Argentina, when the ball has gone up to Aguero and it's stuck to him.
Messi has benefited from that a little bit. It has been fits
Messi has benefited from that a starts with Messi. He's disappeared
for long periods. A great tackle on him therefrom Boateng. He's had a
great game. The best players have been Schweinsteiger, Mascherano and
Boateng. It's been a good game. Very, very cagey. Alex Sabella
giving his instructions, once of Sheffield United. Messi waiting to
hear. He's had enough of that Team Talk, he knows what to do, he wants
no part of it! Vital moments, viz. We've all been in this situation.
Did you need cajoling at this stage? I was more concerned about my
physical state. Worried about how you will get through the next half
an hour. Your mind is already set far how you will perform, the
structure of the team. The physical well-being... Some people like great
speeches, others don't want you to speak to them. Two of the smallest
men on the pitch tossing the coin. I'm starting to think about
penalties. Someone get us out of it! It just needs one piece of
individual brilliance and he is the man. I've always been a big fan of
penalties, quite entertaining! Lets get back to the commentators.
Thank you, it is the seventh World Cup final to go to extra time. Two
have been decided on penalties, in 1994, Brazil beating Italy in Los
Angeles, and 2006 in Germany when Italy held sway. Over the French.
Joachim Low has been in and out again during the break. Nothing of
the sort for Alejandro Sabella. Lionel Messi led the Team Talk as
they went into extra time against the Dutch on Wednesday, this time he
was well away from it. It was about Sabella and then Mascherano took
over. 30 minutes or the next world champions will be decided by a
penalty shoot out. Argentina played in one final that went to extra
time, on their patch, 1978, when they beat the Dutch. Germany lost in
1966 when it went to extra time. Schurrle went down. Up on his feet
and beaten away. Another chance! Garay managed to get it down to
Mascherano and now there's an Argentina break. Stopped by Boateng
and then by Hummels. What a start to the extra period. Aguero taking on
Hummels again, Noi in charge. Great break by Germany, absolutely
brilliant. - Knoydart. I hope that's set the time for extra time. The
goalkeeper having to make a save. Straight at him. Germany are going
to try and have a go again immediately.
Schweinsteiger wanted Muller on the end of that. Important header. Now
Nobody there. No. His argument will have done. Palacio miscontrolled it.
Nobody there. No. His argument will be there should have been somebody.
He was in control of the ball. Messi tried to get in there with him.
He was in control of the ball. Messi We locked at -- looked at Romero,
but Germany are a team in a getting the bigger picture. Just
waiting to pick off the tackle. Rather lucky that he fire today
through Schurrle. It's an Argentina throw.
It's that final ball. A comfortable save. Actually doesn't do great
time. Largely thanks
time. We have seen they could be picked
off on the counterattack, Boot raised a little high, was it?
Yeah. Schweinsteiger has plenty to say. Germany carry on apace.
Schurrle being followed by Mascherano.
Goetze can't quite get there. Just looking at Schurrle. He seems
to be frightened of Zabaleta. Certainly won't go and take him on
at all. All eyes on the game. But we're all
still waiting for that one moment of magic that could decide the biggest
prize in football. Many times during the game it's
looked likely to come. It's looked close, but never quite happened.
Got to credit the two sets of defenders for that.
Demichelis and Gabius, the two of them.
-- Zabaleta, the two of them. up with something special now.
Palacio's got it. Neuer out to meet him. All he can do is lift it wide.
Another chance goes. What a fantastic ball from Rojo. Just
picked him out. Over Hummels ' head. The height over Neuer was the
problem. Muller lurking on the point of the
penalty area. Germany throw.
Give Neuer a bit of credit, how quickly he came out to Palacio.
We've seen some good goalless draws at this tournament. This probably
not the best of them actually. No. Schurrle was trying to play it
against Demichelis and get the corner. Not very convincing acting
skills. No. No. Just a little bit out of his feet.
He got everything wrong from there on in.
The other thing as well, if it's on target, Boateng deals with it
because it's a roly poly ball. Boateng has been in control of
pretty much everything. Yes, he has. I think Mats Hummels breathed a sigh
of relief, certainly. Just no way through. Also, there's
no-one in the box. Something that Klose will always give you. Muller
will make his way there now. Great work from Lahm. Once more
outstanding work from Mascherano. Radar for danger.
Aguero met by Hummels. He's done just about enough. That was almost a
Hunter Thou salt situation. Not pass? No, Poland at Wembley. I
thought you meant he was going to take everything. No.
They can't get out of their own half.
Ozil as well, I thought he was going to come on to it.
Germany have done all the pressing in this first part of extra time.
Good tackle from Mascherano once more. Then a dual between Mascherano
and Schweinsteiger. Germany did all the pressing and Argentina should be
in front. Story of the whole Yes, you game?
Could argue it, most certainly. Better chances have certainly gone
to the team in blue. He's just caught his instep, has he?
Mascherano has been booked. But no danger there.
Schweinsteiger like-wise. I think they both appreciate each
other, don't they? That time when players have to stretch it out a
little bit more. Body and minds in focus.
Three minutes of the first extra time to go.
We're still at deadlock. Boateng moving in laboured fashion
out to that one. Mascherano suffered a concussion in
the last game. Has he been caught again? Not as badly I
the last game. Has he been caught It was Kroos. There's a big
difference in height It was Kroos. There's a big
time. Argentina supporters have decided the time is now. They're
time. Argentina supporters have going to lift their team as best
they can. Out came Mascherano to snuff out the
threat. Similar situation, same old players every time. Yeah, it is. If
Just a few snapshots of the tension Schweinsteiger or Boateng.
Just a few snapshots of the tension around the Maracana stadium. A lot
of money been paid. A lot of people have come a long way to see their
team crowned world He'll get a free kick. He was lucky
because he miscontrolled it. Looked as though he had the chance to poke
it back to Aguero. He did. Phillipp Lahm now struggling.
it back to Aguero. He did. a free kick for Germany, ouch.
I think once they've taken it that will be it for the first period of
time. In fact, they won't take it. That will do it for
time. In fact, they won't take it. minutes. 15 minutes to find a
winner. It is getting more and more tense all the time and still we
wait. STUDIO: 15 minutes to go
wait. this gripping final of the 2014
World Cup. Will either of those goalkeepers be beat? Manuel Neuer,
who's stood resolutely throughout this tournament. Romero, who's been
equally difficult to beat for Argentina, but you have to say,
they've had very few saves to make in this competition, certainly in
this final so far. Both teams have had a chance in extra time. Big
chance. Schurrle for the Germans and Palacio for Argentineans. It was
well worked. Good stuff. He comes inside. It's hit right at the
keeper. Straight at him. Did him a right favour, straight at him.
Difficult skill on the half-volley to curl that in the corner. This is
a proper chance. Palacio. This is his time. You look at the keeper. He
comes out very quick, stands big, makes it difficult. But a striker
playing in an inter-Milan team, scoring 19 goals last season, you've
got to put it in the back of the net. He didn't look comfortable. The
chances have been there. They haven't been taken. That 15 minutes
was really good. The first five minutes of extra time was end-to-end
stuff. Argentina have never been behind, at all, in this tournament.
Brilliant defence, solid. Mascherano is unbelievable in front of that
back four. He's a defender's dream to play behind. He just sniffed out
all the dangerer. Every time the ball is in the box, it hasn't got
through, it's him. After months Phenomenal. Of playing game after
game, reaching the final, final 15 minutes of extra time,
game, reaching the final, final 15 on your feet now. It's pure fighting
spirit that will see these players through. You have to get your mind
going. 15 more minutes, you're saying that to your body. You have
to find it from somewhere. Otherwise? Extra reserves of energy.
This is 15 minutes that could define your life. It becomes mental.
Physical fatigue, but you mentally get through it and adjust everything
and make sure you're there at the Still all end. Is to play for. They
still believe. I wonder if they're players too. The Germany players
will, that's for sure. Guy. There is Lothar Matthaus, filming a movie!
Movie selfie! For the former captain of West Germany. You would think
with Argentina's extra time and playing a day later, this would be
better for Germany. A fantastic chance for Palacio. Three out of the
last four games have gone to extra time for Argentina. Germany were
only taken all the way by RG your - Algeria in the last 16. One big
quarter of an hour left or penalties. Which you would assume
Germany will win! That might be a big assumption. That's just the way
it goes, but Argentina are pretty handy from the spot, too, as they
showed against the Dutch in handy from the spot, too, as they
round. Romero, handy from the spot, too, as they
Netherlands penalties. I don't think the man at the other end would lack
confidence. Certainly not, no. I think he might even take one. I
would think so. Just for a second it looked as though Boateng might be
beaten by Palacio. We might not get to penalties yet. He said hopefully!
Fingers crossed. Although there is an argument the other way, of
course. Some sort of drama guaranteed, anyway.
Biglia went in late. That will be a free kick. He caught Schweinsteiger.
He got a knock a few minutes earlier from Mascherano. It was Mascherano
who actually caught him and he is on a card. The ref hasn't seen that.
Not as Mascherano. They both got him, actually. That warrior spirit
is being dragged out of tired legs. What can Germany work here? Ozil
leaves it for Kroos. Mascherano's header. Cleared by Rojo. It will
drop to Pablo Zabaleta. Aguero is the man in the middle. Boateng was
there with him. About to say lots of room for Lahm
to gallop into, but it's not the galloping stage now. When you gallop
forward as a full-back, you worry about getting back. A dozen minutes
of the World Cup finals left, I would think so.
Nicely back to Mesut Ozil. Cleared by Rojo. Aguero has jumped into
Schweinsteiger, free kick. Aguero on a yellow card. Careful, careful.
He's caught another one. That looked as if to say, what? What have I
done? He knew where Schweinsteiger walls. Very lucky. - was. That
really is fortunate that the referee has not seen that clearly.
Mascherano's tackle just 1990 World Cup final... Look at
that, that's the evidence, goodness me. Argentina fell apart towards the
end of the second half. Pedro Monzon and then decide the full off and
Andreas Brehme scored from the penalty spot. - Dezotti. That's not
just a second yellow card, it's a straight red card and he's got
nothing. Schweinsteiger asking why not. Sami Khedira is really
furious. He is the nonplaying substitute and he is being led away
by the Germany Assistant. On goes the game. Argentina ball. They have
a head injury of their own to worry about.
Muller on Demichelis. at the cuff full in
Muller on Demichelis. the technical area. - scuffle.
You would want Schweinsteiger on because he would take a pen, would
he not? You would just want him on. Second bit of thinking. He would
take a penalty. So would Aguero and he really shouldn't be on. Messi
managed to get away from Ozil. Germany down to ten. Should have
been Argentina down to ten for the rest of the match. Those in front of
the German dugout are getting very animated. Khedira was furious. They
need to calm down, it has gone. Biglia is there to stop a run down
the week. Schweinsteiger is back Biglia is there to stop a run down
his feet and saying, get me a. Biglia is there to stop a run down
a reception from Germans Biglia is there to stop a run down
Brazilians in the Maracana. - get me on.
Schweinsteiger's last four international goals have all been
penalties. They will need him. To qualify that, with eight and a
half minutes to go, they might need him. Lahm's shirt was pulled by
Palacio. The German substitutes him. Lahm's shirt was pulled by
getting to their feet. Joachim Low is calling for calm.
getting to their feet. Joachim Low little bit excited. They got a free
kick. Mine is going back to 2006 after the penalty shoot out in
Germany. - my mind. We hope it doesn't end in those scenes. It
wouldn't befit the final of the tournament generally played in good
spirits. Very good, generally. Chancellor Gotze! Mario
The coolest man in Rio. Even the Chancellor is on her feet. A
symbolic goal-scorer. One of the new batch of brilliant German talent. He
has put them in front in the closing minutes of the World Cup final. What
a great run as well. Committing defenders. Shall I? Shall I not?
Fantastic first touch and it's a brilliant finish. Technique
fantastic. Didn't even brilliant finish. Technique
the goalkeeper was, he knew where brilliant finish. Technique
was going. That's a goal worthy of winning the biggest final round.
Yeah. Mario Gotze, brought up at Borussia Dortmund, moved to Bayern
Munich. He wins a lot at club level. Has he just won the biggest prize
you can get? Up goes Muller with the header.
Argentina have to throw the lot at Germany now.
Think of the chances Argentina have missed. The likes of Higuain and
Messi missing them. That took the best technique of all. Wasn't it
just magnificent? Yeah, absolutely fantastic. That boy doesn't think
so! Lawyer with a huge throw to Schurrle. - Manuel Neuer. Sliced out
by Kroos. Jumping Germans right around the ground. A fourth world
title is close. Just can't get the
moment, Argentina, to affect a reply.
Messi can't work it to Palacio, cleared by Boateng.
Rojo did welterweight for it. Gotze couldn't slide in. Great cross, just
behind Palacio. Comes out to Biglia. Heavy. Lionel Messi can't keep the
ball in play. Great idea as well. Schurrle got in the early ball,
which was key. What a sensational finish from that angle. What a chip
through and what a finish into the goal. Might not be finished yet.
Willie and from Manuel Neuer. There isn't another goalkeeper in the
world who can do that. - brilliant. He looks the best. And he looks it,
he absolutely wants to be part of the action. Ozil has run the ball
across the line. Won by Gotze. With his arm. Three and a half minutes
for Argentina to find a goal that would force penalties.
Rojo is playing as a left-winger for Argentina now. Didn't go out. Neuer
has had to go back to his goal. In came Messi! The goalkeeper knew
exactly where this was going. Just watching. - just watch him. Decides
to stay. Nothing the other goalkeeper could have done about
that goal. Another German substitution, I think. They have one
left. Per Mertesacker will get a run out. I'm guessing he won't play up
front either! That's if they can get him on. They will do now if the
referee sees the substitution is ready to be made. Not yet. Romero
kicks it long. Demichelis and Arfield have gone up. Only
Mascherano sitting now. - Garay. That is Neuer's all night long.
Just wondered whether he might kick it out to get Mertesacker on. He's
gone long with it. 90 seconds remain of the World Cup
final. Muller has got away. He can't find
spirit now and a stroke of luck. Muller has got away. He can't find
Ozil. Such a great position as well, Ozil.
Unfairly tackled, free kick. Here's the Germany change. Not a bad place
to foul either. They're getting ready. They're on stand by to
celebrate. Ozil coming off I think for Mertesacker.
Coming off at his leisure. Germany are seconds away.
You may argue they now have centre backs on now with Howedes.
Mertesacker wins that ball. ( Neuer, how quick he is, he's off the
line, ready, alert. He knows this is his time. Joachim
Low is managing to look as cool as anybody possibly could in the
circumstances that he's in. He always does. Wondering away,
about to become the World Championship winning coach, if
about to become the World team can hold out for two more
minutes. Two minutes remaining
Sabella's spell in charge the Argentinian national team.
One last surge down the middle. Messi has been brought down. Looks
like he might have cramp. Aguero got away with his. Schweinsteiger got
away with that. Argentina free kick and this really is last chance
saloon. Romero is asking to go forward. Why would you stop him?
Those fans have seen him. Sabella is ignoring him.
Lionel Messi. He's asking. Sabella is ignoring him. Now he's said he
can go, has he? No. No, I don't think he has.
Why wouldn't you let him go? Well, this is "the" moment. They have only
been fleeting from Lionel Messi. Best player in the world. Some are
still having Ronaldo. Officially the world Player of the Year this year.
It's not been the world Player of the Year this year.
have wanted it to be, Lionel Messi, unless he can put this in against
the best goalkeeper in the world or create something for somebody else.
Presumably Schweinsteiger has to go off. He can barely move.
Those Argentina players will race in It's all about Messi.
Those Argentina players will race in if there's a rebound.
That's his final. It's not if there's a rebound.
Argentina's. The other thing, that free kick is a long way out to beat
Argentina's. The other thing, that They know, don't they? Mario Goetze
has asked the question of referee Rizzoli. The first World Cup win for
the reunified Germany. The referee has had another look at both
watches. They're screaming for fulltime on
the touchline. Another look at the watch. Another
muted cheer from the Germany's substitutes. That will be a free
kick. That will do it for them now. Schweinsteiger taken out, again. He
has given absolutely everything. But he doesn't have to give any more!
Germany are champions of the world. One Goetze goal has the whole of
Germany, its leaders and power brokers, beaming from ear to ear.
Not a night for the world's best individual to shine. But a night
when the world's best international team put it all together, as a team,
again. You might argue that the goal that wins a game is possibly the
most difficult chance of the night, bearing in mind the ones that went
before it. Argentinian tears are one side of
the story. The German celebrations will carry on. They've been a long
time in the making. They've seen this team grow. They've grown
together, six of the team five years ago, won the European under 21
champion, Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, they have all come
through together. Schooled masterfully by that man, Joachim
Low, who's done what his ally, Jurgen Klinsmann, couldn't quite do,
taken Germany to the top of the world. Lothar Matthaus once upon a
time had his hands on the crown. This is Phillipp Lahm's time and
once more, Germany's time. STUDIO: After a 24-year wait, the
Germans have won the World Cup, their fourth triumph in the game's
sternest and greatest competition. It equals Italy's tally, one behind
still Brazil. It wasn't an easy ride. Argentina had their
opportunities, but this wasn't to be Messi's time. This is the German
time In the end, it was a sublime finish from substitute Mario Goetze
that clinched it for Germany. There he is, what a moment for that young
man. What a memory that he will have forever. Germany become the first
European team to win the tournament in the Americas. All in all, they've
probably been the best team in this tournament. Yeah, they are
absolutely phenomenal at getting the job done. It's very much a team
thing. A team ethos, team spirit, really good players, but there's
been a special, special World Cup. A special goal to win the final, a
great one with Schurrle. Good cross, great first touch and a stunning
volley. The technique was out of this world. We saw Rodriguez take
volley. The technique was out of one earlier in the tournament on his
chest and volley, well that was equally as good, I think. Absolutely
stunning finish, it was. The mix in emotions between the two sets of
players. Graphic. This is the goal. If ever there was a goal to win the
tournament, it was this What Schurrle one. Did to them, he gave
them legs. The work rate that he put in, up and down that side, he got
into the danger area. It's a good ball in, but still a hell of a lot
to do, when that ball comes to Goetze. The first touch was
brilliant. And the finish was out of this world. The technique there is
brilliant. It's absolutely outstanding. He's been promise to do
something like this for a while in a German shirt. He's a wonder kid over
there. In Germany, they love this kid. This is the future. He will be
the talisman in years to come. He's fast forwarded that and come here
now. Argentineans had their chances, but I agree, that is probably the
hardest of the lot. The technique, the first touch, he knew he was
going to score. He was always in control of that ball. Never got away
from him. Left foot, bang. That made an awful lot of people happy in
Berlin. Reminiscent in many ways to the finale four years ago. We waited
till extra time. Magic moments come into games. You have to dispatch
chances that come their way. Them guy who's missed their chances,
Higuain, they will have nightmares. Three terrific chances Argentina
had. You know, there's no good news there, I'm afraid. You're beaten.
You have to admire the Germans play. They play with risk. They get
everybody high. The defenders are high. We've been going on about the
defenders holding the high line. They want to keep possession in the
opponents' half and press when they lose the ball. They stay there and
it's paid off. They have great belief in the guy behind them, the
goalkeeper. He can play left foot, right foot and he's very coming out
of that 18-yard box. He is sensational. Quite scary at times.
Four or five games now, he just comes off the line and gives nobody
a chance. He's quick and dominant. This man, well - Didn't happen for
himment Wasn't his -- Didn't happen for him. Wasn't his He had night. A
great chance. Palacio had a good chance when he came on. He was
magnificent, Schweinsteiger. Put through the wars he was. Battered
from pillar to post. They've got some top players. We mention Neuer.
Look throughout the team, Muller, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos. Boateng
was fantastic today. A lot of young players as well. This team could be
dominant like perhaps Spain have been. I think it goes in cycles.
Spain were before. But Germany, I mean, now they look like they could
dominate for a few years. Average age of 26. Let's hear from inside
the stadium, a view from Clarence and Jason.
You were talking about the mixed emotions as far as the players are
concerned. Wonderful World Cup moment, when the Argentina fans
applauded Germany. Clarence, over the tournament, you have to say that
Germany are worthy of the title? Absolutely. We announce them in
2010, and they made it all happen. The best team. They grew a lot. The
first games were not the best. Always very solid, getting the
results and they play fantastic from then on. I think today was quite
equal. Maybe the best chances actually Argentina had, but this is
well As we deserved. Approached extra time, Clarence turned to me
and said, it's either a moment of magic or madness. It was a moment of
magic from Mario Goetze. Absolutely. A great run on the left side. I
magic from Mario Goetze. Absolutely. really surprised how few times they
actually used the left side. In extra time they started to use it
much more. Argentina had more difficulty to cover that spot. It
was a great spot and a fantastic finish, worthy of the World Cup,
worthy of really this great final. What happened to Lionel Messi
tonight? This was meant to be his big moment. You don't play alone. I
think Argentina had a lot of chances. They should have scored at
least one goal out of them. You know, the law of football, if you
don't score them, the others will. Thank you very much indeed. Back to
you. Thank you both. There he is, Manuel
Neuer, one of the stars of this German side. Well, he didn't have
that much to do tonight. His presence is always there, of course,
because Argentina, in 120 minutes did not have one single shot on
target. They had their opportunities, but their finishing
was wasteful. They had big opportunities. You're in bed last
night hoping and dreaming thinking, come on, give me a one on one with
the goalkeeper from 14 yards out. It falls perfectly for him. You cannot
miss the target from there. That is a sitter, I'm afraid. That's the
scene at this present moment. It wasn't the scene for a Messi triumph
that we all possibly expected. He would have hoped for it, and
Argentina too. We said it before the game, the kids watching want to see
him produce something and do something
him produce something and do win the World Cup. His moment comes,
he's here, moves people around. Once on the left foot, you can't stop
him. His time didn't come today. It's unfortunate for him that he
wasn't able to produce. He It's unfortunate for him that he
other chance where he had a great opportunity to score, but - Just
after halftime, he went through. The really good chance was just after
halftime. The Germans played the high line. He got through.
halftime. The Germans played the missed the target. It was a golden
opportunity. This is Palacio. The keeper again. How quick he comes off
his line. keeper again. How quick he comes off
going to score. That's a gilt-edged opportunity, I don't care if the
keeper comes out, you find a way to score. They
keeper comes out, you find a way to Messi, Higuain and Palacio and not
one of them hit Messi, Higuain and Palacio and not
unbelievable. Almost like they weren't expecting the chances to
unbelievable. Almost like they their way, like they had resigned
themselves to penalties. What is the significance of the Messi? Can we
not consider him alongside Maradona significance of the Messi? Can we
or Pele? The whole tournament we have been saying that for
or Pele? The whole tournament we have the card - iconic status of
Pele or Maradona, he has to lift the biggest one of all. He had his
chance tonight and it hasn't been taken. The true test is the World
Cup. Pele has done it, Maradona has done it, unfortunately
Cup. Pele has done it, Maradona has If you want to be one of the
all-time greats in the history of football, you have to do it in the
World Cup and he hasn't done it. He's done things at club level is
those two haven't been anywhere near. He has influenced his team to
win the Champions League a couple of times. That Barcelona team was
better than this Argentina team. That is the big chance. He didn't
take it. You expect the great players to make things happen. You
do. You go back to Neuer and you say they haven't hit the target, and
that was correct, but he's got an incredible presence. When you
one-on-one with him, he stands big anti-puts players. Even the free
kick in the last seconds, he was resigned to it. Miles over the top.
Affectionate moment! Wonderful. Schweinsteiger was awesome today.
He's shown a different side to his game, I never knew he was as good
defensively. You saw how many times he got the ball back, covering the
centre halves. On the ball, the simplicity with which she plays,
getting it to a man in the same shirt. He is brilliant at reading
the game. He goes left, he goes right, and he will get it every
single time. The manager right, and he will get it every
lot of credit. Being so near but so far and he stuck with it. He changed
his tactics, changed his system and he is believed in what he thought
was going to work and it's worked for them. He made a big call taking
Klose off and putting Gotze on and it worked for him. The German FA,
this wasn't a project that started last year. This was a ten or 12 year
project. They played together at youth level, U21 level, it was a
plan and it's come to fruition. A long wait for these players,
particularly for the losing side. It always takes quite long for them to
get the trophy ceremony ready. You just want to get into the dressing
room. There is no good news for these players. It's a World Cup
final and you've been beaten. It was a magical goal that won it and it's
worth seeing again. Awesome, it really is. He was the only one in
the box. Just brilliant. A hell of a lot to do with the ball comes to
him. He knows exactly where he is, great touch. When you chest it like
that, sometimes it might go away from you but he got it under total
control. The folly! - volley. He started on the left wing. He went
into the middle, greater rotation. This team have that in abundance,
the rotation off the right-hand side with Muller and people coming inside
and allowing Lahm to get outside. They will be around for a while,
these guys. They have some very, very talented young players. Draxler
didn't even get a sniff. They are talking highly of him. Churning out
players. They addressed things and the turn-of-the-century, they
weren't happy with not winning competitions like they were
accustomed to, they changed it, Klinsmann was involved and it's paid
off. Definitely. All the English fans will be thinking, can we do
that? Is it an opportunity for us to re-evaluate what we are doing at
home? Coaching and facilities. Trying to breed players of this ilk.
That's what they did. Schweinsteiger has a cut
That's what they did. Schweinsteiger from this incident. Aguero was
already on a booking. He came across. He gave him a good whack. He
actually punches him. Not sure it was deliberate. He's not that kind
of player, generally. Give him the benefit of the doubt. He won't care
he's got a black eye, he will benefit of the doubt. He won't care
lifting the trophy. I would take a black eye all day that trophy.
There's Draxler, a future star. They've been brilliant, they really
have. Superbly organised. Joachim Low has done so well organised. It
works. They've got belief in the goalkeeper. They have top players
going forward. Lahm, we saw right throughout the tournament,
particularly when he moved back to right back, he gives them great
wits. Muller is a top player. They play between the lines, they are
very comfortable. At this level, possession is king. If you've got
the ball and they are chasing, ultimately you will come out on top.
Interesting break introduction with the presentations to have the party
for the winning team on the pitch before the presentation! For those
poor individuals... Purgatory for these guys. No worse feeling,
waiting to see your opponents lift the trophy. You want to be inside
the changing room licking your wounds. These guys will happily wait
for hours and hours. I wouldn't mind being at the party later. It is life
changing. A word on Mascherano. He had a terrific tournament and a
terrific night. I know he got booked there were a couple of bad
challenges late on, but the way he's played in this tournament, the way
he's covered for the back four played in this tournament, the way
getting himself into position was that severely sensational. It looks
like things are about to get underway in terms of the
presentation and the ceremony. Lionel Messi inching his way towards
where ever that presentation may be. Guy Mowbray will talk us through it.
There should be a few things to sort out before Philipp Lahm can get his
hands on that World Cup trophy. Golden Boot, Golden gloves, Golden
Balls. 171 goals scored at this World Cup with that Mario Gotze
winning. That equals the record of France 1998. The goals
winning. That equals the record of in the group stage, not so much once
we got to the knockout stages and those tense one mistake means
anything moments, but it has been a truly magnificent tournament. The
people at home can't see at the moment, but the Germans are making a
guard of honour. That is a nice touch. It doesn't feel great when
you are the losing side, but it's a nice touch from the victors.
Everything they do seems to have a touch of class about it. Yeah. I'm
sure that comes from the the top. Stepped out of the shadows of Jurgen
Klinsmann in 2006. Not a bad coach either, the man leading the way in
the USA. Plans put in place. He doesn't seek the limelight, he
doesn't dance up and down on the touchline. He does have his moments.
He generally keeps his counsel. He's had a strict regime as well
throughout this tournament. 6:30 every morning, he's got up and gone
for a run or walk down the walk on his own for half an hour. The rest
of the days have belonged to the team. The booing R4 Sepp Blatter.
The president of the fire. And the President of Brazil. - FIFA.
Lionel Messi is wandering through, making his way, along with manual
lawyer. - Manuel Neuer. I think we have a clue for the Golden Ball and
Golden gloves, undoubtedly the best goalkeeper. Has to be! He struts his
way to the top of the stairs as though it was something he was
always destined to do. That one was never in doubt. Best goalkeeper in
the tournament. Best never in doubt. Best goalkeeper in
the world. One of the best defenders in the World Cup! I was just hanging
fire. He might be one of the greatest there's ever been. Might
fire. He might be one of the be. I'm sorry, but that statue...
Looks like the hand from the Addams family. The award that will mean
most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it won't be a patch on the
most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it winners medal. This
most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it different. Lionel Messi has to
somehow put on a dignified half smile as he
somehow put on a dignified half Michel Platini,
somehow put on a dignified half company. Golden Ball, player of the
tournament, but we know he's better than he's shown. An Argentinian team
full of will and self-determination, but not
massively full of ability. To get them here, you can't disagree. He
will be pushing 31 at the next World Cup. There's at least one in him. I
hope so, he's such a fantastic player. Not his or his country's
night tonight. Golden player. Not his or his country's
supposed to be presented as well, but I can only presume James
Rodriguez as Columbia - of Colombia is not here. No. What a forlorn walk
down the steps it is for Lionel Messi. He knows he has to go back up
in a moment as losers. Four times play - world player of the year, six
titles at play - world player of the year, six
titles Barcelona, three Champions League, two club World Cups, he's
done the lot. Best player at the World Cup won't merely great deal to
him at this stage. How do you think Nicola Rizzoli handled it? Generally
he did well, but some of the tackles he let go... Aguero should go
straight. A little bit like Howard Webb last time, trying to keep as
many people on the pitch as possible, but generally he had a
good game. Messi will have to turn around in a few moments. Ignominy,
isn't it? They could handle these presentation ceremonies a little bit
better. It all has to be done on the pitch in the full glare of the
world. It's taken an eternity, I feel sorry for Argentina. They will
now get the supporting reception - sporting reception they deserve from
the German players. All players were going at it hammer and told us, no
love lost during the match as it should be, but a lot of respect. We
talked about Germany and their young squad. This Argentina squad was the
oldest at the tournament. Average age of pushing 29. Unlikely to see
Mascherano again at 30. Maybe. Aguero wasn't fully fit, or didn't
appear to be. He got another injury. Higuain struggled. Lavezzi, in and
out. They are now officially in transition with this being
Sabella's last game as coach. Might be the last game for two or three of
the players as well. That is an awful trudge. As the Dutch would
testify from Johannesburg four years ago. Especially to go so close, to
be on the brink of taking a go at penalties, which brought them
success in the semifinal, and then like the Dutch four years ago, to
have it taken away by a masterful finish, and yesterday that time,
Gotze this time. - Iniesta. The words will be falling on deaf
ears right now. Yeah, you just want to get out of the place, back into
the dressing room, get your kit off, get in the shower and clear off on
the bus. Lionel Messi described by Alejandro Sabella as "our water in
the desert when things aren't going well." Water usually can find a way
through any crack. That Germany defence doesn't have many. Even
harder to have to walk past the trophy you came here to win.
Germany players are just awaiting their turn, as they do that,
reflections. BOO. Hang on, they're not for you. I'd
get more! Reflections as a whole. I think it's been fantastic. It's been
extremely well run. We talk about a lack of a number nine, but so many
outstanding number tens. We have a goal tonight which was brilliant.
Could well be one of the goals of the tournament. Everybody really,
there's been no outstanding team, apart from these in the last two
games. Before that they weren't outstanding, But it's Germany. A
team game that's been won by the best team. Yes. Here come the world
champions. Only fitting that Bastian
Schweinsteiger should lead them up the stairs on the occasion of his
108th appearance for his country, putting him level with Jurgen
Klinsmann, in fifth place with all-time Germany appearance makers.
He's up there with the greats now. Nearly everything has to go through
him, he's a wonderful player. Tonight, defensively, as good as
anybody. You see Per Mertesacker in the queue, his brief appearance put
him onto 104 games, one more than Franz Beckenbauer. I know Alan
Hansen will love that one. Not. Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, goal
maker, impact maker, every time hes come from the bench. At 23, he's the
future for Germany. Howedes 26, Hummels 25, Boateng 25, Muller 24,
Kroos 24, Goetze 22. They're not going anywhere.
And Angela Merkel is laughing. She can't stop! Big supporter of the
German national team. Not just the World Cup final she attends. She's a
regular at nearly every international match that they play.
Hand shakes all around from Sepp Blatter and the president of Brazil.
Hugs from the German contingent. I dare say, these medals won't be the
only awards that these players win. There'll be something waiting for
them on their return to Germany. Marvellous scenes. This is the
reason any footballer plays the game. This isn't a World Cup that's
been won in two hours tonight or over a month in Brazil. This has
been planned, crafted, taught and from a German point of view, meant
to be. Hanse Flick. Former Bayern Munich
player, deputy of Joachim Low. Now eyes on the middle of that pack
for THE big moment. They have the model that really is the envy of the
world. From the schools, to the parks, to
the Bundesliga and beyond. Now on the biggest stage of all, in the
Maracana, a European team, for the first time, winning the World Cup on
South American soil. They are history makers, this German team.
They might go on to a few more records yet. In football, Germany
rules the world again. CHEERING
It has been a magnificent World Cup won by a worthy goal in the
marvellous city of Rio. Thank you Brazil. Danke.
STUDIO: The trophy is aloft. Germany are the world champions. For the
first time, European sides have now won three successive World Cups and,
of course, to repeat ourselves, the first time a European team has
triumphed in South America. Fireworks go off on the Maracana.
Germans enjoying their moment. This young team, this talented team, this
supreme team. Long will the party go on, I would
imagine, through the night. Well deserved. They've been terrific.
Absolutely terrific all the way through the tournament. The manager
has done particularly well. He left Mertesacker out. He took Lahm out of
a holding role and put him to fullback to give them much-needed
pace. His substitutions and general team selection have been
magnificent. None more so than the substitution that led to the They
slowly goal. Got better as the tournament has gone on. When they
had to dig deep today, they did it. They did it
had to dig deep today, they did it. tremendous team spirit, very, very
well organised from the manager. They were the best team. There's no
doubt about. It I don't think anyone can argue with that. It must be
slightly mixed emotions for Khedira of course, he was in the starting
line up, until minutes before the kickoff when he
line up, until minutes before the warm up. He would be devastated. But
this is a real team He has effort. His medal. He made a huge
contribution in the semifinal as well. These guys look like a bunch
of players that will be here for well. These guys look like a bunch
right. The frightening thing was Guy's commentary, reading out the
ages of the player, in two years, four years, this team is going to be
better. How delightful (! ) What a moment. He made big decisions, when
Khedira got injured. Kramer got injured. He had to make a great
substitution. We were saying how long before Klose can last. He took
him off. That's the first long before Klose can last. He took
to score a winning goal in a World Cup final. There you go. That's a
great stat. That's a wonderful stat to finish on. Wonderful. Still, you
go back to the Argentinian chances. They had so many great chances and
could not take them. Time to announce the winner of the goal of
the tournament. Here's how you voted: You agree with us.
the tournament. Here's how you voted: You agree with us. Rodriguez
should win it. 48. 3% of you, nearly half and what a goal it is. I could
watch it over and over again. Special, he sees the flight of the
ball. Takes a touch ah, just his feet and bang, have that. He makes
it look better when it hits the cross bar and the celebration,
beautiful. He won the Golden Boot as well.
All the big names up there. This is an emerging star. You could make a
case that he should have won the Golden Ball as well. We aren't sure
whether Messi deserve that's trophy in this World Cup. I don't think
Messi did enough in the tournament to win it. Even four or five of the
German players that beat the Argentineans tonight probably played
better throughout the tournament. Concur? I don't agree with that, I
think he's been good at times. I would go with Muller or Rodriguez.
Who do you think? I would have gone with Rodriguez. He played that
exciting football, attacking football. Every time he got it, he
wanted to hurt the opposition. Messi done some fantastic things, but they
were magic moments but he doesn't consistently perform. It was all set
up for him today. If he had scored the winner, he would have got it.
But he didn't today. There were questions as to whether Brazil could
or should stage this World Cup, with his take on how it will be
remembered by the Brazilian people, our South American football expert
Tim Vickery. We will come onto that in a moment.
What do you think of this Germany side, because we've travelled around
Brazil, I've watched them three times, there's something very
professional about the way Joachim Low goes about his business? This is
one of the all-time great World Cup wins. Their general manager was here
last year and they said it would be very hard for a European side to win
here. Germany got three games in difficult conditions. They had a flu
epidemic. Now they've beaten the two South American powerhouses in South
America. This ranks with any previous World Cup win. And the
other thing about Joachim Low and his coaching staff is that whilst
Luiz Felipe Scolari's joking around with the journalists, in the news
conferences, no answers -- Low answers every single question to the
international media. It's a ruthless approach to football management.
It's also a wonderful way that they've had a look at where they
were a decade ago. Klinsmann did it first. What is our identity? What do
we need to do? We are Germany. We are high tempo, in your face
aggressive. They started from that and they looked at Barcelona and
other models and added little bits. It's all been crowned with a victory
today, which, all right, they weren't entirely convincing.
Argentina had good chances, for the tournament this was the right
Overall, for result. The tournament they said that Brazil wouldn't pull
it off and it has. It's a World Cup turned upside down. Going into the
tournament, Brazilians were very confident they were going to win on
the field and very worried they were going to be shown up off it by
organisational chaos. The exact opposite has happened. There have
been one or two problems, but the shame for Brazilians has been what
happened on the What happen field. S next for Scolari and Brazil? His P
45, another job. What happens to Brazil, you would hope would be a
sit down and a thinking process. Scolari tried to say after Germany,
it was a bad day at the office. Then they had another one against
Holland. One bad day can be put down to misfortune, two is carelessness.
Even while Brazil were winning games, they were losing friends.
Billions of people around the world who followed them were disappointed.
All they can do is counter-attacks, set pieces and fouls. They have to
be capable of more. Thank you very much indeed.
While he's been here in Brazil, Rio has been making a documentary about
his experiences in Rio. It goes out tomorrow night and here's a sneak
preview. One of the most colourful cities,
culture, colour all merge into one. I've met great people here, taken
pictures, the lot. I have the kick man. He's here. He's arrived. Who's
your favourite players? Messi. What about me? One million people live
here. When I was growing up, you hear a lot of people say "I'm from
the ghetto." You want to come and live here for while. See what its
like. This is my journey. Welcome to Rio
in Rio. You can see Rio in Rio on BBC One
tomorrow night at 10. 35pm in England. It's on at 11. 05 in Wales
and 11. 35pm in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Worth watching
wherever you are. Well, Alan, this is almost it. It's a great way to
go. The World Cup here has been sublime. The matches have been
great. It's all about the product on the pitch any way. It's been
exciting and tonight was terrific to watch. The goal that won the World
Cup was extra special. Great. What are you going to do now without
football? I'm sure you will still watch I will football? Still watch
football and dip into the television, I'd like to thank
everybody that's worked on the programmes and watched the
programmes. I've had a great time here, worked with great people. And
a great organisation. It's been great working with you, I really
mean that. Rio and as well. Thanks very much. Well, after the most
enthralling of World Cups, 64 games, 171 goals, 20-odd men kicked a ball
around for 120 minutes and at the end, do I really need to tell you -
the Germans won. From all of us here, good night.
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# Run, boy, run # COMMENTATOR:
The greatest game, the biggest names, another World Cup is under
way. Neymar, the boy wonder. Van Persie! What a fantastic goal.
Cahill - oh, what a strike. That's what they came for. (
Benzema. Goal Algeria. What an upset we have here. Wayne Rooney's first
ever World Cup Finals goal. Oh, he's done it!
Spain are out. England lost concentration. They lost Luis
Suarez. He is suspended for nine matches. Italy join England. Kofta
reekament they've -- Costa Rica. They've only gone and won it.
Off the post. Brazil win. It's the most dramatic of circumstances. Oh,
a bit of magic! Sheer brilliance. Genius, I think it is. France are
through to the quarter finals. Costa Rica quarter final. Belgium are
through. Yet another incredible game at this quite amazing World Cup.
That's a picture no Brazilian wants to see. It's in! Brazil are into the
semifinals. Higuain! Argentina are heading to Sao Paulo. It's Germany
who roll on again. The Costa Rican fairy-tale ends here.
Joo-Ho -- Klose scores. Brazil are being humbled and taken apart.
Absolute humiliation. Here go Argentina. They're going to Rio.
Joo-Ho this is it, the stars are ready to shine. Higuain.
Chance for Goetze. Mario Goetze scores for Germany! Germany are
champions of the world.
Gary Lineker introduces live coverage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final. Germany meet Argentina at the iconic Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro as the tournament reaches its climax.
Both teams last won the World Cup after facing each other in the final. In 1990, West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in Rome to lift the trophy, while the 1986 final in Mexico City saw Argentina defeat West Germany 3-2.
Germany, managed by Joachim Löw, will go into the final as favourites after their sensational 7-1 semi-final victory over hosts Brazil, but Argentina's squad features an array of superstars including Lionel Messi, who coach Alejandro Sabella will hope finally puts on a memorable performance at international level.
Argentina hope to become world champions for the third time by winning on the soil of their neighbours and arch-rivals Brazil, while triumph for Germany would put a fourth star above their badge and give them the honour of being the first European side to win a World Cup in the Americas.
With commentary from Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson and analysis from Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand. In the Maracanã, Jason Mohammad is joined by Clarence Seedorf.