World Cup Final Match of the Day Live


World Cup Final

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!

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Spain are out. What a fantastic goal!

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Rio, a special place on the ground, but even more special from the air.

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Brazil has always drummed to a different beat, but the drama, the

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twists and turns, the sheer excitement of this World Cup, it's

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simply been beyond what any of us could have hoped for. Even here,

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some things have remained consistent and reliable. Never, ever write off

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the Germans. COMMENTATOR: Mats Hummels is there!

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Looking for Goetze. Found him all right. And it's in. Miroslav Klose

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runs away to celebrate. Thomas Muller with a beauty. And then

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there's the little man from Rosario, Argentina, about 1200 miles that

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way. So many world-class players never get the chance to play on the

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ultimate stage, but Lionel Messi gets his chance tonight. Even

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without hitting his extraordinary heights in this competition so far,

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he's dragged his team, his country up the mountain. And now, there's

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just one summit left. COMMENTATOR: Give it to him and pray

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- oh, he's done it! Who else, Lionel Messi. We know who the locals will

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be supporting, tango doesn't get much of a look in around here

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amongst the samba, there's no Brazilian beat here tonight

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COMMENTATOR: Brazil are being humiliated. It's

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seven. But this is where the 2014 World Cup will end, the pulsiating

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heart of a nation, the Maracana. It is the World Cup final between

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Germany and Argentina, a final that's been played out on two

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previous occasions, in 1986 Diego Maradonna led Argentina to victory.

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Four years later the Germans got their revenge with a 1-0 win.

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Germany are playing in a record-breaking eighth final, hoping

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to lift the trophy for the first time since the Berlin Wall came

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down. It's a fifth final for Argentina. Winners on home soil in

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1978 and of course, in Mexico, eight years later. Here with us for the

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final Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and for the very last time, Alan

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Hansen. You've covered many tournaments, any Bert than this one?

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-- any better than this one? Not a bad place to go Gary! This has been

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the best by a mile. I said at the start of the tournament that we

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needed something after the last two or three competitions have have been

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substandard and as far as entertainment was concerned, haven't

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been great. They needed something to elevate it to the best sporting

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event in the planet. We've seen it here. It's exceeded all

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expectations, the goals, the games, the excitement, the drama. When it's

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come to the knockout stageds, there's been heartache, euphoria.

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I'm a great believer that winning is everything but you have to have

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excitement along the way. We've had that in We have abundance. Two

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giants in the final. Absolutely, I think Germany, superbly organised.

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They have a record goal scorer up front. Muller is in the form of his

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life. Argentina, a lot of the talk about the tournament was about the

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Fab Four, Messi, di Maria, Higuain, Aguero, but of course, it's been the

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back four and the goalkeeper that have been their safior. Four clean

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sheets -- safior. -- saviours. Four clean sheets. A tough test against

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Germany, a Germany that has gradually got better including that

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astounding result in the semifinal. Earlier in the tournament they did

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enough just to get through. As the tournament has gone to the last

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stages, they've started to command games, dictate the pace of games and

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I think that's what the Argentineans won't be expecting to command this

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game or dictate the pace. I think they'll be looking to hit Germany on

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the counterattack. That's their best bet with the players they have in

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attacking areas. Germany will come out and do what they've done, trying

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to attack, break teams down How big early. An advantage is it for

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Germany to have had an extra day's rest and essentially a pretty

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comfortable semifinal? The biggest thing is that you will pick up

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injuries along the way. They will have done that. That extra day is

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huge. Have you time to get in the ice bath, to rehabilitate your

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muscles. It's an extra day. Wur doing loads of things to -- you're

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doing loads of things preparing. They will be ready to go out there

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and do the job. They are often tight affairs, finals. We could do with

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one that's quite open, I suspect it won't be. It will be a cagey affair.

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It could be a long evening. Two very, very good teams. Two very

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different teams. A lot has relied on Messi for Argentina. He's produced

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the goods, most of the time. Had a quiet time in the semifinal. But

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Germany are the best team. It's the best team against the best player. I

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think where Messi has struggled is where the teams have doubled up on

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him. I don't think the Germans will. They might, but I'd be surprised

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because I think the Germans will feel they can win this game. The

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Argentineans have a great defensive record with Mascherano just from

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front. An early goal and quids Rio has in. Been invaded by Argentinian

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supporters this weekend hoping to see their side lift the World Cup

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for a third time. They heavily outnumber the German fans, although

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I suspect the locals will be cheering for the men in white. Our

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man just a few miles from the fan park is Jason Mohammed. A truly

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fantastic atmosphere here. Can you see the Argentina fans are here.

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Where are you from? SanJuan. How excited are you? Excited and

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confident Are you also. Going to lift the cup Yes of today? Course,

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we have leanel. There -- Lionel. I think we can win this What would

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cup. It mean to lift the trophy in Brazil? This is the dream of every

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Argentinian. These guys have something to say

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about that. Where are you from? Manchengladbach. I love Brazil. I'm

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sure we take the fourth star today. I want you to meet this couple. They

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look like German fans, but they're from Brazil. Why are you supporting

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Germany? Because of the Germany. Same colours. Despite the fact that

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Germany absolutely battered the host company. Yes, Brazilian has the best

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soccer in the world, nowadays the Germans are playing the best soccer.

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I don't think there are any Argentineans left in Argentina,

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they're all here. SINGING

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There is a fabulous and very friendly atmosphere right around Rio

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de Janeiro. This has been one of the best world cups ever. Dan walker

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reflects on a magnificent festival of football.

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Questions, questions, could the five-time winners give us a World

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Cup to remember? Statistics, logistics - sceptics said no. Brazil

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said yes. This was different, the old kings quickly lost their crown.

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COMMENTATOR: Spain are out. And what of England? Youthful vigour, yes,

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but home long before bedtime. In the mighty jungle, the lions fell

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asleep. COMMENTATOR: Balotelli is going to

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get there. Zblt nightmare never stopped.

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COMMENTATOR: Oh, Suarez has knock today in. He can dribble,

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COMMENTATOR: Oh, Suarez has knock nibble. But this party isn't all you

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can eat. We saw the two sides of another star, Robben the rogue.

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Robben the ruthless, Robben the reliant. It was a World Cup of

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wonderful number ones. Terrific save. Keepers, sweepers, swappers.

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None shall pass. Saved, brilliantly saved. Football was frantic. Goal

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after seemingly endless goal as the records came tumbling. Miroslav

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Klose records came tumbling. Miroslav

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record goal scorer. The world's most powerful nation fell in love with

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the world's most powerful game. For the first time, two African sides

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strode into the last 16, but their light was soon extinguished. We saw

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the very best from the very best. He dance as way and he scores! Lionel

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Messi. Messi on his way to the Maracana, the two together again.

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His is not the only left sided one to weave and leave his magic.

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His is not the only left sided one even loved by the locusts. His team

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had class, style. Perfect rhythm, while others were dancing aloan and

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had class, style. Perfect rhythm, left the stage without -- alone and

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left the stage without an encore. Wood work, hard

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left the stage without an encore. warmed the world up. Neymar broke

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his back, but the broken Brazilian hearts will take much longer to

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heal. Mullered. Humiliated, humbled and taken apart. Germany will always

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remember. Brazil try hard to forget. and taken apart. Germany will always

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Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, we roared, we sang. They sang.

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Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, sprayed. They prayed. We watched.

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Andre Schurrle, it's seven! We wept, watched. Millions of viewers.

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Millions of fans. 32 nations down to just two. The best team against the

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best player, only one can go home happy.

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Indeed. Tone was set for this tournament right at the start with

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that remarkable game between Holland and Spain. It went from there. Yeah,

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we thought oh, it's not going to get better than this. Then the 7-1 as

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well. We've had fantastic goals, great players emerging. For me,

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playing in World Cups and coming here as part of this team, being

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able to go out and see the fans and locals and how the different nations

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are merging together, a carnival atmosphere. Very friendly as well.

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Exactly. You don't see that as a player. You're in a hotel,

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concentrating on the football and getting ready for each game. This is

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so different and I've had a fantastic time. They've host today

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brilliantly. That game, that five when Holland beat Spain, I thought

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that was it. It set the tone. I thought that game won't be beaten.

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But that semifinal was just absolutely incredible. Let's not

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forget England, how great we were. Then the you had the underdogs,

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Costa Rica were terrific. When you looked at their side and the

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personnel in the side and you think, the lesser players usually will be

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men behind the ball and defend deep and it will be a bore, but they had

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quality as well in the final third. They didn't score a lot of goals,

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but real quality and were a joy to watch. Even in the cagey games, the

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tight games, the games that were perhaps in some ways dull ended up

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exciting affairs, whether it was a penalty shootout, dramatic extra

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time. It slowed down a little bit after the group stages and I couple

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of games were 0-0. Even the extra time were just brilliant games.

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There's always been something significant to talk about in most of

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the games. Then even the norm was if you had a relatively bad game, the

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next game you could bet your life was going to be sensational. Let's

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hope the final lives up to the rest of the tournament. Argentina winning

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tonight is every Brazilian's worst nightmare. Brazil's campaign started

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brightly but ended in humiliation, thrashed by Germany on Tuesday,

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defeat in the third place play-off yesterday has done little to ease

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the pain. Will this be Luiz Felipe Scolari's

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last game in charge? His CV is now tainted by the defeat to Germany.

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It's probable lit end of the road for some of his squad.

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Robben is pulled back. Penalty kick. Had to be.

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Referee deciding it is inside the penalty area. After 90 seconds the

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Dutch are awarded a spot kick. Arjen Robben was flying away. Robin Van

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Persie can put the Netherlands in front here. 1 off #. -- 1-0. Super

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cool penalty kick from Robin Van Persie. Good penalty. Arjen Robben

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here. Van Persie arriving in the middle. Luiz away. It's 2-0.

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Terrible defending by Brazil. David Luiz clearing heading straight to

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Bulletined and it's in the back of the net. The home fans are silenced.

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No foul by Dan. Good overlapping run. 3-0. Always been a suspicion

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that Brazil would be armed on on the break and that's exactly what has

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happened. Bash macro under armed. Brazil's World Cup is over and the

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boos rained down on the selection and on Scolari. (STUDIO) they

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imploded. Whilst they weren't brilliant early on, they completely

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lost it from the semifinal onwards. Neymar and Thiago Silva being out

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totally destabilise them. Emotionally, with the T-shirt with

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Neymar on, it took too much out of them. We spoke about their defence

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earlier in the tournament, as soon as they went up in quality, we saw

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their weaknesses. I don't think enough of their defenders want to

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defend. Conceding ten goals in two games. The way they capitulated,

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I've never seen anything like it. They just gave up and collapsed. I

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thought you were going to say you can't win anything with Fred! He was

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useless. To wait so long to have the World Cup finals in Brazil and be

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beaten 7-1... I was distraught myself! A great game to watch, but

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unreal. I look at it and I think a country of this size, I look at the

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centre forwards, I've had my say about Fred, but how can they not

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produce a guy who can give them good quality, hold up the ball, run into

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the corners? You see better players on the beach! Their midfield and

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their forward line is the most unattractive in terms of football

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flair you will ever see in a Brazil shirt. The first time they've lost

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back-to-back home games since 1940. Without Neymar they had no flair

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going forward. You still never saw 7-1 coming. Absolutely not. Four

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goals in six minutes to go 5-0 down. Everybody was in total disbelief. I

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did! You said it would be a tight game. Picking the team of the

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tournament isn't easy, but we thought we would try. Mark Chapman

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-- Mark Chapman cheddar discussion to pick a BBC 11.

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Before we get to the players you've picked, the first thing you have to

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do is whether you will have a back three or back four. You've gone with

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a back three. If the majority go with a back four, you have to change

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your side. Who is your keeper? Noye. He's the best the world. -

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Manuel Neuer. The same. The full package. Right back?

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Manuel Neuer. The same. The full best right back in the world. Never

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gives it away, perfect full-back. He can defend, attack, that tackle in

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the semifinal, perfectly timed, that some Tim up. Left back. Rodriguez,

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Switzerland. Blind. Competition going on! He's an all-round

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footballer and he is a must. Centre halves? Gonzalez of Costa Rica. And

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how moles of Germany. Especially for the performance against France. -

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Hummels. Thiago Silva brought them together and organise them. Thiago

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Silva missed the semifinal. Take him out! The next six will be very

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fluid. Mascherano, Toni Kroos, Rodriguez playing behind the

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striker. I saw Mascherano for the first time playing for the Argentina

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under 20 side and the harder it is, first time playing for the Argentina

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the more he likes it. He's been sensational. You could take any one

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of the German midfielders and you'd sensational. You could take any one

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be happy. Have you all got Rodriguez? Yes, goal of the

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tournament. Mascherano and Rodriguez. Who else? Mola up top and

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they can all move around and do Rodriguez. Who else? Mola up top and

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they want. - Muller. There hasn't been an outstanding centre forward.

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Neymar had two excellent games and I think quite order was more important

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in more games. No Neymar. Messi hasn't

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in more games. No Neymar. Messi deep for Argentina. I've gone for

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Thomas Muller up top. No doubt that without Messi Argentina would have

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been out a long time ago. Who else have you got alongside Muller? Just

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him, Rodriguez behind. Robben on the left. Muller has been consistent,

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the chances he's created along left. Muller has been consistent,

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the goals and his ridiculous workrate. Messi backed up by James

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pulling the strings. One Midfield Place alongside Mascherano and one

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right-winger. - midfield player. Schweinsteiger. Kroos. One winger.

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Robben. It looks like he will hurt you. I'm not sure he warrants being

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in there, others have been better. He was on fire. I can go with

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Robben. Neuer, Lahm, Gonzales, Hummels, blind, Mascherano and

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Kroos, Robben, Rodriguez, Messi and Muller. Can't argue with that. Can

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we do this again on Monday morning after the final? Very attacking

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line-up. You were having your afternoon nap. I watched them

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filming fat and I got bombed out. You've got your chance now, do you

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disagree with that? Kompany is the best centre-back. I thought he was

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excellent. That would be the one change. Ron Vlaar! I'd get him in

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instead of Gonzales. You just picked the team! We'll have another

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discussion at the end of the final. We can now hear from David Beckham

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who's here in re-over the final. - in Rio for the final. Beckham! It's

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in! Beckham has scored for England. Great to see you again. Do you think

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it's the best World Cup you can remember, either playing in

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watching? Without a doubt. I've loved every World Cup, even 98.

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People question that. There is nothing better than playing in a

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World Cup. Where will the final B won and lost? It will be won by a

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big moment, big player. I am a big fan of line all. - Messi. Germany

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have a group of players that are great players and they perform so

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well together and they have done for a number of years. They are a really

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strong team. Footballers always want the best players to be at the

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biggest events. You don't want a World Cup to be held without them,

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particularly when they do what Luis Suarez did. I don't need to say

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anything about what he did. He knows. I look at him as a player and

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he's a huge talent. It's a shame he's leaving the Premiership because

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the Premiership needs teams like him, players with character and

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passion. It's sad to see him leaving. What is your assessment of

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what went wrong? Small margins or a bigger problem? Roy has brought

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young players into the team with a few experienced players. In the

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future we will perform really well. When you look at the way the World

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Cup worked out for Steven Gerrard, can you look at him as a captain and

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feel he hasn't delivered or can you look at him as a captain and

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case of just not working out? You definitely don't blame one player

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for the early exit. I know as England captain you feel the weight

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of expectation and the responsibility. When you are England

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captain, you take that on board and Stevie knows that. You could see his

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pain. I hope he continues as England captain. You've got to love Becks!

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He knows a thing or two about our next subject. There have been four

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penalty shoot outs in this World Cup. Two of the last five finals

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have gone to shoot outs. We've prepared with a man who has taken a

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few in his time. Representing your country and the whole nation is

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watching, and the pressure is huge. Imagine there are 50,000 people

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around you, you're walking from the halfway line to the penalty spot,

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take it through what's in your mind. This is where your mind starts to

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play tricks. What should you do? It's a very long walk and there are

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a million things going through your mind. Try to stay calm, although you

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can feel your heart beating faster. You have to believe in what you've

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trained to do. And you have to stay in control of the situation. Looking

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at the keeper? No. He will try mind games, we saw it with Tim Krul. He

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was trying to get into their heads. I would have stood ten yards outside

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the box and waited for Tim Krul to go back in his goal. Stay in

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control. I always used a line up the ball and look at the opposite side

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to where I was going to put it. I would always look to the

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goalkeeper's left knowing I would go to the right. The valve at the top,

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don't ask me why, I just had to do that. You already know where you're

:27:15.:27:19.

going to put it and you should never change your mind. The Germans have a

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word for the process of taking a penalty. It means strength of nerve,

:27:26.:27:31.

nerves of steel. They aren't bad at it! If you're going to make sure you

:27:32.:27:39.

score a penalty... I would rather wear a Sunderland shirt! What is the

:27:40.:27:43.

last game that goes through your mind? Don't miss!

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And then the walk back is better than the walk down. Two arms, unit

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that from someone! You are under more stress than ever before and

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they don't even count on your record. We have to get that changed.

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Bobby Charlton wouldn't like that. Despite their success in this

:28:15.:28:18.

competition, Germany are looking to end 24 years of hurt by lifting the

:28:19.:28:22.

World Cup for the first time since beating Argentina in 1990. Their

:28:23.:28:27.

victory over Brazil was quite possibly the most remarkable result

:28:28.:28:31.

in World Cup history, but will count the little if they fail to winter

:28:32.:28:35.

night. In the lexicon of football, thousands of words have been written

:28:36.:28:39.

on the spirit of the game in this nation of that. One notable section

:28:40.:28:53.

looks a little sparse. Because this isn't a romantic tale. You've heard

:28:54.:28:56.

of boy meets girl, this is more boilie meets strategic grassroots

:28:57.:29:03.

funding, good governance, learning. - boilie meets.

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In 2010 we played decent football, sometimes very attractive, but

:29:15.:29:21.

without delivering. The guys have matured and they know how to get a

:29:22.:29:26.

result. It might not make for a blockbuster page turner, which is a

:29:27.:29:30.

pity because German success could shouldn't be anything other than a

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cause for celebration. It would also be a victory for humility and

:29:35.:29:38.

respect. Bellow horizontal, Tuesday, half-time.

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This was winning in the grand manner in every sense of the term. And the

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knowledge month that a grieving Brazilian public had seen billions

:30:04.:30:06.

diverted to pay for and finally build this World Cup. The land of

:30:07.:30:12.

the last minute didn't expect to be 5-0 down after 29. We've been

:30:13.:30:18.

brought up like this because in our history we couldn't afford to show

:30:19.:30:22.

any kind of arrogance. We've been told don't humiliate people. It

:30:23.:30:27.

would also be a victory back home for a packed stadium, cheap tickets

:30:28.:30:31.

to watch home-grown players who also happen to be some of the most

:30:32.:30:36.

skilled footballers on the planet. The current player of the year

:30:37.:30:39.

dreamt of carrying his nation all the way and no posters ever needed a

:30:40.:30:46.

World Cup triumph like Brazil. Fantastic storylines thrown on the

:30:47.:30:50.

fire and now the world's finest talent of all could also see his

:30:51.:30:55.

wildest fantasy go up in flames. Another polite act from this very

:30:56.:30:59.

decent group of dream wreckers. Four Germans have been nominated for

:31:00.:31:08.

the Golden en Ball. Ozil has created more chances than

:31:09.:31:34.

any other German player. Up front Klose makes his 24th World Cup

:31:35.:31:39.

appearance. He's the only player who was involved in the 2002 final.

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Alan, you are focussing on the right was involved in the 2002 final.

:31:44.:31:50.

side of the German side. They're a very strong side. Down the right

:31:51.:31:53.

side, whether very strong side. Down the right

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Kroos, in particular, Phillipp Lahm, they link up incredibly well.

:31:59.:32:02.

They want to get into the space as much as they can. When

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They want to get into the space as there, they want to deliver. It's

:32:07.:32:08.

nice, neat, tidy. there, they want to deliver. It's

:32:09.:32:13.

one-touch football. They're all moving, looking for the ball. They

:32:14.:32:18.

all want the ball in, out, through. Very unlucky, with the thought to

:32:19.:32:19.

get into the final third. pop to the Maracana, Clarence is

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there alongside Jason. Thank you very much. A very good

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evening to you. Welcome. The Argentinian fans have wasted no time

:35:50.:35:53.

in mocking their Brazilian rivals. They're here. Where are you, they're

:35:54.:36:00.

sing. They've been singing it at the beach all weekend. Good evening to

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you, great to see you. I remember last year, when we met at the

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Confederations Cup you said to me, the team that gets to the final an

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the team that may win it is the team that gets it right on the pitch and

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off the pitch. That team, Clarence, you were right is Germany. They

:36:16.:36:19.

built their own training venue. They've been impeccable on and off

:36:20.:36:27.

the pitch. Absolutely. Argentina have done their job as well. Great

:36:28.:36:31.

players up front of course. It's going to be a great final. How do

:36:32.:36:35.

Argentina stop the German machine? Well, I think this is the hardest

:36:36.:36:40.

match for the Germans. Arg tona showed against Holland that they

:36:41.:36:43.

have a very solid defence that they can defend very well in their own

:36:44.:36:48.

half. Up front, we don't have to explain how dangerous they can be.

:36:49.:36:51.

It is going to be very, very interesting to see how the Germans

:36:52.:36:55.

will find the spaces. The big question that lots of people have

:36:56.:36:58.

been talking about over this weekend is Lionel Messi. For many people he

:36:59.:37:02.

is one of the great of the of all time -- greatest of all time. That

:37:03.:37:06.

is guaranteed. If he wins the World Cup, do we start talking about Messi

:37:07.:37:12.

in the same breath as Pele and Maradona? You know, they always have

:37:13.:37:16.

to finish their career to make those kind of statements. But for sure

:37:17.:37:21.

Messi is incredibly busy with going in that way. He achieved this final,

:37:22.:37:28.

finally. He achieved a great performance in a few games in this

:37:29.:37:31.

tournament. He scored finally also in a World Cup. Let's see was going

:37:32.:37:35.

to happen. I think he's going to be brilliant today. I think he's going

:37:36.:37:39.

to score today. Still, I think, the Germans normally, normally should

:37:40.:37:43.

win this game. We'll talk more at halftime. Thank you very much. Gary,

:37:44.:37:48.

a chilling message from the Germany coach, Joachim Low, in the news

:37:49.:37:52.

conference, he says, "We're here to win the final and dominate world

:37:53.:37:57.

football for years to come." Nothing new there then! They mentioned

:37:58.:38:02.

Lionel Messi and he's been the man largely responsible for Argentina's

:38:03.:38:08.

presence. The Argentinian genius is attempting to repeat the feat of an

:38:09.:38:20.

Argentinian genius. Ten years ago, Spain wanted to call

:38:21.:38:26.

up a tiny, timid youngster from the Barcelona academy. Lionel Messi's

:38:27.:38:28.

response - I'm Argentine. Another old boy, briefly, was Messi.

:38:29.:39:00.

Like so many in this city, his skills were honed with endless hours

:39:01.:39:01.

playing on the Rosario streets. Always shy, always brilliant and

:39:02.:39:52.

always compared to Maradona. As far as Argentines are concerned, he is

:39:53.:39:56.

always in his shadow. Messi has shown signs of World Cup

:39:57.:40:19.

greatness in this tournament. But there's only one outcome that will

:40:20.:40:22.

cement his place in Argentine hearts.

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We shall see shortly. There is the little genius. He's got four goals

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in this tournament. He's not been quite as dominant in a lot of games

:41:07.:41:11.

as perhaps we've seen in his days at Barcelona. Even in the semifinal, I

:41:12.:41:15.

was at that game, he was pretty static for large parts of it. He's

:41:16.:41:17.

always capable of something. static for large parts of it. He's

:41:18.:41:20.

had the magic moments. I static for large parts of it. He's

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Germans, they'll be looking to represent lip Kate what the Dutch

:41:24.:41:24.

done. They crowded represent lip Kate what the Dutch

:41:25.:41:26.

bodies in the way. They wouldn't let represent lip Kate what the Dutch

:41:27.:41:30.

him get in the zone in the midfield. him get in the zone in the midfield.

:41:31.:41:35.

He wants to run at them and cause problems. As a midfielder, Khedira,

:41:36.:41:41.

they have to get back and help the defenders. The defenders will delay

:41:42.:41:45.

him and the midfielders can help. One on one he can beat you like

:41:46.:41:49.

here. See you later. You have to be diligent in your work, get back,

:41:50.:41:52.

double up. He's capable of going past anyone on the planet one V one.

:41:53.:41:59.

You double up and he's not as exciting and goes back. That's what

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he was about, the Dutch done that very, very well and smothered him.

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I've got a couple of stats. We talked about Thomas Muller br. I

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know you love stats -- Thomas Muller before. I know you love stats. He's

:42:15.:42:23.

covered 69,000 metres, Messi 52, he's not working as hard as in

:42:24.:42:27.

previous times. He used to be a explosive player.

:42:28.:42:31.

previous times. He used to be a too much from him? I watched him in

:42:32.:42:34.

the early rounds and saw him score four goals, three world class,

:42:35.:42:38.

the early rounds and saw him score got us off our seats. His passing is

:42:39.:42:41.

incredible. He's got assists to go with that. I agree, he looked static

:42:42.:42:44.

in the semifinal, with that. I agree, he looked static

:42:45.:42:48.

scores the with that. I agree, he looked static

:42:49.:42:50.

of the tournament. Nobody with that. I agree, he looked static

:42:51.:42:56.

setting a team up against the Argentineans, you're doubling up on

:42:57.:43:02.

Messi. Of course that should provide space elsewhere, but the great times

:43:03.:43:05.

he had in this tournament is when he goes past the first man and the

:43:06.:43:09.

second man isn't waiting. When the second one is waiting, he's tugled a

:43:10.:43:14.

bit. He -- struggled a bit. Will the Germans do that today? I'm not sure

:43:15.:43:19.

they will. We have seen wonderful moments from him. He's created more

:43:20.:43:24.

chances than anyone at this tournament. If he gets the ball

:43:25.:43:27.

higher up the pitch, and starts facing the back four, he will cause

:43:28.:43:31.

problems, skipping past people. He gets his head up. Doesn't come off

:43:32.:43:37.

here at end of it. But he's causing havoc in the Swiss back four. The

:43:38.:43:42.

players here, look, everyone comes to him. That creates space for other

:43:43.:43:44.

players. He sees that, goal. Assist. to him. That creates space for other

:43:45.:43:49.

Devastating. This is the pass of the tournament. He gets his head up,

:43:50.:43:53.

sees that. How he see that's pass, I don't know. The likes of him and

:43:54.:43:58.

Maradona are probably the only people who can play that and are

:43:59.:44:04.

devastating dribblers as well. And you, ruo! He -- Rio! He see that's

:44:05.:44:11.

type of stuff clear, other players it goes hazy. But he does. I was at

:44:12.:44:16.

this game. This was brilliant. I came to that game to see him do

:44:17.:44:21.

something, have that. I mean, he's brilliant. That's beautiful. That

:44:22.:44:25.

something, have that. I mean, he's pace is frightening. You can't

:44:26.:44:27.

defend against it. He doesn't even have to beat you. It's a sign

:44:28.:44:31.

defend against it. He doesn't even great player. Stand here and I'll

:44:32.:44:36.

put it round you. He does more than anyone else. Maradona and he can see

:44:37.:44:42.

passes, dribble. Here change of direction, see you later. Come back

:44:43.:44:46.

together and I'm gone. That's watt kids want to see. YouTube is about

:44:47.:44:48.

skills. This is his time. What a kids want to see. YouTube is about

:44:49.:44:53.

chance he's got. That is in that box, the World Cup trophy. It's

:44:54.:45:04.

being carried out by Carlos Pugol and Guselle. -- Guiselle.

:45:05.:45:12.

It's only 12 irchls high. -- Inches high. I think the other guys haven't

:45:13.:45:17.

performed. Aguero, Higuain, one goal. They haven't helped him a

:45:18.:45:23.

great deal either. I think Lavezzi, this could be a good game for him.

:45:24.:45:28.

He has the legs to get behind the Germans.

:45:29.:45:45.

And here is the Argentinian team. The Germans believe that Mascherano

:45:46.:45:55.

is Argentina's key player and Schweinsteiger says he is the leader

:45:56.:46:02.

of a pack of Wolves. Messi has never scored in a World Cup knockout

:46:03.:46:08.

match. Higuain has not hit top form in Brazil but he got the crucial

:46:09.:46:14.

strike against Belgium. Mascherano, one of the great holding players in

:46:15.:46:19.

world football. Without a shadow of a doubt. He has pace, a wonderful

:46:20.:46:26.

tackle, anticipation, and he can pass as well. The complete midfield

:46:27.:46:34.

player. This is timed to perfection. This against the Dutch was one of

:46:35.:46:39.

the great performances, reading it, picking it up, possession is king,

:46:40.:46:45.

never give it away. He looks, looks, and what a past that is. The great

:46:46.:46:52.

players, the great passers in world football would be happy with that.

:46:53.:46:58.

Again, not giving it away, looking all around, produces an inch perfect

:46:59.:47:05.

pass again. This is what he's best at. Six Argentinian defenders in the

:47:06.:47:10.

picture and he's in near the penalty spot. He's blocking, coming right

:47:11.:47:14.

across. Spotting the danger and eliminating it. An absolutely

:47:15.:47:20.

magnificent piece of play. Coming up, without a shadow of a doubt, the

:47:21.:47:26.

tackle of the tournament. Seven or eight yards away from Arjen Robben.

:47:27.:47:30.

Perhaps Arjen Robben should hit it earlier but to time that tackle to

:47:31.:47:34.

perfection was masterful, brilliant play. I suppose that's five the

:47:35.:47:41.

Argentinian defence and goalkeeper have been so good. He is a

:47:42.:47:48.

defender's dream. I had Michael Carrick read the game in front of me

:47:49.:47:52.

at Manchester United and that was a dream for a defender. But the first

:47:53.:47:56.

thing he does is sniff out danger and snuff it out. The free kick is

:47:57.:48:06.

for Germany have been hugely important in this World Cup and they

:48:07.:48:10.

scored from a lot of set pieces. They have scored from five. This

:48:11.:48:15.

does not just happened. It is from work on the training ground. Mats

:48:16.:48:22.

Hummels goes in, Klose is blocking David Luiz for the run around the

:48:23.:48:28.

back. Look at Klose blocking David Luiz. He realises but too late.

:48:29.:48:33.

Muller has the space. They are very dangerous from set pieces whether it

:48:34.:48:36.

is Muller or Mats Hummels. Dangerous. World Cup finals offers

:48:37.:48:43.

players the chance to achieve footballing immortality. Thierry

:48:44.:48:46.

Henry at pays homage to some of those who have triumphed on the

:48:47.:48:51.

world 's biggest stage. What does it take to be a World Cup

:48:52.:48:58.

legend? For me, if you want to go down in history you have to perform

:48:59.:49:03.

in big games. It obviously helps if you win, but as long as you

:49:04.:49:06.

perform, people always remember. Pele! Number three.

:49:07.:49:16.

The walk up is the biggest thing for me that you can play in. -- the

:49:17.:49:28.

World Cup. Especially if you are supposed to be that player that can

:49:29.:49:33.

make the team win. People start to talk about you, other teams are

:49:34.:49:40.

aware of your quality. You are going to get it, people will try to upset

:49:41.:49:44.

you and take you out of the game but you need to do one thing, make sure

:49:45.:49:50.

you don't let your team down. It is not only about scoring goals.

:49:51.:49:55.

Beckenbauer with a delicate chip nearly surprises the goalkeeper. As

:49:56.:49:59.

long as you can have an impact in the game people always recognise

:50:00.:50:07.

that. When you have players of quality around you you become a

:50:08.:50:13.

better player because of it. It is difficult to put your finger on it.

:50:14.:50:17.

They have that little thing extra that will make them perform.

:50:18.:50:27.

Ronaldinho! They are great players, obviously, but it is up there, how

:50:28.:50:30.

will you perform under pressure when you know the world is watching? But

:50:31.:50:40.

we have a legend already in this World Cup? We will see. We have 90

:50:41.:50:47.

minutes ago. You might have a guy like Zinedine Zidane, he did not

:50:48.:50:50.

score a goal before the final, then he came up with two goals and the

:50:51.:50:56.

rest is history. So don't choose one yet. Wait until the final.

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GARY LINEKER: The final is here, of course. And there is a great player,

:51:03.:51:15.

without question. Walking down the tunnel. Will this be his day of

:51:16.:51:19.

reckoning? We will find out. Somebody once said that great

:51:20.:51:23.

players win football matches and great teams win tournaments. The

:51:24.:51:26.

perfect example of one against the other.

:51:27.:51:33.

ALAN HANSEN: Exactly, this is Messi's time. If ever he needed a

:51:34.:51:39.

performance, that he alone in this Argentinian side could give, it is

:51:40.:51:43.

right now. I think the Argentina 's side could win this. I think the

:51:44.:51:48.

Germans were great in the semifinal but before that I was not that

:51:49.:51:52.

impressed. They play a high line and leave space behind and that is a big

:51:53.:51:57.

weakness. I would like to see him have a fantastic game. Some of the

:51:58.:52:02.

moments we have seen before. His have a fantastic game. Some of the

:52:03.:52:05.

great goals, that is what we want to see and it does not get bigger than

:52:06.:52:10.

this. For him to be placed alongside Maradona and Pele, he has to to win

:52:11.:52:17.

this game. I think everybody tuning in except the Germans and except

:52:18.:52:23.

most Brazilians will want to see this man. They want to see him

:52:24.:52:27.

produce a world-class performance and take this trophy with both hands

:52:28.:52:32.

by himself. I think it will be difficult. I'm with the Germans

:52:33.:52:37.

myself, as a team I think they are strong and commanding with a lot of

:52:38.:52:40.

experience and I think they will get themselves over the line. A very

:52:41.:52:45.

good team and they have a different goal-scorers, that tells them they

:52:46.:52:50.

are a team. We said before the game that we wanted it to be a spectacle

:52:51.:52:58.

and an early goal would help that. The World Cup final, Germany against

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Argentina at Maracana. Your commentators are Mark Lawrenson and

:53:02.:53:04.

Guy Mowbray. GUY MOWBRAY: Thanks, Gary. You have

:53:05.:53:13.

been closer than most of us, but imagine how that feels. A group of

:53:14.:53:18.

players about to realise the dream, a moment when the money really does

:53:19.:53:28.

not matter. Look into the eyes. From the parks and playing fields to the

:53:29.:53:29.

professional game, One of that number about to

:53:30.:54:00.

the iconic Maracana field, Miroslav Klose, this is his chance to secure

:54:01.:54:12.

a World Cup. Before the game we will have the national anthems of Germany

:54:13.:54:13.

and Argentina. When all of the have the national anthems of Germany

:54:14.:54:21.

the supporters from the two countries that have travelled to Rio

:54:22.:54:29.

de Janeiro, their anthems will never sound so sweet.

:54:30.:54:46.

# Danach lasst uns alle streben Bruderlich mit Herz und Hand

:54:47.:54:58.

# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Sind des Gluckes Unterpfand

:54:59.:55:11.

# Bluh' im Glanze dieses Gluckes Bluhe, deutsches Vaterland. #

:55:12.:55:41.

ARGENTINA NATIONAL ANTHEM - INSTRUMENTAL

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CHEERING APPLAUSE

:56:55.:57:05.

GUY MOWBRAY: It will hurt Brazil hearing the Argentinian national

:57:06.:57:11.

anthem ring gained out loud and proud around their national stadium,

:57:12.:57:15.

their temple of football. It is time for Germany against Argentina part

:57:16.:57:20.

three in finals terms, a record. We hope for something more like 1986

:57:21.:57:25.

and a little less of 1990. The heads of state are in position. It was to

:57:26.:57:34.

be the same German team for the final that beat Brazil in the

:57:35.:57:43.

semifinal, but spare a thought for Sami Khedira who was injured in the

:57:44.:57:49.

warm up. A first competitive start for 23-year-old De Rossi

:57:50.:57:51.

Moenchengladbach man, Christoph Kramer. -- by Russia

:57:52.:57:58.

Moenchengladbach. Miroslav Klose will be here for what

:57:59.:58:09.

will surely be his final World Cup appearance. Three of his record 16

:58:10.:58:13.

goals have come against Argentina in the last two tournaments. Nicola

:58:14.:58:18.

Rizzoli has the honour of REFEREE: The biggest game, let's hope he has

:58:19.:58:26.

a more routine job than Howard Webb last time around.

:58:27.:58:31.

Angel Di Maria pulled up in training yesterday so won't be risked. Enzo

:58:32.:58:40.

Perez will feature again. Sergio Aguero is only among the substitutes

:58:41.:58:46.

again. This is a team yet to concede a goal in the knockout stages. It is

:58:47.:58:52.

a team all about Mascherano to stop them, and Messi to star. The

:58:53.:59:05.

proudest moment in the coaching careers of Joachim Low and Alejandro

:59:06.:59:13.

Sabella. Both cut their teeth as national team assistants before

:59:14.:59:16.

promotion. They are both looking for greater honours than their previous

:59:17.:59:22.

incumbents. One of the modern wonders of the

:59:23.:59:36.

world. What a setting for a game that promises so much.

:59:37.:59:45.

The stars are out and ready to shine.

:59:46.:59:58.

Everything is set for the 20th World Cup final. WHISTLE

:59:59.:00:11.

The ultimate contest in the game and one of the ultimate teams against

:00:12.:00:15.

another a lot more reliant on one particular talent. This is the

:00:16.:00:27.

fourth time I've seen Argentina live, and they scrap for everything.

:00:28.:00:32.

I think they will need some magic from the aforementioned little

:00:33.:00:33.

fellow to win today. They've had a day less to prepare.

:00:34.:01:04.

They won't be as fresh as the Germans. If you look at the Germany

:01:05.:01:07.

game against Brazil, they only had to play for about 25 minutes, so a

:01:08.:01:13.

massive difference. It went from 1-0 to 5-0 in under

:01:14.:01:19.

seven minutes. They will find this Argentina defence harder to pick

:01:20.:01:23.

through. Yeah, especially with Mascherano in front of them. They

:01:24.:01:27.

start with Perez on the left, Lewandowski on the right. Higuain --

:01:28.:01:42.

Lavezzi on the right. They tried to play a tricky one

:01:43.:01:53.

through to Klose. Argentina very deep in the early stages.

:01:54.:02:13.

Demichelis gave it away. Mascherano has only managed to move

:02:14.:02:24.

that up to Muller. He claims he was blocked. Yes, the referee agrees.

:02:25.:02:29.

That's a daft foul as well. Just clatters into the back of him.

:02:30.:02:37.

There can be the touch of the reckless about Marcos Rojo. In two

:02:38.:02:44.

years in Portugal he has seen five red cards, three of them last

:02:45.:02:45.

season. red cards, three of them last

:02:46.:02:50.

They score from set pieces, don't they, Germany? They have been doing.

:02:51.:02:53.

More from the wider positions into the box, but they'll fancy this.

:02:54.:02:58.

Committee meeting first. A smile on Schweinsteiger's face is

:02:59.:03:17.

telling. Ramiro has kept three clean sheets.

:03:18.:03:21.

He's hard to beat. So are Germany when it comes to free kicks.

:03:22.:03:25.

This is interesting. What happens next.

:03:26.:03:32.

They're all in the queue. Not a lot. A bit dancing round your handbag

:03:33.:03:34.

really. Hummels has to retreat. Neuer wasn't entirely sure of where

:03:35.:03:49.

his line was. It goes for a Germany throw. Argentina's first sorte into

:03:50.:03:55.

opposition territory and they look dangerous. And from a very poor

:03:56.:04:03.

German free kick. You could hear the change in noise

:04:04.:04:05.

around the stadium as soon as You could hear the change in noise

:04:06.:04:08.

men in blue broke forward. Argentina have by far and away the lion's

:04:09.:04:11.

share of support, even though have by far and away the lion's

:04:12.:04:12.

from Brazil are behind the They've come across the border in

:04:13.:04:31.

any way they could. They're sleeping anywhere and everywhere. It's been

:04:32.:04:33.

They'll be hoping for an Argentinian an Argentinian takeover.

:04:34.:04:42.

They'll be hoping for an Argentinian take away, won't they? They aren't

:04:43.:04:47.

the favourites. Might be worth

:04:48.:04:50.

the favourites. last World Cup here, the only

:04:51.:04:52.

previous World Cup final here, Brazil came into it

:04:53.:04:53.

previous World Cup final here, seven past Sweden and six against

:04:54.:04:57.

Spain. Then they lost as favourites to Uruguay.

:04:58.:05:03.

Here's Ozil. Muller. Nearly came back to Ozil. He looked to

:05:04.:05:07.

out, Muller, actually. It's a good deflection back to the

:05:08.:05:09.

goalkeeper. The referee just saying that he

:05:10.:05:38.

couldn't really get out of the way. The last touch was a German one. It

:05:39.:05:48.

will be an Argentine throw. That's unfortunate there.

:05:49.:05:55.

Senor Rizzoli, this is his fourth game at the tournament.

:05:56.:06:18.

The noise around the place now, you could be watching BocaJuniors,

:06:19.:06:24.

astonishing. Muller might get onto that.

:06:25.:06:33.

It is Martin Demichelis who comes across to stop him in no uncertain

:06:34.:06:36.

terms. A little bit worried that Argentina

:06:37.:06:52.

down the left-hand side, that's three occasions, they're all coming

:06:53.:06:59.

down here. Muller was there. Lahm has nobody opposing him at all.

:07:00.:07:07.

Kroos dictating a lot of the passing in the German midfield. They look

:07:08.:07:11.

sharp, Germany. Sharp and measured. They won't hurry

:07:12.:07:33.

it. Can you see

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it. out of every player in white.

:07:36.:07:43.

it. -- you can see the confidence oozing

:07:44.:07:47.

out of every player in white. Hummels was a doubt. Problem with

:07:48.:07:53.

his left knee. But taken off at halftime against Brazil purely a

:07:54.:07:56.

precaution. Look at the room Phillipp Lahm

:07:57.:08:04.

There was no way through for Kroos. Messi will leave Hummels in his wake

:08:05.:08:08.

here. He found Schweinsteiger in the way.

:08:09.:08:22.

Messi was a little bit tired, someone was saying. Waky, waky.

:08:23.:08:31.

Not now. There has been a feeling that he's

:08:32.:08:34.

been saving something special.. We hope. So

:08:35.:08:41.

-- something special. We hope so. Demichelis came out into the pocket

:08:42.:09:11.

again. Demichelis came out into the pocket

:09:12.:09:17.

The whistle has gone for a free kick. That wasn't the pinching the

:09:18.:09:23.

ball off Messi, it was the first challenge by Hummels, I think.

:09:24.:09:27.

Brilliant, though. He almost stops and then goes again. Hummels is

:09:28.:09:32.

trailing in his wake. Perez was waiting. Higuain was the

:09:33.:09:34.

man further over. In between the two of them! Turned

:09:35.:09:58.

clear by Muller. Great play by Zabaleta. We haven't

:09:59.:10:02.

seen him come forward that often in this competition.

:10:03.:10:12.

Biglia had time to line it up there. He took plenty of time.

:10:13.:10:36.

Decent block too by the Schalke man. Yeah, it was. We haven't got a ball

:10:37.:10:44.

at the moment. There is a spare special final ball.

:10:45.:10:52.

There's the man most consider to be the world's best goalkeeper, having

:10:53.:10:58.

to keep out The Many think is the world's best player and co.

:10:59.:11:19.

Now Argentina down their right posing problems. We thought it might

:11:20.:11:25.

be cagey and lack pace early on. Not a bit of it. Certainly not.

:11:26.:11:40.

Zabaleta hung Rhyl into the tack -- hungrily into the tackle. He doesn't

:11:41.:11:48.

really tackle any other way. Kramer is playing a little bit

:11:49.:12:16.

further forward than Khedira would be, certainly from that point of

:12:17.:12:19.

view, it's given the Argentineans a little bit of problems when he tries

:12:20.:12:26.

to come off the front man. Messi comes back to help out

:12:27.:12:28.

defensively. Germany get the throw. Demichelis stout stuff. Yeah,

:12:29.:12:53.

Demichelis just read it a Demichelis stout stuff. Yeah,

:12:54.:13:01.

second before close close close. He just -- Miroslav Klose. He just did

:13:02.:13:05.

enough to put him off. I think they might have conceded a

:13:06.:13:29.

key free kick here. It's in the back of Klose. I'm not

:13:30.:13:35.

sure it's a foul, is it? A little late.

:13:36.:13:42.

It is another free kick in a very promising position for Germany.

:13:43.:14:05.

Zabaleta read it. Germany's throw.

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It squirted awkwardly off the head of Demichelis, the sun in his eyes.

:14:42.:14:51.

Yeah, he Jess -- gesticulats that. fascinating to watch from the German

:14:52.:15:16.

players. That was unlucky, it was meant for Muller. He came out around

:15:17.:15:19.

the back. meant for Muller. He came out around

:15:20.:15:26.

Perez tries to run away. That's twice they have broken from set

:15:27.:15:30.

pieces, Argentina, and for the neutrals that is good.

:15:31.:15:37.

pieces, Argentina, and for the Joachim Low spoke about at press

:15:38.:15:41.

conferences, he was aware of the speed at the break. And wary of one

:15:42.:15:46.

man in particular. We have speed at the break. And wary of one

:15:47.:15:51.

darting run from him so far down the right-hand side, Lionel Messi.

:15:52.:15:58.

Ezequiel Garay, a solid centre-back. Marcos Rojo was a little

:15:59.:16:01.

off-balance. Looking down at the pitch. I don't think so, must have

:16:02.:16:11.

been a worm! There has been a bit of rain around Rio in the last few

:16:12.:16:14.

days. Perfect evening for the World Cup final.

:16:15.:16:22.

Demichelis was shoulder to shoulder with Miroslav Klose. He has already

:16:23.:16:32.

taken the throw. That was hefty from Kramer. Germany are a man lights

:16:33.:16:40.

just now. They're not too worried, they're just keeping the ball.

:16:41.:16:46.

Argentina's players are pointing to the touchline to tell Boateng to put

:16:47.:16:51.

it out of play. They don't have to, it is their man. They've made the

:16:52.:16:55.

decision on the pitch. Toni Kroos does that. They have the ball, they

:16:56.:17:01.

can make the decision. It is the call of the referee whether he wants

:17:02.:17:05.

to stop play or not. At sea ought to have done. Always when you are

:17:06.:17:10.

looking the other way that you miss one. -- perhaps he ought to have

:17:11.:17:20.

done. He took the full weight. Zabaleta took one the other night,

:17:21.:17:22.

very similar. Clicking his jaw back into place. A

:17:23.:17:39.

penny for the thoughts of Sami Khedira. Ruled out in the warm up.

:17:40.:17:46.

He's a player who has had rotten luck with injury in last season.

:17:47.:17:54.

Kramer will carry on for now. He only made his debut against Poland

:17:55.:18:01.

it one of the warm up games in May. What a rise for the 23-year-old.

:18:02.:18:07.

Sometimes it's just meant to be. Watching on anxiously in the town

:18:08.:18:13.

where he's from, famous for making swords. I'm sure he's got plenty of

:18:14.:18:17.

steel in him. He won't be coming off. Not if he

:18:18.:18:25.

had has any say about it. He's fine, He won't be coming off. Not if he

:18:26.:18:40.

jogging around the pitch now. Over two wards Lahm, but it won't reach

:18:41.:18:41.

him. Rojo looked to find Higuain. A

:18:42.:18:56.

nose of Alejandro Sabella. They nose of Alejandro Sabella. They

:18:57.:18:59.

called him Alex when he was at Bramall Lane as a player. Standing

:19:00.:19:06.

down, what may after this game. Kroos to Lahm. Muller this time

:19:07.:19:27.

takes one. Get up, he's fine. Rojo went in. He was waiting for it, well

:19:28.:19:33.

done, referee. Nothing wrong with him. There was a bit of that in

:19:34.:19:44.

Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game against Portugal.

:19:45.:19:45.

Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game enough to get himself off.

:19:46.:19:49.

Germany's opening game, a 4-0 game take a lot to get Pepe sent off.

:19:50.:19:56.

Excellent slide into win from Mascherano.

:19:57.:20:17.

That was a risk, DME, a chance for Higuain! What a waste. He was

:20:18.:20:27.

presented with a World Cup final gift. He obviously couldn't believe

:20:28.:20:37.

it. He snatched at this. He waited to hit it and it almost came off the

:20:38.:20:45.

ankle, above the boot. What an opportunity. Toni Kroos headed the

:20:46.:20:51.

ball back without looking. A player who has hardly wasted a pass all

:20:52.:21:01.

tournament long. For him not to make the goalkeeper made a save from that

:21:02.:21:06.

position is criminal. What a let off for Germany. They now have a free

:21:07.:21:13.

kick in the Argentine half. Kroos has just steadied himself. His heart

:21:14.:21:18.

will be absolutely pumping. Just tries to hit it too hard, doesn't

:21:19.:21:22.

he. Kramer was second to that ball,

:21:23.:21:44.

Demichelis won it. A free kick to Argentina.

:21:45.:21:51.

Demichelis won it. A free kick to when you look at it, looked around,

:21:52.:22:01.

and he's just dragged it. Dear oh dear. The man wearing number nine.

:22:02.:22:07.

Looked at Javier Mascherano's reaction. And the bench. Sergio

:22:08.:22:18.

Aguero, number 20, he had his shirt over his head. What he would give

:22:19.:22:22.

for a chance like that, if and when he gets on the field.

:22:23.:22:35.

Acres of space for Philipp Lahm here. Not the best ball. It sent him

:22:36.:22:41.

backwards rather than forwards. Past the midway point of the first

:22:42.:22:56.

half. Cross by Philipp Lahm, Klose collapse, collected by Muller. Zappa

:22:57.:23:02.

Letta, great on his left foot. -- Zappa Letta.

:23:03.:23:20.

Benedikt Howedes was Germany's goal-scorer... As we look down

:23:21.:23:28.

Benedikt Howedes was Germany's Copacabana beach. He was the

:23:29.:23:30.

goal-scorer for Germany the last time

:23:31.:23:35.

goal-scorer for Germany the last friendly in Frankfurt, it was a 3-1

:23:36.:23:41.

Argentina victory, and we had something almost as breathtaking in

:23:42.:23:43.

the Higuain mess in the first half, we had a missed penalty from Messi.

:23:44.:24:08.

Germany getting a bit of order back about themselves.

:24:09.:24:23.

All the way back to Neuer. He doesn't mind receiving the ball

:24:24.:24:26.

anywhere in his doesn't mind receiving the ball

:24:27.:24:34.

field. One of these sweeper- keepers.

:24:35.:24:39.

A lovely take and turned by Mesut Ozil. Klose is stopped by Garay.

:24:40.:24:48.

Just as This is good pressing from Rojo and

:24:49.:25:15.

Perez, forcing Germany back. Germany bossing possession but not

:25:16.:25:43.

going anywhere that quickly yet. Schweinsteiger is having too

:25:44.:25:44.

going anywhere that quickly yet. the ball as far as Argentina are

:25:45.:25:48.

concerned. Good closing from Lavezzi. On it again.

:25:49.:26:06.

Didn't get that one right, not close enough to Kramer. I think he

:26:07.:26:12.

stopped, thinking he was running offside. Thereafter some Germans

:26:13.:26:20.

here. -- there are some Germans here. There have been plenty of

:26:21.:26:25.

Germans wherever they have played, they have plenty of support in

:26:26.:26:30.

Brazil. That killer Lee in the south of the country. -- particularly in

:26:31.:26:37.

the south of the country. Even more today.

:26:38.:26:48.

Forced out by the pressure of Kramer. Sabella's face tells a

:26:49.:26:57.

story. A great one for reactions, Sabella will stop never left in any

:26:58.:27:01.

doubt what he's thinking. A chip up towards Klose and Romero

:27:02.:27:19.

had seen that developing. I think Klose realised if you went for that

:27:20.:27:25.

he would get smashed. Just a split second, he's onside, has a look at

:27:26.:27:29.

the goalkeeper and thanks, maybe not. The timing of the run was

:27:30.:27:37.

exquisite. The veteran striker is looking to go out on the biggest

:27:38.:27:41.

high of all having already broken the record for the number of goals

:27:42.:27:44.

scored at the World Cup in this tournament. Lahm was through. Romero

:27:45.:27:54.

gets it away but the flag is up. Would not have counted for Muller

:27:55.:27:58.

even if he got his toe to it. The flag seemed to go up late. A clever

:27:59.:28:12.

ball as well. Great decision. Renato Faverani wasn't just the right place

:28:13.:28:17.

to see it all. Lavezzi is sent sprawling. A free kick. He wanted to

:28:18.:28:22.

take it quickly but the referee was not ready because he's making a note

:28:23.:28:26.

of the foul and we have the first yellow card of the World Cup final.

:28:27.:28:31.

Asti and Schweinsteiger gets it. -- Bastian Schweinsteiger gets it. No

:28:32.:28:39.

complaining. Stopped him in his tracks.

:28:40.:28:47.

That was Daft as well because Boateng was just waiting to tackle

:28:48.:28:52.

him. No surprise at all to see who's the

:28:53.:29:06.

wall. Biglia with a touch to Messi to allow him to run. Can't get

:29:07.:29:09.

through that way. to allow him to run. Can't get

:29:10.:29:20.

keeps that in. Might have caused a problem but Romero is out to tidy

:29:21.:29:26.

up. Rojo, that wasn't tidy from Germany. Lavezzi has Rojo and

:29:27.:29:33.

Higuain is in there. Germany. Lavezzi has Rojo and

:29:34.:29:40.

it won't count. He doesn't know yet. But Argentina have not taken the

:29:41.:29:47.

lead. The flag went up very quickly. Great ball. This is a ball and a

:29:48.:29:59.

half and an absolutely correct decision again. What a finish after

:30:00.:30:05.

his miss as well. Curling away from Neuer. This time we give the thumbs

:30:06.:30:12.

up to the other assistant referee, Andrea Stefani. I think Schurrle

:30:13.:30:18.

could be coming on here. He's taken off his top. There's a subplot

:30:19.:30:29.

within a big story. Kramer in at the last minute for Sami Khedira,

:30:30.:30:33.

injured in the warm up. And now he's only lasted half an hour himself.

:30:34.:30:40.

He's still very, very dazed. Yeah, he's groggy. I hope he's all right.

:30:41.:30:47.

Christoph Kramer's dream hasn't quite gone to plan.

:30:48.:30:53.

On will come Andre Schurrle, who when he has left the bench has made

:30:54.:30:58.

impact after impact for Germany. You get the impression actually that he

:30:59.:31:01.

is a real impact player. When he starts and thinks, not sure, when he

:31:02.:31:08.

comes on, most definitely. The referee's assistant just explaining

:31:09.:31:16.

what was wrong. Andre Schurrle, the Chelsea player, came on as a

:31:17.:31:20.

substitute against Algeria in the last 16 to give Germany the lead, to

:31:21.:31:25.

look really lively throughout. Then came on against Brazil, last

:31:26.:31:30.

Tuesday. He got himself two of the seven. He's going to play on the

:31:31.:31:36.

left. I think they'll probably just, I don't know if they're going to

:31:37.:31:41.

drop Ozil in a little bit with Kroos and Schweinsteiger. Play a front

:31:42.:31:49.

three. Joachim Low, even in his days as the assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann

:31:50.:31:55.

was the tactition in the camp. He will have a plan for every

:31:56.:32:08.

eventuality. This might improve Germany's attacking prowess. Howedes

:32:09.:32:11.

is not particularly great about going forward. We know Schurrle is

:32:12.:32:15.

all about attacking people in those areas.

:32:16.:32:35.

keep rolling overment you got -- over. You got your foul, mate, get

:32:36.:32:39.

over it. Mesut Ozil caught him. Let's see how many rolls we can

:32:40.:32:47.

count. One, two, three... I think there were three-and-a-half.

:32:48.:32:57.

Zabaleta has been taken out. That is a naughty one. Has Howedes. That

:32:58.:33:06.

will be a yellow card. Maybe something brewing for

:33:07.:33:08.

Argentina here. Maybe something brewing for

:33:09.:33:14.

Two German names in the referee's note book. Germany having already

:33:15.:33:18.

had to make one change in the game and one just before it. Oh, it's a

:33:19.:33:20.

naughty foul, that. To be fair to Zabaleta, he's tough.

:33:21.:33:33.

If he's going to catch any player in the Argentinian side that will note

:33:34.:33:37.

it down for later, he's just caught him. Any player plus And him

:33:38.:33:39.

Mascherano. . Just need to settle down a bit,

:33:40.:33:50.

Germany, here. You might say

:33:51.:34:00.

with Higuain missing that sitter. -- lightly.

:34:01.:34:15.

Schweinsteiger is even more important to the Germany plans.

:34:16.:34:29.

Lavezzi felt he was fouled. The Italian referee begs to differ.

:34:30.:34:38.

Rojo almost getting in Perez' way. Both so eager to go in and make the

:34:39.:34:45.

tackle themselves. Yeah, it's getting a little bit

:34:46.:34:49.

spicy, which is always good. We are just over ten minutes from 45 being

:34:50.:34:53.

played. This is good stuff. just over ten minutes from 45 being

:34:54.:34:56.

Not edge of your Messi couldn't get it through to

:34:57.:34:58.

there's a lot developing here. Messi couldn't get it through to

:34:59.:35:12.

Higuain. He has won a corner. It was Schweinsteiger again, I think.

:35:13.:35:15.

That's Lavezzi originally into Messi.

:35:16.:35:23.

Schweinsteiger there just reads the situation.

:35:24.:35:32.

Lavezzi has got a turn of pace from somewhere.

:35:33.:35:40.

Starting his fourth game in a row with Sergio Aguero having been ruled

:35:41.:35:44.

out. Oh, yeah we need one of them, mate, to carry on.

:35:45.:35:52.

He's looking lively. It's Manuel Neuer's. The box belongs

:35:53.:36:01.

to him. Muller gives Zabaleta the slip.

:36:02.:36:21.

Good chance. Good save, Romero. Schurrle met it nicely. So did the

:36:22.:36:25.

keeper. I think it's a corner. He's saying

:36:26.:36:29.

no. a little nip at him. Ozil just got

:36:30.:36:38.

out of the a little nip at him. Ozil just got

:36:39.:36:52.

been given. No, offside. Yes, offside, Ozil. Romero taps it out to

:36:53.:36:55.

Demichelis. Germany 0, Argentina 0.

:36:56.:37:08.

Argentina have had the ball in the German net. Offside Higuain. He

:37:09.:37:13.

should have had the ball in the German net earlier.

:37:14.:37:20.

Messi ran straight into Schweinsteiger, who doesn't make a

:37:21.:37:23.

meal of it just gets on with the Perfect ball to Lahm, just bounced

:37:24.:37:41.

off his boot. He wanted to keep it a lot lower, obviously. But great ball

:37:42.:37:48.

into him. That's gone out for an Argentina throw-in.

:37:49.:37:53.

A rocky few minutes for Germany. They seem to have got their rhythm

:37:54.:38:00.

back at the moment. So fantastically poised, this game.

:38:01.:38:17.

Argentina beaten in only one of the last 25 games. Germany can do

:38:18.:38:21.

better, one defeat in their last 27. Perez has swapped sides at the

:38:22.:38:44.

moment. Yeah since Lavezzi took the corner before, he's not gone back to

:38:45.:38:48.

his original position. Another one, they're creeping forward.

:38:49.:39:07.

This time it's Germany's. Ticking around towards halftime.

:39:08.:39:17.

Strange to think after today it's all over. Luckily you don't have to

:39:18.:39:21.

wait too long for the football to start again. Match of the Day

:39:22.:39:24.

returns in 34 days, Saturday August 16 for its 50th year.

:39:25.:39:31.

Messi has managed to get through. It's turned away from goal.

:39:32.:39:42.

It's Boateng. He got through unbelievably easily, Messi.

:39:43.:39:46.

Hummels is feeling the pace of the races he's having to have against

:39:47.:39:53.

the brilliant Argentina Number Ten. He has largely been kept quiet, but

:39:54.:39:55.

you know it's there. Hummels and Howedes had big guys.

:39:56.:40:10.

Messi is causing them problems. No free kick. Well done, ref.

:40:11.:40:27.

Late challenge there. Germany appeal for a free kick.

:40:28.:40:33.

Muller is down again. Referee didn't see it.

:40:34.:40:37.

Muller back to his feet. Biglia caught on the ball and needlessly

:40:38.:40:41.

fouled by Schurrlement A -- Schurrle. Schurrle and Rojo having a

:40:42.:40:46.

little set-to here. Lavezzi is across to have a word and

:40:47.:40:51.

Mascherano is here too. Thomas Muller can rub opponents up the

:40:52.:40:55.

wrong way and he's doing just that here.

:40:56.:41:00.

This will play into Argentina hands. I would have thought so.

:41:01.:41:08.

That's just a Schurrle foul. We know that all day. It's amazing when they

:41:09.:41:20.

don't see it. This is the one. What's that? It was something rather

:41:21.:41:26.

manufactured by Thomas Muller. It was indeed, for the second time.

:41:27.:41:56.

Rojo is lucky. He tried to be too clever. In the end, he just let

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Muller have a simple cross and thanks goodness for Zabaleta, for

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Argentina. Thomas Muller has to be careful. If he wants a battle, he's

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playing the right team for it. Or the wrong team!

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It goes Argentina's way. Contested by Schurrle. He's come on full of

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fire. Yeah, he's getting a little bit rattled, the Germans, which

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would suit Argentina. They don't have a problem with this.

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It was the right call. straight at Romero from Kroos. Klose

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did really well here, great awareness, out of his feet. That's a

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back pass. Not his thing today. That's two though, isn't it? Germany

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just showing signs approaching halftime of knocking it around

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again. They're going over too easily as

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well. Muller had to make sure he stayed in front of Lavezzi.

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Could Miroslav Klose have flung himself at that? I think he thought

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about it. Great ball, isn't it? No. Even though we're goalless, for a

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World Cup final, it's actually been good, the first half.

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Schweinsteiger has run most of the first half.

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Germany corner. We move into two minutes of first-half added time.

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That's such a good relationship down the right, Muller and Lahm. Perez

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puffing there. It's difficult. It will be Kroos with a corner.

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puffing there. It's difficult. It and Howedes have made their way into

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the Argentina penalty area. - Hummels. Romero started to move

:45:40.:45:45.

towards the ball and he retreated and he will stay

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towards the ball and he retreated corner kick. Hummels is a danger.

:45:52.:45:55.

Two goals in the World Cup at already, one against

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Muller is the target of the referee's attention again, pushing

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and pulling between him and Pablo Zabaleta. Expectant German fans.

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Against the post! The flag has gone up. It hasn't gone in. Romero has

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the ball in his grateful gloves. Such a great header as well, this

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was, from Howedes. It comes off the post.

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I'm saying it's a good header, he should have scored. He

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I'm saying it's a good header, he run at it. Got great leveraged at

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I'm saying it's a good header, he the header as well. Good officiating

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once again. A stroke of luck for Argentina. Schurrle caught by

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Zabaleta. Half-time at the Maracana. We haven't had a goal, but we have

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seen a glaring miss from Gonzalo Higuain, who then did put the ball

:47:17.:47:21.

in the net only for it to be ruled out for offside. Right at the end we

:47:22.:47:24.

had that Howedes header. I think out for offside. Right at the end we

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will get goals, we just don't know out for offside. Right at the end we

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score them. Goalless it may be, but fascinating

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it certainly is. A contrast in styles between attack and

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counterattack. Classic, German pass and move and they tried to thread

:47:47.:47:50.

their way through a resilient defence. The Germans are then

:47:51.:47:56.

playing high up the pitch, distinct lack of pace and susceptible to the

:47:57.:48:00.

counter attack. It's very, very open. Argentina have probably had

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the better chances, apart from the one that hit the post at the end. It

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was tough to call before the game, but it becomes increasingly

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difficult. Still tough to call. Germany have had a lot of

:48:16.:48:19.

possession, a lot of play down the right-hand side. Both teams have had

:48:20.:48:26.

two great chances. Higuain should score and Howedes at the end is a

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sitter from the set piece. Thoroughly enjoyable first half.

:48:31.:48:36.

Yes. Argentina are looking very dangerous on the counterattack. I

:48:37.:48:40.

can't believe Germany are playing with such a high line in possession,

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with the lack of ability their centre halves have. Lavezzi and

:48:45.:48:50.

Messi are having a field day. You said that throughout the tournament,

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but you'd suspect with the class Argentina have got... Algeria did

:48:55.:49:01.

the same thing, but this is against Argentina. If they continue to take

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chances like that... There's no great recovery pace so when it's

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played pass them, Messi gets in on the right-hand side and he's in.

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Conceivably should have done better. Germany went very close to scoring

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just before half-time. Before the game you said set pieces could be

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crucial. They are very good at it and they know their jobs, Germany.

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That is a fantastic ball in and Howedes should score, five yards

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out. You've got to score. Eventually gives offside. It's a great ball in.

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Argentina haven't defended brilliantly. Higuain has had an

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interesting first half. He had the best chance before that. Just before

:49:55.:49:59.

Mascherano had made a great tackle. He takes about three days to get it

:50:00.:50:08.

under control. Then a gift of a chance. He's onto it, but he is

:50:09.:50:16.

slow, pedestrian, laborious. Just nudging forward with your head and

:50:17.:50:21.

make the chance easier. It sat out really well for him. He can take it

:50:22.:50:27.

on. Because it's so nice to hit, and it's a sitter, you dream about one

:50:28.:50:33.

of them. I don't think he needs to go so early here. He needs to check

:50:34.:50:39.

his run to three yards. It's a very, very good ball in and a great

:50:40.:50:43.

finish, but he doesn't need to make the wrong so early. He can see the

:50:44.:50:48.

defenders. He should see a cross the line. Messi getting the ball between

:50:49.:50:55.

the lines and he puts someone else in. Fantastic to see. You said

:50:56.:51:01.

before the games that Germany are strong down the right and that is

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predominantly where their threat has come from. Almost everything is

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coming down the right-hand side. Lahm starts it off the vast majority

:51:11.:51:15.

of the time. Whether it's Muller, they get in there and they have a

:51:16.:51:21.

habit of getting in there. They find pockets of space and eventually

:51:22.:51:24.

Argentina will get punished if they don't stop the cross coming in. They

:51:25.:51:30.

are not prepared to rush, they wait. They get into the final third

:51:31.:51:36.

and they are dangerous. You can tell that their favourite side because

:51:37.:51:40.

and they are dangerous. You can tell the vast majority of it is there

:51:41.:51:43.

whether it is Muller and Lahm or the others down there. It's a dangerous

:51:44.:51:49.

area. You have to stop the cross. Defender lets him cross it to be

:51:50.:51:52.

easily and at the moment Argentina are getting away with it. They are

:51:53.:51:58.

creating half chances, Germany. The final ball hasn't been great. This

:51:59.:52:05.

is fantastic from Ozil. Bit of a backpass, but they are working the

:52:06.:52:10.

spaces really well. If they can find the final ball, they will punish

:52:11.:52:15.

them. We've talked about the high line and the lack of pace of

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Hummels, is it possible to exploit that? Yeah. He's been protected

:52:20.:52:26.

really well this tournament, they haven't been left isolated man for

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man. He has a lack of ability. He can't live with him. Comes inside.

:52:33.:52:43.

The next one shows it even more. Neuer knows exactly where he is,

:52:44.:52:49.

great goalkeeping. One on one, he identifies who he is up against, see

:52:50.:52:54.

you later. Stop start. That's what they have to do. Great players

:52:55.:53:00.

identify a weakness and they sit on it. The thing about a high line, and

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we've seen Neuer are coming and sweeping, sometimes you can't come

:53:08.:53:13.

and sweep. You just need one little ball in and the player to make the

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right run and the goalkeeper is out of the equation. The game springs to

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life when it gets to Messi. Three occasions in the first half,

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including this one. Not only that, his vision and to execute the pass

:53:29.:53:37.

also. He is top, top drawer. That is a very good tackle from

:53:38.:53:40.

Schweinsteiger, who comes across and cuts out the danger. Him running at

:53:41.:53:45.

you, you fear the worst. For the first time, his final ball let him

:53:46.:53:51.

down. This is the one over the top I was talking about. A simple ball. So

:53:52.:54:00.

dangerous. Boateng does well. So much space behind that Neuer

:54:01.:54:06.

account, and get this one. When the ball is good enough like that, the

:54:07.:54:10.

goalkeeper will be in no man's land if he dares to come out. If you are

:54:11.:54:14.

giving Messi that space, he will punish you. Eventually. We shall

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see. Time to pick your goal of the tournament.

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Great ball, he's onside, van What a fantastic goal! What a

:54:30.:54:35.

fantastic goal! The underdogs have made such a good

:54:36.:54:50.

start. Is there a response? K Hill! What a strike! Tim K Hill has done

:54:51.:54:55.

it again for Australia. - Give it to him and pray. And he's

:54:56.:55:10.

done it! It had to be Messi. He's broken in rainy and hearts. -

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Iranians. Now Jones. Jones! The equaliser!

:55:16.:55:21.

Jermaine Jones. James Rodriguez! Moment of magic!

:55:22.:55:48.

The outstanding James Rodriguez has once again lit up a game at these

:55:49.:55:51.

World Cup finals. David Luiz! Brilliant! What a goal

:55:52.:56:06.

from David Luiz! Absolute perfection. David Luiz Hammers home

:56:07.:56:12.

a sensational free kick! A lovely reverse ball. Schurrle!

:56:13.:56:37.

Andre Schurrle, seven! Seven to choose from and we know which one we

:56:38.:56:44.

like. To vote, head to the BBC World Cup website and click on the goal of

:56:45.:56:52.

your choice. Voting closes on the full-time whistle and we'll give you

:56:53.:56:56.

the result towards the end of the programme. Plenty more sport to look

:56:57.:57:01.

forward to this summer, starting with the live coverage of The Open

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Championship from Hoylake on Thursday morning. But what about

:57:04.:57:06.

next month? Thursday morning. But what about

:57:07.:57:08.

next month? Life returns. I don't think I know

:57:09.:57:34.

who the doctor is any more. I'm the doctor. I've lived

:57:35.:57:39.

who the doctor is any more. I'm the years. I've made many mistakes. It's

:57:40.:57:41.

about time I did something about that. Where are we going? Into

:57:42.:57:45.

darkness. Here we go again. Am I a good man? I don't know. Dr

:57:46.:57:57.

Who. Let's pop back, not in time, but

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right now to the Maracana to hear the thoughts of Clarence Seedorf.

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Just before kick-off I spoke to Lothar Matthaus. He says he's very

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confident, although I'm not sure how relaxed he was when Higuain was

:58:25.:58:30.

clean through. Is this the World Cup finals you expected?

:58:31.:58:31.

clean through. Is this the World Cup Cup final, great quality, great

:58:32.:58:37.

game, exactly what we expected. Argentina waiting for the Germans,

:58:38.:58:41.

great possession from the Germans, but Argentina are knocking on the

:58:42.:58:46.

door. Do you think Germany need to speed up their midfield? Yes, and

:58:47.:58:51.

use the left side more. They are ignoring the left side. They have to

:58:52.:59:01.

be more adventurous. They came out quite dangerously a couple of times.

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I think Argentina have had the better chances. I know how impressed

:59:07.:59:10.

you've been with Thomas Muller, whose movement has been fantastic.

:59:11.:59:15.

He's fantastic, always doing the right thing. He's a bit out of the

:59:16.:59:18.

game because they are forcing the game on the right-hand side, which

:59:19.:59:23.

ups Argentina to defend better. - helps. The atmosphere is incredible,

:59:24.:59:29.

what will happen helps. The atmosphere is incredible,

:59:30.:59:31.

what will in the second-half? Is it going all the way? I expect

:59:32.:59:36.

Argentina to sit back and Germany to push forward, with more movement up

:59:37.:59:42.

front. They have to be aware of the speed of Argentina up front. Messi

:59:43.:59:46.

is in the game and I'm liking what I'm seeing. Who will lift the

:59:47.:59:53.

trophy? Very hard question. The logical thing is Germany, the best

:59:54.:59:57.

team of the tournament. But Argentina are knocking on the door.

:59:58.:00:02.

Thank you. Brilliant way of saying he has no

:00:03.:00:07.

idea! More of the same in the second-half? I can't see it

:00:08.:00:12.

changing. Germany will have the lion 's share of the play, but Argentina

:00:13.:00:17.

have looked dangerous. If they introduce Sergio Aguero, he could

:00:18.:00:25.

have a big say. We don't always say this but you have to say the Germans

:00:26.:00:30.

have been a little bit unfortunate so far, losing Khedira before

:00:31.:00:33.

kick-off and then losing his replacement, Kramer. It is one of

:00:34.:00:38.

those were you can't see him coming. You take the full force of it. I

:00:39.:00:41.

feel sorry for him there, You take the full force of it. I

:00:42.:00:46.

introduced to the game and then for that to happen to him. Normally when

:00:47.:00:51.

you can see somebody coming you can prepare yourself, you tense up, but

:00:52.:00:57.

there is nothing there. Nasty one. How do you see it going, Alan? I

:00:58.:01:03.

agree with Clarence. The Germans had a lot of possession in the first

:01:04.:01:08.

half. Because Argentina can see Germany are susceptible to the

:01:09.:01:10.

counterattack they will sit back and try to hit them on the break. They

:01:11.:01:15.

have the pace of Messi. It just needs one ball over the top. I agree

:01:16.:01:24.

with Rio, if Aguero comes off on, he can make the difference. Is it

:01:25.:01:35.

fate? You just wonder. We have had a first half with no goals but it has

:01:36.:01:40.

been end to end. We expected Argentina to get men behind the ball

:01:41.:01:45.

but we did not expect a first half as good as that. Both managers will

:01:46.:01:49.

be happy at half-time with all players carrying out their

:01:50.:01:52.

instructions. Argentina will be looking for more of the same. Mats

:01:53.:02:00.

Hummels, they have been in your team of the tournament. He has been slow.

:02:01.:02:08.

It's still 0-0. They just look relaxed and happy in this situation.

:02:09.:02:15.

It is a World Cup final, 24, 25 years old, but they're just chilling

:02:16.:02:20.

before they go out. He looks pretty cool, with his family by the looks

:02:21.:02:24.

of it. Looks like he's supporting Argentina. How can he let them wear

:02:25.:02:30.

Argentina shirts? I don't understand it. Diego Simeone told him he had

:02:31.:02:39.

to. One goal for Thomas Muller and he would grab the Golden Goal. James

:02:40.:02:43.

Rodriguez has six at the moment and there will be watching closely. The

:02:44.:02:50.

first goal will be vital. I think there should be more of the same but

:02:51.:02:54.

with goals. The first half was absolutely excellent. Great watch.

:02:55.:03:05.

Cancer attacking play against a classic passant move team. Cash

:03:06.:03:10.

counter attacking play. -- passage and move team. Germany will

:03:11.:03:16.

definitely be hoping to get that first goal. The two sides walking

:03:17.:03:26.

back out onto the pitch at the fantastic Maracana Stadium. Back to

:03:27.:03:29.

Mark Lawrenson and Guy Mowbray. GUY MOWBRAY: Thanks, Gary. A change

:03:30.:03:39.

to start with. Ezequiel Lavezzi is going off to be replaced by Sergio

:03:40.:03:44.

Aguero. A change for Argentina. Lavezzi came into the side after

:03:45.:03:52.

Aguero was ruled out with injury. He has started the last three games.

:03:53.:03:57.

Aguero still looking for his first World Cup goal. He has half a dozen

:03:58.:04:00.

international appearances without a goal but is not a bad player to have

:04:01.:04:02.

coming on at We did see him in S?o Paulo and he

:04:03.:04:16.

looked a bit ring rusty. Growing problems? I'm not sure you could say

:04:17.:04:24.

that. He's had a number of muscular problems since New Year with

:04:25.:04:28.

Manchester City. His first touch in the World Cup final, sending it back

:04:29.:04:32.

to Javier Mascherano. Messi is running already. Howedes is beaten

:04:33.:04:36.

by Higuain. Aguero An interesting story developing in

:04:37.:04:55.

that Argentina kept the Germany players waiting for some time in the

:04:56.:04:57.

player's tunnel. Mascherano lists it three for

:04:58.:05:14.

Higuain but he's offside again. -- lifts it through for Higuain.

:05:15.:05:22.

Probably four or five different occasions down that side now.

:05:23.:05:26.

Looking at what Argentina have done, I think Higuain will play on the

:05:27.:05:30.

right, Messi in the middle and Aguero on the left. Aguero and

:05:31.:05:37.

Higuain Hattie tucked in from those sides. Perez is playing as a

:05:38.:05:45.

right-sided midfielder. Aguero will try to run onto this but Jerome

:05:46.:05:51.

Boateng combines with Neuer. It was easy for Boateng. A positive stride.

:05:52.:05:58.

Positive start for Argentina. Biglia has gone to the left of Mascherano.

:05:59.:06:04.

Messi, the flag has stayed down but he has missed! Right across the face

:06:05.:06:12.

with the crowd waiting to roar. Of all the people. He is on the side. A

:06:13.:06:19.

massive intake of breath. You are just waiting for the net to bulge.

:06:20.:06:30.

How close was that? Very. Neuer was beaten. He was stranded. Another

:06:31.:06:35.

It has got those blue and white Argentina opportunity goes by.

:06:36.:06:47.

It has got those blue and white striped shirted

:06:48.:06:49.

It has got those blue and white feet and waving the flag

:06:50.:06:52.

It has got those blue and white They like what they have seen since

:06:53.:06:54.

the break but they might not like Muller the ball now.

:06:55.:07:09.

A little bit of a waste. But a really bright start by Argentina. He

:07:10.:07:20.

is not just feeling his left hamstring? I'm hoping it's just an

:07:21.:07:30.

itch. So is he. He knows where the camera is, Alejandro Sabella. Still

:07:31.:07:43.

0-0, still a lot of Argentina fans wondering how that is

:07:44.:07:52.

Fired all the way through by Mascherano. Not quite sure

:07:53.:08:05.

Germany players. They were waiting in the tunnel except Philipp Lahm.

:08:06.:08:11.

He came out onto the field but was in the tunnel except Philipp Lahm.

:08:12.:08:18.

called back in by the referee. Lahm ignored him and had the Maracana to

:08:19.:08:23.

himself for a couple of minutes. Zabaleta was caught by Klose. The

:08:24.:08:33.

sunset in Rio, not many finer sites in the world.

:08:34.:08:40.

That is a picture. Staggering, isn't it. To think we have been up there

:08:41.:08:47.

as well. Argentina free kick. Mistake by Perez.

:08:48.:09:04.

Javier Mascherano for bailing him out there. Perhaps he was lucky that

:09:05.:09:08.

Javier Mascherano for bailing him it was Klose who

:09:09.:09:10.

Javier Mascherano for bailing him quickly as he used to. Don't mind

:09:11.:09:18.

seeing the odd mistake, it usually means goals. Aguero climbed early

:09:19.:09:23.

and five. Higuain went in with Howedes, but the defender did

:09:24.:09:27.

enough. A swing and a miss from Higuain.

:09:28.:09:34.

Messi, defenders doubling up on him. Messi couldn't get involved there,

:09:35.:10:03.

he was wandering back rather lazily from being offside. At the moment

:10:04.:10:12.

every time Argentina come forward, they are posing problems for the

:10:13.:10:19.

Germans. Its lack of football now, isn't it. That is amazing. Almost as

:10:20.:10:24.

though it was planned that way. It isn't it. That is amazing. Almost as

:10:25.:10:31.

just doesn't look real. That is how amazing it is.

:10:32.:10:58.

Ozil got it out to Howedes who showed too much of its two Pablo

:10:59.:11:03.

Zabaleta who took a bit of everything. He looked like a

:11:04.:11:08.

centre-back playing left-back then, Howedes. The second touch was almost

:11:09.:11:10.

a header. There is room on the right for

:11:11.:11:37.

Philipp Lahm should Germany choose to go that way. Lahm, threatening to

:11:38.:11:48.

under all busily through, to go that way. Lahm, threatening to

:11:49.:11:50.

instead he will have to get back pretty quickly. -- to bundle. Great

:11:51.:11:56.

tackle by Boateng on Aguero. They will have a rest and set off

:11:57.:12:23.

again. The game is quickening up, which is great. Even Mascherano

:12:24.:12:27.

threatened to break forward then which is great. Even Mascherano

:12:28.:12:31.

he was ignored. They will try another way round. Zabaleta sets

:12:32.:12:35.

off. That was wasted by Mascherano. Two

:12:36.:12:44.

in a row for him, most unusual. He goes down, tripped by Zabaleta.

:12:45.:13:17.

The advantage is played and it's turned behind by Garay for the

:13:18.:13:22.

corner. Schurrle asking for the free kick. But the referee gave Germany

:13:23.:13:29.

the advantage. Foul, yeah, but look what a good position Germany are in.

:13:30.:13:34.

They will have to settle for the corner, which they are pretty good

:13:35.:13:39.

from. No card for Zabaleta, incidentally. Howedes is making the

:13:40.:13:49.

run to the near post. Well over him. And there was a bit of pushing and

:13:50.:13:54.

pulling with Muller grabbing hold of some shirt.

:13:55.:14:04.

Well, yeah, right. After his was pulled. I think the free kick has

:14:05.:14:14.

gone against his reputation. Mats Hummels was getting a hug from

:14:15.:14:21.

Garay. Thomas Muller was unlucky there.

:14:22.:14:55.

Germany. Quite clever when you are under the cosh a little bit.

:14:56.:15:15.

Argentina quickening the tempo once more. Zabaleta looking for the run

:15:16.:15:24.

of Higuain. Outcomes Neuer, a long, long way. Big collision. He's given

:15:25.:15:29.

a free kick the other way, the referee. Was Neuer inside the box

:15:30.:15:35.

when he made the connection with his fist? That's exactly what Sergio

:15:36.:15:42.

Aguero is arguing about. Higuain has a look, he knows he's coming, he can

:15:43.:15:48.

hear him. That doesn't tell us, does it? I think he's just all right,

:15:49.:15:57.

just. Higuain might not be. It's his knee coming up into the side of the

:15:58.:16:02.

face. Is that dangerous play from the goalkeeper? He does get to the

:16:03.:16:07.

ball first. What's he going to do with his knees when he's that high

:16:08.:16:12.

up in the air? You make contact with the ball and then worry about

:16:13.:16:21.

everything else later. German goalkeeper Polak Singer boy in blue,

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we are back to Schumacher! Not quite in that category, thank goodness.

:16:27.:16:29.

we are back to Schumacher! Not quite Higuain is half accepting the

:16:30.:16:35.

apology. Hard to know how it can be a free kick to Germany. Very harsh.

:16:36.:16:43.

He got his head in the way of a six German. - six German. You can

:16:44.:16:55.

understand his anger and his business. Quite a few breaks for

:16:56.:16:58.

blows to the head throughout this World Cup. He's having a go at the

:16:59.:17:04.

fourth official as well, Higuain, on the touchline. Sub ballot is joining

:17:05.:17:07.

in. Not getting a lot of movement from

:17:08.:17:46.

Klose, are they? Finding it really difficult to get into the game at

:17:47.:17:48.

the moment. A cross towards Klose. He's got one

:17:49.:18:24.

on target, there's always once a match. That's what he's good at,

:18:25.:18:29.

within the confines of the 18-yard box. A good league, but not a great

:18:30.:18:35.

connection. It seemed to slide down his face rather than

:18:36.:18:41.

connection. It seemed to slide down temple. Echoes the way he got off in

:18:42.:18:44.

2002 when Schurrle runs into Pablo Zabaleta.

:18:45.:18:46.

five goals Just kept in. It will be an

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Argentina throw in. They claim it should be a goal kick, but not the

:19:18.:19:19.

case. Joachim should be a goal kick, but not the

:19:20.:19:26.

with a few words to say, it Lahm couldn't quite slide it

:19:27.:19:41.

the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller stop thinking he was offside, maybe?

:19:42.:19:48.

the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller Clever play by Lahm. No,

:19:49.:19:55.

the feet of Muller. No. Did Muller moment it looked like Bayern

:19:56.:20:10.

He is forced a slice from the keeper. What a touch!

:20:11.:20:32.

Demichelis was caught by Klose. Muller wants it in the middle.

:20:33.:20:39.

Mascherano didn't really get it away and then it was behind from Ozil. It

:20:40.:20:47.

shot up at him, a bit unlucky. Klose was also behind Ozil. Looks like a

:20:48.:20:56.

deflection off Mascherano. A little bit unfortunate, not a lot Ozil

:20:57.:20:57.

could do. Running at full pelt. The World Cup final remains

:20:58.:21:09.

intriguing. Still don't think you would want to

:21:10.:21:20.

firmly put yourself in one camp, saying one team will win it over the

:21:21.:21:26.

other. Hummels against Aguero and that's getting tetchy. Well done,

:21:27.:21:32.

Aguero. He fought three different people to win that corner. He is

:21:33.:21:39.

strong. Looks far more ready for this than he was the other day. He

:21:40.:21:43.

was undercooked the other day, no doubt about it. Clever too. Didn't

:21:44.:21:57.

let Hummels anywhere near that. Demichelis and Geraint Hughes and

:21:58.:22:00.

row Joe up from the back. - garra right.

:22:01.:22:04.

My first thought was it was another corner for Argentina. I think I was

:22:05.:22:13.

right, it came off Klose. Schweinsteiger is

:22:14.:22:40.

want it. Doesn't want it there. I don't think he wants it anywhere.

:22:41.:22:46.

Really messy between Neuer and Howedes. Neuer are saying to

:22:47.:22:55.

Howedes, you have to accept the ball. Zabaleta will take the

:22:56.:23:00.

Argentina throw in. Threatening to have a good spell with Aguero

:23:01.:23:05.

instrumental. Mascherano has made another mistake. And then plunging

:23:06.:23:09.

into a tone for the error and he will get a yellow card. He knew

:23:10.:23:15.

straightaway as well. Doesn't complain. OK, I'll take that, my

:23:16.:23:25.

mistake. Argentina in the final, you might say, largely down to his lots

:23:26.:23:30.

this chick tackle to deny Arjen Robben. - last-ditch tackle. Most

:23:31.:23:40.

definitely. Stretched so much he almost did himself a mischief in

:23:41.:23:42.

that game, but fit today. Aguero was in late and he will be

:23:43.:24:09.

yellow carded. He has ended Schweinsteiger and there is a lot of

:24:10.:24:16.

feeling creeping into this now. Echoes of when they meant in the

:24:17.:24:21.

World Cup in Germany in 2006, when it went all the way to penalties. At

:24:22.:24:26.

the end, Schweinsteiger was punched in the back by Maxi Rodr?guez after

:24:27.:24:30.

the penalty shoot out. It all went off, as they say. I think it's

:24:31.:24:37.

because you've got that undercurrent in this game as well, which is why

:24:38.:24:45.

it's so intriguing. Lots and lots of Argentinian noise again. I thought

:24:46.:24:47.

they had been quiet for a while. Overruled. Ozil took it. Not to any

:24:48.:25:18.

great benefit for Germany. Biglia was caught waiting for it. Free kick

:25:19.:25:21.

for Argentina. Klose as well, back a long way. He

:25:22.:25:42.

couldn't stop himself. Germany have six or seven players warming up

:25:43.:25:47.

behind the goal. Can't bring them all on! Played in. Neuer was the

:25:48.:25:52.

only player ready for that. Very coolly done by Demichelis. He

:25:53.:26:09.

had to get that absolutely right. Schurrle and Romero have words. We

:26:10.:26:16.

had a player sent off in both of the last two World Cup finals, why

:26:17.:26:22.

shouldn't this one be any different? I think Romero is the biggest player

:26:23.:26:28.

Argentina have in terms of height. Not a tall team at all. Free kick

:26:29.:26:34.

for Germany and Biglia is contesting that. Many duels developing all over

:26:35.:26:43.

the field. Returned to Ozil by Muller. Zabaleta doesn't take any

:26:44.:26:56.

chances. Kept by Higuain. Perez claims handball and gets it against

:26:57.:27:04.

Toni Kroos. Not sure what Kroos can do in that circumstance. Is he

:27:05.:27:11.

supposed to chop it off at the shoulder?

:27:12.:27:34.

Great run from row Joe down the left-hand side. Higuain is in the

:27:35.:27:41.

box. left-hand side. Higuain is in the

:27:42.:27:49.

Schweinsteiger. Who else? Three separate

:27:50.:27:56.

Schweinsteiger. Who else? Three he's come in and saved Germany. Nice

:27:57.:28:00.

turn by Enzo Perez and then he drove straight at Hummels. Demichelis out

:28:01.:28:07.

to Zabaleta, who can put in a cross, but it was too close to Neuer R.

:28:08.:28:13.

The game is opening up. Here we go. Lahm breezes past Biglia. And then

:28:14.:28:27.

he is unceremoniously taken down. He bought it, didn't he? He wasn't

:28:28.:28:33.

turning round and running back to his own goal.

:28:34.:28:50.

Lovely passing Germany players. Howedes with a

:28:51.:28:58.

cross that is anything but lovely. It goes for a throw in. That's why

:28:59.:29:05.

he's a centre-back. It's also why we've seen no goals to determine who

:29:06.:29:12.

will be closer to lifting that trophy at the end of the day. You

:29:13.:29:15.

can still focus your goal of the trophy at the end of the day. You

:29:16.:29:27.

Cup website. The vote Clark says - closes at full-time. It has run

:29:28.:29:32.

away, Rome are row has it. Poor touch. Lovely play.

:29:33.:29:48.

much longer there, he ran straight into Kroos. He had a couple of

:29:49.:30:01.

moments in the first half, most definitely. But you could have said

:30:02.:30:06.

that about ten in some of the other games until the last couple of

:30:07.:30:07.

minutes. And then we saw games until the last couple of

:30:08.:30:14.

Particularly in the last 16 game against Switzerland when he made the

:30:15.:30:18.

winner for Di Mar?a in the nick of time. Perez and Schweinsteiger

:30:19.:30:26.

having a falling out. To be considered with Maradona and Pele,

:30:27.:30:29.

does Messi have to start performing before this game is done? Yes.

:30:30.:30:37.

does Messi have to start performing answered that! Did you want the

:30:38.:30:37.

longer version? Yes will do. A little bit of anxiety at

:30:38.:30:57.

German end but they seem relaxed by and large. Argentina supporters have

:30:58.:31:04.

been anything but relaxed. I'm amazed they all made it four

:31:05.:31:09.

kick-off because of the noise made in Rio last night, until 6am,

:31:10.:31:15.

fantastic stuff. Aguero towards fantastic stuff. Aguero towards

:31:16.:31:24.

Higuain. Away by Howedes. Mascherano went in bravely, some might say

:31:25.:31:29.

foolhardy. I'm not sure it was a free kick. He goes download to head

:31:30.:31:32.

it. You are allowed to challenge him.

:31:33.:31:58.

Higuain can't get past Mats Hummels, one of the defenders of the

:31:59.:32:05.

tournament. Howedes asked a lot of Andre Schurrle there. Schurrle went

:32:06.:32:10.

stride for stride with Zabaleta. Looked like the assistant was about

:32:11.:32:16.

to give a free kick to Germany. He undoubtedly was. It is a throw for

:32:17.:32:23.

Perez to take. Now it is Zabaleta to take.

:32:24.:32:37.

Messi can't take it. Looked as though he was about to burn away

:32:38.:32:45.

from Howedes. I think he had a little luck before the ball was due

:32:46.:32:50.

to arrive at his feet. Must have just taken his eye off it. They all

:32:51.:32:59.

look old enough to have enjoyed Maradona at his best. This is not

:33:00.:33:02.

Messi at his best on night. The touch from Perez somehow bounces

:33:03.:33:25.

through to Messi. Messi bounces past a couple of tackles to shoot but he

:33:26.:33:29.

couldn't quite wrap his left foot around. But here he comes. Amazing,

:33:30.:33:37.

isn't it, defenders seemed mesmerised when he's up against

:33:38.:33:44.

them. His movement is so quick, short steps, fantastic control. He

:33:45.:33:58.

was thinking of Iran all over again. That goal in injury time moments

:33:59.:34:04.

after Iran had had their own chances to win it. Argentina are yet to be

:34:05.:34:11.

behind in any game in this World Cup.

:34:12.:34:23.

Klose did well to keep his balance but couldn't quite keep the ball in

:34:24.:34:26.

the end. Neither could Lahm. Joachim Low is contemplating what

:34:27.:34:44.

move to make next but I think Sabella will make the next move. It

:34:45.:34:52.

will probably be Palacio. He seems to come on quite regularly. Has come

:34:53.:34:58.

on in four of the games. He could have won it against the Dutch.

:34:59.:35:09.

We don't know if Di Maria is fit to play any part at all. You would

:35:10.:35:14.

think if he was he would be involved. Howedes beat Perez to

:35:15.:35:25.

that. Schurrle loses out to Mascherano and in fact was impeding,

:35:26.:35:30.

stopping Mascherano getting away. The referee in the right place. The

:35:31.:35:35.

question is, who does he come on for? This will be a statement. If

:35:36.:35:43.

it's not the like of Higuain, you're not taking Messi Ofcom is on. He's

:35:44.:35:49.

either taking off Higuain or he's going for it with everything,

:35:50.:35:56.

Sabella. The board says nine, Higuain will be coming off.

:35:57.:36:12.

Throw for Argentina. They will make the change before play is reserved.

:36:13.:36:26.

-- resumed. Higuain was put through by, of all people, Toni Kroos with a

:36:27.:36:34.

backward header. He won't be getting a goal in this World Cup final.

:36:35.:36:40.

Rodrigo Palacio takes over. Aguero had to be strong. Messi

:36:41.:37:04.

trying to hold off Schweinsteiger. It won't quite run for Palacio and

:37:05.:37:09.

Neuer is there to pounce. A good bit of distribution as well, Muller was

:37:10.:37:16.

screaming for the ball. Looked for a split-2nd like Messi would burst

:37:17.:37:17.

through everybody. Muller got himself in a mix up. They

:37:18.:37:43.

have managed to get a corner from it. I think what Argentina have

:37:44.:37:49.

done... Look at that, fantastic. Just stumbles and then

:37:50.:37:55.

off-camera... He turns to the rest and thought he had been caught. He's

:37:56.:38:01.

now playing through the, Messi. Argentina looking all the more

:38:02.:38:06.

dangerous for it. It will be Germany who could threaten from this,

:38:07.:38:11.

though. Garay is trying to go where ever Mats Hummels wants to go. It is

:38:12.:38:16.

towards Muller. He could not get off the floor to challenge for it.

:38:17.:38:25.

Argentina in no hurry to get out here.

:38:26.:38:35.

A lovely ball from Muller. Had defenders swarming around Howedes,

:38:36.:38:45.

the chance was gone. Again, it went to the wrong man. But he was the

:38:46.:38:50.

the chance was gone. Again, it went only man in there for Germany. Won

:38:51.:38:55.

back by Mats Hummels. Lahm lists it towards Muller but it looks like a

:38:56.:39:00.

push. Everybody's down. It was like Beaches Brooke. -- beach

:39:01.:39:09.

I think they just clattered into each other. Howedes could not get it

:39:10.:39:18.

out of his feet and under control. It has been the story of his game.

:39:19.:39:26.

He broke free from Demichelis... No, he didn't, he just fell over. The

:39:27.:39:32.

referee said that all of the German players lining up behind the goal,

:39:33.:39:39.

it's a distraction. For whom? I think for him.

:39:40.:39:52.

Less than ten minutes of the 90 to go. We are yet to see a goal in the

:39:53.:40:02.

first World Cup final played Palacio never really had a handle on

:40:03.:40:20.

where that was going over his head. The game continues to be reasonably

:40:21.:40:22.

open and The game continues to be reasonably

:40:23.:40:26.

both teams. Can Ozil create something? Behind Schurrle. Kroos!

:40:27.:40:32.

He passed it wide of the post. Well wide. Never felt like he would make

:40:33.:40:42.

the net bulge. Ozil cuts inside, head up and a great ball. No. Didn't

:40:43.:40:53.

even bobble or anything. No excuse. There was no conviction in me shot

:40:54.:40:58.

from a player who scored twice as Brazil were bulldozed in Belo

:40:59.:41:00.

Horizonte Leeds on Wednesday. I wonder if were getting to the

:41:01.:41:08.

stage I wonder if were getting to the

:41:09.:41:13.

pressing and Argentina forced to sit back, where the toil of Argentina's

:41:14.:41:19.

semifinal against the Dutch takes control. Goalkick. Ozil thinks it's

:41:20.:41:24.

a corner. So did I at first. Good decision. Ozil was in front of

:41:25.:41:43.

Mascherano. Ozil Ben claims he should have had a free kick. But it

:41:44.:41:47.

will be a goalkick. -- Ozil Ben Joachim Low is unruffled. There is a

:41:48.:42:06.

delay for an intruder. That is a far better site. Absolutely. Some

:42:07.:42:16.

village has just lost its idiot. It looks so close, doesn't it. We can

:42:17.:42:21.

see it with the naked eye from where we are sitting, just on top of the

:42:22.:42:34.

hill. Germany 0-0 Argentina. Nodded on towards Klose. A combination of

:42:35.:42:42.

Demichelis and Garay can bind to keep him away. Romero was very cool.

:42:43.:42:46.

And a lack of pace Palacio is on the move down the

:42:47.:43:00.

left. Slip from Boateng it allows the ball to be played into Messi but

:43:01.:43:05.

a slip from Aguero. I don't think he would have got to it anyway. No, he

:43:06.:43:11.

was just setting himself and Messi flicked it as though... He does

:43:12.:43:17.

about 50 of those everyday. Here you go. We knew the final would be tight

:43:18.:43:23.

but we did not know how it would pan out other than that. Six minutes.

:43:24.:43:35.

Are we set for a big finish? Argentina are getting ready to make

:43:36.:43:38.

their third and final change and it looks like a defensive one with Gago

:43:39.:43:44.

getting ready. Will it still be level terms? Schurrle could not find

:43:45.:43:52.

Muller. Germany's throw. Sabella wants to make the change. The

:43:53.:43:54.

referee has not glanced over. It will be Gago for Perez when they

:43:55.:44:05.

get the chance. Argentina's throw, and it is their

:44:06.:44:49.

last road, substitution wise. -- their last throw. Perez

:44:50.:45:00.

last road, substitution wise. -- two games in the World Cup, not bad,

:45:01.:45:04.

in the semifinal and final, but now he makes way for Fernando Gago. Gago

:45:05.:45:17.

actually lost his place to Biglia. A home-based player takes the field

:45:18.:45:20.

for Argentina, plays for Boca Juniors. Another player who fits the

:45:21.:45:31.

team old, very steady and solid. Joachim Low is going to throw on

:45:32.:45:36.

someone a little more exciting in style, Mario Gotze. When he gets the

:45:37.:45:42.

chance. Palacio on the ball for Argentina in the meantime.

:45:43.:46:05.

I think it will be Klose making way for Germany, which presumably will

:46:06.:46:16.

mean Muller in the middle. Yeah. Gago demanding the ball. Messi ran

:46:17.:46:24.

into Boateng. Biglia. What a great tackle that is. Two tackles

:46:25.:46:30.

actually. That one firm Schweinsteiger, yet again in his own

:46:31.:46:34.

penalty area, and Boateng beforehand. Now the change. Mario

:46:35.:46:42.

Gotze, 22 years old, who many thought would have

:46:43.:46:44.

Gotze, 22 years old, who many tournament than he's had. He did

:46:45.:46:51.

score against Ghana. The Bayern Munich boy wonder is probably a

:46:52.:46:55.

better player than he's shown overall. He might have a big say

:46:56.:47:00.

yet. Presumably the end of his World Cup career. 36, he's done it all,

:47:01.:47:08.

he's scored more goals at the World Cup finals than any other player.

:47:09.:47:16.

Two at this one. One more than Ronaldo and two more than Gerd

:47:17.:47:24.

Muller. Says it all, what a career. On comes Gotze, whose career is

:47:25.:47:28.

bouncing along very nicely, thank you. A worry for Argentina. Biglia

:47:29.:47:37.

is half smiling, half grimacing. Joe Cain lurve has taken the opportunity

:47:38.:47:43.

to speak to Schweinsteiger. - Joachim Low. Tactics, I presume. Pat

:47:44.:47:55.

on the back and carry on as you are. Biglia will be OK to continue, he

:47:56.:48:01.

has to do, Argentina have used all their substitutes. Germany have one

:48:02.:48:05.

left. It might be needed in extra time because that is now looming

:48:06.:48:18.

large. Sabella is going mad... Biglia is back on now.

:48:19.:48:35.

Palacio has Zabaleta in support. He got past Hummels all by himself, but

:48:36.:48:45.

a good challenge by Howedes. Gotze is through the middle and Muller is

:48:46.:48:49.

still on the left-hand side. Schurrle on the right. Muller is

:48:50.:48:54.

trying to make a nuisance of Schurrle on the right. Muller is

:48:55.:49:00.

will stop Demichelis had time to steer it back to Garay. Gotze not

:49:01.:49:08.

close enough to take advantage of the stumble.

:49:09.:49:24.

Three minutes to be added on. Three minutes to find a winner all we will

:49:25.:49:29.

have another 30. - or. Messi minutes to find a winner all we will

:49:30.:49:40.

to take it from Ozil. A lovely shift of the ball. Almost rude to Aguero.

:49:41.:49:43.

Boateng has had of the ball. Almost rude to Aguero.

:49:44.:49:53.

Given away by Biglia, that was very, brilliant.

:49:54.:50:03.

Given away by Biglia, that was very, very casual. Gotze with Schurrle

:50:04.:50:09.

running strongly. Gotze stuff debt. - scuffed it. The ball never seemed

:50:10.:50:14.

to come down. Romero going long again, Aguero

:50:15.:50:46.

trying to force the error from Hummels, but there haven't been many

:50:47.:50:54.

throughout the World Cup. No way through to Messi, well cut out by

:50:55.:50:55.

Muller. Rojo ran straight into Schurrle.

:50:56.:51:18.

Lahm finds Ozil. A touch from Gotze. Three in the box for Germany. Gotze

:51:19.:51:23.

trying to ghost into a shooting position. Zabaleta away. Towering

:51:24.:51:33.

staff from Hummels. One last staff from Hummels. One last

:51:34.:51:40.

Argentina break before the end. Here it is. Aguero. Messi and Palacio are

:51:41.:51:44.

up. They are outnumbered and it is. Aguero. Messi and Palacio are

:51:45.:51:50.

been outdone. Yeah, Hummels just kept his eye on the ball.

:51:51.:51:58.

been outdone. Yeah, Hummels just really for Gago to go, he had to go

:51:59.:51:59.

into reverse. Schurrle is still full of running.

:52:00.:52:12.

Palacio looked like he might have been offside. Knocked down by

:52:13.:52:21.

Hummels to Kroos. Demichelis can't get it through to Aguero and we are

:52:22.:52:24.

going to have an extra 30 minutes and maybe a little bit more! There

:52:25.:52:35.

have been chances, but nothing taken even with the likes of Messi on the

:52:36.:52:41.

field. We still don't know who will be world champions in 2014, but

:52:42.:52:48.

don't go anywhere. (STUDIO) it's awfully tense and it

:52:49.:52:53.

could go either way. It's been like that all evening. Chances at both

:52:54.:52:58.

ends, but despite that, there's only been three shots on target in the

:52:59.:53:02.

entire match and they were all from Germany. Argentina probably having

:53:03.:53:07.

the best chances in much of the game, but they failed to hit the

:53:08.:53:12.

target and Messi just after half-time having one of the best of

:53:13.:53:17.

all. Perhaps a good omen for Argentina, the last two World Cup

:53:18.:53:24.

finals that went to extra time were won by the team wearing blue or dark

:53:25.:53:30.

blue. 18 years since Germany's last trophy at Euro 96 and 24 years since

:53:31.:53:37.

their last world title. Argentina's last significant silverware was the

:53:38.:53:41.

Copa America in 1993. It's the longest drought in their history,

:53:42.:53:46.

but something has to give. So difficult to predict which way this

:53:47.:53:50.

will go. Unbelievably difficult, the game is so open. The first half was

:53:51.:53:56.

better than the second half. The second half was stop start. Messi

:53:57.:54:01.

had a golden opportunity just after half-time and he missed the target.

:54:02.:54:05.

Very, very difficult to pick a winner. What do you think? It is

:54:06.:54:12.

very difficult. The big thing is there have been big chances and the

:54:13.:54:16.

disappointing thing is none of them have made the goalkeeper 's work.

:54:17.:54:21.

Messi had his moment, one on one, left foot. Put it wide. The second

:54:22.:54:29.

half wasn't as exciting as the first half. Gotze coming on will give them

:54:30.:54:35.

more legs to run in behind because Klose was really, really tired.

:54:36.:54:41.

Expected at his age. Gotze will give them more. We've talked about the

:54:42.:54:47.

German high and whether they will get caught out, but they are getting

:54:48.:54:52.

away with it. They are. The first half they got away with it, and in

:54:53.:54:57.

the second half. Boateng has had a fantastic game at centre half, he's

:54:58.:55:04.

been immense for Germany. Almost in there. So square. Hummels doesn't

:55:05.:55:10.

even look on his left shoulder. Both centre halves on the same line,

:55:11.:55:15.

which is criminal. The full-back is a centre-half. There's not a lot of

:55:16.:55:22.

space behind that one, but there is here. Look at the line. This was his

:55:23.:55:30.

chance. Pick-up the trophy himself. That would have put him up there

:55:31.:55:37.

alongside if not above Maradona. A few inches the difference. Sometimes

:55:38.:55:43.

he bursts to life. Few and far between. Probably their best chance.

:55:44.:55:48.

It is. When he gets the ball in this position and he's running at you,

:55:49.:55:52.

it's virtually impossible to stop him. You know where he wants to go,

:55:53.:55:58.

but you can't stop him. A clever little pass. Three players around

:55:59.:56:05.

him and he has a picture in his head before he gets the ball. Everyone

:56:06.:56:10.

knows he wants to come on his left foot, but you can't stop him, he is

:56:11.:56:15.

so quick and so good. That's where they've improved a little bit,

:56:16.:56:20.

Argentina, when the ball has gone up to Aguero and it's stuck to him.

:56:21.:56:25.

Messi has benefited from that a little bit. It has been fits

:56:26.:56:30.

Messi has benefited from that a starts with Messi. He's disappeared

:56:31.:56:34.

for long periods. A great tackle on him therefrom Boateng. He's had a

:56:35.:56:43.

great game. The best players have been Schweinsteiger, Mascherano and

:56:44.:56:48.

Boateng. It's been a good game. Very, very cagey. Alex Sabella

:56:49.:56:56.

giving his instructions, once of Sheffield United. Messi waiting to

:56:57.:57:00.

hear. He's had enough of that Team Talk, he knows what to do, he wants

:57:01.:57:07.

no part of it! Vital moments, viz. We've all been in this situation.

:57:08.:57:14.

Did you need cajoling at this stage? I was more concerned about my

:57:15.:57:17.

physical state. Worried about how you will get through the next half

:57:18.:57:22.

an hour. Your mind is already set far how you will perform, the

:57:23.:57:26.

structure of the team. The physical well-being... Some people like great

:57:27.:57:33.

speeches, others don't want you to speak to them. Two of the smallest

:57:34.:57:40.

men on the pitch tossing the coin. I'm starting to think about

:57:41.:57:47.

penalties. Someone get us out of it! It just needs one piece of

:57:48.:57:52.

individual brilliance and he is the man. I've always been a big fan of

:57:53.:57:56.

penalties, quite entertaining! Lets get back to the commentators.

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Thank you, it is the seventh World Cup final to go to extra time. Two

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have been decided on penalties, in 1994, Brazil beating Italy in Los

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Angeles, and 2006 in Germany when Italy held sway. Over the French.

:58:15.:58:22.

Joachim Low has been in and out again during the break. Nothing of

:58:23.:58:29.

the sort for Alejandro Sabella. Lionel Messi led the Team Talk as

:58:30.:58:33.

they went into extra time against the Dutch on Wednesday, this time he

:58:34.:58:39.

was well away from it. It was about Sabella and then Mascherano took

:58:40.:58:43.

over. 30 minutes or the next world champions will be decided by a

:58:44.:58:52.

penalty shoot out. Argentina played in one final that went to extra

:58:53.:58:57.

time, on their patch, 1978, when they beat the Dutch. Germany lost in

:58:58.:59:02.

1966 when it went to extra time. Schurrle went down. Up on his feet

:59:03.:59:19.

and beaten away. Another chance! Garay managed to get it down to

:59:20.:59:24.

Mascherano and now there's an Argentina break. Stopped by Boateng

:59:25.:59:30.

and then by Hummels. What a start to the extra period. Aguero taking on

:59:31.:59:36.

Hummels again, Noi in charge. Great break by Germany, absolutely

:59:37.:59:42.

brilliant. - Knoydart. I hope that's set the time for extra time. The

:59:43.:59:49.

goalkeeper having to make a save. Straight at him. Germany are going

:59:50.:59:52.

to try and have a go again immediately.

:59:53.:00:01.

Schweinsteiger wanted Muller on the end of that. Important header. Now

:00:02.:00:28.

Nobody there. No. His argument will have done. Palacio miscontrolled it.

:00:29.:00:40.

Nobody there. No. His argument will be there should have been somebody.

:00:41.:00:44.

He was in control of the ball. Messi tried to get in there with him.

:00:45.:00:59.

He was in control of the ball. Messi We locked at -- looked at Romero,

:01:00.:01:00.

but Germany are a team in a getting the bigger picture. Just

:01:01.:01:42.

waiting to pick off the tackle. Rather lucky that he fire today

:01:43.:01:57.

through Schurrle. It's an Argentina throw.

:01:58.:02:04.

It's that final ball. A comfortable save. Actually doesn't do great

:02:05.:02:26.

time. Largely thanks

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time. We have seen they could be picked

:02:29.:02:31.

off on the counterattack, Boot raised a little high, was it?

:02:32.:03:17.

Yeah. Schweinsteiger has plenty to say. Germany carry on apace.

:03:18.:03:37.

Schurrle being followed by Mascherano.

:03:38.:03:44.

Goetze can't quite get there. Just looking at Schurrle. He seems

:03:45.:04:10.

to be frightened of Zabaleta. Certainly won't go and take him on

:04:11.:04:11.

at all. All eyes on the game. But we're all

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still waiting for that one moment of magic that could decide the biggest

:04:26.:04:26.

prize in football. Many times during the game it's

:04:27.:04:38.

looked likely to come. It's looked close, but never quite happened.

:04:39.:04:46.

Got to credit the two sets of defenders for that.

:04:47.:04:56.

Demichelis and Gabius, the two of them.

:04:57.:04:59.

-- Zabaleta, the two of them. up with something special now.

:05:00.:05:19.

Palacio's got it. Neuer out to meet him. All he can do is lift it wide.

:05:20.:05:24.

Another chance goes. What a fantastic ball from Rojo. Just

:05:25.:05:37.

picked him out. Over Hummels ' head. The height over Neuer was the

:05:38.:05:39.

problem. Muller lurking on the point of the

:05:40.:05:50.

penalty area. Germany throw.

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Give Neuer a bit of credit, how quickly he came out to Palacio.

:06:06.:06:14.

We've seen some good goalless draws at this tournament. This probably

:06:15.:06:18.

not the best of them actually. No. Schurrle was trying to play it

:06:19.:06:34.

against Demichelis and get the corner. Not very convincing acting

:06:35.:06:37.

skills. No. No. Just a little bit out of his feet.

:06:38.:06:50.

He got everything wrong from there on in.

:06:51.:06:55.

The other thing as well, if it's on target, Boateng deals with it

:06:56.:07:01.

because it's a roly poly ball. Boateng has been in control of

:07:02.:07:06.

pretty much everything. Yes, he has. I think Mats Hummels breathed a sigh

:07:07.:07:08.

of relief, certainly. Just no way through. Also, there's

:07:09.:07:55.

no-one in the box. Something that Klose will always give you. Muller

:07:56.:08:03.

will make his way there now. Great work from Lahm. Once more

:08:04.:08:11.

outstanding work from Mascherano. Radar for danger.

:08:12.:08:23.

Aguero met by Hummels. He's done just about enough. That was almost a

:08:24.:08:34.

Hunter Thou salt situation. Not pass? No, Poland at Wembley. I

:08:35.:08:38.

thought you meant he was going to take everything. No.

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They can't get out of their own half.

:08:52.:09:15.

Ozil as well, I thought he was going to come on to it.

:09:16.:09:25.

Germany have done all the pressing in this first part of extra time.

:09:26.:09:33.

Good tackle from Mascherano once more. Then a dual between Mascherano

:09:34.:09:37.

and Schweinsteiger. Germany did all the pressing and Argentina should be

:09:38.:09:41.

in front. Story of the whole Yes, you game?

:09:42.:09:49.

Could argue it, most certainly. Better chances have certainly gone

:09:50.:09:58.

to the team in blue. He's just caught his instep, has he?

:09:59.:10:06.

Mascherano has been booked. But no danger there.

:10:07.:10:16.

Schweinsteiger like-wise. I think they both appreciate each

:10:17.:10:22.

other, don't they? That time when players have to stretch it out a

:10:23.:10:27.

little bit more. Body and minds in focus.

:10:28.:10:30.

Three minutes of the first extra time to go.

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We're still at deadlock. Boateng moving in laboured fashion

:10:35.:10:46.

out to that one. Mascherano suffered a concussion in

:10:47.:11:02.

the last game. Has he been caught again? Not as badly I

:11:03.:11:05.

the last game. Has he been caught It was Kroos. There's a big

:11:06.:11:09.

difference in height It was Kroos. There's a big

:11:10.:11:22.

time. Argentina supporters have decided the time is now. They're

:11:23.:11:24.

time. Argentina supporters have going to lift their team as best

:11:25.:11:25.

they can. Out came Mascherano to snuff out the

:11:26.:12:26.

threat. Similar situation, same old players every time. Yeah, it is. If

:12:27.:12:30.

Just a few snapshots of the tension Schweinsteiger or Boateng.

:12:31.:12:45.

Just a few snapshots of the tension around the Maracana stadium. A lot

:12:46.:12:48.

of money been paid. A lot of people have come a long way to see their

:12:49.:12:50.

team crowned world He'll get a free kick. He was lucky

:12:51.:13:26.

because he miscontrolled it. Looked as though he had the chance to poke

:13:27.:13:33.

it back to Aguero. He did. Phillipp Lahm now struggling.

:13:34.:13:45.

it back to Aguero. He did. a free kick for Germany, ouch.

:13:46.:13:49.

I think once they've taken it that will be it for the first period of

:13:50.:13:53.

time. In fact, they won't take it. That will do it for

:13:54.:13:54.

time. In fact, they won't take it. minutes. 15 minutes to find a

:13:55.:13:59.

winner. It is getting more and more tense all the time and still we

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wait. STUDIO: 15 minutes to go

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wait. this gripping final of the 2014

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World Cup. Will either of those goalkeepers be beat? Manuel Neuer,

:14:17.:14:22.

who's stood resolutely throughout this tournament. Romero, who's been

:14:23.:14:26.

equally difficult to beat for Argentina, but you have to say,

:14:27.:14:30.

they've had very few saves to make in this competition, certainly in

:14:31.:14:37.

this final so far. Both teams have had a chance in extra time. Big

:14:38.:14:45.

chance. Schurrle for the Germans and Palacio for Argentineans. It was

:14:46.:14:51.

well worked. Good stuff. He comes inside. It's hit right at the

:14:52.:14:55.

keeper. Straight at him. Did him a right favour, straight at him.

:14:56.:14:58.

Difficult skill on the half-volley to curl that in the corner. This is

:14:59.:15:03.

a proper chance. Palacio. This is his time. You look at the keeper. He

:15:04.:15:08.

comes out very quick, stands big, makes it difficult. But a striker

:15:09.:15:16.

playing in an inter-Milan team, scoring 19 goals last season, you've

:15:17.:15:20.

got to put it in the back of the net. He didn't look comfortable. The

:15:21.:15:23.

chances have been there. They haven't been taken. That 15 minutes

:15:24.:15:27.

was really good. The first five minutes of extra time was end-to-end

:15:28.:15:34.

stuff. Argentina have never been behind, at all, in this tournament.

:15:35.:15:40.

Brilliant defence, solid. Mascherano is unbelievable in front of that

:15:41.:15:45.

back four. He's a defender's dream to play behind. He just sniffed out

:15:46.:15:50.

all the dangerer. Every time the ball is in the box, it hasn't got

:15:51.:15:56.

through, it's him. After months Phenomenal. Of playing game after

:15:57.:16:01.

game, reaching the final, final 15 minutes of extra time,

:16:02.:16:02.

game, reaching the final, final 15 on your feet now. It's pure fighting

:16:03.:16:06.

spirit that will see these players through. You have to get your mind

:16:07.:16:09.

going. 15 more minutes, you're saying that to your body. You have

:16:10.:16:15.

to find it from somewhere. Otherwise? Extra reserves of energy.

:16:16.:16:20.

This is 15 minutes that could define your life. It becomes mental.

:16:21.:16:24.

Physical fatigue, but you mentally get through it and adjust everything

:16:25.:16:27.

and make sure you're there at the Still all end. Is to play for. They

:16:28.:16:33.

still believe. I wonder if they're players too. The Germany players

:16:34.:16:42.

will, that's for sure. Guy. There is Lothar Matthaus, filming a movie!

:16:43.:16:53.

Movie selfie! For the former captain of West Germany. You would think

:16:54.:16:59.

with Argentina's extra time and playing a day later, this would be

:17:00.:17:08.

better for Germany. A fantastic chance for Palacio. Three out of the

:17:09.:17:12.

last four games have gone to extra time for Argentina. Germany were

:17:13.:17:19.

only taken all the way by RG your - Algeria in the last 16. One big

:17:20.:17:27.

quarter of an hour left or penalties. Which you would assume

:17:28.:17:32.

Germany will win! That might be a big assumption. That's just the way

:17:33.:17:38.

it goes, but Argentina are pretty handy from the spot, too, as they

:17:39.:17:41.

showed against the Dutch in handy from the spot, too, as they

:17:42.:17:46.

round. Romero, handy from the spot, too, as they

:17:47.:17:52.

Netherlands penalties. I don't think the man at the other end would lack

:17:53.:17:58.

confidence. Certainly not, no. I think he might even take one. I

:17:59.:18:05.

would think so. Just for a second it looked as though Boateng might be

:18:06.:18:09.

beaten by Palacio. We might not get to penalties yet. He said hopefully!

:18:10.:18:19.

Fingers crossed. Although there is an argument the other way, of

:18:20.:18:24.

course. Some sort of drama guaranteed, anyway.

:18:25.:18:45.

Biglia went in late. That will be a free kick. He caught Schweinsteiger.

:18:46.:18:55.

He got a knock a few minutes earlier from Mascherano. It was Mascherano

:18:56.:19:01.

who actually caught him and he is on a card. The ref hasn't seen that.

:19:02.:19:10.

Not as Mascherano. They both got him, actually. That warrior spirit

:19:11.:19:20.

is being dragged out of tired legs. What can Germany work here? Ozil

:19:21.:19:25.

leaves it for Kroos. Mascherano's header. Cleared by Rojo. It will

:19:26.:19:39.

drop to Pablo Zabaleta. Aguero is the man in the middle. Boateng was

:19:40.:19:40.

there with him. About to say lots of room for Lahm

:19:41.:19:56.

to gallop into, but it's not the galloping stage now. When you gallop

:19:57.:20:00.

forward as a full-back, you worry about getting back. A dozen minutes

:20:01.:20:05.

of the World Cup finals left, I would think so.

:20:06.:20:10.

Nicely back to Mesut Ozil. Cleared by Rojo. Aguero has jumped into

:20:11.:20:25.

Schweinsteiger, free kick. Aguero on a yellow card. Careful, careful.

:20:26.:20:35.

He's caught another one. That looked as if to say, what? What have I

:20:36.:20:41.

done? He knew where Schweinsteiger walls. Very lucky. - was. That

:20:42.:20:51.

really is fortunate that the referee has not seen that clearly.

:20:52.:20:55.

Mascherano's tackle just 1990 World Cup final... Look at

:20:56.:21:11.

that, that's the evidence, goodness me. Argentina fell apart towards the

:21:12.:21:16.

end of the second half. Pedro Monzon and then decide the full off and

:21:17.:21:21.

Andreas Brehme scored from the penalty spot. - Dezotti. That's not

:21:22.:21:28.

just a second yellow card, it's a straight red card and he's got

:21:29.:21:33.

nothing. Schweinsteiger asking why not. Sami Khedira is really

:21:34.:21:38.

furious. He is the nonplaying substitute and he is being led away

:21:39.:21:41.

by the Germany Assistant. On goes the game. Argentina ball. They have

:21:42.:21:49.

a head injury of their own to worry about.

:21:50.:21:58.

Muller on Demichelis. at the cuff full in

:21:59.:22:08.

Muller on Demichelis. the technical area. - scuffle.

:22:09.:22:14.

You would want Schweinsteiger on because he would take a pen, would

:22:15.:22:22.

he not? You would just want him on. Second bit of thinking. He would

:22:23.:22:29.

take a penalty. So would Aguero and he really shouldn't be on. Messi

:22:30.:22:39.

managed to get away from Ozil. Germany down to ten. Should have

:22:40.:22:44.

been Argentina down to ten for the rest of the match. Those in front of

:22:45.:22:51.

the German dugout are getting very animated. Khedira was furious. They

:22:52.:22:56.

need to calm down, it has gone. Biglia is there to stop a run down

:22:57.:23:13.

the week. Schweinsteiger is back Biglia is there to stop a run down

:23:14.:23:19.

his feet and saying, get me a. Biglia is there to stop a run down

:23:20.:23:23.

a reception from Germans Biglia is there to stop a run down

:23:24.:23:27.

Brazilians in the Maracana. - get me on.

:23:28.:23:35.

Schweinsteiger's last four international goals have all been

:23:36.:23:37.

penalties. They will need him. To qualify that, with eight and a

:23:38.:23:54.

half minutes to go, they might need him. Lahm's shirt was pulled by

:23:55.:24:01.

Palacio. The German substitutes him. Lahm's shirt was pulled by

:24:02.:24:05.

getting to their feet. Joachim Low is calling for calm.

:24:06.:24:10.

getting to their feet. Joachim Low little bit excited. They got a free

:24:11.:24:17.

kick. Mine is going back to 2006 after the penalty shoot out in

:24:18.:24:22.

Germany. - my mind. We hope it doesn't end in those scenes. It

:24:23.:24:26.

wouldn't befit the final of the tournament generally played in good

:24:27.:24:32.

spirits. Very good, generally. Chancellor Gotze! Mario

:24:33.:24:50.

The coolest man in Rio. Even the Chancellor is on her feet. A

:24:51.:25:04.

symbolic goal-scorer. One of the new batch of brilliant German talent. He

:25:05.:25:10.

has put them in front in the closing minutes of the World Cup final. What

:25:11.:25:18.

a great run as well. Committing defenders. Shall I? Shall I not?

:25:19.:25:24.

Fantastic first touch and it's a brilliant finish. Technique

:25:25.:25:26.

fantastic. Didn't even brilliant finish. Technique

:25:27.:25:32.

the goalkeeper was, he knew where brilliant finish. Technique

:25:33.:25:41.

was going. That's a goal worthy of winning the biggest final round.

:25:42.:25:53.

Yeah. Mario Gotze, brought up at Borussia Dortmund, moved to Bayern

:25:54.:25:59.

Munich. He wins a lot at club level. Has he just won the biggest prize

:26:00.:26:01.

you can get? Up goes Muller with the header.

:26:02.:26:14.

Argentina have to throw the lot at Germany now.

:26:15.:26:29.

Think of the chances Argentina have missed. The likes of Higuain and

:26:30.:26:37.

Messi missing them. That took the best technique of all. Wasn't it

:26:38.:26:44.

just magnificent? Yeah, absolutely fantastic. That boy doesn't think

:26:45.:26:52.

so! Lawyer with a huge throw to Schurrle. - Manuel Neuer. Sliced out

:26:53.:27:02.

by Kroos. Jumping Germans right around the ground. A fourth world

:27:03.:27:11.

title is close. Just can't get the

:27:12.:27:23.

moment, Argentina, to affect a reply.

:27:24.:27:30.

Messi can't work it to Palacio, cleared by Boateng.

:27:31.:27:42.

Rojo did welterweight for it. Gotze couldn't slide in. Great cross, just

:27:43.:27:50.

behind Palacio. Comes out to Biglia. Heavy. Lionel Messi can't keep the

:27:51.:28:03.

ball in play. Great idea as well. Schurrle got in the early ball,

:28:04.:28:08.

which was key. What a sensational finish from that angle. What a chip

:28:09.:28:15.

through and what a finish into the goal. Might not be finished yet.

:28:16.:28:21.

Willie and from Manuel Neuer. There isn't another goalkeeper in the

:28:22.:28:26.

world who can do that. - brilliant. He looks the best. And he looks it,

:28:27.:28:32.

he absolutely wants to be part of the action. Ozil has run the ball

:28:33.:28:44.

across the line. Won by Gotze. With his arm. Three and a half minutes

:28:45.:28:49.

for Argentina to find a goal that would force penalties.

:28:50.:29:05.

Rojo is playing as a left-winger for Argentina now. Didn't go out. Neuer

:29:06.:29:13.

has had to go back to his goal. In came Messi! The goalkeeper knew

:29:14.:29:20.

exactly where this was going. Just watching. - just watch him. Decides

:29:21.:29:33.

to stay. Nothing the other goalkeeper could have done about

:29:34.:29:38.

that goal. Another German substitution, I think. They have one

:29:39.:29:44.

left. Per Mertesacker will get a run out. I'm guessing he won't play up

:29:45.:29:53.

front either! That's if they can get him on. They will do now if the

:29:54.:30:00.

referee sees the substitution is ready to be made. Not yet. Romero

:30:01.:30:08.

kicks it long. Demichelis and Arfield have gone up. Only

:30:09.:30:11.

Mascherano sitting now. - Garay. That is Neuer's all night long.

:30:12.:30:26.

Just wondered whether he might kick it out to get Mertesacker on. He's

:30:27.:30:30.

gone long with it. 90 seconds remain of the World Cup

:30:31.:30:41.

final. Muller has got away. He can't find

:30:42.:31:00.

spirit now and a stroke of luck. Muller has got away. He can't find

:31:01.:31:13.

Ozil. Such a great position as well, Ozil.

:31:14.:31:22.

Unfairly tackled, free kick. Here's the Germany change. Not a bad place

:31:23.:31:31.

to foul either. They're getting ready. They're on stand by to

:31:32.:31:38.

celebrate. Ozil coming off I think for Mertesacker.

:31:39.:31:43.

Coming off at his leisure. Germany are seconds away.

:31:44.:31:58.

You may argue they now have centre backs on now with Howedes.

:31:59.:31:59.

Mertesacker wins that ball. ( Neuer, how quick he is, he's off the

:32:00.:32:14.

line, ready, alert. He knows this is his time. Joachim

:32:15.:32:22.

Low is managing to look as cool as anybody possibly could in the

:32:23.:32:28.

circumstances that he's in. He always does. Wondering away,

:32:29.:32:33.

about to become the World Championship winning coach, if

:32:34.:32:36.

about to become the World team can hold out for two more

:32:37.:32:38.

minutes. Two minutes remaining

:32:39.:32:52.

Sabella's spell in charge the Argentinian national team.

:32:53.:33:07.

One last surge down the middle. Messi has been brought down. Looks

:33:08.:33:21.

like he might have cramp. Aguero got away with his. Schweinsteiger got

:33:22.:33:25.

away with that. Argentina free kick and this really is last chance

:33:26.:33:29.

saloon. Romero is asking to go forward. Why would you stop him?

:33:30.:33:34.

Those fans have seen him. Sabella is ignoring him.

:33:35.:33:42.

Lionel Messi. He's asking. Sabella is ignoring him. Now he's said he

:33:43.:33:54.

can go, has he? No. No, I don't think he has.

:33:55.:34:03.

Why wouldn't you let him go? Well, this is "the" moment. They have only

:34:04.:34:09.

been fleeting from Lionel Messi. Best player in the world. Some are

:34:10.:34:15.

still having Ronaldo. Officially the world Player of the Year this year.

:34:16.:34:19.

It's not been the world Player of the Year this year.

:34:20.:34:27.

have wanted it to be, Lionel Messi, unless he can put this in against

:34:28.:34:30.

the best goalkeeper in the world or create something for somebody else.

:34:31.:34:37.

Presumably Schweinsteiger has to go off. He can barely move.

:34:38.:34:41.

Those Argentina players will race in It's all about Messi.

:34:42.:34:55.

Those Argentina players will race in if there's a rebound.

:34:56.:35:01.

That's his final. It's not if there's a rebound.

:35:02.:35:10.

Argentina's. The other thing, that free kick is a long way out to beat

:35:11.:35:16.

Argentina's. The other thing, that They know, don't they? Mario Goetze

:35:17.:35:19.

has asked the question of referee Rizzoli. The first World Cup win for

:35:20.:35:34.

the reunified Germany. The referee has had another look at both

:35:35.:35:39.

watches. They're screaming for fulltime on

:35:40.:35:44.

the touchline. Another look at the watch. Another

:35:45.:35:49.

muted cheer from the Germany's substitutes. That will be a free

:35:50.:35:54.

kick. That will do it for them now. Schweinsteiger taken out, again. He

:35:55.:36:00.

has given absolutely everything. But he doesn't have to give any more!

:36:01.:36:04.

Germany are champions of the world. One Goetze goal has the whole of

:36:05.:36:22.

Germany, its leaders and power brokers, beaming from ear to ear.

:36:23.:36:28.

Not a night for the world's best individual to shine. But a night

:36:29.:36:31.

when the world's best international team put it all together, as a team,

:36:32.:36:38.

again. You might argue that the goal that wins a game is possibly the

:36:39.:36:42.

most difficult chance of the night, bearing in mind the ones that went

:36:43.:36:49.

before it. Argentinian tears are one side of

:36:50.:36:54.

the story. The German celebrations will carry on. They've been a long

:36:55.:36:58.

time in the making. They've seen this team grow. They've grown

:36:59.:37:04.

together, six of the team five years ago, won the European under 21

:37:05.:37:10.

champion, Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, they have all come

:37:11.:37:15.

through together. Schooled masterfully by that man, Joachim

:37:16.:37:20.

Low, who's done what his ally, Jurgen Klinsmann, couldn't quite do,

:37:21.:37:26.

taken Germany to the top of the world. Lothar Matthaus once upon a

:37:27.:37:30.

time had his hands on the crown. This is Phillipp Lahm's time and

:37:31.:37:36.

once more, Germany's time. STUDIO: After a 24-year wait, the

:37:37.:37:42.

Germans have won the World Cup, their fourth triumph in the game's

:37:43.:37:48.

sternest and greatest competition. It equals Italy's tally, one behind

:37:49.:37:52.

still Brazil. It wasn't an easy ride. Argentina had their

:37:53.:37:56.

opportunities, but this wasn't to be Messi's time. This is the German

:37:57.:38:01.

time In the end, it was a sublime finish from substitute Mario Goetze

:38:02.:38:05.

that clinched it for Germany. There he is, what a moment for that young

:38:06.:38:09.

man. What a memory that he will have forever. Germany become the first

:38:10.:38:15.

European team to win the tournament in the Americas. All in all, they've

:38:16.:38:20.

probably been the best team in this tournament. Yeah, they are

:38:21.:38:23.

absolutely phenomenal at getting the job done. It's very much a team

:38:24.:38:31.

thing. A team ethos, team spirit, really good players, but there's

:38:32.:38:34.

been a special, special World Cup. A special goal to win the final, a

:38:35.:38:40.

great one with Schurrle. Good cross, great first touch and a stunning

:38:41.:38:44.

volley. The technique was out of this world. We saw Rodriguez take

:38:45.:38:49.

volley. The technique was out of one earlier in the tournament on his

:38:50.:38:51.

chest and volley, well that was equally as good, I think. Absolutely

:38:52.:38:56.

stunning finish, it was. The mix in emotions between the two sets of

:38:57.:39:01.

players. Graphic. This is the goal. If ever there was a goal to win the

:39:02.:39:05.

tournament, it was this What Schurrle one. Did to them, he gave

:39:06.:39:09.

them legs. The work rate that he put in, up and down that side, he got

:39:10.:39:15.

into the danger area. It's a good ball in, but still a hell of a lot

:39:16.:39:19.

to do, when that ball comes to Goetze. The first touch was

:39:20.:39:25.

brilliant. And the finish was out of this world. The technique there is

:39:26.:39:29.

brilliant. It's absolutely outstanding. He's been promise to do

:39:30.:39:32.

something like this for a while in a German shirt. He's a wonder kid over

:39:33.:39:36.

there. In Germany, they love this kid. This is the future. He will be

:39:37.:39:41.

the talisman in years to come. He's fast forwarded that and come here

:39:42.:39:46.

now. Argentineans had their chances, but I agree, that is probably the

:39:47.:39:50.

hardest of the lot. The technique, the first touch, he knew he was

:39:51.:39:53.

going to score. He was always in control of that ball. Never got away

:39:54.:40:02.

from him. Left foot, bang. That made an awful lot of people happy in

:40:03.:40:09.

Berlin. Reminiscent in many ways to the finale four years ago. We waited

:40:10.:40:19.

till extra time. Magic moments come into games. You have to dispatch

:40:20.:40:24.

chances that come their way. Them guy who's missed their chances,

:40:25.:40:29.

Higuain, they will have nightmares. Three terrific chances Argentina

:40:30.:40:34.

had. You know, there's no good news there, I'm afraid. You're beaten.

:40:35.:40:38.

You have to admire the Germans play. They play with risk. They get

:40:39.:40:42.

everybody high. The defenders are high. We've been going on about the

:40:43.:40:46.

defenders holding the high line. They want to keep possession in the

:40:47.:40:50.

opponents' half and press when they lose the ball. They stay there and

:40:51.:40:54.

it's paid off. They have great belief in the guy behind them, the

:40:55.:40:58.

goalkeeper. He can play left foot, right foot and he's very coming out

:40:59.:41:02.

of that 18-yard box. He is sensational. Quite scary at times.

:41:03.:41:10.

Four or five games now, he just comes off the line and gives nobody

:41:11.:41:16.

a chance. He's quick and dominant. This man, well - Didn't happen for

:41:17.:41:21.

himment Wasn't his -- Didn't happen for him. Wasn't his He had night. A

:41:22.:41:27.

great chance. Palacio had a good chance when he came on. He was

:41:28.:41:32.

magnificent, Schweinsteiger. Put through the wars he was. Battered

:41:33.:41:37.

from pillar to post. They've got some top players. We mention Neuer.

:41:38.:41:42.

Look throughout the team, Muller, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos. Boateng

:41:43.:41:45.

was fantastic today. A lot of young players as well. This team could be

:41:46.:41:48.

dominant like perhaps Spain have been. I think it goes in cycles.

:41:49.:41:53.

Spain were before. But Germany, I mean, now they look like they could

:41:54.:41:56.

dominate for a few years. Average age of 26. Let's hear from inside

:41:57.:42:02.

the stadium, a view from Clarence and Jason.

:42:03.:42:08.

You were talking about the mixed emotions as far as the players are

:42:09.:42:12.

concerned. Wonderful World Cup moment, when the Argentina fans

:42:13.:42:17.

applauded Germany. Clarence, over the tournament, you have to say that

:42:18.:42:23.

Germany are worthy of the title? Absolutely. We announce them in

:42:24.:42:27.

2010, and they made it all happen. The best team. They grew a lot. The

:42:28.:42:33.

first games were not the best. Always very solid, getting the

:42:34.:42:36.

results and they play fantastic from then on. I think today was quite

:42:37.:42:41.

equal. Maybe the best chances actually Argentina had, but this is

:42:42.:42:45.

well As we deserved. Approached extra time, Clarence turned to me

:42:46.:42:48.

and said, it's either a moment of magic or madness. It was a moment of

:42:49.:42:52.

magic from Mario Goetze. Absolutely. A great run on the left side. I

:42:53.:42:56.

magic from Mario Goetze. Absolutely. really surprised how few times they

:42:57.:43:00.

actually used the left side. In extra time they started to use it

:43:01.:43:07.

much more. Argentina had more difficulty to cover that spot. It

:43:08.:43:10.

was a great spot and a fantastic finish, worthy of the World Cup,

:43:11.:43:15.

worthy of really this great final. What happened to Lionel Messi

:43:16.:43:19.

tonight? This was meant to be his big moment. You don't play alone. I

:43:20.:43:23.

think Argentina had a lot of chances. They should have scored at

:43:24.:43:27.

least one goal out of them. You know, the law of football, if you

:43:28.:43:30.

don't score them, the others will. Thank you very much indeed. Back to

:43:31.:43:34.

you. Thank you both. There he is, Manuel

:43:35.:43:40.

Neuer, one of the stars of this German side. Well, he didn't have

:43:41.:43:43.

that much to do tonight. His presence is always there, of course,

:43:44.:43:48.

because Argentina, in 120 minutes did not have one single shot on

:43:49.:43:52.

target. They had their opportunities, but their finishing

:43:53.:43:56.

was wasteful. They had big opportunities. You're in bed last

:43:57.:43:59.

night hoping and dreaming thinking, come on, give me a one on one with

:44:00.:44:04.

the goalkeeper from 14 yards out. It falls perfectly for him. You cannot

:44:05.:44:09.

miss the target from there. That is a sitter, I'm afraid. That's the

:44:10.:44:17.

scene at this present moment. It wasn't the scene for a Messi triumph

:44:18.:44:21.

that we all possibly expected. He would have hoped for it, and

:44:22.:44:26.

Argentina too. We said it before the game, the kids watching want to see

:44:27.:44:30.

him produce something and do something

:44:31.:44:30.

him produce something and do win the World Cup. His moment comes,

:44:31.:44:42.

he's here, moves people around. Once on the left foot, you can't stop

:44:43.:44:46.

him. His time didn't come today. It's unfortunate for him that he

:44:47.:44:48.

wasn't able to produce. He It's unfortunate for him that he

:44:49.:44:55.

other chance where he had a great opportunity to score, but - Just

:44:56.:44:59.

after halftime, he went through. The really good chance was just after

:45:00.:45:03.

halftime. The Germans played the high line. He got through.

:45:04.:45:07.

halftime. The Germans played the missed the target. It was a golden

:45:08.:45:20.

opportunity. This is Palacio. The keeper again. How quick he comes off

:45:21.:45:22.

his line. keeper again. How quick he comes off

:45:23.:45:29.

going to score. That's a gilt-edged opportunity, I don't care if the

:45:30.:45:32.

keeper comes out, you find a way to score. They

:45:33.:45:37.

keeper comes out, you find a way to Messi, Higuain and Palacio and not

:45:38.:45:40.

one of them hit Messi, Higuain and Palacio and not

:45:41.:45:45.

unbelievable. Almost like they weren't expecting the chances to

:45:46.:45:47.

unbelievable. Almost like they their way, like they had resigned

:45:48.:45:52.

themselves to penalties. What is the significance of the Messi? Can we

:45:53.:45:55.

not consider him alongside Maradona significance of the Messi? Can we

:45:56.:46:00.

or Pele? The whole tournament we have been saying that for

:46:01.:46:03.

or Pele? The whole tournament we have the card - iconic status of

:46:04.:46:08.

Pele or Maradona, he has to lift the biggest one of all. He had his

:46:09.:46:13.

chance tonight and it hasn't been taken. The true test is the World

:46:14.:46:19.

Cup. Pele has done it, Maradona has done it, unfortunately

:46:20.:46:21.

Cup. Pele has done it, Maradona has If you want to be one of the

:46:22.:46:26.

all-time greats in the history of football, you have to do it in the

:46:27.:46:32.

World Cup and he hasn't done it. He's done things at club level is

:46:33.:46:37.

those two haven't been anywhere near. He has influenced his team to

:46:38.:46:42.

win the Champions League a couple of times. That Barcelona team was

:46:43.:46:46.

better than this Argentina team. That is the big chance. He didn't

:46:47.:46:52.

take it. You expect the great players to make things happen. You

:46:53.:46:57.

do. You go back to Neuer and you say they haven't hit the target, and

:46:58.:47:03.

that was correct, but he's got an incredible presence. When you

:47:04.:47:07.

one-on-one with him, he stands big anti-puts players. Even the free

:47:08.:47:14.

kick in the last seconds, he was resigned to it. Miles over the top.

:47:15.:47:24.

Affectionate moment! Wonderful. Schweinsteiger was awesome today.

:47:25.:47:29.

He's shown a different side to his game, I never knew he was as good

:47:30.:47:34.

defensively. You saw how many times he got the ball back, covering the

:47:35.:47:40.

centre halves. On the ball, the simplicity with which she plays,

:47:41.:47:44.

getting it to a man in the same shirt. He is brilliant at reading

:47:45.:47:49.

the game. He goes left, he goes right, and he will get it every

:47:50.:47:51.

single time. The manager right, and he will get it every

:47:52.:47:56.

lot of credit. Being so near but so far and he stuck with it. He changed

:47:57.:48:01.

his tactics, changed his system and he is believed in what he thought

:48:02.:48:05.

was going to work and it's worked for them. He made a big call taking

:48:06.:48:12.

Klose off and putting Gotze on and it worked for him. The German FA,

:48:13.:48:16.

this wasn't a project that started last year. This was a ten or 12 year

:48:17.:48:21.

project. They played together at youth level, U21 level, it was a

:48:22.:48:26.

plan and it's come to fruition. A long wait for these players,

:48:27.:48:31.

particularly for the losing side. It always takes quite long for them to

:48:32.:48:36.

get the trophy ceremony ready. You just want to get into the dressing

:48:37.:48:40.

room. There is no good news for these players. It's a World Cup

:48:41.:48:45.

final and you've been beaten. It was a magical goal that won it and it's

:48:46.:48:49.

worth seeing again. Awesome, it really is. He was the only one in

:48:50.:48:56.

the box. Just brilliant. A hell of a lot to do with the ball comes to

:48:57.:49:01.

him. He knows exactly where he is, great touch. When you chest it like

:49:02.:49:07.

that, sometimes it might go away from you but he got it under total

:49:08.:49:19.

control. The folly! - volley. He started on the left wing. He went

:49:20.:49:24.

into the middle, greater rotation. This team have that in abundance,

:49:25.:49:28.

the rotation off the right-hand side with Muller and people coming inside

:49:29.:49:34.

and allowing Lahm to get outside. They will be around for a while,

:49:35.:49:38.

these guys. They have some very, very talented young players. Draxler

:49:39.:49:44.

didn't even get a sniff. They are talking highly of him. Churning out

:49:45.:49:53.

players. They addressed things and the turn-of-the-century, they

:49:54.:49:56.

weren't happy with not winning competitions like they were

:49:57.:50:00.

accustomed to, they changed it, Klinsmann was involved and it's paid

:50:01.:50:07.

off. Definitely. All the English fans will be thinking, can we do

:50:08.:50:12.

that? Is it an opportunity for us to re-evaluate what we are doing at

:50:13.:50:16.

home? Coaching and facilities. Trying to breed players of this ilk.

:50:17.:50:23.

That's what they did. Schweinsteiger has a cut

:50:24.:50:24.

That's what they did. Schweinsteiger from this incident. Aguero was

:50:25.:50:31.

already on a booking. He came across. He gave him a good whack. He

:50:32.:50:38.

actually punches him. Not sure it was deliberate. He's not that kind

:50:39.:50:45.

of player, generally. Give him the benefit of the doubt. He won't care

:50:46.:50:48.

he's got a black eye, he will benefit of the doubt. He won't care

:50:49.:50:53.

lifting the trophy. I would take a black eye all day that trophy.

:50:54.:51:00.

There's Draxler, a future star. They've been brilliant, they really

:51:01.:51:06.

have. Superbly organised. Joachim Low has done so well organised. It

:51:07.:51:11.

works. They've got belief in the goalkeeper. They have top players

:51:12.:51:19.

going forward. Lahm, we saw right throughout the tournament,

:51:20.:51:22.

particularly when he moved back to right back, he gives them great

:51:23.:51:29.

wits. Muller is a top player. They play between the lines, they are

:51:30.:51:35.

very comfortable. At this level, possession is king. If you've got

:51:36.:51:40.

the ball and they are chasing, ultimately you will come out on top.

:51:41.:51:47.

Interesting break introduction with the presentations to have the party

:51:48.:51:52.

for the winning team on the pitch before the presentation! For those

:51:53.:51:56.

poor individuals... Purgatory for these guys. No worse feeling,

:51:57.:52:03.

waiting to see your opponents lift the trophy. You want to be inside

:52:04.:52:07.

the changing room licking your wounds. These guys will happily wait

:52:08.:52:14.

for hours and hours. I wouldn't mind being at the party later. It is life

:52:15.:52:23.

changing. A word on Mascherano. He had a terrific tournament and a

:52:24.:52:27.

terrific night. I know he got booked there were a couple of bad

:52:28.:52:31.

challenges late on, but the way he's played in this tournament, the way

:52:32.:52:33.

he's covered for the back four played in this tournament, the way

:52:34.:52:37.

getting himself into position was that severely sensational. It looks

:52:38.:52:44.

like things are about to get underway in terms of the

:52:45.:52:46.

presentation and the ceremony. Lionel Messi inching his way towards

:52:47.:52:57.

where ever that presentation may be. Guy Mowbray will talk us through it.

:52:58.:53:04.

There should be a few things to sort out before Philipp Lahm can get his

:53:05.:53:09.

hands on that World Cup trophy. Golden Boot, Golden gloves, Golden

:53:10.:53:17.

Balls. 171 goals scored at this World Cup with that Mario Gotze

:53:18.:53:22.

winning. That equals the record of France 1998. The goals

:53:23.:53:31.

winning. That equals the record of in the group stage, not so much once

:53:32.:53:35.

we got to the knockout stages and those tense one mistake means

:53:36.:53:39.

anything moments, but it has been a truly magnificent tournament. The

:53:40.:53:43.

people at home can't see at the moment, but the Germans are making a

:53:44.:53:48.

guard of honour. That is a nice touch. It doesn't feel great when

:53:49.:53:52.

you are the losing side, but it's a nice touch from the victors.

:53:53.:53:57.

Everything they do seems to have a touch of class about it. Yeah. I'm

:53:58.:54:06.

sure that comes from the the top. Stepped out of the shadows of Jurgen

:54:07.:54:11.

Klinsmann in 2006. Not a bad coach either, the man leading the way in

:54:12.:54:16.

the USA. Plans put in place. He doesn't seek the limelight, he

:54:17.:54:19.

doesn't dance up and down on the touchline. He does have his moments.

:54:20.:54:25.

He generally keeps his counsel. He's had a strict regime as well

:54:26.:54:28.

throughout this tournament. 6:30 every morning, he's got up and gone

:54:29.:54:36.

for a run or walk down the walk on his own for half an hour. The rest

:54:37.:54:40.

of the days have belonged to the team. The booing R4 Sepp Blatter.

:54:41.:54:50.

The president of the fire. And the President of Brazil. - FIFA.

:54:51.:54:58.

Lionel Messi is wandering through, making his way, along with manual

:54:59.:55:10.

lawyer. - Manuel Neuer. I think we have a clue for the Golden Ball and

:55:11.:55:16.

Golden gloves, undoubtedly the best goalkeeper. Has to be! He struts his

:55:17.:55:25.

way to the top of the stairs as though it was something he was

:55:26.:55:31.

always destined to do. That one was never in doubt. Best goalkeeper in

:55:32.:55:33.

the tournament. Best never in doubt. Best goalkeeper in

:55:34.:55:38.

the world. One of the best defenders in the World Cup! I was just hanging

:55:39.:55:44.

fire. He might be one of the greatest there's ever been. Might

:55:45.:55:51.

fire. He might be one of the be. I'm sorry, but that statue...

:55:52.:56:01.

Looks like the hand from the Addams family. The award that will mean

:56:02.:56:08.

most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it won't be a patch on the

:56:09.:56:12.

most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it winners medal. This

:56:13.:56:14.

most of all to Manuel Neuer, but it different. Lionel Messi has to

:56:15.:56:17.

somehow put on a dignified half smile as he

:56:18.:56:18.

somehow put on a dignified half Michel Platini,

:56:19.:56:23.

somehow put on a dignified half company. Golden Ball, player of the

:56:24.:56:26.

tournament, but we know he's better than he's shown. An Argentinian team

:56:27.:56:36.

full of will and self-determination, but not

:56:37.:56:41.

massively full of ability. To get them here, you can't disagree. He

:56:42.:56:46.

will be pushing 31 at the next World Cup. There's at least one in him. I

:56:47.:56:52.

hope so, he's such a fantastic player. Not his or his country's

:56:53.:56:56.

night tonight. Golden player. Not his or his country's

:56:57.:57:05.

supposed to be presented as well, but I can only presume James

:57:06.:57:08.

Rodriguez as Columbia - of Colombia is not here. No. What a forlorn walk

:57:09.:57:20.

down the steps it is for Lionel Messi. He knows he has to go back up

:57:21.:57:28.

in a moment as losers. Four times play - world player of the year, six

:57:29.:57:31.

titles at play - world player of the year, six

:57:32.:57:34.

titles Barcelona, three Champions League, two club World Cups, he's

:57:35.:57:38.

done the lot. Best player at the World Cup won't merely great deal to

:57:39.:57:44.

him at this stage. How do you think Nicola Rizzoli handled it? Generally

:57:45.:57:49.

he did well, but some of the tackles he let go... Aguero should go

:57:50.:57:54.

straight. A little bit like Howard Webb last time, trying to keep as

:57:55.:57:57.

many people on the pitch as possible, but generally he had a

:57:58.:58:02.

good game. Messi will have to turn around in a few moments. Ignominy,

:58:03.:58:10.

isn't it? They could handle these presentation ceremonies a little bit

:58:11.:58:13.

better. It all has to be done on the pitch in the full glare of the

:58:14.:58:18.

world. It's taken an eternity, I feel sorry for Argentina. They will

:58:19.:58:24.

now get the supporting reception - sporting reception they deserve from

:58:25.:58:29.

the German players. All players were going at it hammer and told us, no

:58:30.:58:33.

love lost during the match as it should be, but a lot of respect. We

:58:34.:58:38.

talked about Germany and their young squad. This Argentina squad was the

:58:39.:58:45.

oldest at the tournament. Average age of pushing 29. Unlikely to see

:58:46.:58:53.

Mascherano again at 30. Maybe. Aguero wasn't fully fit, or didn't

:58:54.:58:58.

appear to be. He got another injury. Higuain struggled. Lavezzi, in and

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out. They are now officially in transition with this being

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Sabella's last game as coach. Might be the last game for two or three of

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the players as well. That is an awful trudge. As the Dutch would

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testify from Johannesburg four years ago. Especially to go so close, to

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be on the brink of taking a go at penalties, which brought them

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success in the semifinal, and then like the Dutch four years ago, to

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have it taken away by a masterful finish, and yesterday that time,

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Gotze this time. - Iniesta. The words will be falling on deaf

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ears right now. Yeah, you just want to get out of the place, back into

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the dressing room, get your kit off, get in the shower and clear off on

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the bus. Lionel Messi described by Alejandro Sabella as "our water in

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the desert when things aren't going well." Water usually can find a way

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through any crack. That Germany defence doesn't have many. Even

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harder to have to walk past the trophy you came here to win.

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Germany players are just awaiting their turn, as they do that,

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reflections. BOO. Hang on, they're not for you. I'd

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get more! Reflections as a whole. I think it's been fantastic. It's been

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extremely well run. We talk about a lack of a number nine, but so many

:00:56.:01:01.

outstanding number tens. We have a goal tonight which was brilliant.

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Could well be one of the goals of the tournament. Everybody really,

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there's been no outstanding team, apart from these in the last two

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games. Before that they weren't outstanding, But it's Germany. A

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team game that's been won by the best team. Yes. Here come the world

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champions. Only fitting that Bastian

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Schweinsteiger should lead them up the stairs on the occasion of his

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108th appearance for his country, putting him level with Jurgen

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Klinsmann, in fifth place with all-time Germany appearance makers.

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He's up there with the greats now. Nearly everything has to go through

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him, he's a wonderful player. Tonight, defensively, as good as

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anybody. You see Per Mertesacker in the queue, his brief appearance put

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him onto 104 games, one more than Franz Beckenbauer. I know Alan

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Hansen will love that one. Not. Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, goal

:02:05.:02:08.

maker, impact maker, every time hes come from the bench. At 23, he's the

:02:09.:02:18.

future for Germany. Howedes 26, Hummels 25, Boateng 25, Muller 24,

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Kroos 24, Goetze 22. They're not going anywhere.

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And Angela Merkel is laughing. She can't stop! Big supporter of the

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German national team. Not just the World Cup final she attends. She's a

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regular at nearly every international match that they play.

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Hand shakes all around from Sepp Blatter and the president of Brazil.

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Hugs from the German contingent. I dare say, these medals won't be the

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only awards that these players win. There'll be something waiting for

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them on their return to Germany. Marvellous scenes. This is the

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reason any footballer plays the game. This isn't a World Cup that's

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been won in two hours tonight or over a month in Brazil. This has

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been planned, crafted, taught and from a German point of view, meant

:03:31.:03:31.

to be. Hanse Flick. Former Bayern Munich

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player, deputy of Joachim Low. Now eyes on the middle of that pack

:03:46.:04:05.

for THE big moment. They have the model that really is the envy of the

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world. From the schools, to the parks, to

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the Bundesliga and beyond. Now on the biggest stage of all, in the

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Maracana, a European team, for the first time, winning the World Cup on

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South American soil. They are history makers, this German team.

:04:28.:04:30.

They might go on to a few more records yet. In football, Germany

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rules the world again. CHEERING

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It has been a magnificent World Cup won by a worthy goal in the

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marvellous city of Rio. Thank you Brazil. Danke.

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STUDIO: The trophy is aloft. Germany are the world champions. For the

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first time, European sides have now won three successive World Cups and,

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of course, to repeat ourselves, the first time a European team has

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triumphed in South America. Fireworks go off on the Maracana.

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Germans enjoying their moment. This young team, this talented team, this

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supreme team. Long will the party go on, I would

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imagine, through the night. Well deserved. They've been terrific.

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Absolutely terrific all the way through the tournament. The manager

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has done particularly well. He left Mertesacker out. He took Lahm out of

:05:55.:05:59.

a holding role and put him to fullback to give them much-needed

:06:00.:06:04.

pace. His substitutions and general team selection have been

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magnificent. None more so than the substitution that led to the They

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slowly goal. Got better as the tournament has gone on. When they

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had to dig deep today, they did it. They did it

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had to dig deep today, they did it. tremendous team spirit, very, very

:06:23.:06:26.

well organised from the manager. They were the best team. There's no

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doubt about. It I don't think anyone can argue with that. It must be

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slightly mixed emotions for Khedira of course, he was in the starting

:06:37.:06:40.

line up, until minutes before the kickoff when he

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line up, until minutes before the warm up. He would be devastated. But

:06:42.:06:47.

this is a real team He has effort. His medal. He made a huge

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contribution in the semifinal as well. These guys look like a bunch

:06:52.:06:52.

of players that will be here for well. These guys look like a bunch

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right. The frightening thing was Guy's commentary, reading out the

:07:03.:07:03.

ages of the player, in two years, four years, this team is going to be

:07:04.:07:13.

better. How delightful (! ) What a moment. He made big decisions, when

:07:14.:07:19.

Khedira got injured. Kramer got injured. He had to make a great

:07:20.:07:25.

substitution. We were saying how long before Klose can last. He took

:07:26.:07:27.

him off. That's the first long before Klose can last. He took

:07:28.:07:31.

to score a winning goal in a World Cup final. There you go. That's a

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great stat. That's a wonderful stat to finish on. Wonderful. Still, you

:07:36.:07:41.

go back to the Argentinian chances. They had so many great chances and

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could not take them. Time to announce the winner of the goal of

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the tournament. Here's how you voted: You agree with us.

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the tournament. Here's how you voted: You agree with us. Rodriguez

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should win it. 48. 3% of you, nearly half and what a goal it is. I could

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watch it over and over again. Special, he sees the flight of the

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ball. Takes a touch ah, just his feet and bang, have that. He makes

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it look better when it hits the cross bar and the celebration,

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beautiful. He won the Golden Boot as well.

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All the big names up there. This is an emerging star. You could make a

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case that he should have won the Golden Ball as well. We aren't sure

:08:32.:08:35.

whether Messi deserve that's trophy in this World Cup. I don't think

:08:36.:08:38.

Messi did enough in the tournament to win it. Even four or five of the

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German players that beat the Argentineans tonight probably played

:08:44.:08:45.

better throughout the tournament. Concur? I don't agree with that, I

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think he's been good at times. I would go with Muller or Rodriguez.

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Who do you think? I would have gone with Rodriguez. He played that

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exciting football, attacking football. Every time he got it, he

:08:58.:09:00.

wanted to hurt the opposition. Messi done some fantastic things, but they

:09:01.:09:06.

were magic moments but he doesn't consistently perform. It was all set

:09:07.:09:11.

up for him today. If he had scored the winner, he would have got it.

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But he didn't today. There were questions as to whether Brazil could

:09:15.:09:18.

or should stage this World Cup, with his take on how it will be

:09:19.:09:23.

remembered by the Brazilian people, our South American football expert

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Tim Vickery. We will come onto that in a moment.

:09:30.:09:33.

What do you think of this Germany side, because we've travelled around

:09:34.:09:37.

Brazil, I've watched them three times, there's something very

:09:38.:09:41.

professional about the way Joachim Low goes about his business? This is

:09:42.:09:48.

one of the all-time great World Cup wins. Their general manager was here

:09:49.:09:51.

last year and they said it would be very hard for a European side to win

:09:52.:09:58.

here. Germany got three games in difficult conditions. They had a flu

:09:59.:10:03.

epidemic. Now they've beaten the two South American powerhouses in South

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America. This ranks with any previous World Cup win. And the

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other thing about Joachim Low and his coaching staff is that whilst

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's joking around with the journalists, in the news

:10:17.:10:21.

conferences, no answers -- Low answers every single question to the

:10:22.:10:24.

international media. It's a ruthless approach to football management.

:10:25.:10:27.

It's also a wonderful way that they've had a look at where they

:10:28.:10:30.

were a decade ago. Klinsmann did it first. What is our identity? What do

:10:31.:10:35.

we need to do? We are Germany. We are high tempo, in your face

:10:36.:10:38.

aggressive. They started from that and they looked at Barcelona and

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other models and added little bits. It's all been crowned with a victory

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today, which, all right, they weren't entirely convincing.

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Argentina had good chances, for the tournament this was the right

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Overall, for result. The tournament they said that Brazil wouldn't pull

:10:55.:10:58.

it off and it has. It's a World Cup turned upside down. Going into the

:10:59.:11:01.

tournament, Brazilians were very confident they were going to win on

:11:02.:11:05.

the field and very worried they were going to be shown up off it by

:11:06.:11:14.

organisational chaos. The exact opposite has happened. There have

:11:15.:11:18.

been one or two problems, but the shame for Brazilians has been what

:11:19.:11:21.

happened on the What happen field. S next for Scolari and Brazil? His P

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45, another job. What happens to Brazil, you would hope would be a

:11:27.:11:30.

sit down and a thinking process. Scolari tried to say after Germany,

:11:31.:11:34.

it was a bad day at the office. Then they had another one against

:11:35.:11:39.

Holland. One bad day can be put down to misfortune, two is carelessness.

:11:40.:11:42.

Even while Brazil were winning games, they were losing friends.

:11:43.:11:46.

Billions of people around the world who followed them were disappointed.

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All they can do is counter-attacks, set pieces and fouls. They have to

:11:50.:11:52.

be capable of more. Thank you very much indeed.

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While he's been here in Brazil, Rio has been making a documentary about

:11:57.:12:01.

his experiences in Rio. It goes out tomorrow night and here's a sneak

:12:02.:12:07.

preview. One of the most colourful cities,

:12:08.:12:12.

culture, colour all merge into one. I've met great people here, taken

:12:13.:12:22.

pictures, the lot. I have the kick man. He's here. He's arrived. Who's

:12:23.:12:29.

your favourite players? Messi. What about me? One million people live

:12:30.:12:36.

here. When I was growing up, you hear a lot of people say "I'm from

:12:37.:12:41.

the ghetto." You want to come and live here for while. See what its

:12:42.:12:45.

like. This is my journey. Welcome to Rio

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in Rio. You can see Rio in Rio on BBC One

:12:51.:12:55.

tomorrow night at 10. 35pm in England. It's on at 11. 05 in Wales

:12:56.:12:59.

and 11. 35pm in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Worth watching

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wherever you are. Well, Alan, this is almost it. It's a great way to

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go. The World Cup here has been sublime. The matches have been

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great. It's all about the product on the pitch any way. It's been

:13:17.:13:21.

exciting and tonight was terrific to watch. The goal that won the World

:13:22.:13:26.

Cup was extra special. Great. What are you going to do now without

:13:27.:13:31.

football? I'm sure you will still watch I will football? Still watch

:13:32.:13:33.

football and dip into the television, I'd like to thank

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everybody that's worked on the programmes and watched the

:13:37.:13:39.

programmes. I've had a great time here, worked with great people. And

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a great organisation. It's been great working with you, I really

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mean that. Rio and as well. Thanks very much. Well, after the most

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enthralling of World Cups, 64 games, 171 goals, 20-odd men kicked a ball

:13:56.:13:59.

around for 120 minutes and at the end, do I really need to tell you -

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the Germans won. From all of us here, good night.

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# Run boy run # Running is a victory

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# Run, boy, run # COMMENTATOR:

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The greatest game, the biggest names, another World Cup is under

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way. Neymar, the boy wonder. Van Persie! What a fantastic goal.

:15:25.:15:32.

Cahill - oh, what a strike. That's what they came for. (

:15:33.:15:43.

Benzema. Goal Algeria. What an upset we have here. Wayne Rooney's first

:15:44.:15:52.

ever World Cup Finals goal. Oh, he's done it!

:15:53.:16:11.

Spain are out. England lost concentration. They lost Luis

:16:12.:16:20.

Suarez. He is suspended for nine matches. Italy join England. Kofta

:16:21.:16:26.

reekament they've -- Costa Rica. They've only gone and won it.

:16:27.:16:37.

Off the post. Brazil win. It's the most dramatic of circumstances. Oh,

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a bit of magic! Sheer brilliance. Genius, I think it is. France are

:16:50.:16:55.

through to the quarter finals. Costa Rica quarter final. Belgium are

:16:56.:17:04.

through. Yet another incredible game at this quite amazing World Cup.

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That's a picture no Brazilian wants to see. It's in! Brazil are into the

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semifinals. Higuain! Argentina are heading to Sao Paulo. It's Germany

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who roll on again. The Costa Rican fairy-tale ends here.

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Joo-Ho -- Klose scores. Brazil are being humbled and taken apart.

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Absolute humiliation. Here go Argentina. They're going to Rio.

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Joo-Ho this is it, the stars are ready to shine. Higuain.

:18:29.:18:43.

Chance for Goetze. Mario Goetze scores for Germany! Germany are

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champions of the world.

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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.


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