14/07/2014 Match of the Day


14/07/2014

Another chance to watch the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. With commentary from Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson.


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After 32 days, 63 games and 170 goals we are down to the final match

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of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It's Germany against Argentina from

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the maracana. What it means is a first competitive

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start for 23-year-old Christoph Kramer. There are six Bayern Munich

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players in the side, coached at club level.

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Miroslav Klose will have his final World Cup appearance. Three of his

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record 16 goals have come against Argentina in the last two

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tournaments. Argentina had hopped that Di Maria

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would have covered in a thigh injury. He pulled up in training

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yesterday. He isn't being risked. They are unchanged.

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Marcso Rojo was a slight doubt. He is OK to continue. In a team yet to

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concede a goal in the knockout stages. A team that is all about the

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two M's, Mascherano to stop them and Messi to star.

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Both are now looking to greater honours than their -- predecessors

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managed. One of the modern wonders of the world. What a setting for a

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game that promises so much. The stars are out

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and ready to shine. Everything is set for the 20th

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World Cup Final. WHISTLE. One of the ultimate teams

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against another a lot more This is the fourth time I?ve seen

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Argentina live, I think they will need some

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magic from the aforementioned They won?t be as fresh

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as the Germans. If you look

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at the Germany game against Brazil, they only had to play for about 25

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minutes, so a massive difference. It went from 1-0 to 5-0

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in under seven minutes. They will find this Argentina

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defence harder to pick through. Yeah, especially with Mascherano

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in front of them. They started with Perez on the left,

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Lewandowski on the right. They tried to play

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a tricky one through to Klose. Argentina very deep

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in the early stages. Mascherano has only managed

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to move that up to Muller. There can be the touch

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of the reckless about Marcos Rojo. In two years

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in Portugal he has seen five red They score from set pieces,

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don?t they, Germany? More from the wider positions into

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the box, but they?ll fancy this. Argentina?s first sorte

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into opposition territory And

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from a very poor German free kick. You could hear the change

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in noise around the stadium as soon Argentina have by far and away

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the lion's share of support, even though those from Brazil are

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behind the European team. They've come across the border

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in any way they could. They're sleeping anywhere

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and everywhere. They'll be hoping for an Argentinian

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take away, won't they? Might be worth pointing out

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in the last World Cup here, the only previous World Cup final

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here, Brazil came into it after sticking seven past Sweden

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and six against Spain. Then they lost

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as favourites to Uruguay. He looked to pick him out, Muller,

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actually. It's a good deflection back to

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the goalkeeper. The referee just saying that he

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couldn't really get out of the way. Senor Rizzoli, this is

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his fourth game at the tournament. The noise around the place now,

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you could be watching Boca Juniors, It is Martin Demichelis who comes

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across to stop him A little bit worried that Argentina

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down the left-hand side, that's three occasions,

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they?re all coming down here. Kroos dictating a lot of

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the passing in the German midfield. You can see the confidence oozing

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out of every player in white. But taken off at half-time

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against Brazil purely a precaution. Look

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at the room Phillipp Lahm has got. Messi will leave Hummels

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in his wake here. Messi was a little bit tired,

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someone was saying. There has been a feeling that he's

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been saving something special.. The whistle has gone for a free

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kick. ball off Messi, it was the first

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challenge by Hummels, I think. Brilliant, though. He almost stops

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and then goes again. Hummels is seen him come forward that often in

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this competition. Nicely dumbied by Mascherano.

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

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Decent block too by the Schalke man. special final ball.

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There?s the man most consider to be You would have thought it would be

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cagey and lack a bit of pace. Certainly not.

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Klose is further forward. Ozil is taking his time. Zabaleta hungrily

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into the tackle. He doesn't really tackle any other way.

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Schweinsteiger was endeavouring to find Kramer. Does well to win it

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back, but it's only temporarily. Kramer is playing a little bit

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

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view, it's given the Argentineans a bit of problems when he's come off

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the front man. Now Demichelis started to scamper over. Messi comes

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back to help him out defensively. Germany get a throw.

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Lahm looked for Klose. Demichelis stout stuff. Yeah, Demichelis just

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read it a split second before Miroslav Klose, just did enough to

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put him off. How his fortunes have changed. I

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think he deliberately left it. They might have conceded a key free

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kick here. I'm not sure it's a foul, is it? A

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

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Germany. Just needed a closer look. Mascherano is closest to Klose.

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Zabaleta read it. Germany's throw.

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Lahm outside. It squirted awkwardly off the head of Demichelis, just

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caught with the sun in his eyes That's the problem. He gesticulated

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straight away. There you can see. Maybe what happened before with

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Garay. That is a problem particularly in that goal mouth. You

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can see it, just there. Obviously you can see it, but he can't.

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The movement is fascinating to watch from the German players. Unlucky

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there. It was meant for Muller. He came out and round the back.

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President presidenttries to run -- Perez tries to run away. That's

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twice they've broken from set pieces, Argentina, which is for the

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neutrals good. It's what Joachim Low spoke about in

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the pre-match press conferences. He was wary of the speed of the break.

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Worried about one man in particular. Just seen one darting run from him,

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Lionel Messi. Ezequiel Garay, solid centre back, finds Marcos Rojo. A

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little off balance there. Looked down accusingly at the pitch.

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Must have been a worm. Actually didn't train on it yesterday to

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preserve the surface. There has been quite a lot of rain around Rio in

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the last few days. Perfect evening for the World Cup final, though.

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Shoaleder to shoulder with close close close who has take -- Miroslav

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Klose who has taken a throw. Argentina's players are pointing to

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the touch line and telling them to put it out of play. It's their man.

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They don't have to. They've made the decision on the pitch. Now Toni

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Kroos does that. If they have the ball, they can make the decision.

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It's the referee's call if he wants to stop playment Oh. Yeah. Perhaps

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he ought to have done. Always when you're looking the other way you

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catch one. Oh, dear. Garay came in with everything he had

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and he took the full weight. Zabaleta got one the other night,

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very similar. Click the jaw back into place.

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There's Sami Khedira, a pfennig for his thoughts. Ruled out in the

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warm-up. He's had rotten luck with injury in the past season. I don't

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think we'd expect him to come on quite so soon. Kramer will carry on

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for now. He only made his debut against Poland in May. What a rise

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it's been for the 23-year-old. Sometimes it's just meant to be.

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They'll be watching on anxiously in the town where he's from. Should

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have plenty of steel in him. He won't be coming off, not if he

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has any say about it at allment He's fine. He's jogging around the pitch

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now. Rojo looked to find Higuain. Another

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Germany throw play youed out right under -- played out under the nose

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of Alejandro Sabella. Standing down, come what may, after

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this game. Muller takes one. Get up, he's Rojo

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went fine. In. He was waiting for it. Well done ref.

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Yeah, he was waiting for it. Nothing wrong with him. There was a bit of

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that in Germany's opening game, the win against Portugal when Pepe was

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stupid to get himself sent off but Muller didn't half make the most of

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it. Doesn't take a lot to get Pepe

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certainties off -- sent off, does it?

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Neuer to make sure that he's sure footed to clear.

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Oh, that was a risk. Oh, dear me, what a chance for Higuain! What a

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waste. He was presented with a World Cup final gift. He obviously

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couldn't believe it, because he's totally snatched at this. He waits

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there to hit it and well, it almost came off - just above the ankle.

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What an opportunity! Toni Kroos headed the ball back without

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looking, a player who's hardly wasted a pass all tournament long.

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And not to make the goalkeeper make a save from that particular

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

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free kick in the Argentine half. Kroos has steadied himself and got

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his heart rate back to normalment His -- Normal. His heart will be

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pumping. He just tries to hit it too hard.

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Free kick again, but this time a blue one.

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He does everything right, when you look at this there, looked around

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and everything. Oh, he's just dragged it.

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Dear oh, dear. The man wearing number nine. Look at Javier

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Mascherano's reaction. And number nine. Look at Javier

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at the bench. Oops. Sergio Aguero it was, number 20,

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with his shirt over his head. What he would give for a chance like that

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if and when he gets onto the field. Loads of room, acres of it for

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Phillipp Lahm here. It wasn't the best ball actually. No, it sent him

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

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half. Zabaleta, left foot, great. That's

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Howedes. They wanted a good and go. It's Demichelis who will see him off

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or try to. Argentina throw. Howedes was Germany's goal scorer.

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We look down at the packed beach. I hope the tide doesn't come in. It's

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on its way. He was the goal scorer when these two sides last met, a

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friendly in Frankfurt, nearly two years ago now, a 3-0 Argentina win.

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We had a Lionel Messi missed penalty.

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Germany getting an order back about themselves.

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Back to Neuer, who never minds receiving the ball anywhere in his

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half of the field. One of the ultimate sweeper keepers. Against

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Algeria he was the best defender on the field.

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Demichelis seemed to slip a little bit. Once again room for Lahm.

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Kramer wants it in the middle. Muller was the man in between.

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Good pressing from Rojo and Perez forcing Germany back.

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Just a little behind Christoph Kramer.

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Bossing possession, Germany. Not going anywhere that quickly yet. No,

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Schweinsteiger is having too much of the ball as far as Argentina is

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concerned. Good closing from Lavezzi.

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Didn't get that one right. I think Kramer stopped thinking he might

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have been running offside. There are some Germans here. There

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have been plenty of Germans wherever their team has played. They do have

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great support in Brazil. Particularly in the south of the

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country. Even more today. Kramer. Sabella's face tells the

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story. A great one for reactions,

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Sabella will stop never left A chip up towards Klose and Romero

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

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for that he would get smashed. Just a split second, he's onside,

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has a look at the goalkeeper The veteran striker is looking to go

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out on the biggest high of all having already broken the record

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for the number of goals scored at Romero gets it away

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

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even if he got his toe to it. Renato Faverani was in just

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the right place to see it all. He wanted to take it quickly

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

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of the foul and we have the first That was daft as well

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because Boateng was just waiting to No surprise

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at all to see who's the wall. Biglia with a touch to

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Messi to allow him to run. Might have caused a problem

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but Romero is out to tidy up. Lavezzi. Has Rojo and Higuain is

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in there. But Argentina have not taken

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the lead. This is a ball and a half and an

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absolutely correct decision again. What a finish after his miss

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as well. This time we give

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the thumbs up to the other assistant I think Schurrle could be coming

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on here. There's a subplot within

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a big story. Kramer in at the last minute

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for Sami Khedira, And now he's only lasted half

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an hour himself. Christoph Kramer's dream

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hasn't quite gone to plan. On will come Andre Schurrle, who

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when he has left the bench has made You get the impression actually

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

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

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explaining what was wrong. Andre Schurrle, the Chelsea player,

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came on as a substitute against Algeria in the last 16 to

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give Germany the lead, Then came on against Brazil,

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last Tuesday. I think they'll probably just,

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I don't know if they're going to drop Ozil in a little bit with Kroos

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and Schweinsteiger. Joachim Low, even in his days

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as the assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann He will have a plan

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for every eventuality. This might improve Germany's

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attacking prowess. Howedes is not particularly

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great about going forward. We know Schurrle is all about

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attacking people in those areas. You got your foul, mate,

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get over it. Let's see how many

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rolls we can count. Maybe something brewing

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for Argentina here. Two German names

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in the referee's note book. Germany having already had to make

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one change in the game If he's going to catch any player

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in the Argentinian side that will note it down for later,

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he's just caught him. Just need to settle down a bit,

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Germany, here. You might say they've got

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off lightly with Higuain missing Schweinsteiger is even more

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important to the Germany plans. Both so eager to go in

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

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

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from 45 being played. Not edge of your seat stuff yet,

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

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through to Higuain. It was Schweinsteiger again,

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I think. That's twice now,

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important interceptions. Schweinsteiger there just reads

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the situation. Lavezzi has got a turn of pace

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from somewhere. Starting his fourth game

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in a row with Sergio Aguero having Oh, yeah we need one of them, mate,

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to carry on. Zabaleta just had a little nip

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at him. Argentina have had the ball

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in the German net. He should have had the ball

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in the German net earlier. Messi ran straight

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into Schweinsteiger, who doesn't make a meal of it, just

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gets on with the free kick. Perfect ball to Lahm,

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just bounced off his boot. He wanted to keep it a lot lower,

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obviously. That's gone out for an Argentina

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throw-in. They seem to have got

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their rhythm back at the moment. Argentina beaten in only one

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of the last 25 games. Germany can do better,

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one defeat in their last 27. Perez has swapped sides

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at the moment. Yeah, since Lavezzi took

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the corner before, he's not gone Another one,

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they're creeping forward. Strange to think

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after today it's all over. Luckily you don't have to wait too

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long Match of the Day returns in 34 days,

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Saturday August 16 He got through unbelievably easily,

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Messi. Hummels is feeling the pace of the

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races he's having to have against He has largely been kept quiet,

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but you know it's there. ??WHITE Late challenge there.

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Germany appeal for a free kick. Muller is down again. ??YELLOW

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Referee didn't see it. Muller back to his feet.

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Biglia caught on the ball and Needlessly. This will play into

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Argentina hands. I would have thought so.

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That's just a Schurrle foul, I mean. He can do that all day. There was

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something rather manufactured by Thomas Mullerment It was in-- Thomas

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Muller. It was indeed. For the second time. Schweinsteiger is

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trying to pull the strings. Muller completing the Bayern Munich

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triangle. On the ball again. Zabaleta away.

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

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Muller have a simple cross and thank goodness for Zabaleta and Argentina.

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Thomas Muller has to be careful because if he wants a battle he's

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playing the right team because if he wants a battle he's

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the wrong team. It goes Argentina's way. Contested

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by Schurrle. He's come on full of fire. Yeah, just getting a little

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bit rattled, the Germans, which you said before, with Argentina, they

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don't have a problem with this. It was the right call. Argentina

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throw. Rojo being conducted by Alejandro

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Sabella down there. Ozil teed up the foot. Great

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awareness out of his feet. That's a back pass. Not his thing today.

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That's two though, isn't it? Germany just showing signs ah, preaching

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halftime -- signs, approaching half time of knocking it about again.

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Ozil has run into trouble again. They're going over too easily as

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well, that's the other thing. Hummels had to make sure he stayed

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in front of Lavezzi. Could Miroslav Klose have flung

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himself at that? I think he thought about it. Great ball. No.

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Even though we're goalless, for a World Cup final, it's actually been

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good, the first half. Schweinsteiger has run most of the

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first half. Lots of room again for Toni Kroos.

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Muller, who always finds it, wherever on the field he can.

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Germany corner. We move into two minutes of

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first-half added time. They've got such a good relationship down the

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right, Muller and Lahm. Perez puffing there, it's difficult.

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Kroos with the corner. Hummels and Howedes have made their

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way into the Argentina penalty area for it. Argentina left two up front.

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Romero started to move towards the ball and retreated. He will stay in

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there for another corner kick. Hummels, a danger. Two goals in the

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World Cup already. One against Portugal, one against France.

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Muller is the target of the referee's attention again. There's

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pushing and pulling between him and Pablo Zabaleta.

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Expectant German fans watch the Toni Kroos corner, and it's against the

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post! The flag's gone up. It's not gone in. And Romero has the ball in

:49:38.:49:44.

his grateful gloves. Such a great header as well.

:49:45.:49:53.

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

:49:54.:50:09.

free run at it. Should have scored. Muller's offside. Great leverage as

:50:10.:50:16.

well on the header. Good officiating once again. Stroke of luck for

:50:17.:50:19.

Argentina, then. Halftime at the Maracana. We haven't

:50:20.:50:30.

had a goal, but we have seen a glaring miss from Gonzalo Higuain,

:50:31.:50:38.

who did then put the ball in the net for it to be ruled out for offside

:50:39.:50:42.

and then at the end of Howedes header. I think we will get goals,

:50:43.:50:47.

but we don't know when they'll come or who will score them. Halftime.

:50:48.:50:52.

It's Germany 0, Argentina 0. We're going to tell you about a

:50:53.:51:01.

change to start with, because Ezequiel Lavezzi is going off. He's

:51:02.:51:12.

replaced by Sergio Aguero. That is an Argentina change. Lavezzi, who

:51:13.:51:16.

came into the side after Aguero was ruled out through injury and who has

:51:17.:51:22.

started the last three games. Aguero still looking for his first World

:51:23.:51:26.

Cup goal. He's gone half a dozen international appearances without a

:51:27.:51:29.

goal. But not a bad player to have coming on at halftime. No, though we

:51:30.:51:34.

saw him the other night in Sao Paulo and he did really look very, very

:51:35.:51:44.

ring rusty. Groin problems? I'm not sure you can say that. He's had

:51:45.:51:49.

quite a number of muscular problems since the turn of the year with

:51:50.:51:52.

Manchester City. There's his first touch of the World

:51:53.:51:57.

Cup final. Tapping it back to Javier Mascherano. Now Messi on the run

:51:58.:51:59.

already. Howedes recovered

:52:00.:52:08.

from joining him in there. Interesting little story developing

:52:09.:52:21.

in that Argentina kept the Germany players waiting for some time in the

:52:22.:52:25.

players' tunnel. Offside. Free kick Germany.

:52:26.:52:43.

That's the place they're going to get in, down that side again. That's

:52:44.:52:48.

probably four or five different occasions now. Just looking what

:52:49.:52:54.

Argentina have done as well. I think Higuain is probably going to play on

:52:55.:52:57.

the right. Messi almost in the middle and Aguero on the left. In

:52:58.:53:03.

terms of Aguero and Higuain, they're going to tuck in from that side and

:53:04.:53:07.

Perez is now playing right-sided midfielder.

:53:08.:53:16.

Easy for Boateng. Such a long stride. Really positive start from

:53:17.:53:20.

Argentina. stride. Really positive start from

:53:21.:53:26.

Biglia is more on the left of Mascherano. He's through to Messi

:53:27.:53:29.

and the flag has stayed down this time. Messi's missed. Right across

:53:30.:53:34.

the face. The crowd just waiting to roar. Of

:53:35.:53:43.

all the people. There was just a massive - he's on - massive intake

:53:44.:53:48.

of breath. This now, you're just waiting for the net to bulge. How

:53:49.:53:58.

close was it? Very. Neuer was beaten. He was stranded. Another

:53:59.:54:01.

Argentina opportunity has gone by. It has got those blue and white

:54:02.:54:16.

striped shirted supporters up to their feet and waving the flags

:54:17.:54:20.

again. They like what they're seeing since the break.

:54:21.:54:38.

A little bit wasted. A really bright start by Argentina. He's not just

:54:39.:54:47.

looking down feeling the left hamstring is he? I'm hoping it's an

:54:48.:54:59.

itch. So is he. He knows where the camera is, Alejandro Sabella.

:55:00.:55:07.

Still a lot of Argentina fans wondering how it's still 0-0.

:55:08.:55:20.

Not quite sure who that was meant for.

:55:21.:55:31.

They did keep Germany waiting a long time, maybe that just unsettled

:55:32.:55:37.

Germany's players, they were in the tunnel. Except Phillipp Lahm who was

:55:38.:55:42.

out on the field. The referee called him back. Lahm ignored him. He had

:55:43.:55:46.

the Maracana to himself for a good two or three minutes.

:55:47.:55:59.

Zabaleta was caught by Klose. Sunset in Rio. There aren't many finer

:56:00.:56:09.

sights in the world. That is a picture. It's staggering, isn't it?

:56:10.:56:12.

To think we've been up there as well.

:56:13.:56:19.

Javier Mascherano for bailing him out there. Perhaps he's lucky was

:56:20.:56:36.

Klose, who can't get away as quickly Don't mind seeing the odd mistake,

:56:37.:56:46.

it usually means goals. Higuain went in with Howedes,

:56:47.:56:51.

but the defender did enough. Messi couldn't get involved there,

:56:52.:56:56.

he was wandering back rather lazily At the moment every time Argentina

:56:57.:57:30.

come forward, they are posing Almost as

:57:31.:57:39.

though it was planned that way. Ozil got it out to Howedes who

:57:40.:57:56.

showed too much of its two Pablo Zabaleta who took a bit

:57:57.:58:29.

of everything. He looked like a centre-back

:58:30.:58:33.

playing left-back then, Howedes. The second touch was almost

:58:34.:58:36.

a header. There is room on the right

:58:37.:59:01.

for Philipp Lahm should Germany Lahm, threatening to bundle through,

:59:02.:59:04.

but instead he will have to get They will have a rest and set

:59:05.:59:17.

off again. The game is quickening up,

:59:18.:59:46.

which is great. Even Mascherano threatened to break

:59:47.:59:56.

forward then but he was ignored. The advantage is played

:59:57.:59:58.

and it's turned behind by Garay But the referee gave Germany

:59:59.:00:44.

the advantage. Foul, yeah, but look what

:00:45.:00:56.

a good position Germany are in. They will have to settle

:00:57.:01:00.

for the corner, Howedes is making the run to

:01:01.:01:02.

the near post. And there was a bit of pushing

:01:03.:01:19.

and pulling with Muller grabbing I think the free kick has

:01:20.:01:22.

gone against his reputation. Mats Hummels was getting a hug

:01:23.:01:44.

from Garay. Slowing the pace of the

:01:45.:01:47.

game, Germany. Quite clever when you are under

:01:48.:02:38.

the cosh a little bit. Argentina quickening

:02:39.:02:42.

the tempo once more. Zabaleta looking for the run

:02:43.:02:46.

of Higuain. He's given a free kick

:02:47.:02:48.

the other way, the referee. Was Neuer inside the box when he

:02:49.:03:00.

made the connection with his fist? That's exactly what Sergio

:03:01.:03:04.

Aguero is arguing about. Higuain has a look, he knows

:03:05.:03:10.

he's coming, he can hear him. It's his knee coming up

:03:11.:03:15.

into the side of the face. Is that dangerous play

:03:16.:03:28.

from the goalkeeper? What's he going to do with his knees

:03:29.:03:30.

when he's that high up in the air? You make contact with the ball

:03:31.:03:40.

and then worry German goalkeeper Polak Singer boy

:03:41.:03:42.

in blue, we are back to Schumacher! Not quite in that category,

:03:43.:03:52.

thank goodness. Higuain is half accepting

:03:53.:03:55.

the apology. Hard to know how it can be

:03:56.:04:01.

a free kick to Germany. He got his head in the way

:04:02.:04:04.

of a sixth foot four inch German. You can understand his anger

:04:05.:04:29.

and his business. Quite a few breaks for blows to

:04:30.:04:31.

the head throughout this World Cup. He's having a go

:04:32.:04:34.

at the fourth official as well, That's why they are there,

:04:35.:04:36.

someone to blame. Not getting a lot of movement

:04:37.:05:10.

from Klose, are they? Finding it really difficult to

:05:11.:05:13.

get into the game at the moment. He's got one on target,

:05:14.:05:45.

there's always once a match. That's what he's good at, within

:05:46.:05:52.

the confines of the 18-yard box. A good leap,

:05:53.:06:02.

but not a great connection. It seemed to slide down his face

:06:03.:06:06.

rather than the meat of the temple. Echoes the way he got off in 2002

:06:07.:06:09.

when he announced himself with five They claim it should be a goal kick,

:06:10.:06:19.

but not the case. Joachim Low is on the prowl with

:06:20.:06:51.

a few words to say, it would seem. Lahm couldn't quite slide it

:06:52.:06:57.

into the feet of Muller. Did Muller stop thinking

:06:58.:07:05.

he was offside, maybe? No,

:07:06.:07:13.

he was trying to get into position. For a moment it looked like

:07:14.:07:44.

Bayern Munich were coming. Romero up and away,

:07:45.:07:46.

firmly met by Hummels. He is forced a slice

:07:47.:07:48.

from the keeper. Mascherano didn't really get it away

:07:49.:07:50.

and then it was behind from Ozil. Looks like a deflection

:07:51.:08:10.

off Mascherano. A little bit unfortunate,

:08:11.:08:23.

not a lot Ozil could do. The World Cup final

:08:24.:08:27.

remains intriguing. Still don't think you would want to

:08:28.:08:45.

firmly put yourself in one camp, saying one team will win it over

:08:46.:08:48.

the other. Hummels against Aguero

:08:49.:08:51.

and that's getting tetchy. He fought three different

:08:52.:08:54.

people to win that corner. Looks far more ready

:08:55.:08:59.

for this than he was the other day. He was undercooked the other day,

:09:00.:09:08.

no doubt about it. Didn't let Hummels anywhere

:09:09.:09:14.

near that. Demichelis and Geraint Hughes

:09:15.:09:20.

and Garra right up from the back. My first thought was it was

:09:21.:09:32.

another corner for Argentina. I think I was right,

:09:33.:09:41.

it came off Klose. Schweinsteiger is saying to Howedes,

:09:42.:09:59.

where are you? Really messy between Neuer

:10:00.:10:00.

and Howedes. Neuer are saying to Howedes,

:10:01.:10:28.

you have to accept the ball. Zabaleta will take the Argentina

:10:29.:10:31.

throw in. Threatening to have a good

:10:32.:10:33.

spell with Aguero instrumental. And then plunging into a tone

:10:34.:10:35.

for the error Argentina in the final, you might

:10:36.:10:40.

say, largely down to his last-ditch Stretched so much he almost did

:10:41.:10:55.

himself a mischief in that game, Aguero was in late

:10:56.:11:07.

and he will be yellow carded. He has up-ended Schweinsteiger

:11:08.:11:41.

and there is a lot Echoes of when they meant in the

:11:42.:11:43.

World Cup in Germany in 2006, when At the end,

:11:44.:11:48.

Schweinsteiger was punched in the back by Maxi Rodr?guez

:11:49.:11:52.

after the penalty shoot out. I think it's because you've got that

:11:53.:11:56.

undercurrent in this game as well, Lots and lots

:11:57.:12:14.

of Argentinian noise again. I thought they had been quiet

:12:15.:12:17.

for a while. Not to any great benefit

:12:18.:12:37.

for Germany. Germany have six or seven players

:12:38.:12:48.

warming up behind the goal. Neuer was the only player ready

:12:49.:13:10.

for that. We had a player sent off in both of

:13:11.:13:31.

the last two World Cup finals, why I think Romero is the biggest player

:13:32.:13:48.

Argentina have in terms of height. Free kick for Germany

:13:49.:13:53.

and Biglia is contesting that. Mini duels developing all over

:13:54.:14:13.

the field. Perez claims handball

:14:14.:14:14.

and gets it against Toni Kroos. Not sure what Kroos can do

:14:15.:14:29.

in that circumstance. Is he supposed to chop it off

:14:30.:14:37.

at the shoulder? Great run from row Joe

:14:38.:15:02.

down the left-hand side. Three separate situations

:15:03.:15:07.

in the match he's come in Nice turn by Enzo Perez and then

:15:08.:15:17.

he drove straight at Hummels. Demichelis out to Zabaleta,

:15:18.:15:29.

who can put in a cross, And then he is

:15:30.:15:39.

unceremoniously taken down. He wasn't turning round

:15:40.:15:53.

and running back to his own goal. Lovely passing and moving

:15:54.:16:17.

by the Germany players. Howedes with a cross that

:16:18.:16:22.

is anything but lovely. It's also why we've seen no goals to

:16:23.:16:26.

determine who will be closer to lifting that trophy at the end

:16:27.:16:35.

of the day. The vote closes at full-time.

:16:36.:16:39.

of the tournament by visiting It has run away,

:16:40.:17:05.

Romero has it. His body wasn't

:17:06.:17:07.

in any shape to take it. Not going to see him for much longer

:17:08.:17:16.

there, he ran straight into Kroos. He had a couple of moments

:17:17.:17:26.

in the first half, most definitely. But you could have said that

:17:27.:17:39.

about him in some of the other games Particularly

:17:40.:17:42.

in the last 16 game against Switzerland when he made the winner

:17:43.:17:47.

for Di Mar?a in the nick of time. Perez and Schweinsteiger having

:17:48.:17:50.

a falling out. Looked as though he was

:17:51.:19:52.

about to burn away from Howedes. I think he had a little luck

:19:53.:20:10.

before the ball was due to arrive They all look old enough to have

:20:11.:20:13.

enjoyed Maradona at his best. This is not Messi at his best

:20:14.:20:27.

on night. The touch from Perez somehow bounces

:20:28.:20:51.

through to Messi. Messi bounces past a couple of tackles to shoot but he

:20:52.:20:55.

couldn?t quite wrap his left foot around. But here he comes. Amazing,

:20:56.:21:03.

isn?t it, defenders seemed mesmerised when he?s up against

:21:04.:21:14.

them. His movement is so quick, short steps, fantastic control. He

:21:15.:21:19.

was thinking of Iran all over again. That goal in injury time moments

:21:20.:21:23.

after Iran had had their own chances

:21:24.:21:34.

to win it. Argentina are yet to be behind in any game in this World

:21:35.:21:37.

Cup. Klose did well to keep his balance

:21:38.:21:51.

but couldn?t quite keep the ball in move to make next but I think

:21:52.:22:04.

Sabella will make the next move. It will probably be Palacio. He seems

:22:05.:22:18.

to come on quite regularly. Has come on in four of the games. He could

:22:19.:22:21.

have won it against the Dutch. We don?t know if Di Maria is fit to

:22:22.:22:39.

play any part at all. think if he was he would be

:22:40.:22:49.

involved. Schurrle loses out to

:22:50.:22:56.

Mascherano and in fact was impeding, stopping Mascherano getting away.

:22:57.:23:02.

The referee in the right place. The question is, who does he come on

:23:03.:23:05.

for? This will be a statement. If it?s not the like of Higuain, you?re

:23:06.:23:09.

not taking Messi Ofcom is on. He?s either taking off Higuain or he?s

:23:10.:23:33.

going for it with everything, Sabella. The board says nine,

:23:34.:23:38.

Higuain will be coming off. Throw for Argentina. They will make

:23:39.:23:42.

the change before play is resumed. Higuain was put through by,

:23:43.:23:55.

of all people, Toni Kroos with a backward header. He won?t be getting

:23:56.:24:01.

a goal in this World Cup final. Neuer is there to pounce. A good bit

:24:02.:24:37.

of distribution as well, Muller was screaming for the ball. Looked for a

:24:38.:24:45.

split second like Messi would burst have managed to get a corner from

:24:46.:25:01.

it. I think what Argentina have done... Look at that, fantastic.

:25:02.:25:25.

Just stumbles and then off-camera... He turns to the rest

:25:26.:25:32.

and thought he had been caught. He's now playing through the, Messi.

:25:33.:25:43.

Argentina looking all the more dangerous for it. It will be Germany

:25:44.:25:47.

who could threaten from this, though. Garay is trying to go where

:25:48.:25:50.

ever Mats Hummels wants to go. It is towards Muller. He could not get off

:25:51.:25:53.

the floor to challenge for it. Argentina in no hurry to get out

:25:54.:25:56.

here. A lovely ball from Muller. Had

:25:57.:26:04.

defenders swarming around Howedes, the chance was gone. Again, it went

:26:05.:26:10.

to the wrong man. But he was the only man in there for Germany. Won

:26:11.:26:16.

back by Mats Hummels. Lahm lists it towards Muller but it looks like a

:26:17.:26:28.

push. Everybody's down. It was like the beach.

:26:29.:26:41.

I think they just clattered into each other. Howedes could not get it

:26:42.:26:46.

out of his feet and under control. It has been the story of his game.

:26:47.:26:57.

He broke free from Demichelis... No, he didn?t, he just fell over. The

:26:58.:27:00.

referee said that all of the German players lining up behind the goal,

:27:01.:27:16.

it's a distraction. For whom? I think for him.

:27:17.:27:25.

Less than ten minutes of the 90 to go. We are yet to see a goal in the

:27:26.:27:27.

first World Cup final played at the Maracana since 1950.

:27:28.:27:40.

Palacio never really had a handle on where that was going over his head.

:27:41.:27:46.

The game continues to be reasonably open and chances are threatened by

:27:47.:27:52.

both teams. Can Ozil create something? Behind Schurrle. Kroos!

:27:53.:27:58.

He passed it wide of the post. Well wide. Never felt like he would make

:27:59.:28:08.

the net bulge. Ozil cuts inside, head up and a great ball. No. Didn?t

:28:09.:28:19.

even bobble or anything. No excuse. There was no conviction in me shot

:28:20.:28:23.

from a player who scored twice as Brazil were bulldozed in Belo

:28:24.:28:36.

Horizonte Leeds on Wednesday. I wonder if were getting to the

:28:37.:28:39.

stage of the game, with Germany pressing and Argentina forced to sit

:28:40.:28:42.

back, where the toil of Argentina's semi-final against the Dutch takes

:28:43.:28:48.

control. Goalkick. Ozil thinks it's Mascherano. Ozil Ben claims he

:28:49.:29:03.

should have had a free kick. But it will be a goalkick.

:29:04.:29:20.

Joachim Low is unruffled. There is a delay for an intruder. That is a far

:29:21.:29:36.

better site. Absolutely. Some village has just lost its idiot. It

:29:37.:29:51.

looks so close, doesn?t it. We can see it with the naked eye from where

:29:52.:29:54.

we are sitting, just on top of the hill. Germany 0-0 Argentina. Nodded

:29:55.:30:03.

on towards Klose. A combination of Demichelis and Garay can bind to

:30:04.:30:12.

keep him away. And a lack of pace as well.

:30:13.:30:14.

Palacio is on the move down the left. Slip from Boateng it allows

:30:15.:30:27.

the ball to be played into Messi but a slip from Aguero. I don?t think he

:30:28.:30:33.

would have got to it anyway. No, he was just setting himself and Messi

:30:34.:30:38.

flicked it as though... He does about 50 of those everyday. Here you

:30:39.:30:48.

go. We knew the final would be tight but we did not know how it would pan

:30:49.:30:52.

out other than that. Six minutes. Are we set for a big finish?

:30:53.:31:01.

Argentina are getting ready to make their third and final change and it

:31:02.:31:04.

looks like a defensive one with Gago getting ready. Will it still be

:31:05.:31:09.

level terms? Schurrle could not find Muller. Germany's throw. Sabella

:31:10.:31:17.

wants to make the change. The referee has not glanced over.

:31:18.:31:34.

Demichelis had the measure of Klose. It will be Gago for Perez when they

:31:35.:31:39.

get the chance. Argentina's throw, and it is their

:31:40.:32:11.

last throw, substitution wise. Perez has started two games in

:32:12.:32:19.

the World Cup, not bad, in the semi-final and final, but now

:32:20.:32:24.

he makes way for Fernando Gago. Gago actually lost his place to Biglia. A

:32:25.:32:40.

home-based player takes the field for Argentina, plays for Boca

:32:41.:32:51.

Juniors. team old, very steady and solid.

:32:52.:32:53.

Joachim Low is going to throw on someone a little more exciting in

:32:54.:33:01.

style, Mario Gotze. When he gets the chance. Palacio on the ball for

:33:02.:33:06.

Argentina in the meantime. I think it will be Klose making way

:33:07.:33:36.

for Germany, which presumably will mean Muller in the middle. Yeah.

:33:37.:33:47.

Gago demanding the ball. Messi ran into Boateng. Biglia. What a great

:33:48.:33:50.

tackle that is. Two tackles actually. That one firm

:33:51.:33:56.

Schweinsteiger, yet again in his own penalty area, and Boateng

:33:57.:34:03.

beforehand. Now the change. Mario Mario Gotze, 22 years old,

:34:04.:34:12.

who many thought would have a The Bayern Munich boy wonder

:34:13.:34:14.

is probably a better player Presumably the end of his World Cup

:34:15.:34:22.

career. 36, he's done it all,

:34:23.:34:31.

he?s scored more goals at the World One more than Ronaldo

:34:32.:34:34.

and two more than Gerd Muller. On comes Gotze,

:34:35.:34:43.

whose career is bouncing Biglia is half smiling,

:34:44.:34:54.

half grimacing. Joachim Low has taken

:34:55.:35:04.

the opportunity to speak to Pat on the back and carry on

:35:05.:35:06.

as you are. Biglia will be OK to continue,

:35:07.:35:24.

he has to do, Argentina have used It might be needed in extra time

:35:25.:35:27.

because that is now looming large. He got past Hummels all by himself,

:35:28.:35:39.

but a good challenge by Howedes. Gotze is through the middle

:35:40.:36:11.

and Muller is still Muller is trying to make a nuisance

:36:12.:36:13.

of himself will stop Demichelis had Gotze not close enough to take

:36:14.:36:28.

advantage of the stumble. Three minutes to find a winner

:36:29.:36:51.

or we will have another 30. Boateng has had

:36:52.:37:02.

a great game through. Great piece of skill from Messi,

:37:03.:37:20.

the tackle and the pass, brilliant. Given away by Biglia, that was very,

:37:21.:37:29.

very casual. Gotze with Schurrle

:37:30.:37:31.

running strongly. Romero going long again,

:37:32.:37:32.

Aguero trying to force the error from Hummels, but there haven't been

:37:33.:38:13.

many throughout the World Cup. No way through to Messi,

:38:14.:38:21.

well cut out by Muller. Gotze trying to ghost

:38:22.:38:30.

into a shooting position. They are outnumbered

:38:31.:38:54.

and he's been outdone. Yeah, Hummels just kept his eye

:38:55.:39:16.

on the ball. Nowhere really for Gago to go,

:39:17.:39:23.

he had to go into reverse. Palacio looked

:39:24.:39:30.

like he might have been offside. Demichelis can't get it through to

:39:31.:39:40.

Aguero and we are going to have an extra 30 minutes

:39:41.:39:56.

and maybe a little bit more! There have been chances,

:39:57.:40:00.

but nothing taken even with We still don't know who will be

:40:01.:40:03.

world champions in 2014, 30 minutes or

:40:04.:40:10.

the next World Champions will be Argentina played in one final that

:40:11.:40:37.

went to extra time, on their patch, Germany lost in 1966

:40:38.:40:42.

when it went to extra time. Garay managed to get it

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down to Mascherano Stopped by Boateng and then

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by Hummels. Aguero taking on Hummels again,

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Knoydart in charge. Great break by Germany,

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absolutely brilliant. I hope that's set the tone

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for extra time. The goalkeeper having to make

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a save. Germany are going to try

:41:42.:41:43.

and have a go again immediately. Schweinsteiger wanted Muller

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on the end of that. His argument will be there

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should have been somebody. Messi tried to get

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in there with him. We looked at Romero, but Germany are

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a team in a hurry in extra time. Rather lucky that he fired it

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through Schurrle. Didn't look massively comfortable

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in the end. Lively first four minutes

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of extra time. Largely thanks to Germany's

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attacking intent. We have seen they could be picked

:44:19.:44:20.

off on the counter-attack, though. Schurrle being followed

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by Mascherano. He seems to be frightened

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of Zabaleta. Certainly won't go and take him

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on at all. But we're all still waiting

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for that one moment of magic that could decide

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the biggest prize in football. Many times during the game

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it's looked likely to come. It's looked close,

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but never quite happened. Got to credit the two sets

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of defenders for that. Demichelis and Zabaleta,

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the two of them. Argentina need their leader to come

:46:42.:46:54.

up with something special now. Over Hummel's head. Neuer

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was the problem. Muller lurking on the point

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of the penalty area. Give Neuer a bit of credit,

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how quickly he came out to Palacio. We've seen some good goalless

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draws at this tournament. This probably not the best

:48:02.:48:03.

of them actually. Schurrle was trying to play it

:48:04.:48:05.

against Demichelis He got everything wrong

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from there on in. The other thing as well, if it's

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on target, Boateng deals with it Boateng has been in control

:48:41.:48:43.

of pretty much everything. I think Mats Hummels breathed

:48:44.:48:58.

a sigh of relief, certainly. Something that Klose

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will always give you. Once more, outstanding work

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from Mascherano. That was almost

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a Hunter situation. I thought you meant he was

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going to take everything. They can't get out

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of their own half. Ozil as well, I thought he

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was going to come on to it. Germany have done all the pressing

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in this first part of extra time. Good tackle

:51:17.:51:19.

from Mascherano once more. Then a dual between Mascherano

:51:20.:51:21.

and Schweinsteiger. Germany did all the pressing

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and Argentina should be in front. certainly. Better chances have

:51:25.:51:33.

certainly gone to the team in blue. I think they both appreciate

:51:34.:52:03.

each other, don?t they? That time when players have to

:52:04.:52:13.

stretch it out a little bit more. Three minutes of the first half

:52:14.:52:16.

of extra time to go. Boateng, moving in laboured

:52:17.:52:20.

fashion out to that one. Mascherano suffered a concussion

:52:21.:52:47.

in the last game. There's a big difference

:52:48.:52:50.

in height with these two. Nothing quite

:52:51.:53:09.

so troubling this time. Argentina supporters have

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decided the time is now. They're going to lift their team

:53:12.:53:13.

as best they can. Out came Mascherano to snuff out

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the threat. Similar situation,

:53:49.:54:11.

same old players every time. If it's not Mascherano,

:54:12.:54:13.

it?s Schweinsteiger or Boateng. If it's not Mascherano,

:54:14.:54:29.

it's Schweinsteiger or Boateng. Just a few snapshots of the tension

:54:30.:54:31.

around the Maracana stadium. A lot of people have come

:54:32.:54:33.

a long way to see He was lucky

:54:34.:54:44.

because he miscontrolled it. Looked as though he had the

:54:45.:55:17.

chance to poke it back to Aguero. It's just there where

:55:18.:55:20.

he lost control of it. I think once they've taken it that

:55:21.:55:33.

will be it for the first period That will do it

:55:34.:55:43.

for the first 15 minutes. It is getting more and more tense

:55:44.:55:50.

all the time and still we wait. Three out

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of the last four games have gone to Germany were only taken all

:56:06.:56:08.

the way by Algeria in the last 16. One big quarter

:56:09.:56:13.

of an hour left or penalties. Which you would assume

:56:14.:56:16.

Germany will win! That's just the way it goes, but

:56:17.:56:22.

Argentina are pretty handy from the spot, too, as they showed against

:56:23.:56:27.

the Dutch in the last round. Romero, a saver of two Netherlands

:56:28.:56:35.

penalties. I don't think the man at the

:56:36.:56:41.

other end would lack confidence. He said hopefully!

:56:42.:56:44.

as though Boateng might be beaten Although there is an argument

:56:45.:57:07.

the other way, of course. Some sort of drama guaranteed,

:57:08.:57:11.

anyway. He got a knock a few minutes

:57:12.:57:32.

earlier from Mascherano. It was Mascherano who actually

:57:33.:57:45.

caught him and he is on a card. That warrior spirit is being

:57:46.:57:49.

dragged out of tired legs. About to say lots of room for Lahm

:57:50.:58:07.

to gallop into, but it's not When you gallop forward

:58:08.:58:44.

as a full-back, A dozen minutes of the World Cup

:58:45.:58:48.

finals left, I would think so. Aguero has jumped

:58:49.:58:58.

into Schweinsteiger, free kick. That really is fortunate that the

:58:59.:59:11.

referee has not seen that clearly. Mascherano's tackle just before

:59:12.:59:43.

on Schweinsteiger as well. Look at that, that's the evidence,

:59:44.:59:54.

goodness me. Argentina fell apart towards

:59:55.:59:59.

the end of the second half. Pedro Monzon and then Dezotti

:00:00.:00:03.

and Andreas Brehme scored That's not just a second yellow

:00:04.:00:05.

card, it's a straight red card He is the nonplaying substitute

:00:06.:00:21.

and he is being led away They have a head injury

:00:22.:00:28.

of their own to worry about. Just looking at the scuffle in

:00:29.:00:52.

front of us in the technical area. You would want Schweinsteiger

:00:53.:01:05.

on because he would take a pen, So would Aguero

:01:06.:01:07.

and he really shouldn't be on. Should have been Argentina down

:01:08.:01:23.

to ten for the rest of the match. Biglia is there to stop a run

:01:24.:01:38.

down the week. Schweinsteiger is back

:01:39.:02:02.

on his feet and saying, get me on. What a reception from Germans

:02:03.:02:07.

and Brazilians in the Maracana. Schweinsteiger's last

:02:08.:02:20.

four international goals To qualify that,

:02:21.:02:23.

with eight and a half minutes to go, The German substitutes

:02:24.:02:38.

getting to their feet. My mind is going back to 2006 after

:02:39.:02:49.

the penalty shoot out in Germany. We hope it doesn't end

:02:50.:03:07.

in those scenes. It wouldn't befit the final

:03:08.:03:13.

of the tournament generally played One of the new batch

:03:14.:03:15.

of brilliant German talent. He has put them in front

:03:16.:03:55.

in the closing minutes of the Fantastic first touch

:03:56.:03:58.

and it's a brilliant finish. Didn't even look where

:03:59.:04:17.

the goalkeeper was, That's a goal worthy

:04:18.:04:23.

of winning the biggest final round. Mario Gotze, brought up at Borussia

:04:24.:04:31.

Dortmund, moved to Bayern Munich. Up goes Muller with the header.

:04:32.:04:46.

the biggest prize you can get? Argentina have to throw the lot

:04:47.:05:01.

at Germany now. Think of

:05:02.:05:17.

the chances Argentina have missed. The likes of Higuain and Messi

:05:18.:05:20.

missing them. Manuel Neuer with

:05:21.:05:23.

a huge throw to Schurrle. Jumping Germans right

:05:24.:05:47.

around the ground. Just can't get the ball

:05:48.:05:57.

at the moment, Argentina, Messi can't work it to Palacio,

:05:58.:06:11.

cleared by Boateng. Lionel Messi can't keep the ball

:06:12.:06:30.

in play. Schurrle got in the early ball,

:06:31.:06:50.

which was key. What a sensational finish

:06:51.:06:55.

from that angle. What a chip through

:06:56.:07:00.

and what a finish into the goal. There isn't another goalkeeper

:07:01.:07:03.

in the world who can do that. And he looks it, he absolutely

:07:04.:07:16.

wants to be part of the action. Ozil has run the ball

:07:17.:07:23.

across the line. Three and a half minutes

:07:24.:07:27.

for Argentina to find Rojo is playing as a left-winger

:07:28.:07:36.

for Argentina now. Neuer has had to go back to

:07:37.:07:56.

his goal. The goalkeeper knew exactly

:07:57.:08:01.

where this was going. Nothing the other goalkeeper

:08:02.:08:06.

could have done about that goal. Another German substitution,

:08:07.:08:24.

I think. I'm guessing he won't

:08:25.:08:26.

play up front either! They will do now

:08:27.:08:44.

if the referee sees the substitution 90 seconds remain of the World Cup

:08:45.:08:49.

final. Argentina need all their warrior

:08:50.:09:48.

spirit now and a stroke of luck. Ozil coming off I think

:09:49.:09:56.

for Mertesacker. You may argue they now have

:09:57.:10:31.

centre backs on now with Howedes. Neuer, how quick he is,

:10:32.:10:56.

he?s off the line, ready, alert. Joachim Low is managing to look

:10:57.:11:12.

as cool as anybody possibly could Wondering away, about to become

:11:13.:11:17.

the World Championship winning coach, if his team can hold out

:11:18.:11:25.

for two more minutes. Two minutes remaining of

:11:26.:11:36.

Alejandro Sabella's spell in charge Argentina free kick and this

:11:37.:11:40.

really is last chance saloon. They have only been fleeting

:11:41.:12:17.

from Lionel Messi. Officially the world Player

:12:18.:13:02.

of the Year this year. It's not been the final he would

:13:03.:13:09.

have wanted it to be, Lionel Messi, unless he can put this in against

:13:10.:13:13.

the best goalkeeper in the world or Presumably Schweinsteiger

:13:14.:13:16.

has to go off. Those Argentina players will race

:13:17.:13:19.

in if there's a rebound. The other thing, that free kick is

:13:20.:13:51.

a long way out to beat Neuer. Mario Goetze has asked

:13:52.:14:07.

the question of referee Rizzoli. The first World Cup win

:14:08.:14:16.

for the reunified Germany. The referee has had another look

:14:17.:14:23.

at both watches. They're screaming for fulltime

:14:24.:14:28.

on the touchline. Another muted cheer

:14:29.:14:35.

from the Germany's substitutes. But he doesn't have

:14:36.:14:43.

to give any more! One Goetze goal has the whole of

:14:44.:15:12.

Germany, its leaders and power brokers, beaming from ear to ear.

:15:13.:15:18.

Not a night for the world's best individual to shine. But a night

:15:19.:15:22.

when the world's best international team put it all together as a team

:15:23.:15:29.

again. You might argue that the goal that wins the game is possibly the

:15:30.:15:33.

most difficult chance of the night, bearing in mind the one that's went

:15:34.:15:41.

before it. Argentinian tears are one side of the story. The German

:15:42.:15:46.

celebrations will carry on. They've been a long time in the making.

:15:47.:15:51.

They've seen this team grow. They've grown together. Six of the

:15:52.:15:57.

team five years ago won the European under-21 championship, Neuer,

:15:58.:16:00.

team five years ago won the European Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Khedira,

:16:01.:16:03.

Ozil. They've all come through together,

:16:04.:16:07.

Ozil. They've all come through that man, Joachim Low, who's done

:16:08.:16:10.

what his long-time ally Jurgen Klinsmann couldn't quite do. He's

:16:11.:16:15.

taken Germany to the top of the world. Lothar Matthaus, once upon a

:16:16.:16:19.

time, had his hands on the crown. This is Phillipp Lahm's time. Once

:16:20.:16:23.

more Germany's time. Now, all eyes on the middle of that

:16:24.:16:39.

pack for the big moment. They have the model that really now is the

:16:40.:16:46.

envy of the world. From the schools, to the parks, to the Bundesliga and

:16:47.:16:53.

beyond, now on the biggest stage of all in the Maracana, a European

:16:54.:16:58.

team, for the first time, winning the World Cup on South American

:16:59.:17:03.

soil. They are history makers, this German team. They might go on to a

:17:04.:17:09.

few more records yet. In football, Germany rules the world again.

:17:10.:17:20.

It has been a magnificent World Cup, won by a worthy goal in the

:17:21.:17:29.

marvellous city of Rio. Thank you Brazil. Danke.

:17:30.:17:48.

So, after a 24-year wait, once again, Germany have their hands on

:17:49.:17:55.

the trophy. They are the world champions. Good night.

:17:56.:17:59.

Another chance to watch the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.


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