Germany vs Argentina match preview

Final: Germany vs Argentina
Venue: Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro
Kick-off: 8pm (4pm, Brazil time)
Odds: Germany 13/10 Draw 11/5 Argentina 12/5
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli, Italy
Joachim Low (Germany)
Alejandro Sabella (Argentina)

eam news: Germany defender Mats Hummels is expected to be available for selection despite missing the second half against Brazil as a precaution because of tendonitis.
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is a doubt after pulling out of training on Saturday with a suspected thigh injury.
Striker Sergio Aguero has fully recovered from a muscle strain and could replace Ezequiel Lavezzi or Gonzalo Higuain.
Left-back Marcos Rojo did not complete training on Friday due to a sore ankle but he should be fine for the final.
Key clash: Toni Kroos (Germany) v Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
Two Golden Ball nominees come face-to-face here and Mascherano must ensure Kroos cannot keep Germany ticking. This game could be decided by just one goal with La Albiceleste’s talisman Lionel Messi unlikely to get much space – so Argentina’s defence, which has not conceded since the group stage, will be vital.

One to watch: Manuel Neuer (Germany)
The giant Bayern Munich ‘keeper has been in fine form so far at the World Cup and another good performance will likely win him the Golden Gloves award.
Head-to-head record: Played 6 Argentina Wins 4 Draws 2 Losses 0

Opta stats:
Germany are set to play in their eighth World Cup final; more than any other nation. They have won three titles.
They have won just one of their last four appearances in the World Cup final (1990 v Argentina).
Germany have now reached a World Cup final in each of the last seven decades (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982 and 86, 1990, 2002 and now 2014).
Argentina are set to play in their fifth World Cup final, they have won two and lost two of the previous four.
This will be the third World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. They met in successive finals in 1986 and 1990, with each team lifting the title (3-2 Argentina in 1986, 1-0 Germany in 1990).
No other fixture has been played as often in a World Cup final as Germany v Argentina.
This is the 10th time that teams from Europe and South America face each other in the final. Seven of these finals have been won by the teams from South America.
Both sides will face off for the seventh time at the World Cup, the only fixture that has been played as often is Brazil v Sweden (seven times).
Germany have won three and lost just one of the previous six World Cup encounters with Argentina (D2). Germany also won the penalty shootout in 2006 against Argentina.

The last time Germany scored in a World Cup match and lost was the 1994 quarter final defeat to Bulgaria (1-2).
Germany are unbeaten in 17 internationals (W12, D5).
Argentina haven’t been trailing in any of their six games at the 2014 World Cup, Germany just eight minutes (v Ghana).
Argentina have won four out of five penalty shootouts at the World Cup, Germany won four out of four (including the one against Argentina in 2006).
Miroslav Klose has scored more World Cup goals than any other player in history and as many as the entire current Argentinian squad (16).
Only Lothar Matthäus (25) has played more World Cup games than Klose (23, as many as Paolo Maldini).
Klose is the only player in both squads who has already played in a World Cup final (2002, 0-2 v Brazil).
Argentina’s Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo lead the way in terms of crosses attempted from open play, with Rojo’s haul of 25 so far bettered only by team-mate di Maria (32).
Thomas Müller has played a hand in 16 World Cup goals in 12 appearances at the finals (10 goals and six assists).
Müller (2010 and 2014) and Klose (2002 and 2006) are the only players in history to score 5+ goals at consecutive World Cup tournaments.

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