After sixty-three successful games in the bag, all roads lead to Maracana as La Albiceleste take on Die Mannschaft in the most heavily anticipated sporting event in the world, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.
After the 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the Quarterfinal, Germany has come on s the favorites coming on to this match. Known for their fast flowing and technical offensive game, the Germans have been this tournaments fan favorite after beating Portugal by four goals. That performance though did not follow through to their next match where they drew Ghana with two goals apiece.
Confidence is high with the German camp but their group stage performance after a drubbing may resurface as they will be facing a sturdy defensive line and the Worlds best player in Messi.
I never predicted Argentina to reach the semi-finals as I simply underestimated their defense. Their defense however brought them to the final after disposing of Belgium and Argentina in the last two games. They may need bring out a better defensive performance to contain the highly efficient German attack.
A Di Maria-less Argentina would need to work harder as they will face an effective german back four. All eyes will be on Higuan as he has found the back of the net twice in the last two games, with the last goal incorrectly ruled offside in the semi-final. The Argentines would need a perfect game in order to win.
So who will win?
Any betting man would favor Germany with their performance in recent games.. The European squad are well rested, well coached, and arguably have the deepest reserves in any World Cup team. Argentina however have a more resolute defense than the German semi-finals opponents and are playing (somewhat) on home soil but are tired and not as deep as the Germans.
The final, for me, will be a long and arduous chess match where the Germans will take control of the possession and bombard Argentina with wave after wave of attacks. But Argentinas backline and inspired goalkeeper would be up to the challenge to thwart the germans offensive play.
Lionel Messi’s presence would be a factor in this match causing to disrupt the German rhythm in both offensively and defensively as it will be a risk to not man mark him as all the teams have done in the post group matches. Everything happens in threes so I will be forecasting a Gonzalo Higuain goal from a counter attack where it will finish as a 1-0 win for Argentina.