Germany vs Argentina Match Report • Congratulations Germany!

On 14th July 2014 by Kieran

Germany vs Argentina

Estádio Maracanã  Rio de Janeiro

Problems for Germany had began before kick-off; similar to that of Holland in their third place playoff with Brazil. Moments before kick-off, midfielder Sami Khedira pulled out of the match after sustaining an injury in the Germany warm-up.

His replacement Christoph Kramer.

But in the 18th minute Kramer took a heavy head blow; he resisted and played on but only for another 13 minutes where he was substituted for Andre Schurrle who would prove to play a key role in Germany winning the World Cup.

The game had a consistent pattern. Germany had 10% more possession overall yet Argentina had made many counter attacks showing promise.

A defensive mistake from Toni Kroos gave Argentina’s Gonazlo Higuain a clear cut opportunity. Yet the pressure got to him and he scuffed the shot wide whilst 1 on 1 with Neuer. Only 9 minutes later Higuain was involved in the action again. Ezequiel Lavezzi crossed the ball into the box with Higuain latching onto the end of it with a side-foot past the German Goalkeeper. But this was only to be ruled out with Higuain being a yard offside.

In the 45th minute Germany struck close with Howedes powering a header against the post followed by the ball being scrambled into Romero’s hands.

The rest of the match consisted of much of the same. Germany held much of the possession yet Argentina did make some breakthroughs.

With only 7 minutes until Argentina’s 4th clean sheet in a row Germany scored.

Substitute Mario Gotze latched onto the end of an Andre Schurrle cross at the near post with a sublime finish, giving Germany the lead with little time remaining. But this is how the scoreline finished.

With the final whistle blown Germany became the first European side to win the World Cup in the Americas and pulled even with Italy for the second-most titles all-time, one behind Brazil’s record five. And I believe it is fair to say a well deserved prize for the team.

 

 

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