Germany v Argentina - Match Preview: Clash of the titans

Germany crowd with flag at Euro 2012

We look ahead to the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, featuring Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City stars.

Odds: Germany 13/10, Draw 9/4, Argentina 5/2

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Here it is - four years of build-up, one month’s worth of matches and the two last teams standing face off for the biggest prize in world football.

Germany showed utter class in reaching the final from day one. Their very first group game was against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, which by all means should have been a close encounter, but Germany went on to thrash their European rivals 4-0.

Despite a slight blip drawing against Algeria and having to use extra time to see off the African side, they have been a strong team. Their most impressive display, however, came against Brazil in the semi-finals, blowing them away 7-1.

Argentina have been less spectacular but have somehow managed to keep getting the job done. They have struggled twice in the knockout rounds, the first coming against Switzerland where Angel di Maria scored an 118th-minute goal to send them through. The second came against the Netherlands in the semi-finals which went down to penalties.

The slight favourites in this tie are Germany, but that doesn’t mean Argentina are immediately discredited. With players like Lionel Messi, it only takes one minute of individual brilliance to score and then for Argentina to hang on and frustrate Germany’s attack.

The two teams do deserve to be here, and it really is a clash of the titans in the 2014 World Cup final.

Key stats

1) Germany scored five goals in just 20 minutes against Brazil in their World Cup semi-final clash - that’s the same number as England have scored over two World Cups.

2) Argentina have only conceded three goals in this World Cup campaign.

3) Thomas Müller has scored 10 goals and bagged six assists in just 12 World Cup appearances. He is 24 years of age.

Five players to watch

Thomas Muller - Being only two goals short of your second successive Golden Boot is quite a drive. The Bayern Munich star will be keen to bag a brace against the Argentines.

Lionel Messi - With just one game left in the tournament and it being the final, Messi will be doing everything he can to win the only trophy in football he has left to win.

Sami Khedira - The Real Madrid midfielder absolutely destroyed Brazil - his tackling, passing and pure speed of play was too much for them to handle. His recent injury has been a blessing in disguise as he has released all that pent-up energy into this World Cup. He can make all the difference in this final.

Sergio Aguero - Poor form and a badly timed injury have led to a disappointing World Cup for the Manchester City forward. If there was ever a time for him to come out the blocks and bring it all back, it is now.

Toni Kroos - Another of the Germans who is having a fantastic World Cup, his form has been spellbinding to say the least. Assisting, scoring and just general play through the middle has helped Germany become the team they are.

Last time they met

Germany 1-3 Argentina - August, 2012.

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