Argentina V Germany Fifa World Cup Final 2014
After match synopsis in red!!
Beers: Beer World Cup Final:
Who is set to win the battle of the beers? London Pride from England has made it to the World Cup Beer final after putting in some great battling performances to beat beers from from the USA, Italy, Costa Rica, Colombia and Australia. LP now goes up against the formidable German trio of Karlskrone, Lowenbrau and Friedenfelser, who have got to the final by beating beers from Chile, Argentina, France, Portugal and the USA. All three beers are brewed under strict German brewing quality regulations and will be tough to beat. Who will quench the thirst, set the mood, get me in the right spirit? Click on picture for a preview of the beers. Get the beer result after, much after!
4-3 To the German beers, but just about. London Pride was up against three tough German competitors but did well considering the amount of beers that were sampled!
Overall London Pride is a decent ale, tops. And was more than equal to the Germans, but I just give the victory to Germany for the Karlskrone and Friedenfelser Hefe-Weizen which slightly put them ahead. Needless to say the next morning I had a raging hangover, thank god the World Cup of football and beer is over as I need to return to normality and reintroduce myself to the wife!
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Argentina: After about a month of drinking beer and watching football it comes all down to this match tonight, Argentina against Germany to be crowned the best in the world. Germany have the team while Argentina have the player. This is the game that Messi has longed for all his life. You can forget about the Champions Leagues and Spanish trophy’s, this is the one that matters to him the most. Tonight he has the chance to be remembered in the same manner as Diego. Take a deep breath Lionel tonight will be some game.
Argentina are a team that don’t give away too many goals. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero has kept a tournament-high four clean sheets in Brazil while Zabaleta and Mascherano are peaking at the right moment in defence. Mascherano pretty much saved his team against the Dutch when he put in a phenomenal last ditch tackle to deny Robben, at the far post, whose position had goal written all over it. The tackle of the tournament, unforgettable. That’s how you do it Rafael Marquez!
Argentina are in a World Cup final, and I hold my hand up I really didn’t expect it after watching some of their performances. I mean Switzerland, Nigeria and the Netherlands could have beaten them if they had got their act together. But its good to see Messi in a final and I would love to see the best player in the world lift the cup, but them Germans are hard to beat!
Germany: In the semi finals game we experienced a once in a life time amazing annihilation of Brazil by a German team who put seven goals past them in a match that saw several records smashed. Klose finally got Ronaldo’s record, Brazil suffered their biggest World Cup defeat of all time, and their first competitive home defeat in 39 years. Can another record go tonight, with Muller getting a goal to become the first player to be back to back world cup leading goals scorer. Probably.
The Germans were brilliant against Brazil, five goals up after half an hour, without working up too much of a sweat. Amazing. It was all too easy for them. Thomas Muller, unmarked, gave them an early goal from a Kroos’ corner, stepping up to put the ball in the back of the net, with a smart finish. You could have heard a pin drop such was the shock from all around the stadium. Klose scored at the second attempt to set a new World Cup record of 16 goals, and go down in history as the best penalty box player of all time, or goal hanger as we say! Still, take nothing away from his achievement, its truly a great record to have.
And as we were about to digest all this record breaking, Toni Kroos scored not one goal but two in the space of 179 seconds, and just before half time Khedira, who had a cracking game, strolled up, and from a lovely lay off by Ozil, calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner to make it five nil.
Even when Brazil did manage a shot on target the man mountain Manuel Neuer was equal to their efforts, keeping the Brazilians at bay with a few fine stops.
Super sub Shurrle came off the bench and promptly added two more goals to the Germany tally. One of his goals was a real cracker, in off the near post from a tight angle.
The Germans have had an extra day off and didn’t exert themselves too much against Brazil, whereas Argentina had a full 120 minutes with penalties to put away a rugged Netherlands team. Will this make any difference to the game? I feel the Germans have their mind solely focused on lifting the trophy whereas for Argentina maybe a few of their players are just happy enough with a world cup final. My head says Germany but my heart says Messi!
And so the World Cup goes to Germany, for the first time since 1990. They have achieved what was thought near impossible, a European team to win on South American soil, and they fully deserved their victory as they collected the trophy for the fourth time to be champions of the World. Germany were easily the best team at this years World Cup, playing with confidence, showing great attacking ability and powering through teams with ease. They seem to have a team that might go onto to win this trophy again and again in the future, such is the ability of their relatively young squad.
It would be a travesty if Argentina had got their hands on the World Cup. They played pretty poor football throughout the whole competition, struggling to beat teams, and showing very little to get too excited about. Messi was great early on, but withered away in the later rounds of the competition, and failed to step up to the plate in the final. I don’t care if the marketing men in Fifa think he was the best player of the World Cup, he way short of that accolade in truth. In the final they failed to get one shot on target in the entire game which is a pretty woeful statistic for any team, let alone a team gunning for a third World Cup victory.
Higuain fluffed a very easy chance at the start and that really was as good as it got for Argentina all game. They huffed and puffed a little but Germany were not really under too much pressure from them. They had no pace to cause the Germans any problems and Messi was easily contained in midfield. In fact it was Germany who had the best chance of the first half when Howedes hit the post with a good header with Romero well beaten.
Early second half Neuer did a great impression of Toni Schumacher when he nearly put Higuain in hospital with a reckless challenge for the ball. I guess he was going for the ball, but it looked awful in the replays and he was lucky to escape with a card. In fact he even got the free kick! Luckily for Higuain it wasn’t too serious and he was able to recover.
The game fizzled out a bit, was intense but the chances were few and far between and it got to extra-time until the deadlock was broken. Götze calmly chested down a lovely Schurrle pass to sweep in a left-foot finish seven minutes from time. A great goal to win a World Cup final. Well done Germany, you deserved it.
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