Argentina to face off Germany in FIFA World Cup final

14:30 | Lima, Jul. 10.

Argentina defeated the Netherlands in a penalty shootout to set up a third meeting with Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday.
After a scoreless game in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalty kicks by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to help his team win the shootout 4-2.

Germany will make a record eighth appearance in the World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. Diego Maradona led Argentina to a second world title with a 3-2 win over Germany in the 1986 final. 

In turn, Germany avenged the loss four years later with a 1-0 win for a third World Cup win. Neither has won the tournament since.

After easing to a record 7-1 win over Brazil two days ago, Germany is the 8-11 favorite to win the final at United Kingdom-based bookmaker Ladbrokes, with Argentina rated an 11-10 chance.

According to, the Dutch will play in the third-place match July 12 against five-time champion and hosts Brazil.


Published: 7/10/2014