FIFA World Cup Today Matches


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ARG and GER in the final, BRA and NED in the Third-place play-off

ARG and GER in the final, BRA and NED in the Third-place play-off

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost over but two more exhilarating matches must still be witnessed by fans, the media, and everyone else who are head-over-heels with football. Brazil and the Netherlands will be battling out for the third place at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília on July 12 while Argentina and Germany will brawl for the championship at the historic Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

 

The last two World Cup matches have been the major focus of most spectators and analysts. The 7-1 rout of Brazil by the Germans was perhaps this year’s strongest shocker. The appalling defeat was unexpected and with the Internet’s power to spread memes and similar media to a vast number of audiences, the disaster just got even more pronounced and humiliating. Argentina’s win over the Netherlands, meanwhile, may have not been able to produce buzz as much as the fixture before them but it was historic and a huge boost to South American football.

 

It has long been a tradition to do the Third Place Play-off to determine the World Cup 3rd and 4th placers. However, not everyone agrees with this system and many consider it as unfair as well as highly assaultive to the eventual losers. Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal is one of those who condemn the process, saying, “I think that this match should never be played. I have been saying this for the past 10 years. We will just have to play the game but it is unfair. We will have one day less to recover and that’s not fair play. But the worst thing is, I believe, there is a chance that you lose twice in a row in a tournament in which you’ve played so marvelously well. You go home as a ‘loser’ because possibly you’ve lost the last two matches.”

 

Meanwhile, Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella expressed his thoughts about his men advancing to the finals to compete against Germany—a repeat of the 1990 World Cup. He believes that Germany have the edge on this fixture as Die Mannschaft players are more rested  and have a generally better form.

 

Argentina secured their berth in the final in a grueling extra-time and penalty shoot-out battle with the Netherlands. The coach has described it as a “war.”

 

“Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired—the results of a war, so to speak. We have a final to play, with one day less to prepare and against a team like Germany, but with work, humility and seriousness, we’ll do all we can to make it all the way to the top.”

 

(Featured image: Argentina players celebrate | Source: FIFA)

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