The big one
World?Cup’s football finale is set for 3 p.m. today at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.
Millions of football fans will be glued to their television sets to see whether the world’s best player Lionel Messi and his Argentina outfit can overcome the rugged Germany unit, which has been hailed as the best team of the tournament.
Many pundits reckon Argentina must play a flawless game if they are to beat a powerful German team and lift the World Cup for the third time.
Germany go into the final as favourites after their 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final, but Argentina have shown a surprising defensive steel and in Messi they have a match-turner.
Germany, in fact, knocked Argentina out of the last two World Cups, and, as West Germany, beat them in the 1990 final. Argentina’s last World Cup trophy was in 1986 when they won the final, also against West Germany.
In two previous finals between Germany and Argentina. Argentina won 3-2 in 1986 and Germany 1-0 in 1990. (EZS)