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Germany v. Argentina Review



Germany v. Argentina Review
By Ducan Bochicchio


I had a dream Saturday night—no, not a dream, but a vision.  The soccer gods descended from the World Cup heavens and told me that June 13th would be the most historic day in the history of historic soccer histories.  They told me that today was the day that Messi would cement his place in the World Cup heavens as the greatest to ever play the game.  He would do so with a hat trick in the World Cup final, lifting the underdogs of Argentina over the machines of Germany to victory—all in their arch nemesis Brazil’s home stadium. 

Bummer… I’m going to have to find some new soccer gods to get my info from, because these guys are clearly just obsolete.  The Germans did what they have done all tournament long, which is absolutely dominate games with their size, defensive organization and strength, and creativity in the final third.  This is a complete team, with depth all over the field—and they didn’t even have Marco Reus!?!?!?!

Don’t get me wrong, Argentina put up a fantastic fight and probably were unlucky not to have taken advantage of their chances.  Higuain will probably never sleep again after his 1v1 with Neuer, and had Palacio scored the little lob shot late in the second half, he would have been granted sainthood right there on the field.  But he didn’t, so that means he HAS to cut off that stupid little braid thing now, right??

And Messi, without the injured Di Maria, looked like a one-man team because he had no one else to combine with around the box for his 3 goals that he was supposed to score.  A not quite 100% Aguero just didn’t seem to cut it, and, in the end Argentina, and the dream of deifying Lionel Andres Messi fell short.  It must be hard being so much better than every single one of his teammate he’s ever played with.

It’s scary to think that this German side will probably be as good, if not better, in 4 years time.  No Klose for the 2 yard tap in headers, but Muller has got 10 goals already in his World Cup career and he’ll surely blow his countryman’s record out of the water sooner rather than later.  A healthy Gundogan, Khedira, and Reus won’t be too bad either, and the youth of Draxler, Gotze and co. will have used this experience in Brazil to lead Germany to only the second ever back-to-back World Cup victories.  It’s either that, or they lose to the United States and a Julian Green hat trick in the final.  We’ll see what my soccer gods have to say when Russia 2018 rolls around.

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