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Löw relishes Argentina clash in World Cup final

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Löw relishes Argentina clash in World Cup final
Messi lies in wait for Germany. Photo: DPA
08:34 CEST+02:00
Germany will face Argentina in the final of the football World Cup on Sunday, after Lionel Messi and his teammates beat the Netherlands in a penalty shootout in the semi-final on Wednesday night.

It will be the third time Germany and Argentina have met in a World Cup final. Germany won in 1990 and Argentina in 1986.

Germany's coach Joachim Löw said he was looking forward to the clash in Brazil's famous Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

"Europe against South America - a juicy line-up," he said. "Argentina are defensively strong, compact, well-organized. "Offensively they have outstanding players like Messi and Higuain. We will prepare ourselves well and look forward to Rio."

Argentina and the Netherlands could only serve up a few cold crumbs of excitement over 120 minutes on Wednesday, following the football feast of Germany’s 7:1 drubbing of Brazil on Tuesday.

Neither side managed to create clear-cut chances, and little the German players saw, watching the match from their World Cup resort, would have struck them with fear for Sunday.

Argentina's star player and captain, Lionel Messi, did not touch the ball in the Dutch penalty area for 120 minutes.

With the score still 0-0 after extra-time, Argentina went on to win 4:2 on penalties thanks to their goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, who saved two of the Dutch efforts. 

SEE ALSO: Seven greatest German sporting triumphs 

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