Argentina/Germany Face Off

The Dutch fall to Argentina and the celebration begins! (Nelson Almeida/Getty Images)

The Dutch fall to Argentina and the celebration begins! (Nelson Almeida/Getty Images)

It wasn’t pretty—and some have even labeled it as boring—but the World Cup semifinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands is history and, fortunately, Argentina prevailed. They now face soccer powerhouse Germany in the final match on Sunday—their third such meeting after Argentina won in 1986 and Germany won in 1990.

This is Argentina’s first trip to the final in 24 years and since this victory also happened on their national independence day, it was even sweeter. Granted, it took 120 minutes, a penalty kick shootout and some amazing saves from Argentinean goalie Romero to secure the 4-2 victory, but Messi and company succeeded and now face a formidable—yet familiar—foe.

Dutch fans watch as their World Cup hopes fade (Ferdy Damman/Getty Images)

Dutch fans watch as their World Cup hopes fade (Ferdy Damman/Getty Images)

In other words, Sunday’s final against Germany should be one for the ages—provided Argentina doesn’t go down the same road that sent Brazil packing after an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Alemannia. And now the Brazilians have to watch their oldest South American foe face off against Germany in pursuit of the trophy they so desperately wanted for themselves. I truly hate it for them since, as I mentioned before, I am also a fan of Brazilian soccer.

The good news is that one South American team remains, so there is still a chance of the World Cup coming back to the continent. Argentina will have to play at the highest level if they hope to suppress Klose, Muller and the rest of Germany’s superstars. Their defense played well against the Dutch and effectively removed Robben from the match, but the Germans have more weapons and Argentina will need to improve offensively to keep up with them.

I have faith, though. And I hope that when the dust settles on Sunday, Argentina will stand victorious—and Messi will finally crawl out of Maradona’s shadow once and for all.

¡Viva Argentina!

Posted on July 10, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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