Sunday, July 13, 2014

FIFA Final: At Half-Time, Score is 0-0 Between Argentina, Germany

According to The Associated Press, the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany is still level at 0-0 after the first half.

Argentina was the more dangerous team in the first 45 minutes of play, and forward Gonzalo Higuain the most aggressive player.

COMMENT: Germany was forced to play without Sami Khedira, who pulled out of the starting lineup minutes before kickoff and was replaced by Christoph Kramer.
 
Kramer, however, was first injured in the 18th minute and then was replaced by Andre Schuerrle in the 32nd with what appeared to be head injury.

Schuerrle, who scored the last two goals against Brazil in the 7-1 semifinal rout as a substitute, then had Germany's best chance in the 37th, but Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero made the block.
 
The match at the Maracana Stadium kicked off with Germany wearing its traditional white shirts and Argentina playing in dark blue.