People are going to watch and see who among the two teams can outplay the other out of the group of 8. Argentina should definitely be feeling the pressure playing against the host nation who will be going in hordes shouting and cheering like barbarians raising the hearts of their country to unmatched proportions. Germany’s play game after game have improved dramatically both in offense and defense.
The hardest team to go up against is the team who has the 12th man by their side — German Fans.
The odds are against Argentina who is facing the leading goal scorer in the tournament — Miroslav Klose, the goalie who replaced the greatest goalie in 2002 — Jens Lehmann, the coach who revolutionized and changed the way the traditional Germans play the game — Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Ballack relentlessly sending one shot after the other towards the goal, winning all three matches — 9 points in group stage, and dominating Sweden in the final 16, etc…
Germany is cocky and bold going into the tournament, confident they cannot be beaten. History is on the side of the host nation when they beat Argentina in the last World Cup held in their soil.
With the favorites enjoying all signs; still, Argentina is no pushover and will prove they can rise above all odds and tame the German nation.
Argentina is far better than anyone expected or gauged prior to the tournament. They have been scoring at will and their young lineup which includes Lionel Messi is showing enormous aggresiveness in attack, and a rampage during the group stage. With a draw and two wins which includes a 6 goal output in one of them, people deep inside are expecting a string of shots and goals scored in the tournament.
The game is almost on it’s way and let’s see the upcoming dog fight.
Below is the lineup for each teams:
Germany: 1. LEHMANN Jens, 3. FRIEDRICH Arne, 7. SCHWEINSTEIGER Bastian, 8. FRINGS Torsten, 11. KLOSE Miroslav, 13. BALLACK Michael (C), 16. LAHM Philipp, 17. MERTESACKER Per, 19. SCHNEIDER Bernd, 20. PODOLSKI Lukas, 21. METZELDER Christoph
Argentina: 1. ABBONDANZIERI Roberto, 2. AYALA Roberto , 3. SORIN Juan (C), 5. CAMBIASSO Esteban , 6. HEINZE Gabriel , 7. SAVIOLA Javier , 8. MASCHERANO Javier , 9. CRESPO Hernan , 10. RIQUELME Juan , 13. SCALONI Lionel , 18. RODRIGUEZ Maxi
Forecast: Germany 3 – Argentina 2
[tags]FIFA World Cup, World Cup, FIFA World Cup 2006, Germany, Argentina, Knockout[/tags]