World Cup Final

Both teams had good chances to score in the first half, with Argentina blowing an excellent chance in the 30th minute when Toni Kroos made a mistaken pass back giving Higuain a one-on-one with the German goalie, though he put it wide to the left.   Gonzalo Higuain had one called back a little while later when he was flagged for off-sides.

The second half also saw a little more control from Argentina, but very few chances. At the end of regular time, Argentina had zero shots on goal, even if they had a couple more good opportunities than Germany.

Mario Goetze puts Germany on top with a beautiful volley after chesting down a great pass from Andre Schurrle in the second extra period at 113 minutes.  Germany survives a number of last chance tries from Argentina to win the World Cup!

Third Place Game : Brazil - The Netherlands

A nightmare start for Brazil in their attempt at redemption, when Thiago Silva brought down Arjen Robben in the 2nd minute.  Robin van Persie converted the penalty, and Silva got a yellow card rather than the expected red, since he was last man back when he pulled down Robben.  Daley Blind added to Brazil's woes in the 17th minute with a blast from outside.  The Netherlands put the final nail in Brazil's coffin with goal from Georginio Wijnaldum in the 90th minute.  

Brazil never did live up to their potential in this World Cup, and The Netherlands did a good job to get a third place finish after losing the World Cup final in 2010.

Semifinal 2 : Netherlands - Argentina

An evenly played match, with only four shots on goal for the Netherlands and five for Argentina.  Fairly even in time of possession, at 53-47%, the Dutch slightly more in control.  It came down to penalty kicks, and this time the Netherlands left in their game keeper, who failed to stop any Argentine PKs.  Meanwhile the Argentine goaly stopped two PKs to make it to the World Cup final, 4-2 in PKs.

Quarterfinal 4 : Netherlands - Costa Rica

The Netherlands controlled this game from the start, but were unable to break down Costa Rica in spite of 15 shots on goal.  The Dutch maintained possession 64-36%.   The game saw a lot of yellow cards, but no goals through 120 minutes.   The game went to penalties, which the Dutch players dominated with substitute goalie Tim Krul coming in at the last minute of the second overtime.   Krul went on to make two saves, with the Netherlands winning on penalties 4-2.

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