Having been thoroughly humiliated on their own turf 24 hours before, Brazil might have taken some solace from the fact that bitter rivals Argentina were sure to follow them into the dismal third-place play-off once their match with the Netherlands went to penalties.
The Dutch scored all four of their spot-kicks to beat Costa Rica, and boast a selection of the best takers at the tournament. Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesl….THAT”S RON VLAAR?! WHY IS IT RON VLAAR?
Roncrete’s misplaced confidence ensured Argentina progressed to play Germany in the World Cup final for a record third-time, but what lessons can savvy punters take from the past two meetings?
After disembowelling Brazil in their semi-final, Germany are 31/50 favourites to lift the trophy, with Argentina 13/10.
Expect late drama at the Maracana.
Argentina and Germany have won a final apiece in their previous meetings, with both matches settled as extra-time hoved into view.
Burruchaga ensured Germany’s two-goal fightback was in vain in 1986, promptly netting Argentina’s third in the 84th minutes, while Andreas Brehme’s 85th minute penalty won the day in 1990.
It is 6/5 that there is at least one goal between the 75th minute and full time, and punters registering with bwin today can claim a £30 free bet which could yield a £36 profit if used to back a late strike on Sunday.
Lionel Messi bids for greatness.
The Barcelona frontman’s attempts to claim the Golden Boot look set to end in failure, with Messi two goals behind James Rodriguez, who also has more assists to his name.
However, matching Diego Maradona’s match-winning impact from 1986, when El Diego produced a perfect through ball for Burruchaga’s late winner, is still on the cards for the Rosarian native.
Angel Di Maria has already profited from a pitch-perfect Messi pass to net a crucial goal against Belgium and it is 9/2 that the Real Madrid man scores again in the final.
Red cards, bookings and general filth.
Throughout their illustrious histories, Germany and Argentina have been two sides so enamoured with the Dark Arts that even Lord Voldemort might consider them a bit off.
There were six yellows in the 1986 final, while 1990’s clash resembled a Gryffindor-Slytherin quidditch face-off at the height of the Potter-Malfoy rivalry with two red cards shown.
Most of these cards were flourished in the second half, making the over 2.5 yellows in the latter 45 a fine bet at 23/20, and the 15/4 that one red will be shown is also worth considering.