Football

Germans have the edge, says Sabella

Germany's extra day of rest will give them the edge in Monday morning's (Singapore time) World Cup final.

The fact that Germany effectively had their 7-1 win over Brazil wrapped up inside half an hour could also be crucial, said Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella.

Sabella's men advanced to the Maracana showpiece in a gruelling extra-time and penalty shoot-out battle with Holland that the Argentina coach described as like a "war."

"Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired - the results of a war, so to speak," he said. "We have a final to play, with one day less to prepare and against a team like Germany, but with work, humility and seriousness, we'll do all we can to make it all the way to the top."

Sabella spoke admiringly of German football, saying they often produced players with a "South American touch."

"Germany, throughout their entire history, have always shown physical might, tactical, mental prowess, and have always had players with a certain South American touch," he said.

"The match is extremely difficult and I repeat the fact they haven't played extra time and we've played two, and played one day after Germany.

"Germany are always a very difficult hurdle to overcome.

"We'll see if it's a minor issue, the fact we played after and the Germany game was decided in the first 45 minutes, so they could ease off in the second half, whereas we had to spend all the effort, and every last drop of sweat to reach the final."

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero repelled penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the penalty shootout after a cagey stalemate finished 0-0 following extra time at the Corinthians Arena.

Argentina, chasing their third World Cup title, last reached the final in Italy in 1990, when they lost 1-0 to West Germany. 
- AFP.

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