Germany vs. Argentina: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview

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Germany vs. Argentina: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview
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It's been a long journey to the Maracana for Germany and Argentina, who will compete in a World Cup final for the third time in their history this Sunday.

As a result, these two teams will break the record for most times featuring as World Cup final opponents, trumping that of Brazil and Italy, who have also met twice.

Sunday will also see one side take an advantage in their World Cup head-to-head, the South Americans having triumphed 3-2 in 1986 before Die Mannschaft got their revenge with a 1-0 victory four years later.

Delving into some of the fixture's key battles, we've considered which head-to-head matchups will have the biggest impact on proceedings and provided a guide to all the essential viewing information.

 

Date: Sunday 13 July

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Live Stream: BBC Sport website (U.K.), WatchESPN (U.S.)

TV Info: BBC One (U.K.), ABC (U.S.)

 

Key Battles

Toni Kroos vs. Javier Mascherano

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Featuring with Man of the Match displays in their respective semi-final wins, Toni Kroos and Javier Mascherano are set to play out very different roles in their sides' hunt for victory this weekend.

Both having been nominated for this year's Golden Ball award, Kroos showed his creative side once again in the 7-1 mauling of Brazil, scoring twice and recording one assist.

Mascherano, meanwhile, made four tackles in the 0-0 draw against the Dutch, the joint-highest tally alongside the Oranje's Ron Vlaar. WhoScored.com show how fitting it is that the two midfielders are set to collide on Sunday:

While Kroos will be hoping to pull the strings of his side, there's far greater pressure on Mascherano to do as he did against Louis van Gaal's men last week, denying the opposition maestros the space they need to work their magic.

 

Miroslav Klose vs. Ezequiel Garay

There's no guarantee that Miroslav Klose will retain his place in Joachim Low's line-up for the fixture against Argentina, but the veteran's performance against Brazil was so impressive that one can certainly envision him being on the field from the first whistle in Rio.

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There, the central attacking figure will be faced with the challenge of Ezequiel Garay, the more mobile and technically gifted of Alejandro Sabella's two centre-back options.

Klose's semi-final brought with it the record for most goals scored in World Cup finals history (16), but Garay has been enjoying good form in the tournament, too, as ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan attests:

Germany's game relies on passing movement and swift buildup through the midfield channels the likes of which Garay won't have encountered yet.

On Sunday, the defender must ensure that his duties in closing down those onrushing doesn't divert his attention too far from Klose, who's likely to be a constant, lurking presence in Argentina's box.

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