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Brazil-Germany in classic World Cup Final

SportIn a tournament that has produced history and upsets, the final will produce more history as it pits the two most prolific teams ever to play in the World Cup. In this the 17th tournament, Germany and Brazil will face off for the first time in the history of the 72 year old event. Even more amazing, these are teams that have combined for 12 of 28 finals spots in the past 14 Cups, and 7 titles. Every final since Argentina-Netherlands in \'78 has featured either Brazil or Germany, but this will be the first meeting in any round for the powerhouses. Germany seeks to tie Brazil for most titles at 4, whlie Brazil looks to be the first team to win 5. Germany was first to advance to this final, courtesy of Michael Ballack\'s goal in the 76th minute that ended the dream run of co-host Korea by a 1-0 final. Ballack also scored the lone goal in Germany\'s quarterfinal win over the United States, but will miss the final after receiving his second yellow card of the knockout round. Germany\'s run seemed improbable after they needed a playoff with Ukraine to even qualify for the tournament. This is their first final since Italy 1990 where they avenged a 3-2 finals defeat to Argentina in Mexico 1986 by winning 1-0.

Brazil survived just the fifth rematch in Cup history courtesy of Ronaldo\'s goal in the 49th minute, ousting Turkey 1-0. Ronaldo has scored in every game save the 2-1 win over England, nearly keeping his promise to rip the net in every contest. Brazil will be playing in the final for the third consecutive year having lost to host France 3-0 in 1998 and winning USA 1994 by defeating Italy in penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw.

In six contests Germany\'s defense has allowed only a last minute goal in qualifying to Ireland while Brazil has yielded just 4 goals, 2 of those coming during a 5-2 rout of Costa Rica. Brazil\'s prolific attack has produced 16 goals and figures to test Germany\'s defense and star goal keeper Kahn.

The third place matchup of Turkey and South Korea also figures to be a low scoring affair as the teams have given up just 7 goals in 12 matches combined. However, history would indicate a more wide open match as the last six 3rd place matches have produced 24 goals.
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Brazil-Germany in classic World Cup Final
Authored by: PaulSmith onThursday, March 08 2018
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