Jul 13, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Germany
1-0
Argentina
Gotze (113')
Schweinsteiger (29'), Howedes (34')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Mascherano (64'), Aguero (65')

Diego Simeone backs Argentina on penalties

An Argentina and Germany fan with their faces painted in the national colors cheer prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
© AFP
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone backs Argentina to beat Germany on penalties in the World Cup final.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has backed Argentina to win the World Cup on penalties.

The South American nation are currently in action against Germany, with the score 0-0 after 57 minutes.

Simeone, who made 106 appearances for Argentina between 1988 and 2002, believes that penalties will ultimately decide the outcome.

"Argentina will win the World Cup against Germany, but they will do so with excitement and penalties, as I predicted against the Netherlands," he told Ole.

"I talked with friends before the game against the Netherlands and I told them I was convinced Argentina would win on penalties. They said I was crazy.

"The final is 50-50. Germany are a solid and organised team, but you can take advantage of their high defensive line with speed and [Lionel] Messi and [Gonzalo] Higuain are going to be crucial on the break. It's going to be difficult but from a supporter's perspective, I have no doubt Argentina will win on penalties."

Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties in the semi-finals.

Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain (L) and Germany's defender Mats Hummels vie for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match on July 13, 2014
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