Jul 9, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
Netherlands
0-0
Argentina

Martins Indi (44'), Huntelaar (105')
FT

Demichelis (48')
Argentina win 4-2 on penalties

Germany boast "special plan" to stop Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Axel Witsel of Belgium (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match on July 5, 2014
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Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick says that a "special plan" awaits Argentina's Lionel Messi in Sunday's World Cup final.

Hansi Flick has revealed that Germany have devised a "special plan" to thwart Lionel Messi in Sunday's World Cup final with Argentina.

Messi endured a quiet night in the 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Wednesday, failing to register a single touch inside the opposition penalty area during the 120 minutes of play.

Likewise, Flick, who is coach Joachim Low's assistant, says that Die Mannschaft have also hatched a ploy to combat the Barcelona ace but refuses to divulge the strategy.

"We saw how the Dutch managed to keep Messi out, but we too have a special plan for him, although I won't give that away," he told reporters.

"We're looking forward to meeting a compact, organised team and in Messi, they have one of the outstanding players of the tournament."

Sunday's encounter at the Maracana kicks off at 8pm.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
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