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In their 18 all-time meetings,
This time, it is pretty much clear that Diego Maradona would not do that same mistake in his quest to become the first man to win World Cup both as a player as well as a coach after Franz Beckenbauer.
Lionel Messi has been in tremendous form so far and he would be the key man in
While attack seems to be the strength of both sides, defense is where the problem exists. Both teams showed some sloppy defending in their previous matches, though those were overlooked mainly because of their dominance in attack. So, the performance of the back four of both teams could make a difference in the match.
Podolski is expected to get over his minor thigh problem and be available for the match. Ozil was rested for the last training session before the match and should be fit to get into the starting line up, while striker Cacau is doubtful due to his abdominal muscle strain.
Argentine center back Walter Samuel has shaken off his thigh injury, but it is less likely he would be in the starting line up. Though Messi missed a training session with a clod on Thursday, he should be fit for the match.
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Manuel Neuer, Arne Friedrich, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Jérôme Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose