Argentina coach: Rested Germans have edge

Argentine players react during their penalty shootout win against Netherlands. Photo / AP
Argentine players react during their penalty shootout win against Netherlands. Photo / AP

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes a well-rested Germany will have the advantage against the weary South Americans in Monday's World Cup final.

Sabella's players advanced to the Maracana showpiece in a gruelling penalty shoot-out battle with the Netherlands that the Argentina coach described as like a "war."

The fact that Germany have had an extra day's rest and effectively had their 7-1 win over Brazil wrapped up inside half an hour could be crucial, Sabella said.

"Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired - the results of a war, so to speak," said Sabella.

"We have a final to play, with one day less to prepare and against a team like Germany, but with work, humility and seriousness, we'll do all we can to make it all the way to the top."

Sabella spoke admiringly of German football, saying they often produced players with a "South American touch."

"Germany throughout their entire history have always shown physical might, tactical, mental prowess, and have always had players with a certain South American touch," he said.

"The match is extremely difficult and I repeat the fact they haven't played extra time and we've played two, and played one day after Germany.

"Germany is always a very difficult hurdle to overcome.

"We'll see if it's a minor issue, the fact we played after and the Germany game was decided in the first 45 minutes, so they could ease off in the second half, whereas we had to spend all the effort, and every last drop of sweat to reach the World Cup final."

Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts at the end of the penalty shootout. Photo / AP

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero repelled penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the penalty shoot-out after a cagey stalemate finished 0-0 following extra time at the Corinthians Arena.

Argentina, chasing their third World Cup title, last reached the final in Italy in 1990, when they lost 1-0 to West Germany.

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