World Cup: Underdogs Argentina hope for repeat of '86

Lionel Messi carries Argentina's hopes.
Lionel Messi carries Argentina's hopes, much like Diego Maradona in 1986. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Germany go into tonight's World Cup final as bookmakers' favourites to beat Lionel Messi's Argentina in Rio.

The Germans humiliated hosts Brazil on their way to the Maracana showpiece, and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says the side "know how to handle" the weight of expectation now on them.

Bastian Schweinsteiger says his side's experience will help their cause.
Bastian Schweinsteiger says his side's experience will help their cause. Credit: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA

The two sides also met in the 1986 final in Mexico, and Argentinians - including manager Alejandro Sabella - hoping their side will win out once again.

Lionel Messi may need to play a similarly talismanic role as Diego Maradona did in that tournament, with bookmakers making Germany odds-on favourites to lift the trophy.

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