I thought that game was much more interesting than some that preceded it. At least it had a sense of, any outcome was possible. Argentina had a string of bad luck (or was it, partly selfishness and weaker prep?) early on. The Germans did well replacing Khedira and then, replacing so many replacements, shrugging off injuries that could be shrugged off in the endgame, and not going ballistic over so many bad tackles.
The Guardian picked on the refereeing a bit cruelly and I suppose some argument could be made. I wondered a few times whether they were giving firm enough warnings, or should have taken it up a notch. But at the least, it seems like they attempted to show some restraint and not let a rush of red cards decide the game.
For a while, it seemed a little dubious if Germany was going to really get the tactics together. Argentina plays rather well on fast and furious with the ball in the air a lot. Maybe it's partly a matter of my general preference, but I felt like the Germans did better when they kept it more on the ground and spread things out more. Both sides packed the center pretty hard and it was one of those games where I found myself groaning a bit about using the wings. Happens quite often really, but I expected them to pay rather more attention to that. On the breaks, there were a lot of people getting shut down or trying to make too hasty moves in the dead center area.
And Neuer still looks very dashing, and has an awesome eye for distances. He didn't fall for the long ball overhead toward the end, he he challenged the strikers hard enough to make their attempts difficult on quick breaks where time was not on his side, and he only mauled someone more by accident after getting a firm sock at the ball. I could probably never
play goalie myself... But I'm gonna go join the fan club now.