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Oracle turtle favours Argentina for World Cup victory

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 11:39 AM -

Brazilian fans can't be too pleased the prediction of a turtle in Brazil that has picked Argentina as the winner of the today's World Cup final.

The prognosticator in a half-shell made his choice on Friday, snapping up a fish hanging beneath Argentina's flag while shunning a similar treat beneath Germany's.

Brazil isn't in contention after its crushing 7-1 loss to Germany, but its famous rivalry with their Argentine neighbours might cause them to root for the Germans after all.

For the final, Argentina has Lionel Messi in their arsenal, called one of the world's greatest football players, while the Germans are bringing Miroslav Klose, the World Cup's all-time leading scorer.

The match is set for 3 p.m. EDT, in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, where fans will bask in sunshine and some balmy Brazilian winter weather.

As for the Germans and the Argentines, they have their own World Cup history together.

In 1986, Diego Maradona led Argentina to a 3-2 victory over West Germany.

But the Germans got their revenge in 1990, unseating the champions 1-0 thanks to a late-game penalty by Andreas Brehme.


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