Khedira out of World Cup final, replaced by Kramer

2014-07-13T11:56:36Z 2014-07-13T16:05:01Z Khedira out of World Cup final, replaced by KramerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 13, 2014 11:56 am

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is a late withdrawal from the World Cup final with a calf injury and will not play. He is replaced by Christoph Kramer.

Angel Di Maria will not start for Argentina in the World Cup final against Germany after struggling with a thigh injury.

Di Maria also missed the semifinal win over the Netherlands, and the speedy winger's absence is a big blow for Argentina's attack.

Lionel Messi spearheads Argentina's attack alongside Gonzalo Higuain, with Sergio Aguero on the bench. Aguero has also struggled with a thigh injury. Argentina also stayed with the same lineup that started in the semifinals.

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Lineups:

Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Christoph Kramer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose.

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi.

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