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2014 Brazil World Cup - The Final   (14th July, 2014)
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It is called "the greatest show on Earth" and it took place in one of the greatest stadiums on Earth. It was the climax to a month of fantastic football. Almost 75,000 fans packed into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium to witness Germany beat Argentina 1-0. A billion more fans watched on TV around the world. It was the third time the two teams had met in a World Cup Final, with Argentina winning in 1986 and the Germans triumphing four years later. Germany was appearing in a record-breaking eighth World Cup Final. It was Argentina's fifth time.

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It was a very exciting and close first half. Germany dominated possession but Argentina looked dangerous on the counterattack. Higuain had the best chance after he was clear on goal after a terrible back pass from Toni Kroos. Higuain scuffed his shot wide. Higuain also had a goal ruled offside. There were few chances in a very tight second half and the game went into extra-time at 0-0, with both sets of players showing signs of weariness. Germany broke the deadlock in the 113th minute when Mario Goetze controlled a pass into the penalty box on his chest and struck the ball into the net.

 

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PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

the greatest show

a.

four years later

2.

the climax to a month

b.

World Cup Final

3.

A billion more

c.

of fantastic football

4.

It was the third time the two

d.

in 1986

5.

Argentina winning

e.

on Earth

6.

the Germans triumphing

f.

teams had met

7.

a record-breaking eighth

g.

fifth time

8.

It was Argentina's

h.

fans watched on TV

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

It was a very exciting

a.

possession

2.

Germany dominated

b.

offside

3.

Argentina looked dangerous

c.

deadlock in the 113th minute

4.

Higuain had the best chance after

d.

and close first half

5.

a terrible back

e.

extra-time at 0-0

6.

Higuain also had a goal ruled

f.

he was clear on goal

7.

the game went into

g.

on the counterattack

8.

Germany broke the

h.

pass

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

It is called "(1) _____________________ Earth" and it took place in one of the greatest stadiums on Earth. It was the (2) _____________________ fantastic football. Almost 75,000 fans packed into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium to witness Germany beat Argentina 1-0. (3) _____________________ watched on TV around the world. It (4) _____________________ two teams had met in a World Cup Final, with Argentina winning in 1986 and the Germans (5) _____________________ later. Germany was appearing in a (6) _____________________ World Cup Final. It was Argentina's fifth time.

It was a very exciting (7) _____________________. Germany dominated possession but Argentina (8) _____________________ the counterattack. Higuain had the best chance after he (9) _____________________ after a terrible back pass from Toni Kroos. Higuain scuffed his shot wide. Higuain also had a (10) _____________________. There were few chances in a very tight second half and the game went into extra-time at 0-0, with (11) _____________________ showing signs of weariness. Germany broke the deadlock in the 113th minute when Mario Goetze controlled a pass into the penalty (12) _____________________ and struck the ball into the net.

PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Itiscalled"thegreatestshowonEarth"andittookplaceinoneofthegreateststadi
umsonEarth.Itwastheclimaxtoamonthoffantasticfootball.Almost75,000fan
spackedintoRiodeJaneiro'sMaracanaStadiumtowitnessGermanybeatArgentina1-
0.AbillionmorefanswatchedonTVaroundtheworld.Itwasthethirdtim
ethetwoteamshadmetinaWorldCupFinal,withArgentinawinningin1986andt
heGermanstriumphingfouryearslater.Germanywasappearinginarecord-
breakingeighthWorldCupFinal.ItwasArgentina'sfifthtime.Itwasaveryexcitin
gandclosefirsthalf.GermanydominatedpossessionbutArgentinalookeddan
gerousonthecounterattack.Higuainhadthebestchanceafterhewasclearong
oalafteraterriblebackpassfromToniKroos.Higuainscuffedhisshotwide.Higu
ainalsohadagoalruledoffside.Therewerefewchancesinaverytightsecondha
lfandthegamewentintoextra-timeat0-0,withbothsetsofplayersshowingsi
gnsofweariness.Germanybrokethedeadlockinthe113thminutewhenMario
Goetzecontrolledapassintothepenaltyboxonhischestandstrucktheballintot
henet.

WORLD CUP FINAL DISCUSSION

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

a)

What did you think when you read the headline?

b)

What do you imagine when you hear the word 'champions'?

c)

What did you think of Germany's performance in the final?

d)

Are you happy with the result? (Why / Why not?)

e)

How do you think it feels to score the winning goal?

f)

Who was man of the match (or MVP - most valuable player)?

g)

Did the best team win?

h)

What do you think of penalty shootouts?

i)

What is your most memorable moment of the 2014 World Cup?

j)

How did you feel at the final whistle?

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

a)

Did you like reading this article? Why/not?

b)

What did you think of Argentina's performance in the final?

c)

What did you think of the referee's performance in the final?

d)

Would you like to have been in the Maracana Stadium? (Why?)

e)

What do you think of the Argentinian and German soccer kits?

f)

What do you think of the winning goal?

g)

Do you feel sorry for Argentina?

h)

Was this the best World Cup ever?

i)

Would a Brazil-Argentina final have been better?

j)

What questions would you like to ask Germany's coach?

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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f)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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WRITING

Write about the World Cup Final for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

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