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Hamster Cup Episode 8: Germany vs Argentina

Published on Jul 11, 2014 8:25 PM

The past month's football fever has brought sweat, tears, tackles, dives, Suarez, hamsters, and Suarez acting like a hamster.

And now, two teams await a final showdown, one of whom will emerge immortalised in World Cup history on Monday morning (Singapore time).

The Straits Times' resident rodents Tiki and Taka take to the pitch one final time to decide the winner of the tournament.

It is also with a heavy heart that I write my final ST Hamster Cup update having formed a close bond with our furry athletes. I hope my editor leaves these heartfelt words of mine in this article.

The Straits Times' resident rodents Tiki and Taka take to the pitch one final time to decide the winner of the tournament. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

(Ed's note: Okay.)

In a continuation of the Europe versus South America theme from the semi-finals, Germany takes on Argentina at the Maracana at 3am on Monday morning, in what is sure to be a thrilling encounter.

The German juggernaut, fresh off a 7-1 semi-final demolition of hosts Brazil, will look to become the first European nation to lift the World Cup on South American soil.

Meanwhile Argentina would be the more nervous of the two, having played out the first ever goalless semi-final in the history of the tournament. They won't be fretting though - They have Lionel Messi, a player many often compare with the legendary Diego Maradona.

Tiki will play in the colours of Germany, who now boasts the World Cup's top scorer of all time in Miroslav Klose, while Taka represents Argentina who are fighting for South American pride.

Other animal oracles worldwide have made their predictions for the fixture too.

In Dubai, Shaheen the camel has picked Argentina to emerge winners as he nibbled on a sign showing the country's flag. His choice is echoed by Ricalli and Crexa, two crows from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, who played out a penalty shootout in favour of Albicelestes.

On the other hand, Flopsy the kangaroo, also known as Predictaroo from Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, has picked Germany, eating out of a bowl placed behind a German flag. She is backed by Nelly the elephant from Serengeti Park wildlife park in Hodenhagen, Germany, who predicted a win for her home country with a kick of a ball into a goal.

Will Germany triumph and make Andy's father a rich man? Or will Messi prevail as Maradona did in 1986?

Watch the video and find out.