Argentina's Di Maria doesn't start World Cup final

A soccer fan of Argentina poses with a banner of Maradona and Lionel Messi before the start of the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — 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.

Germany starts with the same lineup that beat Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals after center back Mats Hummels was declared fit despite a minor knee problem.

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.



Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Sami Khedira, 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.