Germany became World Champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze‘s extra-time winner beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil. The Germany substitute controlled Andre Schurrle‘s cross with his chest before volleying in with seven minutes left.
In what a fairly lackluster game throughout the normal time with Argentina failing to have even one shot on target at the German Goal. The best chance of the match though fell to Gonzalo Higuain who was awarded a simple chance thanks to Toni Kroos’ backpass which set the Argentine up in a one-on-one situation against Manuel Neuer. But Higuain failed to capitalize and scuffed the ball aw away from the goal.
There was a touch of physical bite in the match though as Bastian Schweinsteiger ended the match with a scare just below his right eye and Manuel Neuer almost took off Higuain’s head as he clattered at the edge of the box with the Argentine forward.
Gotze’s goal was a magnificent way to win this match, with his touch and volley showcasing superb technique and composure that belied this age. Argentina had the chances to win this match in normal time but couldn’t take them, and they got punished as Germany became the first European side to win the World Cup in South America.
There can be no complaints. They’ve been the best team from beginning to end, with a bit of a dip in the middle. It’s harsh on Argentina who probably had the better chances on the night, but them’s the breaks. The players celebrate on the pitch, showcasing their variety of haircuts.
What a World Cup this has been. Lionel Messi misses his chance to emulate Maradona in the final, but he can console himself in the knowledge that Argentina wouldn’t be there without him. Germany have probably been the best team in the competition, so they are worthy winners of the biggest prize in football as they are the final side standing after 32 days of enthralling action.