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Gotze the hero, as Germany beat Argentina in extra time to win fourth World Cup title

Jul 13, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

Philipp Lahm

Germany won their fourth World Cup title as they beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

An entertaining first half played out, where both Gonzalo Higuain and Benedikt Howedes should have scored, but that gave way to a nerve-shredding second half and extra time period as Argentina and Germany could not be separated until the 113th minute when substitute Mario Gotze scored the game-winner.

Germany’s “Golden Generation” had their golden moment.

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Fellow substitute Andre Schurrle got free down the left and curled in an inch-perfect cross which Gotze chested down and volleyed past Sergio Romero to send Germany wild. The Bayern Munich man became the first substitute to score in extra time of the World Cup final to dash Argentina’s dreams and write himself into World Cup folklore.

With their victory Germany became the first team from Europe to win a World Cup in the Americas, as they clinched their first World Cup since 1990 after an exhausting game between two giants of world soccer.

As for Argentina, Lionel Messi failed to deliver the goods on the biggest stage of all, as a brave defensive display from Argentina wasn’t rewarded despite the Albiceleste only trailing for seven minutes during the entire World Cup.

That proved pivtoal, as the 2014 World Cup went to Das Mannschaft.

In the fifth minute a menacing counter-attack from Argentina released Higuain but the Napoli forward dragged his effort wide of the far post after Germany had enjoyed much of the early possession. The German offense started to click into place as Muller, Ozil and Klose continued to link up well as the first half wore on, however another lung-bursting run from Messi down the right saw Mats Hummels struggling for pace but the Argentine captain’s cross was cleared away from danger.

Argentina were having plenty of joy down the right-flank, as Pablo Zabaleta surged forward and drilled an inviting cross that just missed everyone. Germany continued to dominate possession but Argentina were content to soak things up and hit Das Mannschaft on the break.

source: AP

Gotze was the hero as Germany won in extra time.

In the 22nd minute Higuain missed another glorious opportunity to give Argentina the lead as Toni Kroos misdirected a header back towards his own goal and put the Argentina striker in. However Higuain shanked his effort wide with only Manuel Neuer to beat, as the Argentine players, fans and coaches looked to the sky in disbelief. As half time approached Germany began to crank up the heat as Klose and Lahm were both thwarted by Sergio Romero. Higuain then had the ball in the back of the net as Messi’s ball from the right found the striker who finished superbly but he was in an offside position. Argentina’s fans had to stop celebrating as Higuain strayed offside when he should have known better. It turned out to be an afternoon to forget for Higuain. Soon after came a real talking point as Howedes went in late and extremely high on Zabaleta but only received a yellow card from referee Nicola Rizzoli, when it could have easily been a red.

Then young German midfielder Christoph Kramer (who was a late, late replacement for Sami Khedira who injured his calf in the warm up) was then taken off after failing to shake off a head injury he received from colliding with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder early on. The game continued to ebb and flow, as Kramer’s replacement Schurrle side-footed a powerful effort towards the top corner but Romero palmed the ball away superbly. Five minutes before the break Messi went on another surging run and only a last-ditch block from Neuer stopped the Argentine, then Kroos scuffed a shot into Romero’s arms after an uncharacteristic giveaway from Javier Mascherano. Howedes then headed against the post from six-yards out as the goal beckoned, then Muller was flagged offside as the rebound hit him during a frantic end to a pulsating first half.

At half time Argentina went for it as Sergio Aguero replaced Ezequiel Lavezzi and it almost paid instant dividends as Messi was played through but the Barcelona star dragged his shot wide of Neuer’s far post. Usually when he’s one-on-one the net ripples. Not this time. There was an air of tension around the Maracana as both teams sat with two central midfielders just in front of the back four and looked solid as a rock. The second half proved to be much tighter than the first.

source: AP

Germany managed to shackle Messi in open play.

Neuer and Higuain then collided, as the latter received a nasty blow to the head, but somehow referee Rizzoli gave a foul against the Argentine player as things heated up. Mascherano and Zabaleta were both shown yellows in quick-succession as Germany tried to get in-behind but the final ball was eluded them. In the 74th minute Messi found a second-wind as he cut inside from the right but he bent a trademark effort wide of the far post. Then in the 81st minute Ozil cut in from the right and found Kroos on the edge of the box but the Bayern Munich hit a tame effort towards goal as Germany pushed for a late winner but they neither team could find one.

After a tight second half with the scores locked at 0-0, extra time started with a bang as Schurrle was again denied by a smart stop from Romero then Aguero broke twice on the counter but Argentina couldn’t take advantage of it as the game opened up.

In the 98th minute Rojo’s whipped in a delicious deep ball from the left and Hummels misjudged it to leave Palacios in the clear but Neuer was out like a flash and the Argentina looped his effort harmlessly wide. Both sides looked incredibly tired as the second half of extra time began with 15 minutes left before penalty kicks could decide the outcome.

PKs were not needed as Gotze stepped up to be the hero.  In the 113th minute the Bayern star chested Schurrle’s cross down perfectly and finished powerfully past Romero to send the German fans into raptures. Despite a few last gasp attempts from Argentina, Germany held on to secure their first World Cup title since 1990 and are the Champions of the World.

LINEUPS

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Kramer (Schurrle 32′); Müller, Kroos, Özil (Mertesacker, 120′); Klose (Gotze 88′)

Goal: Gotze 113′

Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Garay, Demichelis, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano; Perez (Gago, 86′), Messi, Lavezzi (Aguero, 45′); Higuain (Palacios, 77′)

  1. reformed2012 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Deutschland über alles, Sieg Heil!

    • shearer09 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Dummkopf.

  2. the8man - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    It lacked goals, but not drama. Germany are fitting champions. It was a good final to an incredible month of football.

  3. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    The best part: The winning goal was scored by a guy with a very similar name to the first internet shock image.

  4. vickycat2014 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Argentina must be proud. Congratulations to Germany but the Argentinians are a better team than 30 of the ones which participated in the World Cup. Nothing to be ashamed of! A second place is an honorable place. They played well and remember it took the winning team almost 120 minutes to beat them. Bravo, Argentina!

  5. msaphir - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    How anyone can call this “epic” is beyond me. Soccer HAS to be THE most boring game, as it translates to TV. 119 minutes of ho-hum and one fraction of a minute of OK, that was cool.****************************************Like watching paint dry.******M.S.***

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      We get it: you cannot appreciate the “beautiful game” that most of the world loves.

    • braxtonrob - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      @msaphir, What do YOU like? I’m ‘dying’ to know!

    • chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      sad to say but you

    • chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Sad to say it but msaphir is right. Throughout the entire match we knew no one would score or would bungle any easy chance they got. People have dramatically overrated this World Cup, the group stage was entertaining but aside from Germany’s thrashing of Brazil, the knockout round was quite boring.
      Just like the NHL, soccer fans cannot distinguish between a close match and an exciting match. Overtime in the NFL is exciting, where teams can score or be stopped. Overtime/Extra Time in NHL and soccer is where fans just pray that one team scores so that the game doesn’t go on for another 3 hours (NHL) or is settled by a glorified skills competition (PKs in soccer).

  6. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Germans had many returning players from the last World Cup, and it definitely showed as they were definitely the best team at this tournament, although they were tested a couple of times, even by the United States (USA has amazing German coach Klinsmann). Congratulations to the Germans on their HUGE World Cup win!

  7. sportsfan69 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    The Germans proved to be the best in the World Cup. Very deep and skilled in all positions. Mats Hummel played outstanding game. Go Germany! #1

  8. usdcoyotesfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    The citizens of North Korea demand an explanation.

  9. chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Test

  10. chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Gotze saves FIFA
    Can they please find another way to end these matches after extra time?

  11. chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Gotze saves FIFA from another terrible Penalty Kick finish.
    Can they please find another way to end these matches after extra time?

  12. chunkala - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Sad to say it but msaphir is right. Throughout the entire match we knew no one would score or would bungle any easy chance they got. People have dramatically overrated this World Cup, the group stage was entertaining but aside from Germany’s thrashing of Brazil, the knockout round was quite boring.
    Just like the NHL, soccer fans cannot distinguish between a close match and an exciting match. Overtime in the NFL is exciting, where teams can score or be stopped. Overtime/Extra Time in NHL and soccer is where fans just pray that one team scores so that the game doesn’t go on for another 3 hours (NHL) or is settled by a glorified skills competition (PKs in soccer).

  13. mattmarriott - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Illuminati jokes: Messi elected best player while being blackmailed and days before falsely accused of doping.
    Messi vomit against Germany in World Cup Final – explained in advance only by LAST PROPHET]
    Search for Messi at results returned by Google for:
    WORLD CUP 2014 very LAST FINAL: result revealed in advance by VERY LAST PROPHET: Germany beats Argentina by …

    Germany Brazil 7-1 impossible result THEATER:
    ** end-of-show.blogspot

    • mattmarriott - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      At least 192 states with UN seat are controlled by the illuminati.
      ALL TV “commentators” of these states were informed of the script in advance.
      That’s why Messi’s vomit during the first half of the final was hidden by all these TV “commentators”, starting with the Argentina, one of those at least 192 states.
      Messi’s vomit explained in advance only by Last Prophet.
      Poster replies:
      “Messi vomits with every play it is not secret nor prophetic”.
      Last Prophet replies:
      Messi vomits since he’s on the death row to be executed the same way as Lance Armstrong was and Bolt will also be now (see link).
      And that is secret and prophetic in a world populated by beasts.

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