Germany won the World Cup on Sunday as substitute Mario Goetze volleyed in a brilliant goal in extra time, helping his nation power to a 1-0 victory over Argentina.
The win at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero marked Germany’s fourth world soccer title and the first time a European team won the World Cup in the Americas.
The clash in the final had seemed headed for penalties until Andre Schuerrle escaped down the left after 113 minutes and sent in a cross that Goetze controlled on his chest before slamming past goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Reuters noted.
“All of Germany is world champion now,” German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. “We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now.”
Argentina captain Lionel Messi had a chance to score a sensational equalizer with a free-kick 30 meters out, but he blasted his effort high and wide, dashing the hopes of his nation.
“We gave it all, all our bodies could endure,” Reuters quoted midfielder Javier Mascherano as saying. “The pain is immense because we wanted to take the cup back to Argentina.
“The pain will last forever.”
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