Monday, July 14, 2014

Germany Win World Cup 2014








 
 






Germany and Argentina contested the 2014 Fifa World Cup final on Sunday in front of a television audience of supposedly more than a billion.
 
And Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze's extra-time volley sealed a 1-0 win over Argentina. This ensured Germany will always remember Rio de Janeiro with the same fondness as Bern in 1954, Munich in 1974 and Rome in 1990.
 
The 113th-minute goal brings the total to eighteen for Germany – the most in a World Cup since Brazil scored 18 in 2002. And it was a stunning strike worthy of winning any tournament.
 
The Argentinians inside the Maracan√£ fell silent and became subdued. Their party had been gate-crashed. Beyond the stadium, Rio felt like a militarized zone as 25,000 police and soldiers enforced a cordon around the spiritual home of their biggest rivals.
 
Already I can see that goal being replayed over and over again in my head. Andre Schurrle had raced down the left past three Argentinians and crossed for substitute Gotze, who cushioned the ball on his chest before sweeping in a left-foot finish past keeper Sergio Romero from close range. The prospect of a penalty shootout was just seven minutes away, and that immediately vanished.
 
Germany’s moment of quintessential class had broken the deadlock. Argentina put up a better fight than the Brazilians but they couldn’t have won – they failed to have a shot on target in a World Cup game for the first time since the 1990 final versus West Germany.
 
The German success means Joachim Low's side have become the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas.
 
Congratulations, Germany!!!

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