Mario Gotze’s goal in the second half of extra-
time was enough to separate the two teams
and give Joachim Low’s men the world
crown. Argentina 0 – 1 Germany [World Cup
Mario Gotze’s 113th-minute volley fired Germany to
World Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Argentina at
The tournament’s outstanding team failed to repeat
the fluency and brilliance of their 7-1 semi-final
romp against Brazil, but Joachim Low’s team found
one more sumptuous moment during the second
half of extra time.
Bayern Munich playmaker Gotze, on as an 88th-
minute replacement for World Cup record
goalscorer Miroslav Klose, chested down Andre
Schurrle’s floated left-wing cross at the near post to
superbly steer home from six yards.
It was the first time Argentina had found
themselves behind in the competition and it came
as a bitter pill to swallow after Alejandro Sabella’s
men had created the better chances in normal
Gonzalo Higuain passed up a glorious opportunity
midway though the first half and the Argentina
striker also had a first-half effort correctly ruled
out for offside.
Germany defender Benedikt Howedes then headed
against the post on the stroke of the interval and,
after the break, passions threatened to boil over in
what was an understandably feisty encounter.
Lionel Messi fired agonisingly wide shortly after the
restart, while Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
was lucky not to be punished for clattering a knee
into Higuain’s face as the striker ran through on
Neuer’s opposite number, Sergio Romero, denied
Schurrle inside the first minute of extra time, while
fellow substitute Rodrigo Palacio fluffed his lines at
the other end before Gotze sealed Germany’s
fourth World Cup triumph.
The newly crowned champions were forced into an
11th-hour change after influential midfielder Sami
Khedira suffered the heartbreak of sustaining a calf
strain during the warm-up.
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