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Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win 2014 FIFA World Cup

Published on: 13 July 2014
Mario Gotze

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday at the Maracana thanks to an extra-time goal from Mario Gotze.

After 113 goalless minutes in the World Cup final, Gotze -- a second-half substitute for Miroslav Klose -- controlled Andre Schurrle's left-wing cross beautifully on his chest before volleying past Sergio Romero.

Twenty-four years after their last World Cup triumph, which was also achieved against Argentina, Germany could celebrate again -- coach Joachim Low realising a dream that began eight years ago when he first took charge of theNationalmannschaft.

Germany had been dealt a blow before kick-off as Sami Khedira suffered a calf strain; Joachim Low threw Christoph Kramer in for his first international start in place of the Real Madrid midfielder.

The magnificent Maracana was a sea of blue and white, with Argentina fans comfortably outnumbering their European counterparts. After 20 minutes, they watched on agog as Gonzalo Higuain missed a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring.

A clumsy defensive header from Toni Kroos put Higuain in the clear but, with only Manuel Neuer to beat, he snatched his shot wide.

Ten minutes later and Higuain thought he had made amends as he steered Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross past Neuer. The Napoli striker spun away in wild celebration only to realise that the assistant had raised his flag. Replays showed Higuain to be clearly offside.

After twice nearly going behind, Germany -- enjoying most of the possession -- rallied to create a chance of their own.

Andre Schurrle, who came on as a substitute for Kramer after the youngster was seemingly concussed in a collision with Ezequiel Garay's shoulder, let fly from 20 yards. The shot was heading goalwards but Albiceleste keeper Romero dived spectacularly to keep the ball out.

In an end-to-end first half, it was then over to Argentina again; Lionel Messi skipping clear before a cross-cum-shot was cleared away just in front of the goal-line by Jerome Boateng.

The best chance of the first 45, however, came in stoppage time. Defender Benedikt Howedes rose unmarked from a corner but with the goal at his mercy he crashed a header against the post.

Argentina came out the sharper at after the interval -- Sergio Aguero a half-time substitute for Lavezzi -- as Higuain went close. Messi went even closer soon after. Lucas Biglia's neat through-ball found the Barcelona star but his shot was dragged narrowly wide of Neuer's goal.

The second-half deteriorated into a much scrappier affair, with chances at a premium. One somewhat controversial moment came when Neuer came marauding to the edge of his penalty area to punch the ball away, his knee colliding with Higuain's face after making the clearance. Surprisingly, the referee blew for a foul against Higuain, who was later replaced by Rodrigo Palacio.

Schurrle, Messi and Kroos all had further half-chances but none could convert and the match went to extra time.

The match burst back into life after the 90 had ended, Romero saving well from Schurrle before, at the other end, Palacio lifted the ball over Neuer, only to see it creep wide.

In the second half of extra time Aguero appeared to be fortunate to escape a red card as he seemed to swing a punch towards Schweinsteiger that left the Germany midfielder bleeding from below his eye.

But it was to be Germany who delivered the knockout blow, Bayern Munich playmaker Gotze finishing with aplomb as a European nation won the World Cup on South American soil for the first time.



This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • selfmade says:
    July 13, 2014 11:25 pm
    Vindication again! Germany always reserved their BEST FOR TOURANMENT and I have been spot on! Am always on top of what I say here!
  • Benito says:
    July 13, 2014 11:06 pm
    Congrats to the Germans'they are indeed the best. Winning the world cup doesn't come cheap. Germany have been strategicing for the past ten years.if Ghana will win the world then we needhonest'selfless' hard working officials at the GFA and not "aponkye nkrakraa" eating coach.
  • Capo di Capi says:
    July 13, 2014 10:55 pm
    Please don't be happy with our mediocre performance. The BS could have gone far in the tourney if we had employed the services of a coach. Congrats to Germany. GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA!
  • Tor says:
    July 13, 2014 11:00 pm
    Our problem was our technical team not the players. We had a team that would have surprised the world if the right technical direction was available . The players started these indiscipline acts when they realised the coach wasn't up to task and had lost control. We really need this agreement contract with players especially from the u17 thru to the senior level.
  • Omo naija says:
    July 13, 2014 09:47 pm
    Ghanaians be like "we played. A draw With this german team "That means our black-stars can compete Wow" lols
  • Mumbi says:
    July 13, 2014 09:53 pm
    Congrats Germany and shame to ghanaian witch doctor who predicted that Argentina will lift the trophy.
  • Boro says:
    July 13, 2014 09:56 pm
    'Oh he is such a discipline player, he has a nice and calm character, he does not pose problems for his team mates, technical team and Country' these are the words Kwabena Yeboah has to describe JEROME BOATENG the junior brother of the egoistic KPB.
  • Emma says:
    July 13, 2014 09:59 pm
    GHANA is the only country to score the champions 2 goals. Congratulations to GHANA.
  • Ansong says:
    July 13, 2014 09:59 pm
  • Mumbi says:
    July 13, 2014 10:01 pm
    Also shame to ghana who went to the WC and disgraced themselves by behaving like animals, fighting over money in their camp and lastly seeking assylum in Brazil.
  • Assisi says:
    July 13, 2014 10:19 pm
    Because Ghana happens to be the only country to score two goals and also the only country to draw with Germans, we can now argue that we do not have much work to do with our tactics for the future. Perhaps we need to work on our defenders and also discipline so that we can win the next World Cup.
  • nab says:
    July 14, 2014 01:26 am
    **** the Ghana FA and **** the players too. Money!!! Money!!! money!!! Now you came back home with disgrace wasting people's time on Ada river. shame