(NBC Sports) - 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 bothGonzalo Higuain and Benedikt Howedes should have scored, but that gave way to a nerve-shredding second half and extra 30 minutes as Argentina and Germany could not be separated until the 113th minute when substitute Mario Gotze scored the game-winner.
Fellow substitute Andre Schurrle got free down the left and curled in an inch-perfect cross which Gotze chested down and volleyed past Romero to send Germany wild. The Bayern Munich man became the first substitute to score in extra time of the World Cup to dash Argentina’s dreams.
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.
As for Argentina, Lionel Messi failed to deliver the gods on the biggest stage of all as the 2014 World Cup went to Das Mannschaft.
In the fifth minute a menacing counter-attack from Argentina released Gonzalo 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.
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