14 July 2014

Nigeria: Brazil 2014 - Germany Lifts Fourth World Cup Trophy

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Rihanna celebrates with victorious German stars, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski.

Lagos — Germany lifted the 2014 World Cup by beating Argentina 1-0 in 113th minute in the second half of the extra time with a heart breaking goal by Mario Goetze inside the Maracana Stadium on Sunday.

It was a super sub time for Germany as Schurrle passed a low cross to the near post where Goetze took a delicate touch to control the ball before burying a volley across goal and into the back of the net.

Argentina fought hard for a comeback but were frustrated by the Germans who watched over danger man Lionel Messi's move like a movie.

The Germans were playing a tournament-record eighth World Cup Final, having won three and lost four.

Argentina, who last reached this stage 24 years ago, are contesting their fifth decider and have two wins and two losses under their belt.

Team Argentina last reached the final in Italy back in 1990 when they lost against former West Germany 0-1.

The win has made Germany Europe's first continent to have three consecutive wins.

Argentina had fought hard but in Jerome Boateng and particularly the bloodied, bruised Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany had the best players on the pitch. And they had Götze.

Götze's goal was a worthy winner, a good take of Andre Schürrle's cross on the chest and then unstoppable shot. What a finish.

What a day. The Argentines had taken over Copacabana, queuing from dawn to get into the fan fest, while the lucky ones in possession of the golden tickets marched to the Maracana, singing their "Brazil, tell me how it feels" song to the tune of Bad Moon Rising, climaxing with "Messi will no doubt, will bring the Cup to us, Maradona is greater than Pele!" The many Brazilians present responded with: "A thousand goals, only Pele scored 1,000 goals."

They had looked at a team who had grown during the tournament, at warriors such as Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Mascherano, at their captain Messi, although they sighed when Gonzalo Higuaín missed a glorious chance in the first half. They had been lifted by the calf injury that Sami Khedira sustained in the warm-up, ruling out the man deputed to shadow Messi most closely.

Borussia Moenchengladbach's Christoph Kramer, who had been casually spinning the ball basketball-style for a few minutes in the tunnel beforehand, was suddenly scrambled into action and handed the Lionel-taming duties - on his second international start. He did not last too long, sustaining a head injury and being replaced by Schürrle.

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