Germany have emerged as the Champions of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, after a hard fought 120 minute battle with Argentina at the Maracana, the first time the country is winning the trophy as a united country.
Former Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, became the hero for the Germans with a superb finish via an assist by Chelsea’s Andre Schürrle in the 113th minute.
The two substitutes combined to devastating effect for Germany. Schurrle made inroads down the left hand side, and lofted in a neat cross towards the near post. Gotze took it excellently on his chest and with time and space to move, stabbed it into the back of the net.
With seven minutes left on the clock, the South American threw in all they had left and Messi had a freekick in the final seconds of the game to save the game but ballooned the ball into the stands to add to the Argentine misery, a moment which summed up Messi’s night.
It had been a long and impressive road for both final competitors and Germany and Argentina provided a match that had all the elements of a World Cup classic.
The Germans were looking to finish something that they have started since 2010 whereas the Argentines were determined to return to the top by avenging an embarrassing 4-0 thrashing by the same opponents, which happened four years ago.
The Germans, with their fourth title, have now made history as the first ever European World Cup champion to emerge on South American soil.
German Goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, won the Golden Gloves Award for the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament, while Argentina magician, Lionel Messi, won the Golden Ball for the Best Player of the Tournament.
James Rodriguez of Columbia, though absent at the presentation, won the Golden Boot having scored the highest number of goals. The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany’s Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa in 2010.
The night’s German hero, Mario Gotze, also made history as the first ever substitute to score the winning goal in a World Cup final.
Germany are now a win behind Brazil, who have lifted the trophy on five occasions. Germany won the competition in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.