After a fantastic and entertaining World Cup, Germany finally reclaimed their World Champions title for the first time since 1990 by defeating Argentina in the final at the Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Germany were going into the final with confidence at an all-time high following their unbelievable 7-1 triumph over the hosts Brazil in the semi-final. Argentina were also looking positive following their victory over the Netherlands after a penalty shoot-out, but would the pressure be too much for Lionel Messi to lead his team?
For a third World Cup competition running, the final was forced to be taken into extra time as neither side could defeat the opposition in the original 90 minutes. However, in this year’s World Cup final, there were many chances for both teams to claim victory in the 90 minutes, but neither could seize the opportunities when they came. The first glorious opportunity came to Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain, who had a one on one chance but hit the shot wide. Germany’s best chance came just before half time, where they hit the post following a header from a corner.
Argentina began to rely on 4-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, who was playing under par for the entire match. Even when the Barcelona forward made chances for himself, he couldn’t convert or beat the goalkeeper of the tournament, Manuel Neuer, who kept his goal brilliantly. The match was decided in the second half of extra-time when substitute Mario Götze chested down a cross and volleyed in a beautiful shot to grab his countries fourth World Cup. This victory means that Germany are the first European side to ever win the World Cup when it has been hosted in South America.
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