Sunday, 13 July 2014

Germany Wins World Cup

We are the champions! Germany captain Philipp Lahm (front, second right) holds the World Cup aloft

Germany has claimed a fourth World Cup crown in a 1-0 win against Argentina after extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze was the hero, as he scored the only goal with seven minutes to go.
With that triumph Germany has become the first European nation to win the trophy outside of their home continent, which led to jubilant scenes both on the pitch and back home, with millions of fans celebrating their feat. 

However, Joachim Low's side had to do it the hard way, as they got off to a very slow start. Argentina was by far the better side during the first half, but Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi missed two scoring opportunities. Argentina was left to rue its wastefulness in front of goal as the match wore on and Germany began to dominate. 

Neither side was able to score in normal time, which sent the game into 30 minutes of extra time. Argentina had its third excellent opportunity of the night, which fell to Rodrigo Palacio, but the Inter Milan forward failed to convert. 

Substitute Mario Goetze, who had not made much of an impact on the tournament, was to be the hero. He received Andre Schurlle's raking pass with aplomb, before firing an instinctive finish past the Argentinian goalkeeper. 

Germany managed to withstand some late pressure and held on to claim a fourth World Cup, their first since 1990. 

We are the champions! Germany captain Philipp Lahm (front, second right) holds the World Cup aloftOn top of the world: Germany celebrate as they lift the iconic trophy at the MaracanaThe boss: Germany coach Joachim Low (centre) lifts the World Cup as his players celebrate around himMario Gotze's goal

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