Germany became World Champions for the fourth time after they defeated Argentina via an extra-time goal from Mario Gotze.
Years of planning and preparation, right from the grassroots level has finally bore fruits as Germany lifted the most coveted trophy in football, once again. This was also the first time a European side has lifted won this tournament in the Americas. Despite winning the Golden ball, Lionel Messi’s brilliance failed to push Argentina over the last hurdle, but Alejandro Sabella’s men could be pleased with their achievement this year.
The match was a cagey affair to start with, as both the teams looked to keep their organisation at the back. Germany controlled most of the possession and looked shark in their passing. But they failed to create too many openings; in fact Argentina created most of the good chances in the match and failed to convert them.
Gonzalo Higuain was guilty of missing a sitter when Tony Kroos unwittingly headed the ball in his path and the Napoli striker scuffed his shot wide after being through on goal. That miss would of course come back to haunt him later. Minutes later, Higuan did score as he Lavezzi found him with a lovely cross, but the goal was ruled out due to offside.
Germany came close to scoring through Benedikt Howedes, whose wonderful header hit the post from a corner. The match headed into extra-time as both the teams failed to produced enough quality in the final third of the pitch.
Then in the 113th minute of the match the telling moment of the game arrived when substitute Mario Gotze scored the winner. The Bayern Munich midfielder, who replaced Miroslav Klose, chested down a cross from Andre Schurrle and scored past Sergio Romero with a lovely volley. It was a goal worthy of winning the tournament and so it proved to be.
Joachim Low was delighted with his side’s performance and pointed out how the whole ‘project’ succeeded.
“We started this project ten years ago and what has happened today is the result of many years’ work, starting with Jurgen Klinsmann. We’ve made constant progress, we believed in the project, we worked a lot and, if any group deserves it, it’s this team.
We’ve always played good football and I believe that over this tournament, over seven matches, we’ve shown the best performances of any of the teams here in Brazil. The boys have also developed a team spirit which is unbelievable. They have fantastic technical capacity and they also have the willpower that’s necessary to do what is necessary.
We’re the first European team to win a title in South America and that makes us very proud. Every player in this team gave everything they had. I told them before that they would have to give more than they ever had before because they were looking to achieve something new.
We always knew that we would need 14 players during this match and everyone in top shape, and all the players had to be ready. It was good that we had played who could come on and make an impact, and [Mario] Gotze is a miracle boy – a boy wonder. I always knew he could decide the match.” – The Germany manager said after the match.