It took them extra-time to do it, but Germany saw off Argentina in the World Cup Final at the Maracana last night to win their 4th World Cup trophy. They became the first European side to win the tournament on South American soil with Mario Gotze’s dramatic late winner deciding the game.
– Germany have looked the best all-round team at this tournament, and nobody can deny that they deserve the trophy. They were simply more clinical, and resolute than their opponents, and the goal that won the tournament was more than fitting. With only seven minutes of extra time remaining, Mario Gotze took Schurrle’s pass on his chest and volleyed it past the Argentinian goal keeper impressively. With Germany’s team being relatively young on average, it looks like they may become the dominant force in world football for years to come.
– It’s always a bit uncomfortable watching the runners-up waiting around on the pitch to receive their medals, whilst the winners celebrate with their families and fans around them. Lionel Messi looked on like a lost child, who then had to pick himself up to receive the trophy for player of the tournament (a controversial decision in many people’s eyes; there were surely some more worthy winners?). Argentina will rue their missed chances in the first half, especially Higuain, who shot wide when one-on-one with the keeper.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
– In a tournament that has produced a record-equalling amount of goals, it was just one that was needed to secure the win, and the famous trophy itself. Two of the substitutes combined to highlight Joachim Low’s tactical brilliance in this tournament, and provided a goal worthy of winning any match.
THE AWARD WINNERS
– Lionel Messi, as previously mentioned, received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament, although I’m sure he would have much preferred a winners medal. Thomas Muller received the silver ball and Arjen Robben picked up the bronze award. Manuel Neuer was by far and away the best goalkeeper of the tournament, forming a strong part of Germany’s resilient defence, and he picked up the Golden glove after conceding only four goals in their seven games. Colombia’s James Rodriguez picked up the golden boot after scoring 6 goals in the tournament.