Germany win 2014 World Cup in extra time against Argentina 1-0

Germany are the new World champions, and have won their fourth title after 1954, 1974 and 1990. Their big rival from the golden period of West Germany, Argentina, remain on two titles as they have missed the three golden goalscoring chances they've had during the match. The score was 0-0 in regular time, and Mario Goetze scored the winning goal in the 113th minute. This was the first goal Argentina conceded in the knockout stage.

Germany therefore finally win the world title since national reunification, and they are no longer in the shadow of West Germany, which dominated world football for more than a decade. Argentina, on the other hand, failed to relive the 1986 dream when Diego Maradona led Argentina to World title against West Germany.

The match was very physical and there wasn't much space to work with. Referee Nicola Rizzoli tolerated such physical play to the extent where he failed to send off Manuel Neuer for a potentially debilitating foul on Gonzalo Higuain. Germany dictated play but Argentina enjoyed the lion's share of good chances, but failed to score any of them, finishing the match with only 2 shots on target in 120 minutes.

FIRST HALF

In the first half there were very few chances, and the most common result in the knockout stage happened here as well, 0-0 at half time. Argentina seem to have been preoccupied with not letting the Germans spread their wings - literally - and start playing like they did against Brazil, and so the Germans spent this half dictating play but not getting much from it. Argentina played a narrow defence, not covering the wings at all, and Alejandro Sabella deserves credit for keeping the mighty German offense quiet.

SECOND HALF

In the second half Argentina ran out determined to make things happen and they were the better opponent. Until the end of regular time they will enjoy several golden chances to score when a player was all alone with the goalkeeper, and Rodrigo Palacio missed the best chance. The Germans had their share of half-chances but it wasn't enough to score against the comosed and concentrated Argentina.

EXTRA TIME

In the first half of extra time both teams had one good chance each, the Argentinian one being much better, but it would prove to be the last one Argentina will have in this match. If they scored it would all be over, but they didn't, and the Germans finally broke through in the 113th minute. Andre Schurrle did all the work with a speedy run on the left wing and passed to unmarked Mario Goetze who expertly scored a half-volley for 1-0.

 

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