Germany Wins Fourth World Cup

Germany Wins Fourth World Cup

Germany Wins Fourth World Cup

📅14 July 2014, 11:00

Germany has won the World Cup for the fourth time and become the first European side to win a World Cup in South America thanks to an extra-time goal from Mario Gotze.

With a penalty shootout just seven minutes away, Gotze showed incredible calm and great control to chest down Andre Schurrie’s pass and sweep in a left-foot finish. Argentina was unable to respond and Germany claimed their first title since they beat the same opponents in Rome 24 years ago.

Argentina had a great chance in the first half which Gonzalo Higuain failed to take advantage of due to being offside. Germany’s Benedikt Howedes also missed an opportunity when he hit the post with just seconds to spare in the first half.

Germany lost midfielder Sami Khedira to injury in the warm up and then his replacement Christoph Kramer after a blow do his head before half-time. However, the team was able to put these setbacks behind them and stay focused on winning the match.

Argentina failed to have a shot on target throughout the entire game and the four-time world player of the year Messi looked increasingly fed-up as the game went on. However, he never stopped trying to carry his team over the line but could never quite manage it.

For Germany this victory represents the complete transformation of a group that exited Euro 2004 in the Group Stage. The 22-year-old Gotze has become a symbol of the next generation of German players that coach Joachim Low declared would dominate for years to come when he spoke to the media before the final. While it wasn’t the spectacular finale that many had hoped for after such a good tournament, Germany have nonetheless proven themselves to be great competitors and worthy winners.