Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final at Brazil’s storied Maracana.
Mario Götze became an instant legend in the 112th minute, when he brilliantly cradled a cross from super sub André Schürrle and fired into the far corner past Sergio Romero.
It’s Germany’s fourth World Cup title, and first since 1990.
Lionel Messi had one last chance to tie the match for Argentina, on a free kick in the 120th minute, but put his shot high over the bar.
Gonzalo Higuaín had two chances to open the scoring for Argentina in the first half. He was gifted a clear break on goal thanks to a misjudged Toni Kroos header in the 20th minute, but scuffed his shot. Higuaín then had a goal called back for offside in the 30th.
Germany’s Christoph Kramer was subbed off in the 31st minute after taking a nasty blow to the head from Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay.
Defender Benedikt Höwedes hit the post for Germany just before halftime on a header.
Messi had the best chance to score in the second half, picking up a through pass and darting through the left side of the box, but slid the ball wide of Manuel Neuer’s net.
Schürrle forced a good save out of Sergio Romero just after the start of extra time, firing a shot in-close that the Argentine keeper got a hand to.
Then it was Rodrigo Palacio’s turn to miss one for Argentina. He found himself in alone on goal but couldn’t corral a bouncing ball, chipping it wide of the net on the 96th minute.
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