Germany crowned champions
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They had to wait until extra time at the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janiero to find the winner and claim their fourth ever world title.
Germany dominated the first half, imploring their own version of Spain’s tiki taka football that saw them sweep aside all in sundry en route to the final. They starved Argentina of possession and the South Americans were forced to defend deep and look for chances on the counter attack.
Lionel Messi was kept quiet and had limited chances to run at the German defence as he watched his team defend for long periods. Argentina defended well and seemed to use the same strategy of soaking up the pressure that worked so well for them against the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
Argentina’s best chance came when Gonzalo Higuain latched on to a poor back pass from Toni Kroos that left him with only the keeper to beat, but dragged his shot wide. Higuain did eventually find the back of the net but his goal was disallowed after he was ruled offside.
Germany could have gone in to the break ahead themselves when defender Benedikt Howedes’ drove a powerful header goal ward from a well taken corner, but his effort hit the post.
The teams went in to the break on equal terms as the half ended 0-0.
Argentina looked to be more attacking going in to the second half and made an immediate substitution, bringing in striker Sergio Aguero for Ezequil Lavezzi.
The change worked and Argentina were far more direct in their approach in the second half as the game became a more even contest.
But even though the game found some balance, there were no clear cut chances for either team as both teams defences proved stubborn. And for the third successive time the World Cup final went into extra time.
It looked to be going to penalties but Mario Gotze ensured it didn’t when he scored the winner in the 23rd minute of extra time, to give Germany a much deserved win.
Argentina will be happy with reaching the final but must know that they were beaten by a better team. But it won’t be enough to console their captain, Lionel Messi, who is still without a title at the highest stage.
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