Super Mario strikes to give Germany a fourth World Cup

Hampshire Chronicle: Mario Gotze strikes Germany's extra time winner Mario Gotze strikes Germany's extra time winner

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze.

Argentina were preparing for a penalty shoot-out in the Maracana, but in the 113th minute Gotze chested down Andre Schurrle's cross and volleyed home to cap a historic victory for the jubilant Germans.

It will take a while for Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio to forget this defeat.

They were all guilty of missing good chances to give Argentina what would have been a glorious win in the home of their fiercest rivals Brazil.

Tens of thousands of Argentinians had flooded Rio hoping to see Messi inspire his team to their third World Cup win.

This was Messi's chance to put himself on a par with his idol Diego Maradona.

But unlike in 1986, when Maradona captained Argentina to victory against the Germans, this was the Mannschaft's night.

And there would be few who would argue they did not deserve it.

Ever since they swept Portugal aside 4-0 in their opening match, Germany have looked destined to lift the famous trophy inside this famous stadium.

Blessed with talent from one to 23, they are a brutal attacking unit also capable of keeping things tight at the back.

The 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the previous round proved as much.

And in Low they have a coach who has answered his critics by becoming the first man to lead a European team to World Cup glory in South America.

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12:55am Mon 14 Jul 14

H0ckeyd says...

Technically a first actually since east Germany and Saarle never won a single cup, West Germany three, yes but this isn't West Germany now is it?...congrats on unified Germany's first world cup.
Technically a first actually since east Germany and Saarle never won a single cup, West Germany three, yes but this isn't West Germany now is it?...congrats on unified Germany's first world cup. H0ckeyd
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1:02am Mon 14 Jul 14

saintsfan76 says...

Argentina squandered their "sitters" and Germany took one of onlyt 2-3 they had. Great goal though.

Not too sure why the BBC pundits suddenly decided to wear collar and tie suits for t5he final though. ITV opting for a place on the beach. At least not in shorts!
Argentina squandered their "sitters" and Germany took one of onlyt 2-3 they had. Great goal though. Not too sure why the BBC pundits suddenly decided to wear collar and tie suits for t5he final though. ITV opting for a place on the beach. At least not in shorts! saintsfan76
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10:06am Mon 14 Jul 14

lowe esteem says...

saintsfan76 wrote:
Argentina squandered their "sitters" and Germany took one of onlyt 2-3 they had. Great goal though.

Not too sure why the BBC pundits suddenly decided to wear collar and tie suits for t5he final though. ITV opting for a place on the beach. At least not in shorts!
Must have been Mr PC upstairs "Public money blah, blah"
(so lets waste more of it, get wardrobe to get some expensive suits in)
Just my cynical and world weary guess.
It made their predictions look a bit 'buttoned up' too, with only Rio getting it right.
Worthy winners, those 'Geermans', best looking football on display by a street, and thankfully, won without penalties.
Great World Cup, well refereed, cheats seen not to prosper, diving, fouling and 'simulation' seen for what it is.
Germany the real Holland, Colombia turned up as Brazil, Brazil the new England. First Four -spot on.
Messi will still be measured as one of the best, with the boy Neymar having a lot of time on his side to prove the same. Another J Rodriguez for Saints to sign -this is definitely a football name with nearly every team having one, plus a referee too.
Happy Days, move on.
[quote][p][bold]saintsfan76[/bold] wrote: Argentina squandered their "sitters" and Germany took one of onlyt 2-3 they had. Great goal though. Not too sure why the BBC pundits suddenly decided to wear collar and tie suits for t5he final though. ITV opting for a place on the beach. At least not in shorts![/p][/quote]Must have been Mr PC upstairs "Public money blah, blah" (so lets waste more of it, get wardrobe to get some expensive suits in) Just my cynical and world weary guess. It made their predictions look a bit 'buttoned up' too, with only Rio getting it right. Worthy winners, those 'Geermans', best looking football on display by a street, and thankfully, won without penalties. Great World Cup, well refereed, cheats seen not to prosper, diving, fouling and 'simulation' seen for what it is. Germany the real Holland, Colombia turned up as Brazil, Brazil the new England. First Four -spot on. Messi will still be measured as one of the best, with the boy Neymar having a lot of time on his side to prove the same. Another J Rodriguez for Saints to sign -this is definitely a football name with nearly every team having one, plus a referee too. Happy Days, move on. lowe esteem
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