Mario Götze leads Germany to World Cup title

Mario Götze leads Germany to World Cup title
July 13, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Germany win their fourth World Cup title, with a 1-0 win over Argentina in the second half of extra time, of the 2014 World Cup final that took place in the imposing Maracana Stadium of Rio de Janeiro. Mario Götze's GOLAZO, gave Europe their first title in South American soil, and at the same time, tying Italy as the European nation with the most World Cup titles.

It was a complicated first half for both teams, as Germany took it upon themselves to test the Argentinian defensive line, but underestimated the South American's counter-attack abilities. Napoli's striker Gonzalo Higuain, flanked Germany and pulled of a wide shot that had already beat Manuel Neuer. This was the first close call of the game.

The albiceleste did took the ball forward up the field on the few times they had the ball, but it was the German squad with their ball retention and quick recovery that controlled the pace of the match. This cautious style was getting to the Argentine player's heads and midfielder Christoph Kramer would be the first to spill blood over this, when he was knocked out by Ezequiel's Garay shoulder that forcefully found the jaw of the Borussia Mönchengladbach player, who had to leave the field 15 minutes later, leaning on the shoulders of the technical staff, to give way to Andre Schurrle.

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