RIO DE JANEIRO: Germany beat Argentina in World Cup final

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Germany beat Argentina in World Cup final to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 and became the new World Champion in soccer, the most popular game in the planet.

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Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday when substitute Mario Goetze volleyed in a brilliant goal seven minutes from the conclusion of extra time to secure a 1-0 triumph over Argentina at the Maracana.

The game had looked destined for penalties until fellow substitute Andre Schuerrle escaped down the left and sent in a cross that Goetze controlled on his chest before slamming home.

“We’re failing to celebrate for at least five weeks now,” said Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “At some point we’ll stop celebrating, but we’ll always keep waking up with a smile.

“We practiced it and it’s incredible. In the preparation we had some setbacks. We have to think of the guys not here. They are world champions now too,” he appended.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, said: “I feel sad not to have been able to win the tourney, but pride in the team that played a big game.

“I congratulate the players. They are a pride to the nation for the exertions they reached and the tournament they played.”

Germany dominated possession but Argentina has been always dangerous on the respite and had the best of the few chances.

The clearest of them came after 20 minutes when Tony Kroos’s misdirected header sent Gonzalo Higuain clear, entirely for the striker to get behind his shot badly wide with the goal at his clemency.

Lionel Messi struggled to impose himself on the game and, though he blasted but wide right at the outset of the second half, he seemed kind of fitness and drifted out of the activity.

As both teams tied the game moved into extra time and Argentina substitute Rodrigo Palacio had a big chance when through but touched the ball wide.

Another penalty shootout had looked certain until Goetze, who started the tournament as first choice in Germany, had the last word with a memorable finish.

Having acquired the title in 1954, 1974 and 1990 – as West Germany – this victory makes them the first European team to raise the trophy in the Americas.

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