Australian Gambling – Germany are the champions of the world. Following a wonder strike from super sub Mario Goetze in the final moments of extra time, the Germans overcame Argentina 1-0 to hold the 2014 World Cup aloft on Monday morning.
In an incredible final that lived up to the expectations of football fans around the world, Germany and Argentina traded attacking forays in an entertaining tussle, but both teams failed to convert golden chances in the first 90 minutes of regulation. After the first 15 minutes of extra time, a penalty shootout looked like the only thing that would seperate both sides, until a moment of brilliance from Goetze etched his name into history forever.
Goetze calmly collected a beautiful cross from teammate Thomas Muller and with one defining touch, sent home a scorching strike that beat the Argentinian keeper and secured Germany’s fourth World Cup title – its first in 24 years. Argentina will rue a number of close chances for strikers Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain – both missing golden opportunities that they would both usually convert.