Germany Beat Argentina 1- 0 in World Cup final: #MarioGoetze’s superb 113th minute goal gave Germany Fourth World Cup Titleand their first since they became a unified country with a 1-0 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the Maracana on Sunday.
Each side had chances during the match with Messi going agonizingly close in the 46th minute, scuffing his shot with the ball rolling just wide of the far post.The decisive moment of a World Cup brimming with wonderful goals came with penalties looming in front of 74,738 fans at Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracana Stadium.Andre Schuerrle burst clear down the left flank and crossed for Goetze. The 22-year-old took the ball on his chest and then volleyed past Sergio Romero to spark delirium amongst the largely pro-German crowd.Argentina and Messi were left squandering a handful of gilt-edged chances, including one that fell to Messi in the second half. Messi was largely anonymous for most of the evening and his miserable evening was summed up when a late free-kick to equalise sailed over the bar. The victory was celebrated raucously by Brazilians in the crowd, who had dreaded the prospect of sworn South American rivals Argentina lifting the title in their backyard. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2