PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
JULY 13, 2014
Mario Goetze of Germany has ended Germany's 24-year wait for the FIFA World Cup. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to get Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tense final that came down to just one piece of individual skill. Goetze, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post.
It was a goal that gave Germany their fourth World Cup title in their eighth final, and left Argentinian star Lionel Messi trailing his compatriot Diego Maradona, who had led his nation to the 1986 title.
For Germany, the win breaks a series of near misses. The team ahd lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semi-finals in both 2006 and 2010. It is also Germany's first World Cup title as a unified nation. It pitted Germany's machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time World Player of the Year. But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short.