German Jubilance, Argentinian Heartbreak
On Sunday 13th July, in a humid Rio de Janeiro, the famous Estadio Maracana was host to 74,738 lucky fans who witnessed Germany vs Argentina in the 20th World Cup Final.
Argentinian fans may have been taking over Rio de Janeiro. The vast majority of the crowd may have been a sea of blue and white, however, the biggest prize in football belonged to Germany.
Argentina had their fair share of chances to win, including Gonzalo Higuain’s gift in the first half. The centre forward was lucky to see Toni Kroos head the ball backwards over Mats Hummels leading him through on goal, however, the Napoli man hammered the ball wide.
Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi was also very unlucky to see his second half strike roll wide of the post. The Barcelona man, had his head in his hands at the prospect of scoring possibly the most important goal of his life.
Despite not being the better side on the night, the Germans played some fantastic football at times. Thomas Muller ran down the right wing before pulling the ball back to Kroos who fired the ball well wide and should have done better.
Benedikt Howedes’ header on the stroke of halftime was arguably their best opportunity to move a step closer to clinching a 4th World Cup title. The big defender had a free header and could only direct the ball towards the post as the ball bounced back on to the boot of the offside Thomas Muller.
After a nail biting 90 minutes, the game consequently went onto an additional 30 minutes.
Rodrigo Palacio who replaced Higuain was on the receiving end of Aguero’s chipped ball over the top but the Inter Milan attacker couldn’t find the back of the net looping the ball over Neuer coming agonisingly close to giving La Albiceleste a potential 3rd World Cup title.
As the first 15 minutes passed with scores still equal, the 2006 Argentine nightmare was only a quarter of an hour away of potentially being repeated as the game was surely going to proceed to penalties?
However, it appeared not, as Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze broke the deadlock in the 113th minute. He responded to an Andre Schurrle cross with a touch of magic as the ball whizzed past Sergio Romero..
The vibrant atmosphere being created by the Argentines was silenced as only a miracle would see Messi’s men back into the game.
As time ticked away, the only hope for the boys in blue came only moments before the end as Lionel Messi was cynically brought down by Bastian Schweinsteiger resulting in a free kick. Despite the desperate need of a goal, Messi’s effort was hopeless as the ball sailed well over.
The final whistle finally blew, the moment every man in blue was dreading as it signalled a 4th World Cup title for the Germans making them the joint 2nd most successful World Cup nation with Italy, behind Brazil on 5. The fourth star shall be added to the famous white shirt of Deutschland as they become only the first ever European country to win the World Cup on South American soil.
They have also beaten Argentina in three successive World Cups now. In 2006, they broke Argentinian hearts in the most cruel fashion of penalties and in 2010 they routed the boys in blue and white 4-0 in a quarter final clash. They have now beaten Le Albiceleste in a World Cup final.