ARGENTINA 0 – 1 GERMANY

WELL, this is what we’d been waiting for… the WORLD CUP FINAL! It was rather a tight contest and only one goal would decide the winner and that would be in extra time, since 90 minutes went by without a single goal.

Lionel Messi didn’t score. Javier Mascherano didn’t score. Andre Schurrle didn’t score. Thomas Muller didn’t score. Miroslav Klose didn’t score.

Technically, Gonzalo Higuain did score but his effort was ruled out by the linesman as it was called (rightly so) for offside. For the spectators at home, there actually wasn’t much debate about it – he was at least a full yard offside as replays showed.

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ALL the regular starting 11 players you’d expect to have possibly gotten a goal could not find the net in the biggest game of the whole tournament (maybe it was the pressure) and in the end, it was a SUBSTITUTE that came on for Germany who would eventually claim the only and winning goal of the game.

It would be in the 113th minute when it had looked increasingly likely that the two teams were going to decide the winner of the World Cup on penalties when Miroslav Klose’s replacement Mario Götze who had only been playing since the 88th minute finished superbly to push the ball from a tight angle past the goalkeeper into the net and make himself a World Cup hero and German legend to be remembered as the guy who scored the winning goal in the World Cup Final of 2014.

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I personally had wanted Argentina to win this as ex Liverpool player Javier Mascherano was in their side and one of my favourite footballers ever (Leo Messi) was also playing for their country. I’m English and an England fan so really, I could be considered “neutral” for this match but I cannot imagine how bad real Argentinian fans feel right now after not being able to see their countrymen win in the World Cup Final.

It was a heartbreaking match for me to watch as former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano failed to lift the cup and was in tears at the final whistle. I wonder if he feels worse about this than the time he played in the Champions League Final (in Athens) for Liverpool and lost…

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What’s worse, I wonder? Missing out on what would have been Liverpool’s 6th European Cup or missing out on what would have been Argentina’s 3rd World Cup.

Lionel Messi also got awarded the “golden ball” and had to accept it while looking extremely sad to not have won the World Cup. I can only imagine how heartbroken he’s feeling after having so much pressure on him to perform and score in the biggest event in the international footballing world and often being described as “the Worlds Best Player” – but not haven proven it by lifting the World Cup.

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KEY PLAYERS: Argentina had their chances to score but failed to make them count as even Lionel Messi couldn’t put the ball in the net as he had done so (even more than once) in previous games leading up to the Final.

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Mario Götze WAS AND WILL FOREVER BE “GERMAN WORLD CUP WINNING HERO”. He scored the only goal of the final to help Germany lift their 4th world Cup.

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Mario is only 22 years old and has been playing in the German Bundesliga since 2009  for both Borussia Dortmund and more recently, Bayern Munich.

In April 2013, a €37 million bid from Bayern Munich triggered a release clause in Götze’s contract, making Götze the second-most expensive German player to date, behind Mesut Özil.

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He just became the ONLY EVER SUBSTITUTE to score a winning goal in the World Cup Final. Most clubs around the world would want this guy playing for their team, now. He’s gone from “just a substitute” to “World Cup winning superstar” in a single game. WELL DONE, MARIO. You deserved to lift the World Cup, you made it happen yourself.

It’s really been a great tournament this year. I hope people have plenty of memories to remember for years from this World Cup. It’s had ups and downs with some controversial decisions by officials, and big surprises, last minute winners, comebacks and goalless draws, extra time and penalty shootouts… there was even a “COOLING BREAK” in some games which has never been seen in a World Cup before, ever. The referees would use that “invisible spray can” to keep the players behind the line and we would see some spectacular goals from Robin Van Persie’s athletic diving header to Tim Cahill’s SPECTACULAR volley which was compared to Marco Van Basten’s effort in a previous world cup… although i think Tim’s was better than Marco’s! YES, it was that damn good.

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I would probably call it “goal of the tournament” (in my personal opinion it was) but surveys done by fans already have been counted up and James Rodriguez’s 20 yard strike which hit the bar and went in has been declared “best goal of the World Cup” already.

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Colombian James Rodriguez managed to score 6 times and had two assists in five matches in this World Cup. He  won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the whole World Cup despite being eliminated in the quarter finals (by Brazil). Now most clubs in the world would like to sign this young talent. I would sure like to see him in a Liverpool shirt.

Well, there’s not much else to say… except “WELL DONE GERMANY” – 2014 World Cup Winners!

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[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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