Germany win World Cup 2014 over Argentina in extra time

Published Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:41 PM by Shane Barrow
Germany win World Cup 2014 over Argentina in extra time

The game began exactly as we all expected.  Argentina sat back allowing the Germans plenty of the ball in the opening twenty minutes as they looked to play on the counter.  Germany attacked and flighted in a few dangerous crosses, but really didn't trouble Argentina too much though.

The first huge chance of the match fell to Argentina via a massive German mistake.  Tony Kroos headed back from the midfield and totally overshot his central defense leaving Gonzalo Higuain all alone.  The Higuain shot turned out to be a howler as he rolled well wide from the eighteen.

Germany settled themselves after the close call and went right back about it moving the ball from side to side trying to find that opening in the defense.  Sitting so deep against a team the quality of Germany is a very dangerous thing though.

Argentina 's Higuain looks to have put them ahead in the 30th minute as he put home a cross, but he was well offside.  An easy call from the linesman.  Meanwhile, the German injury situation was worsening.  They had already lost Sami Khedira to a prematch injury.  Then his replacement Christophe Kramer was lost after taking a jarring shoulder to the head. It meant Andres Schuerrle was introduced.  Schuerrle is a solid offensive player but would leave the Germans a bit more exposed on the counter.

Schuerrle made an immediate impact forcing a smart save from Romero in the 37th.  It was more Germany on the attack though as Argentina sat deep once again.  Messi finally for loose in the 40th as he raced in on goal.  Boateng arrived just in time though to sweep the ball to safety.  Right at the death Germany had a golden opportunity off a corner as Hummels arrived unmarked only to head off the post from close range.

The half ended scoreless, but with the team from Argentina feeling pretty good about themselves.  Despite having much less of the ball they were able to generate the better chances and with the possibility of Di Maria after the break they had to feel they could win this title.

Argentina introduced Sergio Aguero and went right into the attack to start the second half.  Within a couple of minutes a huge chance fell to the feet of superstar Lionel Messi who skipped into the penalty area.  You had to feel this was the breakthrough moment, but amazingly Messi missed the target curling just wide of the back post.

So far the match was becoming all about the misses.  Higuain. Hummels.  Messi.  Thirty minutes to go.  Who could find the winner?

Things were starting to slip a bit for Germany who bossed the possession in the opening 45.  Argentina were looking much more likely in the second half as they were spurred on by a very vocal fan base.  Still scoreless with twenty minutes to go, but what a tug of war this was turning out to be.

The World Cup final would need extra time.  Would anyone find a way to score a winner?  Not so sure about that as Argentina have played 292 consecutive minutes of scoreless soccer.  That's five hours straight without scoring or allowing a goal.  Single-handedly sending soccer back to the stone ages they are.  It's sad when you have the most talented player in the world with Lionel Messi, but he only able to get a touch once every five minutes if he is lucky.  I don't think he even got a touch in the entire first extra period.

The game slowed significantly in the first period of extra time.  Players lying around on the turf.  Professional fouls every couple of minutes.  Hopefully for the next World Cup will allow an extra substitution for extra time.  The idea is being seriously discussed and it would surely help to liven things up a bit.

With the match limping towards penalties we finally got our goal.  113th minute. Schuerrle curled in a perfect cross that Mario Goetze handled in spectacular fashion.  Taking the ball softly off his chest Goetze then volleyed home past the waving Romero.  A goal worthy of winning a World Cup for sure!

In the end the best team of the the 2014 World Cup took home the trophy.  Four World Cup titles in the books!  Congratulations Germany!

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