Germany, The Champions Of FIFA World Cup 2014
Germany became the first European side to win a World Cup on South American soil with a late goal that stopped Argentina claiming victory in the spiritual home of their biggest rivals. They won the World Cup with a 1-0 extra time victory over Argentina in the match held at Rio de Janeiro.
Though there were no goals in regulation, there was plenty of action, and both sides missed easy goal scoring chances. The game was deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation, but at the 113-minute mark in overtime, Mario Götze, a substitute, chested down an Andres Schurrle cross and volleyed in the winning goal, thus scoring a stunner. The title is considered Germany’s fourth World Cup, though the first three of those were by West Germany. It was also the first time a European country won the World Cup in the South American soil. There were chances for both sides within normal time but, as has been the trend in recent years, the game’s showpiece was short on goals and drifted towards extra time with the score deadlocked at 0-0. It was not the final the watching president, Dilma Rousseff, or 200 million Brazilians had dreamed of. Indeed, as gloating Argentinians poured into Rio, they feared it could become their worst nightmare. But the Barcelona striker, pivotal in the group games but anonymous in the semi-final victory over Holland, flitted in and out of the action thereafter. Centre forward Gonzalo Higuain missed a glorious chance to score following a mistake by Toni Kroos and then had a goal disallowed for offside during a first half when Argentina had the better of their European rivals.
The Germans were dominant throughout this Cup, and though this game won them the title, they would be remembered more for their 7-1 victory over host Brazil in the semifinal.