Germany Wins It With Sweet Goal

Mario Goetze kicks it in for overtime World Cup victory

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 13, 2014 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina today in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out.

It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder's fresh legs made the difference. Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta's four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands. Click for more.

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, battles for the ball with Germany's Mats Hummels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Matthias Schrader)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, center, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, watch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, and Germany's Mats Hummels go downfield in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Frank Augstein)
An Argentine supporter waits for the start of the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Felipe Dana)
A man wearing a Argentine jersey has his picture taken with Brazilian soccer legend Pele before the World Cup final soccer match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Hassan Ammar)
Lena Gercke, the girlfriend of Germany's Sami Khedira, waits for the start of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Matthias Schrader)
Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring the only goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Germany's Mario Goetze scores his side's first goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)
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