Rio de Janeiro July 14: Germany has written a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, winning a hard fought 1-0 victory Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the ground here.
Substitute Mario Götze scored the all-important in the 113th minute, combining with another sub Andre Schurrle, who provided help, leaving thousands of Argentine fans at the iconic Maracana Stadium heart broken and the Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, ecstatic.
The winning goal came when Schürrle made a breakthrough on the left side and played across to the post for Goetze, who took on his chest before placing it in the back of the net with his left foot.
The result meant the dream of Lionel Messi to join the pantheon of greats such as Diego Maradona and Pele ended in grief. The 27-year-old captain of Argentina had a chance to win the cup for his country at the beginning of the second half, but it was not to be his day.
It was not the free-flowing football Germans rounded in the tournament, but on the biggest stage of all, they seem determined not to let go of this golden opportunity in the history of script.
It was the fourth victory in the World Cup in Germany, and their first since reunification. The last time as their title win came against Argentina in 1990 in Italy.
The only consolation for Argentinia Footballer Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.