After struggling to break the resilient Argentine defence for almost 112 minutes, Mario Gotze popped up with a world class finish to seal the prestigious World Cup crownAfter thumping host side Brazil 7-1 in the semi finals, Germany certainly did come into the final as favourites. But there was a lot of hype about how Argentina have adopted a rather unfamiliar conservative style of play, that has seen them effectively dispatch teams on their way to the final.
And true enough, Joachim Loew's men found it hard to break them down on the final third. With Demichelis and Garay sitting at the heart of their defence and Mascherano forming the protective membrane over them, Germany found themselves running short of ideas to crack them down. They did have the lions' share of possession, but it wasn't being translated into key chances at the decisive end of the pitch.
Thomas Muller looked the liveliest player early on, but Andre Schurlle provided a constant attacking threat after coming on midway through the first half. But Sabella's men were incredibly disciplined on and off the ball. Even in situations where Germany did manage to carve out a chance, Sergio Romero was impeccable in between the Argentine sticks.
But Mario Gotze was brought on for Klose in the second half, it was inevitable that the Germans were looking to alter their approach. Gotze plays in a diminutive false 9 role, offering them much needed impetus on the offensive.
And one the 113th minute mark, the Bayern Munich playmaker showed incredible finesse to chest a cross from Andre Schrulle, before firing a volley past Romero into the back of the net.
This was a player that hasn't really showed much in this tournament, but he certainly showcased his permanent class with the scintillating strike; as Germany became the first European side to lift the World Cup on South American soil. The one defining Gillette's Moment Of Steel that sent the millions of German fans around the world into raptures.
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