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Monday 20 November 2017

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Germany steal World Cup in extra time . . . but both sets of supporters party night away

WORLD Cup fever gripped Dublin last night as football fans flooded the streets to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0.

They were a long way from the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, but both sets of supporters didn't care as they crowded into bars around the city to watch the tense game.

When Mario Goetze scored the winner in the 23rd minute of extra time, the German fans went crazy.

They were far outnumbered by their Argentianian counterparts, but that didn't stop them raising the roof.

delighted

Julia Poepperlmaan (20) said: "I'll always have the memory of watching Germany win in Dublin.

"I'm delighted I got to watch it here, surrounded by German fans."

Julia watched the game in The Woolshed Pub with a Dublin-based German supporters' club showing that it's not only Irish fans who deserve to be known for their loyalty.

Nadine Riordan, originally from Wuppertal and now living in Dublin with her family, was ecstatic to watch her team in the final.

"It didn't matter what the result was at all," she joked. "Either way, it was going to be a historic night for me because it's the first night out I've been able to have since I had my baby!"

The atmosphere in Dublin was better than watching at home, insisted Emiliano Quesada from Argentina.

He watched the opening stages of the World Cup at home in South America, but he was pleased to be back in Ireland in time to take in the final.

"I watched the first games at home and the atmosphere was amazing, but I was happy to come back to Dublin to watch the final because it is feels different here," he said, adding: "It will be a great memory to keep."

Argentina had a tough path to their clash with Germany, facing a nail-biting penalty shoot-out with the Netherlands to get their shot at the trophy.

proud

Their fans in Ireland were so proud of their team reaching the final that they had planned a street party on the city's main thoroughfare for after the match - whether Lionel Messi and the lads won or not.

Dougles Parnigiani said that reaching the final meant so much to him and his fellow fans for a host of reasons.

"It's been the best World Cup in years, especially for us doing better than the Brazilians because there is an old rivalry there," he told the Herald.

Despite the fact that Ireland didn't make it to Brazil for this year's tournament, football fans here still managed to find allegiances for the final.

Declan Egan, wrapped in a blue and white flag, told the Herald: "I'm supporting Argentina because of my friend, but I also really wanted them to win all along."

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