Thursday 19 July 2018

Super Mario

Goetze wins the World Cup for Germany in extra-time

Mario Goetze. Picture: Jamie McDonald/GETTY IMAGES
Mario Goetze. Picture: Jamie McDonald/GETTY IMAGES

GERMANY were crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super sub Mario Goetze.

Argentina were preparing for a penalty shoot-out in the Maracana, but in the 113th minute Goetze chested down Andre Schuerrle's cross and volleyed home to cap a historic victory for Joachim Loew's men.

Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio all spurned good chances to give Argentina the win in the spiritual home of their fierce rivals Brazil.

Germany's Benedikt Howedes came closest to settling the affair in the regulation 90 minutes when he rattled Argentina's woodwork at the end of the first half.

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