Great defense and moments causing cardiac arrest blessed us with a great World Cup Final. However, as the game rolled into extra-time, it became clear a country would go home absolutely heartbroken. The dishonor fell on Messi and his crew as Germany vanquished Argentina in 120 minutes of chippy, impassioned football.
Argentina had their chances what with Gonzalo Higuain choking in front of goal and getting caught offside. Rodrigo Palacio finished as awkwardly as his rat tail and Lio Messi kept getting disrupted whenever he tried to cook. Plus Neuer’s controversial save on Higuain denied them a possible penalty kick.
The balance of play went against Argentina’s favor in the game’s later moments. Then substitute Mario Goetze finessed home the eventual clinching goal. His incredible strike’s an ironic game-winner since Germany’s false 9 experiment with Mario at the helm kind of sucked in previous games. Neverthless, the score held at 1-0 and Germany’s your 2014 FIFA World Cup champions.
Center back Jerome Boateng’s the clear man of the match by my estimation. He bailed out Germany on plenty of Argentina’s counter attacks and served as the back line’s rock when they looked suspect. My totally biased Arsenal side can’t help but big up Mesut Ozil, though. He played his best game of the tournament and created chances fitting for a world-class midfielder. Let’s see how British media spin his performance in a negative light because clicks built with hate keep up their Nando’s habit, I bet.
It’s scary to realize how Germany won this World Cup, the country’s fourth in history, at less than optimal strength. Star winger Marco Reus missed the tournament due to his ankle ligament tear and the Germans ruled out starting defensive midfielder Sami Khedira right before Sunday’s match. Their absences would break most teams on the field much like how Argentina sorely missed Angel Di Maria and a healthy Sergio Aguero. Nevertheless, Die Mannschaft’s win without some of their best players speaks to the squad’s talent, depth and ability make adjustments.
Oh, there’s that little superstition lingering with previous World Cup winners in Italy and Spain getting bounced in the following tourney’s group stages. Now I’m not saying Germany’s next but, you know what, never mind. Congrats to Germany and commiserations to Argentina. Thank you for giving us a great finish to an entertaining tournament full of goals and honey shots without a single vuvuzela crossing our ears. You are appreciated.