At first glance, it looked so simple. A goal much more than simply the sum of its parts. A goal befitting a World Cup final.
Germany are the football champions of the world after out-witting Argentina over 120 minutes for a 1-0 win in the decider at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The better team won in the battle of the best team against the best player as Germany became the first European country to win the World Cup on South American soil.
Oktoberfest came early to Berlin this morning (AEST) when Mario Götze, the baby-faced teen from Bayern Munich, struck a dagger through the heart of the Lionel Messi-led Argentines with a smart chest and volley with seven minutes remaining in extra time.
It was perfect execution as Andre Schurrle burst down the left touchline past an exhausted and overworked Argentine defence. The Chelsea striker found Götze unmarked on the six-yard box and, two touches later, it was done.
Argentina saved their best performance of the tournament for last, but their story was one of missed chances as Gonzalo Higuain and Messi watched their attempts sizzle past the posts of Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper of the tournament, either side of half time.
As for Germany, they lift the cup for the fourth time in their history, and the first time since the unification of east and west in late 1990. – Patrick Boddan
Top photo of the victorious team from DFB-Team’s Twitter page.