World Cup Final Result 2014 Germany 1, Argentina 0 after extra time. Germany have won the biggest football competition of them all after a nerve jangling 120 minutes of drama in Rio De Janeiro.
Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze broke the deadlock after 113 minutes with a fine goal to break Argentine hearts.
Germany’s odds shortened to 2.10 odds in the lead up to the game as many punters expected Joachim Loew’s men to continue where they left off against Brazil.
But it quickly became apparent that there was to be no repeat of that 7-1 thrashing as Argentina’s defence of Pablo Zabaleta, Ezekiel Garay, Martin Demichelis and Marcos Rojo looked fairly solid throughout the opening exchanges.
Germany arguably edged the first half in terms of chances but with Lionel Messi looking lively it was clear this was going to be a no run away winners in Rio’s Maracana stadium.
Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella took the brave move at half-time by bringing on striker Sergio Aguero for Ezequiel Lavezzi and it gave the South Americans a more menacing presence up front.
And two minutes later Argentina almost and should have scored when Lionel Messi beat Manuel Neuer but his shot from the left side of the area went wide of the far post.
Many Argentina fans and neutrals watching were left scratching their heads as to how German keeper Manuel Neuer remained on the pitch following a disgraceful challenge on striker Gonzalo Higuain.
On 56 minutes as Higuain bore down on the right hand side of German 18 yard area he was caught by a flying shoulder high challenge from the Bayern Munich keeper that thankfully didn’t do any lasting damage.
Incredibly referee Nicola Rizzoli gave the free kick the other way!
The challenge bore many similarities with German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher’s sickening challenge on Frenchman Patrick Battiston during the 1982 World Cup.
That decision appeared to anger many of the Argentina players and a series of heavy challenges flew in from Aguero and Javier Mascherano both of whom earned yellow cards.
FC Bodog tipped Germany to win the final on the -0.25 Asian handicap but it wasn’t to be after a nervy 90 minutes that both sides seemed desperate not to lose. And so we advanced to extra-time with the tension rising by the minute.
Chances were few and far between as we approached the penalty shoot-out but a moment of magic from Gotze earned the Germans their FOURTH World Cup win.
World Cup Final Result 2014 Germany 1 , Argentina 0 after extra time – scorer Mario Gotze.