2014 World Cup: Super Mario Gotze the Difference For Germany vs. Argentina
Germany defeated Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final thanks to a brilliant goal scored by substitute midfielder Mario Gotze. He jumped into the game and made sure to create space inside the area to receive the cross, control with his chest and whack it past keeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.
It is only fitting that the only game Argentina lost was the only game where they fell behind. Their defense was remarkable and their offense actually created more chances than many thought they would. Unfortunately for them, they had the toughest task of trying to score against the best goalkeeper in the world, Manuel Neuer. He played keeper and at times as a sweeper to back up his defense whenever they were beaten, and this is why the South Americans faced a difficult task all game long.
Germany’s one problem is that they kept holding a high line defensively which almost bit them more than once as the opposing strikers either had an effort saved or surprisingly hit wide. Miscommunication is something they need to fix if they are to rely on their own skill rather than a bit of luck. Regardless, they played a great game and finally put an end to all of the bad luck they had in recent times during big tournaments. Let’s remember that they lost 1-0 to Spain in the EURO 2008 final and 1-0 to the same opposition in the 2010 World Cup semifinals.
Lionel Messi won the Player of the Tournament award in slightly undeserving fashion. He is the most skilled and intelligent player when it comes to dribbling, but he is not the reason why they have come this far as he has no defensive capabilities whatsoever. There were several players who deserved the award more than he did, but they felt bad for a guy whose team was simply not good enough.
With this win, Germany are now 2-1 against Argentina in World Cup finals of all time: 1986 (ARG), 1990 (GER) and now the Germans do it again. In addition to that, they defeated their South American counterparts in the 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament in earlier stages. They have become a nightmare. Be that as it may, Germany deserved all of those wins since their defensive structure and ability to take smarter chances going forward awarded them their victories. This one, however, will go down as the very best in modern history.