Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, giving them their first World Cup title in 24 years.
The game proceeded slowly, ending regulation time with no goals from either team. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action: Four yellow cards were issued and plenty of injuries sustained, the most dramatic being a bloody eye for Bastian Schweinsteiger, which he received after a mid-air collision with Sergio Aguero.
In the 113th minute, Germany scored the game’s first and only goal. André Schürrle sprinted down left field, evading two defenders and crossing the ball to 22-year-old midfielder Mario Götze, who volleyed the ball past Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The win gives Germany its fourth ever World Cup championship and its first as a unified nation, the first three being won by West Germany. It also marks the first time in eight World Cups that a European team has won in the western hemisphere. Argentina was robbed of what could have been its third championship.
And further, four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi lost the chance at what could have been a crowning achievement to an illustrious career. The 27-year-old captain was likely disappointed that he did not win a championship to escape the shadow of Argentinian’s famed Diego Maradona, often regarded as the best soccer player of all time, who personally named Messi his successor.
This marks the end of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, and we can all look forward to the 2018 games, which will be held in the snowy Russian tundra.
Here’s the scene at Cava 22 as the game wrapped up: