2014 Fifa World Cup Final, Germany vs Argentina

The 2014 Fifa World Cup Final was a Germany vs Argentina football match which took place on July 13, 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to determine the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion.

Germany 2014 Fifa World Cup Champions
Competition 2014 Fifa World Cup
Administrator Fifa
Home Team Germany
Away Team Argentina
Date July 13, 2014
Time 16:00 (Brazil)
21:00 (South Africa)
Venue Maracanã Stadium
City Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Attendance 74, 738
Weather Partly cloudy
23 °C (73 °F)
65% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-0
Full-time Score 0-0
After Extra Time 1-0
Ger. Goal Scorer Mario Götze 113′
Arg. Goal Scorer N/A
Man of the match 19. Mario Götze

Match Officials

Referee Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistants Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth Official Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Fifth Official Christian Lescano (Ecuador)

On July 13, 2013 the Germany senior men’s football team defeated the Argentina senior men’s football team 1-0 after extra time (a.e.t.) to be crowned 2014 Fifa World Cup Champion.

The championship was the fourth for Germany and the first for unified Germany as they had won it o three previous occasions as West Germany.

The championship was the fourth for Germany and the first for unified Germany as they had won it o three previous occasions as West Germany.

Prior to the match, Germany were expected to make an easy meal of Argentina based on their path to the final, their performance in the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa, their general good form of the recent years, the surge in good fortunes for the German clubs in Europe – namely Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and most importantly; their 7-1 semi-final trouncing of the host nation Brazil in what has been dubbed The Mineirazo

Germany’s path to the final began with the placement on Group G with Ghana, Portugal and the United States of America.

In that group Germany were the firm favourites to progress to the knockout stages and when their campaign began they pounded Portugal 4-0 on June 1, 2014 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador thanks to the inspired Thomas Müller ‘s hat-trick.

On June 21, 2014 Germany was held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza and on June 26, 2014 Germany edged out the United States of America (USA) 1-0 at Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

Their 1-0 victory over the USA was enough to see them top group g ahead of the USA and Portugal who were tied on 4 points. They were joined by the USA who had a better goal difference.

Argentina were place on Group F with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria who went to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil as 2013 CAF African Cup of Nations champions.

Under captaincy of Barcelona’s number one talisman Lionel Messi, Argentina were expected to do well in the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the conspicuous absence of renowned football powerhouses in their group meant that they path to the knockout stages was going to be without difficulty.

This was however not the case as Bosnia and Herzegovina held their own against one of the world’s most feared footballing nations on June 15, 2014 at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

In the end Argentina defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 and on June 21, 2014 Argentina defeated Iran 1-0 at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte and concluded their group stages campaign with 3-2 victory over Ahmed Musa inspired Nigeria at Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

In the knock out stages, Germany found the going tougher against Algeria on June 30, 204 at Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre as it took them extra time to open the scoring and the match would eventually end 2-1 in favour of the Germans.

Brazil-v-Germany-klose-danteOn July 04, 2014 Germany, in their quarter-semi final match, narrowly defeated France 1-0 at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

On July 08, 2014 Germany, in their semi-final match, had the world standing at attention as they ran rampant against host nation Brazil at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.

They vanquished Brazil 7-1 in what has been described as “The Biggest Shame in History”“Historical humiliation”, “7–1 Madness”, “The Disaster”, “the most humiliating World Cup host nation defeat of all time”, “the darkest night in Brazil’s footballing history” and most famously the “The Mineirazo“.

Argentina’s knockout stages matches were deprived of dramatics; On July 01, 2014 it took them extra time to do away with stubborn Switzerland at Arena de São Paulo in São Paulo.

On July 05, 2014 in the quarter-final, Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília.

On July 09, 2014 in the semi-final match against Netherlands who were widely tipped to go all the way and possibly stop the unstoppable Germans, it would take the penalty shootouts to separate the two sides as Argentina emerged victorious.

 

Germany-Argentina head-to-head

Going in to the 2014 Fifa World Cup final, Germany and Argentina had met in 20 previous matches.

Argentina had defeated Germany 9 time while Germany had defeated Argentina 6 times and the other 5 matches ended in draws.

It is worth noting that Germany was the most dominant of the two sides in recent years having defeated Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the 2006 Fifa World Cup quarter-final match in Germany as well as 4-0 in the 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-final in Cape Town, Western Cape in South Africa.

The 2014 Fifa World Cup Final was the 7th Fifa World cup meeting between the two sides.

Germany’s Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, and Bastian Schweinsteiger were part of the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cup squads that played Argentina while Jérôme Boateng, Sami Khedira, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Özil were part of the 2010 squad with Toni Kroos as a substitute.

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez  were part of the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cup squads that played with Lionel Messi and Rodrigo Palacio as unused substitutes in 2006 while Martín Demichelis, Ángel Di María, Gonzalo Higuaín, Lionel Messi, and Sergio Romero with Sergio Agüero as substitute and Mariano Andújar as an unused substitute.

Germany coach Joachim Löw was the assistant coach in the 2006 Fifa World Cup and coach in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

 

Match

Gonzalo Higuaín of Argentina missed a good opportunity in the first half, pulling his shot wide after being put through on goal by a misjudged header from Toni Kroos.

Ger v Arg 13-FWCF-1Gonzalo Higuaín  had a goal disallowed later in the first half, when he was ruled offside after putting in a cross by Ezequiel Lavezzi from the right wing. Lionel Messi wasted a chance early in the second half, firing wide of the German goal from inside the penalty area after receiving a through pass.

In extra time, Rodrigo Palacio’s lob over Manuel Neuer went just wide after the forward received a cross, missed by Mats Hummels, in the German penalty area.

Substitute Mario Götze of Germany scored the only goal of the match during extra time, in the 113th minute, when he collected Schürrle’s cross from the left on his chest before volleying left-footed into the net.

Mario Götze became the first substitute to score a World Cup-winning goal, as well as the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since German Wolfgang Weber in 1966 (same age, 22).

Late in extra time, Messi had a free kick within goal-scoring distance, which would have equalised, but he hit it over the crossbar.

 

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Starting XI

01. Manuel Neuer 01. Sergio Romero
16. Philipp Lahm (c) 04. Pablo Zabaleta
20. Jérôme Boateng 15. Martín Demichelis
04. Benedikt Höwedes 34′ 02. Ezequiel Garay
05. Mats Hummels 16. Marcos Rojo
23. Christoph Kramer Substituted 31′ 14. Javier Mascherano 64′
07. Bastian Schweinsteiger 29′ 06. Lucas Biglia
18. Toni Kroos 08. Enzo Pérez Substituted 86′
08. Mesut Özil Substituted 120′ 22. Ezequiel Lavezzi Substituted 46′
13. Thomas Müller 10. Lionel Messi (c)
11. Miroslav Klose Substituted 88′ 09. Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted 78′

Coaches

Joachim Löw Alejandro Sabella

Substitutions

 All Substitutions in Numerical Order All Substitutions in Numerical Order
02. Kevin Großkreutz 03. Hugo Campagnaro
03. Matthias Ginter 05. Fernando Gago Substituted 86′
09. André Schürrle Substituted 31′ 07. Ángel Di María
10. Lukas Podolski 11. Maxi Rodríguez
12. Ron-Robert Zieler 12. Agustín Orión
14. Julian Draxler 13. Augusto Fernández
15. Erik Durm 17. Federico Fernández
17. Per Mertesacker Substituted 120′ 18. Rodrigo Palacio Substituted 78′
19. Mario Götze Substituted 88′ 19. Ricardo Álvarez
22. Roman Weidenfeller 20. Sergio Agüero Substituted 46′ 65′
21. Mariano Andújar
23. José María Basanta

Sidelined

06. Sami Khedira (Injured)
21. Shkodran Mustafi (Injured)

Match Statistics

 61% Possession 39%
10 Shots 10
7 Shots on Target 2
5 Corners 3
21 Fouls 15
3 Offsides 2
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0

Legend

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Goal Scorer
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Notable Spectators

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff invited the BRICS leaders to the final ahead of the 6th BRICS summit.

Among these invited leaders was Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, the next World Cup hosts, and Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa, the previous host.

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, did not attend the event.

Other world leaders Viktor Orbán (Hungary), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon) and Gaston Browne (Antigua and Barbuda) also attended the 2014 Fifa World Cup Final.

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff delivered the trophy to the champions in the awards ceremony.

German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were present for the final.

The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, did not attend because of both her grandson’s birthday and a case of pharyngo-laryngitis.

The match was also attended by a host of celebrities among them; Mick Jagger, David Beckham, Fabio Cannavaro, Lothar Matthäus, Daniel Passarella, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Craig, Tom Brady, LeBron James and Pelé.

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