Highlights of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final. Germany meet Argentina at the iconic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro as the tournament reaches its climax.
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What a fantastic goal! Real, as special place on the ground but even
more special from the air. Brazil has always drummed to a different
beat but the drama, the twists and turns, the sheer excitement of this
World Cup, it has simply been beyond what any of us could have hoped for.
But even here, some things have remained consistent and reliable.
Never write off the Germans. And it is in! Klose! And then there is
little man from Argentina, 1200 miles that way. So many world-class
players never get the chance to play on the ultimate stage, but Messi
gets his chance. Even without hitting his extraordinary high in
the competition, he has dragged his team and his country up the
mountain. Now, there is just one summer left. -- summit. He has done
at! Who else? We know who the locals will support. Tango doesn't get any
looking amongst bossa nova and Samba, there was the Brazilian beat.
But this is where the 2014 World Cup will end. People sitting heart of
the nation. The Estadio Maracana. This final has been played out twice
before, in 1986, Maradona led Argentina three dramatic 3-2
victory. Four years later, the Germans got revenge, winning in Ed
Leigh. It's Germany against Argentina
from the Maracana. Imagine how that feels? The moment
when the money really does not matter. The heads of state or
imposition. It was to be the same team for the final as that which
started the semifinal slaughter of the hosts. The first competitive
start for 23-year-old Christoph Kramer.
There are six Bayern Munich players in the side, coached at club level.
Miroslav Klose will have his final World Cup appearance.
Three of his record 16 goals have come against Argentina
Argentina had hoped that Di Maria would have recovered
In a team yet to concede a goal in the knockout stages.
A team that is all about the two Ms - Mascherano to
Everything is set for the 20th World Cup Final.
One of the ultimate teams against another a lot more reliant
This is the fourth time I?ve seen Argentina live,
I think they will need some magic from the aforementioned
they were both terrific in that slog against the Netherlands. They have
had one less day to prepare. They will not be as fresh as the Germans.
And also, if you look at the game against Brazil, they only had to
And also, if you look at the game play for about 25 minutes. Yes, that
is a daft foul. He just clattered into the back of him. He can be
reckless. At two years in Portugal, he has seen five red cards, and
three of them last these in. Germany have been scoring from set pieces.
He will fancy this. Committee meeting, first.
What happens next? Well, a lot. Dancing around the handbag, really.
Hummels has to retreat. That is Higuain! Not entirely sure of his
line. Their first move into opposition territory, and they look
dangerous. And from a very poor German and free kick. Brazil came
into the previous final after sticking six past Sweden. Here is
Ozil. Muller was looking to pick him out. That was a good little
deflection back to the goalkeeper. Hummels. Problem with his left knee.
Look at the room at Lahm has got. Away from Rojo and Perez. There is
no way through. Messi. He is going to leave Hummels in his wake. He
bowled back and find Schweinsteiger in the way. Messi was a little bit
tired. Demichelis. That was a hefty blow for Kramer. Always when you are
looking the other way, you catch your opponent. He came in with
everything he had added to the full weight of that. Zabaleta had a
similar one the other night. Rojo with the chip. He needs to make sure
he is sure-footed to create that. Hummels. What are chance! And what a
waste! He was presented with a World Cup final gift. He cannot believe
it, he has snatched at this. Just above the ankle. He does everything
like, -- healers everything right, looking around. But he has twisted
that. Lahm is through. But the flag is up as Muller went for that. The
flag did seem to go up later, here. Clever little ball. Great decision.
Mascherano. He just kept that in. Rojo, not very tidy from Germany.
Messi. The flag is up, it is not going to count! He does not know
yet. But Argentina have not taken the lead. And the flag went up very
quickly. Great ball into him. The absolutely correct decision again.
What a finish after missing, as well. Look at that. Curling away. I
think Schurrle might be coming on. Subplot. Kramer, in the last minute
for Sami Khedira, who was injured in the warm up, and he has only lasted
30 minutes himself. I hope he is all right. Down at the packed Copacabana
beach. Schurrle. Good chance! And a very good save. I think this is a
corner. That was a good ball from Muller. Ozil just got out of the
way. Ticking towards half-time. You don't have long to wait for the
football because Match of the Day returns for its 50th year on the
16th of August. Messi has managed to get through but he was turned away
from the goal. It is Boateng, isn't it?
Perez to Mascherano. Given away, Muller. Good footwork from Ozil. And
it is straight at Romero. Klose did very well. Kroos. Some room, again,
for Kroos. Muller will find it were ever on the field that he can.
Germany corner. Another corner kick. Hummels is a
danger. Two goals in the wild couple ready against Portugal and France.
-- World Cup. Expect and German fans watch the corner. Against the post.
The flag goes up. It has not gone in. Romero has the ball in his
gloves. Such a great header. I say it is a good header, he should
have scored. The sunset in Rio. There are not many finer sights in
the world. It is like a football. Amazing.
Lionel Messi has missed. Right across the face. The crowd were
waiting to raw. And all the people, just a massive intake of breath. You
are waiting for the next two bulbs. How close was a question mark very.
Mascherano didn't get it away. It shot up at him, good ball for
Schurrle. The World Cup final remains
intriguing. He looks far more ready for this
than the other day. Not letting Hummels anywhere near
that. Goal kick. My first thought was
another corner for Argentina. I think I was right. Off Klose.
Really messy. Schweinsteiger is saying if you set the ball...
Mascherano has made another mistake. He will get a yellow card. He knew
straightaway. He doesn't complain. OK, my mistake. Frustration.
Argentina in the final, largely down to his last ditch stretching tackle
to deny Arjen Robben a chance. He will be given a card. He upended
Schweinsteiger. There is a lot of feeling creeping into this now.
Echoes of the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and it went to penalties.
Schweinsteiger was punched in the back by Rodriguez after the penalty
shoot out. It all went off, as they say!
Romero has got it. Poor touch. Lovely little play in terms of 1-2.
They look old enough to have enjoyed Maradona at his best. Lionel Messi.
He could not wrap the left foot around. When he is up against
defenders, they seem mesmerised by him. His movement is so-so, short
steps and fantastic control. Kroos! He passed it well wide. It
never felt as if it would hit the net. Great little ball.
No excuse, really. There was no conviction in the shot.
The ball never seemed to come down for him to do anything with.
We are going to have an extra 30 minutes and maybe a bit more at the
end of it all in Rio. The seventh World Cup final to go to extra
time, two were decided on penalties before, 1994, Brazil beating Italy
in Los Angeles and 2006 in Germany when Italy held sway. 30 minutes and
the world champions will be decided.
Argentina have played in one final but went to extra time on their
patch in 1978. They beat the Dutch. Germany lost in 1966.
What a start to the extra period. Aguero taking on Hummels again.
Neuer in charge. A great break by Germany. Saved by Romero. That sets
the tone for extra time. The goalkeeper having to make a stay --
save. A comfortable save. We are all still waiting for the moment of
magic that could decide still waiting for the moment of
prize in football. Argentina need their leader to come up with
something special now. Another chance goes. What a
fantastic ball from Rojo. The height on the flip over, Neuer was the
problem. That is fortunate the referee has
not seen clearly. 2006, in Germany, I hope if we get there, it doesn't
end in those sort of scenes. It would not be -- befit the final of a
tournament that has generally been played in good spirits.
A chance for Marianne Goetz! He has scored for Germany. The coolest man
in Rio. A symbolic goal-scorer. One of the new batch of brilliant German
talent. He has put them in front in the closing minutes of the World Cup
final -- three macro. Committing defenders. -- Gotze. That is a
brilliant finish. Technique, fantastic. Did not even look where
the goalkeeper was. He knew where it was going. That is a goal winning --
worthy of winning the greatest final round.
The goalkeeper knew where this was going.
He is looking as call as anybody possibly could in the circumstances
he is in. Two minutes remaining of
Alejandro Sabella's spell in charge Argentina free kick and this
really is last chance saloon. The first World Cup when for the
reunified Germany. The referee has had another look at both of his
watches. They are screaming for full-time on the touchline. Another
look at the watch! Another muted cheer from the Germany substitutes.
Africa? -- free kick? Schweinsteiger. He has given
everything. But he does not have to give any more.
One Goetze goal has the whole of Germany, its leaders and power
Not a night for the world's best individual to shine.
But a night when the world's best international team put it
Six of the team five years ago won the European under-21 championship,
Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Khedira, Ozil.
They've all come through together, schooled masterfully by that man,
Joachim Low, who's done what his long-time ally
He's taken Germany to the top of the world.
Lothar Matthaus, once upon a time, had his hands on the crown.
Equal the tally of Italy, still behind Brazil. It was not an easy
ride, Argentina had the opportunities but it was not to be,
it was a time for Germany, and a sublime finish from Mario Gotze that
clinched it. That was a great one from Schurrle. Great cross and good
first touch. The technique was just out of this world. We saw red
riggers volleying on his chest, I think it was as good. Absolutely
stunning. -- Rodrigo 's. This is the goal and that there ever was one to
win any tournament, it was this one. Schurrle, he gave them legs. The
work that he put in time outside, he got them into the danger area, that
is a good ball. The first touch was brilliant. And the finished... It
was out of this world. The technique was brilliant. Absolutely
outstanding. He is the wonder kid in Germany. He will be their talisman
in years to come. The technique, that first touch, he knew he was
going to score. It never got away from him. That has made a lot of
people happy in Berlin. Well, it looks like things are about to get
underway in terms of the presentations. Guy Mowbray will talk
us through this. There should be some things to sort out before Lahm
can get his hand onto the trophy. Neuer struts to the top of the
stairs, as if it was always something he was destined to do.
stairs, as if it was always That one was never in doubt. Best
goalkeeper of the tournament and the world. One of the best defenders in
the World Cup. By the time he has finished, at the age of 28, he might
be one of the greatest there has ever been. I am sorry, but that
actual statue... It looks like the Addams family. This is a little
different. Messi as to put on his dignified smile. The Golden bowl.
The player of the tournament. And we know he's better than he has shown.
The boys in the studio were saying, it is an Argentina team full of will
and self-determination. Not massively full ability. So to get
them here, you cannot disagree. There is at least another World Cup
in him. I hope so, he is such a fantastic player. Not his night
tonight. Those words will be falling on deaf ears right now. Yes, you
want to get out of the place and back into the dressing room and
clear off, onto the bus. Defined as water in the desert. Here, the
clear off, onto the bus. Defined as champions. Only fitting that
Schweinsteiger should lead them up the stairs, his 108th appearance
puts him level with Juergen Klinsmann. He is up there with the
great players, no doubt about that. Everything has to go through him.
Tonight, defensively, he was as good as anybody.
Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, goal maker, impact maker,
every time hes come from the bench. At 23, he's the future for Germany.
Howedes 26, Hummels 25, Boateng 25, Muller 24, Kroos 24, Goetze 22.
They're not going anywhere. From the schools, to the parks,
to the Bundesliga and beyond. Now on the biggest stage of all,
in the Maracana, a European team, for the first time, winning the
World Cup on South American soil. They are history makers,
this German team. They might go
on to a few more records yet. In football,
Germany rules the world again. It has been a magnificent World Cup
At the most enthralling World Cup, 171 macro 's, 20 odd red kicking a
ball around for 120 minutes and in the end, the Germans one. From
policy 8- goodbye. -- from all of our stash goodbye.
CHEERING policy 8- goodbye. -- from all of
our stash goodbye. The greatest game,
the biggest names, Wayne Rooney's first ever
World Cup Finals goal. It's the most dramatic
of circumstances. France are through to
the quarter finals. Yet another incredible game
at this quite amazing World Cup. That's a picture no
Brazilian wants to see. The Costa Rican
fairy-tale ends here. Brazil are being humbled
and taken apart.