Angry Defeat

Argentinian Fans Irate at World Cup loss

Street violence erupted on the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, after Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final.

Thousands of football fans had gathered in the city to celebrate their team’s performance in the championship match. But hope turned to bitter disappointment after their 1-0 defeat.

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Goetze Goal Gives Germany Victory

Germany's Mario Goetze, right, scores the opening goal past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Germany’s Mario Goetze, right, scores the opening goal past Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Click here to see statistics and highlights from the match. Victor R. Caivano | AP

Mario Goetze netted an extra time goal to make Germany the first European team ever to win a World Cup in the Americas, beating Argentina, 1-0, to claim the championship.

Playing before a capacity crowd of about 75,000 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Goetze took a crossing pass on the left side from teammate Andre Schurrle and artfully nailed it home inside the right post past Argentine goalie Sergio Romero.

Goetze, a midfielder who plays for Bayern Munich, came off the bench toward the end of regulation for Miroslav Klose, who in the 7-1 semifinal win over Brazil became the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history.

The goal by Goetze goal triggered memories of the one by Spain’s Andres Iniesta just before the end of extra time in a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup championship in South Africa.  It also gave Germany its fourth World Cup title but the first as a unified country.  West Germany won in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

South American teams won the seven previous times the tournament was played in the Americas.

“An Awesome Experience”

“It is unbelievable and an awesome experience,” Germany’s goalie Manuel Neuer told German television.  “We have had incredible cohesion since the start of our preparations.  Germany (is) world champions.  I don’t know how long we will celebrate, but we will go about it with big grins.”

After the game, the German team made its way up the stairs of Maracana Stadium to raise the hallowed 18-carat gold trophy, as confetti rained down and fireworks exploded in the sky.

“It’s incredible how hard we worked and what a performance we produced,” team captain Philipp Lahm said.  “It’s an incredible feeling.”

Germany and Argentina had met twice before in the World Cup title game.  Argentina won in 1986, and the Germans won in 1990.

This time, Argentina was hoping its superstar, Lionel Messi, would lead the South American football power to its third title.  But Germany’s stingy defense neutralized Messi, a four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, for most of the game.

Messi, who scored four goals in the tournament, all in the group stage, received the Golden Ball award as the World Cup’s best player.  In the end, though, he was still walking in the shadow of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, in part, with his famous “Hand of God” goal and the “Goal of the Century.”

Sunday’s game marked the third straight World Cup championship that went to extra time.  Both teams had solid chances to score before Goetze’s goal, with the Argentines missing out on a few that would later haunt them.

In the 21st minute, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain intercepted an errant pass and broke for the net but hooked his shot far wide.  He found the net in the 30th minute but was called for offside.

Early in the second half, Messi stood one-on-one with Neuer, who later won the Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best goalie, but sent his shot wide.  Argentina also failed to convert on opportunities in extra time.

Argentine Coach Congratulatory in Defeat

“When there are chances in a game that is so evenly balanced, you have to take them,” Argentina’s coach Alejandro Sabella said.  “We lacked a bit of efficiency.”

Sabella praised his team for staying even with Germany for so long after a tough semifinal against the Netherlands.  Argentina won that game in a penalty shootout, 4-2, after a scoreless draw.

“The only thing I can do is congratulate my players,” Sabella said.  “The work they did was extraordinary, and (I) also congratulate Germany.”

The Argentines went undefeated in the World Cup until the championship game.  They played Germany without speedy winger Angel Di Maria, who was out with a thigh injury.

In addition to the award to Messi and Neuer, Colombia’s James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals.

In a symbolic gesture before the game, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter, president of football’s world governing body, FIFA, took part in a World Cup handover ceremony.  Russia will host the 2018 World Cup.

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World Cup: July 10, 2014

Netherlands loses, Argentina wins.

Argentina’s players run to celebrate after teammate Maxi Rodriguez scored the last penalty as Netherlands’ players react at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. (AP)

Argentina 0(4) - 0(2) Netherlands

1978 vs. 2014 (UPDATE: History Repeats for Argentina)


Will these teams repeat history...or make a new future?

UPDATE: What a difference a day makes. After Germany’s 7-1 rout of Brazil in the first semifinal, Argentina and Netherlands didn’t score any goals. Ultimately, their match came down to a shootout, which Argentina won, 4-2. With their win over the Netherlands (a repeat of their victory against the Dutch in the 1978 World Cup final),  Argentina advances to the final, where they’ll face Germany on Sunday at 3 PM ET (7 PM UTC).

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The second semifinal, between the Netherlands and Argentina, is a rematch of the 1978 World Cup final in which Argentina prevailed 3-1. La Selección is hoping to repeat history and best their orange rivals once again. But whether it’s the loss to Argentina in 1978 or the loss to Spain last year, the Dutch aren’t focused on the past. Instead, they’re focused on 2014, hoping to create their own history with a trip to the final against Germany. Play begins at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

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