In a World Cup lacking a standalone, runaway favorite, with each contending team showing obvious chinks in its armor, it was most fitting for the 2014 tournament’s most consistent (and best) side to hoist the trophy on Sunday’s
Mario Götze’s 112th minute winner edged Germany past Argentina 1-0 in a final that wasn’t exactly one for the ages, yet it didn’t skirt near the edges of the drabbest affairs that are often generated by the high stakes of the world’s most prestigious sporting event. It was a deserving win, a result that can be hard to come by in the smash and grab nature of soccer.
After pummeling Brazil in the semifinal, casual observers might have expected more from Die Mannschaft; however, those following Argentina knew that the Germans wouldn’t have the same time and space afforded them by the sieve-like defending of the generous hosts last week. The shutdown defense approach coupled with Messi magic had essentially fueled the South American side to this point, and it was more of the same from La Albiceleste for long stretches of Sunday’s final.