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Germany were rightful World Champions after beating Argentina 1-0 last night, and for once I was happy to see them win and particularly pleased for Philipp Lahm, whose glittering career now includes lifting the most famous trophy in sports.
The game if not a classic was still enthralling as both sides attempted to unlock each other to score the all important goal. It was Mario Götze who was to be the hero, Mendonca-esque controlling the ball on his chest and sweeping it past Romero in one movement to prevent, gladly, a penalty shoot-out deciding the World Cup winners.
Jogi Löw had the best group of players and despite only picking one out and out striker, they scored the most goals and I am pleased they will remembered as the 2014 World Cup champions and not just the team that thrashed Brazil 7-1.
The German side are the first to win a World Cup in the Americas and this team is going to be good for a long time.
Lionel Messi looked as surprised as the those watching to receive the player of the tournament award. I don’t think he influenced any of the games beyond the 2nd Round. Mind you if it wasn’t for his goals in the Group Stages, then Argentina may not have even made it to the 2nd Round.
There were times in yesterday’s game when it looked like it was his to own, but he was unable to grasp the opportunity like over great players have done before him.
I personally thought that Thomas Müller, James Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Toni Kroos, Mat Hummels. Alexis Sanchez, Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben were all better, but the most famous player always wins man of the match in my experience and FIFA’s technical gurus didn’t disappoint.
The qualifying draw for 2018 will take place in St Petersburg on 25 July, 2015.