A world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday, leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken.

The thunderous clash between Germany, Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final conquerors, and their bitter rivals had seemed headed for penalties until Andre Schuerrle escaped down the left after 113 minutes and sent in a cross that substitute Goetze controlled on his chest before slamming past goalkeeper Sergio Romero.


“It is not possible to stop Mario Goetze. He has the same assets and is an instinctive footballer just like Lionel Messi,” Franz Beckenbauer said in August 2011. Goetze was just 19-years-old at the time.

In the 113th minute of the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday, Goetze chested down a delicious Andre Schurrle cross and struck it on the volley from a tight angle past Sergio Romero in the Brazilian goal. In one shot, he showed the world the instincts Beckenbauer was talking about three years ago, won his country a fourth World Cup and outshone the man he has been compared to all his life.

Goetze also became the youngest ever goalscorer in a World Cup final and the only substitute to have scored the tournament winner.

After winning the World Cup title in 1954, West Germany turned itself into a powerhouse on the field. The west side of the divided nation later won the 1972 European Championship and then the 1974 World Cup, playing as the host.

Another European title came in 1980, followed a loss to Italy in the 1982 World Cup final. The West Germans again reached the final in 1986, but lost to an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona in Mexico. They got their revenge four years later, beating the Argentines in 1990 to win the World Cup for a third time.