Germany midfielder Mario Gotze provided a stunning goal to give his team and country a 1-0 victory over Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup final.
After an exhausting 113 minutes with no goals and a penalty shootout looming , Gotze slotted a left-footed shot to the left side of the net off Andre Schurrle’s assist for one of the latest goals in Cup final history.
Coming on for all-time Cup scorer Miroslav Klose in the 88th minute as the game was about to enter extra time, Gotze netted his second goal of the tournament and lifted Germany to its fourth World Cup in history.
It was the fifth final to be decided by a goal in extra time, and the second straight after Spain beat Netherlands with a goal in the 116th minute four years ago in South Africa.
Of Germany's five shots on target, it was Gotze's that will go down as the winner. Germany’s last win came in 1990, when they also defeated Argentina 1-0.