Argentina had the Pope on its side, but a 22-year-old midfielder with a supermodel girlfriend struck World Cup gold for Germany on Sunday. In a thrilling championship game in Rio de Janeiro, Mario Götze booted the lone goal in the second extra-time period, giving a unified Germany its first World Cup win, setting off cheers led by the nation’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Jubilant German fans who watched the tense match at watering holes around New York City erupted in celebration of a victory that put Deutschland above all others in the 203-team worldwide tournament. “Awesome!” said Mario Fontaine, an actor from Wiesbaden, Germany, who watched his countrymen lift the gilded championship trophy at Zum Schneider, a German restaurant in the East Village. “Germany really deserves it,” he added. Germany and Argentina, led by the tournament’s MVP Lionel Messi, ended the hard-fought regulation play knotted 0-0. One veteran German footballer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, even had blood streaming from a gash sustained below his right eye late in the game. A first extra-time session was inconclusive, but in the 113th minute, German Andre Schuerrle dribbled down the left side of the field and made a perfect cross to Götze, who trapped it on… Read full this story
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