In case you missed it somehow: Germany is your new World Cup champions! Their 1-0 win over Argentina gave them their fourth World Cup–they’re now in joint second place with Italy in all-time wins and the first European team to claim the prize in South America!
The other good news: We can all sleep properly again!
The big finale went into extra time for the third World Cup in a row, and Die Mannschaft finally sealed the title as the sun rose over the Philippines–a metaphor of Germany’s new dawn if you want to be all poetic about it.
Compared to 2010’s Spain-Netherlands final, this was a much better match. Andres Iniesta’s winner four years ago was kind of like putting a dead dog of a game out of its misery. Its previous 116 minutes were notable for setting a cup final record of 14 yellow cards more than anything. The lone goal of 2014 on the other hand, decided a back-and-forth match that could have easily seen a bagful of goals.
So could this be the beginning of a period of German supremacy just like it did for Spain? Only if they do a double and win Euro 2016, too! We'll give you more of our fearless forecasts and predictions, but before that: the highlights from the final game!
(OR LOWLIGHTS, KASI PURO MINTIS)
Messi missed the kind of chance he puts away in his sleep for Barcelona
Gonzalo Higuaín got the ball in the back of the net, but correctly got called offside
Higuaín also CHOKED when a terrible Germany backpass got him one-on-one with Manuel Neuer
Miroslav Klose almost makes it a 17-goal record
Sergio Romero with a good save. Muntik na!
The Germans scramble it away…
…making this pretty fräulein nervous!
Golden Gloves (a.k.a. best goalkeeper) winner Neuer has had enough of all these Argentinian highlights though
Lots of Argentina action, but the most important highlight of all goes to the Germans with this beautifully taken goal by Mario Götze in the 113th minute.
That chest control wasn’t easy, which makes the goal more worthy of this: