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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldnt muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germanys 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday -- denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the games all-time greats. It was the moment of brilliance that ensured Germanys 1-0 victory in a tight and tense final. Goetze, who wasnt born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post from five yards out. It delivered Germany its fourth World Cup title, equal second with Italy on the list of all-time champions and just behind Brazils five. "Its an unbelievable feeling. I dont know how to describe it. You just shoot that goal in, you dont really know whats happening," Goetze said. "And then at the end of the match, having a party with the team, the whole country ... it is for us, a dream come true." At the final whistle, Germany players fell into a pile in a mid-pitch celebration. Messi walked past them with his hands on his hips -- still in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. The 22-year-old Goetze went on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose near the end of regulation time and his fresh legs made the difference. Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich midfielder did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra-time win over the Netherlands. It went entirely to script, according to Germany coach Joachim Loew. "I said to Mario Goetze, OK, show to the world that youre better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup. You have all the possibilities to do that," Loew said. "I had a good feeling with him." Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas, and the victory ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil, the Euro 2008 final to Spain and was eliminated in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010. Argentina had not been back in the final since that 1990 loss, and has now been beaten by Germany in the last three World Cups. "This was our chance, and we felt that way. We couldnt do it. We have to lift our heads and suffer the pain," Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said. "Obviously, the pain is tremendous." It is Germanys first World Cup title as a unified nation, having won as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990. The Germans faced Argentina in both the 1986 and 1990 finals, during Maradonas heyday. This time, they were up against Messi, the four-time world player of the year who has set a slew of scoring records in leading Barcelona to every major club title and is widely considered the best player since Maradona. But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short. He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often converts for Barcelona. Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively smothered by the German defence. His free kick in the 120th minute went well high. Messi, who scored four goals in the group stage but none in the knockout rounds, then had to trudge alone up the stairs of the Maracana Stadium to accept the Golden Ball award for the tournaments best player, shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel along the way. "At this moment I dont care about this prize -- only lifting the trophy matters," Messi said. "Im hurt for losing the way we did. ... I think we deserved a little better, we had chances. As well as they controlled the ball, we still had the clearest chances." After Messi received his award, the German team made its way up the stairs for captain Philipp Lahm to raise the hallowed 18-carat gold trophy. Until Goetzes winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances. Gonzalo Higuain fired wide when gifted a chance in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and later had a goal ruled out for offside. Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post just before halftime with a header. Germany had entered the game as the favourite after its 7-1 semifinal drubbing of Brazil. But Argentina proved to be an entirely different proposition. "Im very proud of the team. They played a great game against a great team," Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said. "I salute the players, they made the country proud." After Germanys last win in 1990, then-coach Franz Beckenbauer predicted that a unified Germany would be "unbeatable" in the future. It took 24 years to prove him right but with young players like Goetze, the next wait may not be as long. "We, I think, deserve this trophy," Goetze said. ------ Lineups: Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Christoph Kramer (Andre Schuerrle, 31), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120), Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose (Mario Goetze, 8Cool. Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86); Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46), Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 7Cool, Lionel Messi. Mark Gastineau Jersey . Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at the Friendly Confines. Darron Lee Jersey .com) - Jeff Teague finished with a game-high 26 points and eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks held off the Utah Jazz, 98-92, on Friday. will next play Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, who saved 10 of 16 break points to defeat Annika Beck of Germany 7-6 (6), 6-4.Also, Marina Erakovic of New Zealand defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Christian Hackenberg Jersey . The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search, confirmed reports by several media outlets. The interview took place in Southern California on Monday. Corey Lemonier Jersey . The hard-serving 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., became the first Canadian to be ranked in the Top 10 on the ATP World Tour thanks to his runner-up performance at Rogers Cup in Montreal.CALGARY - What succeeds in Vegas returns to Vegas. The Continental Cup of Curling heads back to Sin City next year in hopes of replicating the buzz it created in 2014.The 2016 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling will again be held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which marks just the second time in the events 12-year history it will be staged outside of Canada.We go there as tourists and now were actually one of the shows, Olympic champion skip Jennifer Jones said Friday at a news conference.Last years event attracted a record 51,215 fans over four days at the 6,000-seat Orleans Arena. It drew a daily average of 300,000 television viewers, according to TSN.I think the simple reason was it was a home run, so why would we not go back? Canadian Curling Association chief executive officer Greg Stremlaw said.The television numbers were good, obviously record attendance crowds and 92 per cent of them were from Canada, It gave our fans something different. Obviously we cant do that with national championships. They have to be held within Canada.But a Continental Cup, weve hosted it so often in Canada, its nice to kind of have a little bit of variety. Las Vegas wanted us back pretty badly because its a great economic impact for them.A return to the U.S. means American curlers will be re-incorporated into the format.They joined with Canadians under the Team North America banner for the first 10 years of the Continental Cup and helped post a 6-4 record. The U.S. was not invited to participate at this weeks competition here.An all-Canadian team is up 15-6 on Team Europe at Canada Olympic Park after Fridays draws wrapped up.The four-day competition includes team, mixed doubles, singles and skins games. A total of 60 points are available, so the side that earns more than 30 points by Sunday is the champion.The host team earned 3.5 out of a possible six points in the afternoon singles round and followed up with three out of a possible three points in team play in the evening.Brad Jacobs, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., defeated David Murdoch of the United Kingdom 66-5 in Round 4 of team competition.ddddddddddddWinnipegs John Morris cruised to an 8-3 win over Niklas Edin of Sweden.And in the other team game, Ottawas Rachel Homan drew the button with last rock to nip Anna Sidorova of Russia 4-3.Clean sweep, that was good, said Homan.Canada led by 4.5 points after the morning team competition when Edmontons Val Sweeting and Scotlands Eve Muirhead tied 4-4 and split a point.Winnipegs Mike McEwen downed Norways Thomas Ulsrud 7-2. Jones gave up five points in the first end to Swedens Margaretha Sigfridsson en route to a 9-4 loss.This years average attendance at the 3,000-seat Markin MacPhail Centre was 1,533 after five draws.The World Curling Federation has dropped its involvement in the Continental Cup. As the events sole backer, the CCA chooses which countries are invited to next years event Jan. 14-17.Team North America will face a Team World in 2016, with the possibility that Asian curlers will be included.It will be more than Europe for sure, Stremlaw said. Final decisions havent been made in terms of who will constitute Team World, but it will be Team North America versus Team World.Fridays announcement was made at Canadas Sports Hall of Fame at COP. Stremlaw was flanked by two women wearing sequined bikinis.Showgirls and dancers from the male revue Thunder From Down Under accompanied the curlers into Orleans Arena last year. Las Vegas is a popular and easy getaway for Western Canadians.With temperatures in Calgary around minus-20 C on Friday, Jon Killoran of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition pointed out it was 19 C in Las Vegas and said the pool will once again be open if that weather is the same next year.The 2014 Continental Cup benefited from the buildup to the Winter Olympics less than a month later in Sochi, Russia.NBC was there every day covering curling, Jones recalled. They were there when we won the gold-medal game, they talked about us on David Letterman.Curling is making a statement in the States and we have to keep that momentum going. Its great news in my opinion that were bringing it back to Vegas. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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