Germany have been celebrating their victory in the World Cup for the fourth time, leaving Lionel Messi’s team in dismay. The team’s successful goal within the three minutes of extra time steered the championship’s momentum.
In 2001, England beat Germany with 5-1 scores in a World Cup qualifier played in Germany. The football authorities and coaches formulated a plan of producing a squad that would play to their strengths of pressing in midfield and attacking with pace. The finale of that strategy was beating Argentina in this year’s World Cup final. A long-term plan came to fruition in the biggest match in the game.
Most sportbooks, particularly the Pinnacle Sports, never regretted their support on Germany over Argentina. Germany were backed by smart punters who bet on sports.
Germany emerged as the best team in the competition over their last two matches. The record breaking 7-1 scores in the semi-final for Germany and Brazil was one of the best performances in World Cup history. Argentina created the better chances in the finals but did not have one shot on target. Manuel Neuer was the right goalkeeper in the tournament. In fact, he was so effective outside his penalty area that he could have been voted best defender as well.
It will be of little consolation to Lionel Messi of Argentina that he was seen as the best player in the 2014 World Cup. He failed to deliver on the big stage when he was fairly ineffective against Germany but for a few runs and a missed chance at the start of the second half. James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot awarded to the top scorer at the World Cup, but Germany won the biggest prize.