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Monday, July 14, 2014
GERMANY fans all over the world celebrate the country's 2014 Fifa World Cup final 1-0 victory over Agentina in Rio de Janiero, Brazil on Monday.
Destined to crown themselves world champions again this year, Germany leaned on 22-year-old sub Mario Goetze to net the winning goal in extra time, stunning the Argentines who were looking forward to the penalties thinking that the match would end up into another scorless draw.
Goetze's heroics, indeed, stole the show in the world's greatest football stage.
For most Dabawenyos, the Germans deserved the win.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. said, "Fatigue makes Argentina bow to formidable Germany."
Davao Football Community's Buboy Arrieta, for his part, said: "Fitting for Germany, they played with class and precision. Argentina gave them a game to remember."
Davao Football Association secretary-general Erwin Protacio said the game could have gone either way. "Both teams had good opportunities for a goal.
Nice choice of sub by coach Leow. Goetze made Germany very happy today."
Ateneo de Davao University football coach Reynalyn Ranada Ravanes also cited Argentina's lost marking on Goetze's goal although Lionel Messi's team made several attempts.
"Kontrolado ng Germany ang laro at okay ang ball possession nila," Ravanes said.
Philippine College of Technology-Medvil Football Club coach Ramonito "Lalas" Carreon said, "This World Cup is really for them. When Germany committed great mistakes the Argentines did not convert them."
Dapoy Diamante, meanwhile, said both teams played well "but Germany dictated the pace of the game. I have been for Germany because they've always played as a team."
Sports Development Division of the City-Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) spokesperson Charles Raymond A. Maxey said, "Germany played excellent football all throughout the tournament."
"Superior defense and methodical offense did it for Germany. The team is like a well-oiled machine. Argentina somehow expected too much from Messi and the Germans knew about it so they limited Messi's playing space and patiently executed their offense, methodically wearing down the Argentine defense in extra period," Chito Malabanan said.
Malabanan said it's interesting to note that history was on German's side, having won three World Cups ending in four - 1954, 1974 and 2014.
Brazil won the 1994 World Cup though.
Germany last won the World Cup in 1990, also beating Argentina.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 15, 2014.