By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 13, 2014
Germany landed its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.
“The win made Germany the first European team to prevail in a World Cup in the Americas and gave the Germans, who have made it to the knockout stage in 16 consecutive World Cups, their first trophy since 1990,” reports The New York Times.
The one goal was scored by Germany’s Mario Götze just minutes before the game would have gone to a shootout.
“We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now,” said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who won the Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper of the tournament, according to The New York Times. “At some point, we’ll stop celebrating, but we’ll always keep waking up with a smile.”
The close match included a bit of controversy.
“Christoph Kramer, a young German midfielder, became at least the third player in this tournament to return to the field shortly after sustaining an obvious head injury,” the Times reports. “Kramer was ultimately replaced about 10 minutes after colliding with an Argentine opponent and was clearly dazed, adding more fuel to a debate about soccer’s lack of a comprehensive protocol for dealing with head injuries.”