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Götze: It's like a dream

Helmut Rahn, Gerd Müller, Andreas Brehme and now Mario Götze. The 22-year-old striker netted a wonder goal to join the list of German players to score a World Cup winning goal for the national team. He chested the ball down and volleyed it into the far corner – that was Götze's magical moment 113 minutes into the Final against Argentina.

“It's incredible, I can't find the right words for it, it's like a dream,” declared the hero of Rio de Janeiro, “I'm just proud of the team and everything we've achieved here in Brazil. I think we've earned this trophy.”

Joachim Löw once again pulled the rabbit out of the hat. “Mario is a man for the big match. I felt he could make a decisive contribution and seal it for us,” explained the Germany coach who admitted he gave Götze a few words of advice when he brought him off the bench on 88 minutes: “I told Mario to show the world you're better than Messi and you can win this game. You've got every chance of doing it.”

'A prodigy'

Götze had his moment of magic at the Maracanã Stadium 25 minutes later, rounding off a brilliant move by taking the ball on the chest before volleying it into the back of the Argentina net with his left foot. “Mario was incredible,” declared André Schürrle who provided the assist and earned the FIFA Man of the Match award for his efforts.

“Götze is a player who can do it all. He's a prodigy,” enthused Löw in praise of his match-winner, “he has tremendous ability and outstanding technical skills. He's so astute. I know he can always win a game for us when push comes to shove. It was a fantastic finish.” Indeed, a wonder goal for the history books.