There was only one word to describe the goal that won the 2014 World Cup: Super.
With a penalty shootout looming in the scoreless final, Germany's Mario Gotze delivered a moment of brilliance that won't soon be forgotten on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. In the 113th minute of the final at Estadio Maracana on Sunday, the reserve forward received a cross from teammate Andre Schurrle as he ran into the Argentina penalty area. The 22-year-old controlled the pass with his chest and then struck a crisp left-footed shot that produced the only goal in Germany's 1-0 extra time win over Argentina. It was the second-latest score ever in a World Cup final, according to ESPN FC.
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