For legions of soccer fans in Fresno and all over the world, the wait is over. After months of coverage and exciting developments, Germany has defeated Argentina in the final game, match 64, of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with a final score of 1-0.
As reported by ESPNFC.com, Germany took home the championship for the fourth time after a stunning extra-time strike by substitute Mario Gotze secured victory over Argentina.
The game lasted for 113 minutes without a goal, until Gotze -- a second-half substitute for Miroslav Klose -- controlled Andre Schurrle's left-wing cross on his chest before volleying past Sergio Romero.
The Los Angeles Times elaborates on the moment by describing "Super Mario" Goetze unmarked between two defenders deep in the box on a counter when Andre Schuerrle spots him from the left side and serves a pretty pass. Goetze then settles the ball off his chest and volleys it into the net to score the goal.
This victory comes twenty-four years after Germany's last World Cup triumph, which was also against Argentina, with coach Joachim Low fulfilling a dream that began eight years ago when he first took over the Nationalmannschaft.
During this year's World Cup, German midfielder Thomas Müller scored five goals, making him the top scorer or the season, while midfielder Toni Kroos tied with Müller for the top number of assists, three, and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger scores highest in discipline.
Germany also makes World Cup history as the first European nation to win the World Cup on South American soil.
This examiner would like to congratulate the players from all of the teams competing in this year's World Cup for their terrific performances, and I eagerly look forward to the next World Cup in 2018.