FIFA World Cup: Mario Goetze calls winning goal 'an unbelievable feeling'

Jul 15, 2014, 08:40 IST | AFP

Rio de Janeiro: Germany's Mario Goetze said scoring the winning goal in Sunday's World Cup final win was the crowning glory on a difficult first season following his high-profile move to Bayern Munich.

Germany celebrate their World Cup triumph at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Germany celebrate their World Cup triumph at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Pic/AFP 

The baby-faced 22-year-old's superb chest and volley from an Andre Schuerrle cross on 113 minutes sealed Germany's 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina at the Maracana. "It's an unbelievable feeling," said the Bayern forward.

"I don't know how to describe it. You just score that goal and you don't really know what's happening after that. It'll be a party with the whole team and the country. It's a dream come true to win
the World Cup, especially in Brazil."

Goetze came on for veteran striker Miroslav Klose just before the start of extra-time and his 11th goal for Germany will go down in the history books as he made only his 35th appearance for 'Die Mannschaft'.

Brilliant record
He picked up the man-of-the-match award in Rio as Germany became the first European side to win a World Cup in the Americas at the eighth attempt. Goetze joins 'Der Bomber' Gerd Mueller, who netted the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 World Cup final in Munich, as a Bayern player who made their country world champions.

But Goetze arrived in Brazil after a difficult first season with the Bavarian giants having failed to win a regular starting place in Pep Guardiola's star-studded side.

Having won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, the club he joined as an eight-year-old, Goetze became public-enemy number one with Borussia fans in April 2013 when he actioned a 37 million euro clause (USD 50.3 million) in his contract to sign for Bayern.

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