Rio de Janeiro: Brazil suffered mightily with its national team's 7-1 rout at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semifinals last week, but the authorities here breathed sighs of relief as the tournament came to a close on Sunday with Germany's victory over Argentina, amid muted street protests and a display of Brazil's ability to successfully organize sporting megaevents. (Germany win World Cup)
"The Cup would have been perfect, except for the lack of the sixth championship," Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, said in a brief speech at Maracana, the stadium that was turned into a militarized zone after security forces severely restricted access over concerns that demonstrations could disrupt the final match. (Messi Wins Golden Ball)
Brazilian soccer fans, who traditionally view Argentina as their chief rival, seemed to be generally pleased with the result of the game. When Germany scored its only goal in the 113th minute, securing victory in extra time, fireworks were set off across the city.