World Cup 2014: Joachim Loew Hails 'Miracle Boy' Mario Goetze

Germany's fourth World Cup title win this year came after four consecutive near-misses in major tournaments stretching back to 2006.

updated: July 14, 2014 20:12 IST
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Germany's coach Joachim Loew (L) speaks with Germany's forward Mario Goetze as he comes on to play during the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014.


Rio de Janeiro: Joachim Loew revealed he told Mario Goetze to "prove he's better than Lionel Messi" before Germany's "miracle boy" hit the extra-time goal to win Sunday's World Cup final.

Goetze came off the substitutes bench to score a stunning 113th-minute goal as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium. (Highlights)

"I told Mario Goetze, 'go out and show the world you are better than Messi'," said Loew. (Five Moments Where Germany Trumped Argentina)

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