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Bravo Germany, the new World Cup champions, and Brazil for a great show
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:57 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO
Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends.
For a 32-day showcase of football at its best, the winning goal was beautifully appropriate. Mario Goetze controlled the ball with his chest and then volleyed it into the Argentine goal, making it look simple.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, sat in the VIP section with other notables, waved a clenched fist. Vladimir Putin later reached across to shake her hand.