Fiji Time: 11:21 PM on Tuesday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Loew hails 'miracle boy' Goetze for scoring winner

Afp
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Joachim Loew has 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 the 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 yesterday.

"I told Mario Goetze, 'go out and show the world you are better than Messi'," said Loew.

"Goetze is the miracle boy, he is the wonder who can play in numerous positions, he is the decider who can come on and make a difference and that is what he did today."

The German coach meanwhile basked in his team's historic win, the first by a European team in South America.

It came after four consecutive near-misses in major tournaments stretching back to 2006.

"We have been together for 55 days, we have started this project years ago and this is the culmination of a lot of hard work," Loew said.

"We have been able to improve our performances, we believed in it and worked a lot for it.

"This team really deserves it with the likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.

"We have had disappointment in the past having gone close despite playing good football.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Death shocks family
  2. Kidney hope
  3. $75k for homes
  4. Diwali fireworks
  5. Focus on minibuses
  6. PM commends multicultural celebration at Diwali event
  7. Minister assists pension recipient
  8. Park concern
  9. Unity needed to meet provincial levy, says chief
  10. Gala night marks awards event

Top Stories this Week

  1. PM invites Kepa Tuesday (14 Oct)
  2. Unknown Tuwai stands out in Gold Coast tournament Wednesday (15 Oct)
  3. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  4. Fiji removes all doubts Wednesday (15 Oct)
  5. Hundreds turn up to welcome 7s heroes Tuesday (14 Oct)
  6. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  7. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  8. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  9. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  10. Chief raises concern over river gravel extraction Tuesday (14 Oct)