Manila Doctors Hospital
July 14, 2014
One month of football bliss.
I’m at a loss for words in the spectacle we’ve just witnessed.
Germany crowned itself World Cup champion for the fourth time by beating a tough Lionel Messi and Argentina, 1-0, decided by a sensational extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze after he chested down a cross from Andre Schurrle and sent it home.
And then it was pandemonium in the Maracana, the spiritual home of Brazil football.
Lionel Messi, considered the best player in the planet, entered this match hoping to put him to the pedestal alongside the man he has aspired to be like–Diego Maradona. But not this night as the Albiceleste will have to try again four years from now.
Don’t cry Argentina because at least Messi got the Golden Ball to console yourself with.
It was memorable tournament. Even though I wasn’t there in Brazil, I witnessed history unfolded. Miroslav Klose becoming the highest goal scorer in World Cup history. Talismanic Brazilian Neymar and his spectacular goals and his heartbreaking injury.
Colombian James Rodriguez and his pretty face and killer game. Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and the Flying Dutch’s mighty fightbacks. German Thomas Muller’s hat-trick against Ronaldo and the Portuguese. Charismatic Didier Drogba’s far-reaching effect to Ivory Coast’s play.
(Photos courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/fifaworldcup/photos_stream)