German coach Joachim Loew has revealed he told Mario Goetze “to show you can decide the World Cup” minutes before the attacker’s title-clinching strike in the FIFA World Cup final.
“I said, ‘Ok show to the world that you are better than (Lionel) Messi and that you can decide the World Cup’,” Xinhua quoted Loew as saying at his post-match press conference.
“I said that he has all the capabilities to do that. I had a good feeling with him.”
Goetze, a late substitute for Miroslav Klose, scored with seven minutes remaining in extra-time to secure Germany’s fourth World Cup title in a dramatic final against Argentina.
The winning goal came when he controlled Andre Schurrle’s cross with his chest before lashing an unstoppable volley past Sergio Romero.