David de Gea’s 2014 World Cup dreams were long crushed as Spain failed to progress beyond the group stage, but the Manchester United goalkeeper did not shy away from congratulating Germany on their triumph on Sunday.
Die Mannschaft lifted the cup for the fourth time in their history with a 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
It was a tightly contested game in which the South American giants were perhaps marginally the better side, but they failed to take their chances and were punished for that on 113 minutes.
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, who has probably been the best substitute of the tournament in Brazil, surged down the left flank and drilled in a perfect cross for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze to score a brilliant goal.
That proved to be enough for Joachim Low’s side to win the World Cup and become the first European team to do so in South America.
De Gea was watching the match and was quick to praise both sides on social networking site Twitter.
And all the merit to Argentina, they were close and a great finalist. #Brazil 2014— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) July 13, 2014
Germany were the best team at the World Cup and deservedly won the tournament. They have been the most consistent international side of this century and have now finally tasted success.