The Blues came through a major test of character in their latest match in East Yorkshire, as substitute Loic Remy hit a late winning goal and pulled them out of a tied match.
The visiting Chelsea FC started off the match with a superb strike by Eden Hazard, and quickly thereafter with the 20th goal of the season for Diego Costa. This seemingly put Chelsea well on a victorious course, but then goals by Ahmed Elmohamady and then Abel Hernandez (backed by mistakes in back) levelled the score to 2-2.
The tie was the half time score, but then a return by league-leading Chelsea to the performance standard they’d shown earlier was rewarded in the match’s 77th minute, when Loic Remy converted a pass from Willian and preserved a six-point lead in the top.
It sure looked like the match was heading to penalty kicks, but a brilliant late goal by Mario Götze sealed the 1-0 win over Argentina to give Germany its fourth World Cup championship, matching the Italians with four wins.
It was an interesting and entertaining tournament, though a complete disaster for Brazil. Watching Argentina lose in the final may have lessened the sting a tad, but overall this will be a painful memory for Brazilian fans.
Meanwhile, European teams have now won three World Cups in a row, with Russia on the horizon.
Tough break for Brazil as popular forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the win over Colombia. The host nation will now have to face Germany next in Belo Horizonte without their superstar.
They scored right away with Clint Dempsey delivering a beautiful goal in the first 29 seconds, and then spent most of the match hanging on for dear life. In a way the early goal put them in a tough spot, as they seemed to forget how to pass the ball crisply and control possession.
Most of the game was a mess, and when Ghana equalized late, it looked like utter disaster. But then John Brooks saved them with an amazing header off a corner kick late, and jubilation set in. I suppose the three young ladies pictured below are partying like crazy tonight.