Maybe it was too soon for Mario Gotze to answer the question everyone wanted to ask him.
Gotze scored the game-winning goal for Germany against Argentina in the 113th minute of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday, and the German forward could barely describe his famous goal after the game.
“Andre (Schurrle) put in a superb ball and I was able to control it on my chest,” Gotze told FIFA.com. “Then somehow the ball was in the net.”
“Everything happened so quickly but it was great to see how much of a release it gave the team and how we still fought right until the very end,” Gotze said. “We thoroughly deserved to win it because we’re a great side. It’s an indescribable moment.”
Gotze entered the game as a substitute in the 88th minute. Gotze replaced Miroslav Klose, the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup history, and more than mimicked his veteran teammate’s ability to finish moves inside the opponent’s penalty area.
Gotze, 22, also struggled to find the right words to describe his emotions when he reached the mixed (media) zone following Germany’s extended celebrations on the field and in the dressing room.
“It’s difficult to put it into words,” Gotze said. “I can’t describe what it’s like in the changing room right now. It’s probably exactly the same back in Germany. I think we played well as a team throughout the whole tournament and every one of us deserves this. It’s a great feeling for everyone in Germany and for us as a team.”
We understand why it might be hard for Gotze to talk about these major events so soon after they took place. Gotze merely did what he has spent most of his life preparing to do: score goals. In doing so, Gotze’s world changed forever.
You get a pass, Mario. We reckon you know what to do with it.
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