Thursday 23 October 2014

Javier Mascherano: The pain is immense

Published 14/07/2014 | 00:25

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janerio, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 13, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation.
Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Germany's players lift the World Cup trophy as they celebrate their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.     REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's players lift the World Cup trophy as they celebrate their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Marcos Rojo (L) fouls Germany's Thomas Mueller (C) during their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Marcos Rojo (L) fouls Germany's Thomas Mueller (C) during their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

An emotional Javier Mascherano said he felt "immense pain" after losing the World Cup final against Germany.

Mario Gotze struck in the 113th minute to give Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina in Sunday's final at the Maracana.

Mascherano was proud to have made it to the final, but he admitted losing in such a dramatic way was hard to take.

"The pain is immense," the Argentina vice-captain said with tears in his eyes. "We wanted to win this for the people of Argentina, for those who came here to support us, but we lost.

"We have represented our country the best we could though.

"We have to lift our heads despite the pain. We gave everything we could out there."

Gonzalo Higuain missed a good chance in the first half and Lionel Messi spurned a similar opportunity after the break.

Substitute Rodrigo Palacio put a header over when clean through in extra-time.

Mascherano wishes his team-mates had put their chances away.

"We had the best chances but we didn't take them," the Barcelona midfielder said.

"And we only had to last another five minutes at the end. We just didn't have that little bit of luck that you need in a final."

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