Sunday 19 April 2015

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
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 coach Joachim Loew lifts the World Cup trophy beside his team after they won the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lifts the Golden Glove as he celebrates with teammates being named as the best goalkeeper at the end of their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the FIFA World Cup Trophy and team-mates after winning the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Thomas Mueller during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates defeating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
A dejected Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after being defeated by Germany 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina shakes hands with head coach Alejandro Sabella as he exits the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Thomas Mueller (L) and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany celebrate after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrate defeating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Jerome Boateng during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Mario Goetze of Germany scores his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Lucas Biglia (L) and Javier Mascherano of Argentina challenge Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio (R) shoots but fails to score a goal past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) misses a goal opportunity during their 2014 World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes (R) misses a chance to score during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina's Lionel Messi (C) attempts a shot on goal against Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Germany's Mats Hummels (R) challenges during their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium
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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