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'Teamwork, not individuals, the reason Germany won' - Philipp Lahm

The Germany captain says individual players don’t matter.

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy.
Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy.
Image: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

GERMANY CAPTAIN PHILIPP LAHM hailed his side’s collective ability as they downed Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup for fourth time in Rio de Janeriro on Sunday.

Substitute Mario Götze grabbed the only goal of the game in extra time as Argentina paid for missing a host of good chances through Gonzalo Higuain, Messi and Rodrigo Palacio to take the lead.

“It’s unbelievable what we have achieved. Whether we have the best individual player doesn’t matter at all, you just need to have the best team,” said the Bayern Munich defender.

“We improved throughout the tournament and didn’t get down when things didn’t always go our way, we just stuck to our path and at the end we’re standing here as world champions.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. The team stayed calm and patient, we knew that we had something left at the end.”

- © AFP, 2014

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