He was the man who played the final pass, he was the man who created the defining moment. Mario Gotze stole the World Cup final headlines with a sumptuous finish but it was Andre Schurrle’s run and cross that created the opening.
The Chelsea man enjoyed a brilliant World Cup, proving himself to be a key player coming off the bench and last night he had another important impact.
He was brought on slightly earlier than he may have expected when he was chosen as the man to replace the concussed Christoph Kramer on 32 minutes but he still showed that he had the ability to affect the game.
Schurrle’s introduction brought fresh legs to a Germany side that was being surprised by Argentina and he helped them wrestle back control.
He played down the left flank and worked hard to try and combat the threat of Pablo Zabaleta even though the Argentina came out on top in most of their duels. Schurrle’s pace proved to be a great outlet for Germany and they looked to use him as they broke in response to Argentina pressure. As the game wore on he became more and more important as other players faded.
Then, with just seven minutes to go Schurrle made his move; he drove at the Argentina defence and chipped the ball into Gotze’s path, the Bayern Munich man finished expertly.
It capped a good tournament for Schurrle where he finished with the sixth highest performance score of the Germany squad. His three goals as a substitute now mean that only the legendary Roger Milla has scored more goals (four) as a substitute at World Cup finals.
Now Schurrle will take a well earned rest before linking up with the rest of the Chelsea squad for their pre season tour. Last season Schurrle appeared off the bench 15 times for Chelsea, half of his overall appearances but he was still their third highest scorer in the league with eight goals.
He also created a highly respectable 29 chances but he was never really given the full chance to show what he can do.
That is mainly down to the irresistible form of the man ahead of him, Eden Hazard but this season Schurrle will be desperate to show that he is more than capable of holding down a starting spot. The problem for Schurrle is that there is a danger of him becoming a labelled as an “impact sub” both for club and country.
He needs to prove that he can do the job for the full 90 minutes and be an influence from the very start.