German football fans are celebrating in Manawatu after their team scored a famous victory in the FIFA World Cup final this morning.
German exchange student Tobias Ludwig and his friends could hardly control their excitement when the team scored the game's only goal, seven minutes from the end of extra time in the decider against Argentina.
It was hugs and high-fives all round when the final whistle blew, the 16-year-old said. ''I'm pretty happy,'' said Tobias, who has been attending Palmerston North Boys High School this year.
''We're going into town to find somebody to celebrate with.''
Tobias said watching football in New Zealand has been a new experience as his host family didn't celebrate German goals as enthusiastically as he did.
It was like a United Nations meeting at Flavia's Bistro in Palmerston North this morning, as football fans from around the globe united in Palmerston North to see the big game.
German native Philipp Zeitel said he felt the pressure and nerves coming on during the "very intense match".
Another German supporter, Andreas Schielke, said it was "definitely more exciting than the semi-final" in which Germany thumped Brazil 7 to 1.
Keri James, of Palmerston North, showed up at the cafe for the spirit of the crowd.
''That's more of what I came for...a chance to share, it brings us together.
''It's really nice to see that they're in a cafe in Palmerston doing this. ''It's just a great community thing.
- Manawatu Standard
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