Fans pack out pubs for World Cup final

About 500 fans crowd pub for World Cup final

Last updated 09:46 14/07/2014
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Coffee cups were thrown, fists pumped and screams of "ja, ja" exploded from a Christchurch pub as Germany scored their winning goal in the nail-biting FIFA World Cup final. 

About 500 people, clutching cups of caffeine and sausages, packed inside, upstairs and outside the Pegasus Arms tavern - one of many city pubs open for the Germany vs Argentina game this morning. 

As the final minute counted down, following Germany's goal in extra time, a chant started up from the smiling German contingent.

Wide-eyed Alan Nogeura crossed himself, while his friend held her hands in prayer.

Then there were claps and cheers as the final whistle blew.

At the same time, despondency descended on the Argentinian supporters.

Noguera had no words. 

"Heartbreaking," his cousin, Pablo Noguera, said. "We're the finalists. We should win."

However there was no containing the ecstatic Germans.

Cindy Ewert had hoped her team would win 2-1, but was happy with the final score. 

"We're going to have German beer tonight," she said. 

"History is made," said Englishman Josh Williams, 22, who supported the European side. 

"I'm just so glad it didn't go to a penalty shoot-out. That is no way to end a World Cup. It was a good goal."

Hair pulling, fists in mouths, hands in the air and groans dominated the mood until the score-settling goal.

Argentinians Adrian Matar and Juan Pablo Olivia, both 27, showed their allegiance with painted faces and blue hard hats.

The men, who are in Christchurch on working holidays, were satisfied with second place.  

"It was a good game. I think Argentina served well," Olivia said. 

"[We'll] party anyway," Matar said. 

Pegasus Arms general manager PJ Gemmell said many in the crowd were Kiwis, English and Dutch.

One man who left in tears after the Netherlands lost to Argentina on Thursday was back this morning, she said.

Shannon Redstall, 19, was in German colours and eating bratwurst sausage for breakfast.

The Christchurch woman spent 12 months in Hanover on exchange.

"They've got all the possession, they just need to get a goal," she said of the German team at half time.

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