Fans pack out pubs for World Cup final

23:57, Jul 13 2014
Argentinian delight
CHEERS: Early thrills for Argentinian fans at the Pegasus Arms.
Face painted Argentinian fans
WAR PAINT: Even the face paint started to crack for this Argentinian fan.
Argentinian shock
THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING: Excitement turned to dismay for Argentinian supporters.
Argentinian tears
ALL OVER: Argentina's loss brought tears to many eyes.
IT'S A WIN: German fans celebrate at the Pegasus Arms.
Ready for action
BLUE AND WHITE: Striped and ready for action
Praying for a win
TENSE MOMENT: A German fan glued to the screen during the tense final.
Praying for a win
IN THE LEAD: German fans had a few anxious moments.

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.

Pegasus Arms World Cup final
RISING TENSION: Football fans on the edge of their seats during the World Cup final at the Pegasus Arms this morning.

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.


Pegasus Arms World Cup final
PRAYING FOR A WIN: Shannon Redstall, 19, was in German colours this morning.

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.

Pegasus Arms World Cup final
SOUTH AMERICAN SUPPORTERS: Argentinians Adrian Matar, left, and Juan Pablo Olivia, both 27, showed their allegiance with painted faces and blue hard hats.

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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