Fan on Pitch Stops Play at World Cup Final

Updated: 14 July 2014 04:18 IST

The man, wearing a cropped t-shirt, shorts and vivid orange football boots, encroached on the pitch from Germany's left wing during their FIFA World Cup title match against Argentina.

Fan on Pitch Stops Play at World Cup Final
Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes faces a man who run into the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium. © AP

Rio de Janeiro:

The World Cup final was interrupted for nearly a minute by a spectator running on to the Maracana Stadium pitch.  Germany clinched their fourth World Cup title thanks to an extra-time goal from Mario Goetze.

Germany and Argentina were level at 0-0 when the incident happened in the 82nd minute. (Highlights)

The man, wearing a cropped t-shirt, shorts and vivid orange football boots, encroached on the pitch from Germany's left wing.(Five Moments Where Germany Trumped Argentina)

He ran in front of Germany's bench, threw his cap on the grass and approached Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes. (Super Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup winner)

He was able to run for another 20 meters (yards) before four security staff wrestled him down and carried him away. (Argentina's Lionel Messi vomits on pitch)

It was the third time a spectator has got on the pitch at this World Cup.

It happened in the United States vs. Belgium Round of 16 match, and Germany's group game against Ghana.

Topics : Germany Football FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil
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