John Brooks' reaction to his 86th minute USA winner against Ghana was one of the most poignant moments of these World Cup finals.
Invariably, euphoria consumes a player who has netted a late winner but Brooks was so overwhelmed after heading past Larsen Kwarasey in Natal he gently collapsed onto the ground.
German-born Brooks was making his competitive international debut, and his goal capped a perfect day for the substitute after Germany had earlier beaten Portugal 4-0.
Brooks, a dual citizen, has a tattoo of Germany on one elbow and one of Illinois, where his father was born, on the other elbow.
Ghana had eliminated the United States from the last two World Cups, intensifying the emotion of the moment for Brooks and his teammates.
John Brooks tattoos on elbows -- Germany where he was born on one, Illinois where his father is from on the other pic.twitter.com/euzoHwAEGM— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 16, 2014