WC final highlights: Argentina v Germany

Argentina 0-1 Germany
Published Monday, 14 July 2014
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Germany are crowned world champions for the fourth time after defeating Argentina in the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from sub Mario Götze.

WC final highlights: Argentina v Germany
Mario Götze of Germany celebrates with the World Cup trophy (© Getty)

Götze chested down a cross by Andre Schurrle, who had raced down the left-hand side past three Argentinians.

Götze's strike - a volley from close range which clinched the title in the 113th minute - was worthy of winning the tournament.

It will take a while for Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio to forget Sunday's heartbreaking defeat in Brazil.

They were all guilty of missing good chances to give Argentina the advantage.

Tens of thousands of Argentinians had flooded Rio hoping to see Messi inspire his team to their third World Cup win.

But it wasn't his night.

Despite his subdued performance during the final, the Argentinian captain was awarded FIFA's Golden Ball accolade after the match. It is given to the best player at the World Cup.

It was another fine performance by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was named Golden Glove for the tournament.

Colombia striker James Rodriguez picked up the Golden Boot award after he scored six goals during the tournament, while the Young Player Award was given to Paul Pogba of France.

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best team in bangor wrote (160 days ago):
the best team won, most of the other teams where second rate.
RIC in Tyrone wrote (160 days ago):
Meine Gluckwunsch Deutschland. Well-done
only one George best in east belfast wrote (161 days ago):
do not think messi deserved the award for best player there was a number of better players at this tournament .... James rodrigez , robben or a number of the German team.
Stevie in Lisburn NI wrote (161 days ago):
Congrats to Gotze and Germany.. Excellent oppurtunity and goal. Well receive and executed.... Absolutely deserved a finish like this...
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