GERMANY WACHUKUA KOMBE LA DUNIA KWA MWAKA 2014.


Winners: Mario Gotze (left) and Thomas Muller celebrate the substitute's crucial goal
Superb stretch: Gotze volleys in with his left foot after taking a cross on his chest

Not good enough: Palacio dinks the ball over Manuel Neuer - but it went wide
Going the extra mile: Andre Schurrle (right) has a shot saved right at the start of extra-time



Throwing himself: Schurrle goes to ground in the Argentina area but no penalty is awarded

Collision: Manuel Neuer (centre) cleans out Gonzalo Higuain on the edge of the area after punching clear

On the way down: Neuer and Higuain following their clash in the second half
On the way down: Neuer and Higuain following their clash in the second half


Through: Messi gets ahead of the Germany defenders at the start of the second half

Taking aim: Messi strikes the ball towards goal with his trusty left foot

Getting the shot off: Now Messi can only watch as the ball goes towards Germany's goal
Getting the shot off: Now Messi can only watch as the ball goes towards Germany's goal


Agonising: Messi (left) watches as the ball rolls just wide of Neuer's far post


Collision: Manuel Neuer (centre) cleans out Gonzalo Higuain on the edge of the area after punching clear

Crowd scene: The Germany players get around Messi in an attempt to restrict his space
Crowd scene: The Germany players get around Messi in an attempt to restrict his space

So close: Benedikt Howedes (left) heads the ball against the post from close range just before half-time
So close: Benedikt Howedes (left) heads the ball against the post from close range just before half-time
Against the woodwork: Howedes' header cannons against the post
Against the woodwork: Howedes' header cannons against the post
Regret: Howedes (centre) holds his head after hitting the post



Trying to find a way through: Messi (centre) pokes the ball past Neuer but Germany clear
Trying to find a way through: Messi (centre) pokes the ball past Neuer but Germany clear

Ouch: Pablo Zabaleta (right) is down on the turf after a challenge from Howedes
Ouch: Pablo Zabaleta (right) is down on the turf after a challenge from Howedes
In the book: Howedes is cautioned by Nicola Rizzoli for the foul on Zabaleta
In the book: Howedes is cautioned by Nicola Rizzoli for the foul on Zabaleta
Good connection: Higuain strikes the ball cleanly and it goes towards the net as Philipp Lahm (left) correctly appeals for offside against the striker




False hope: Higuain puts the ball into the net - only for the goal to be ruled out by an offside flag
False hope: Higuain puts the ball into the net - only for the goal to be ruled out by an offside flag

Ecstasy: Higuain (right) runs off to celebrate - but his joy was short-lived
Ecstasy: Higuain (right) runs off to celebrate - but his joy was short-lived
Not so fast: Higuain and Rojo run off arms aloft but it did not count


Proceed with caution: Bastian Schweinsteiger is shown a yellow card by referee Nicola Rizzoli
Proceed with caution: Bastian Schweinsteiger is shown a yellow card by referee Nicola Rizzoli

Down and out: Christoph Kramer was attended to after colliding with an Argentina player but later went off
Down and out: Christoph Kramer was attended to after colliding with an Argentina player but later went off
Off night: Kramer looks despondent as he is helped down the tunnel after half an hour
Off night: Kramer looks despondent as he is helped down the tunnel after half an hour


Commanding: Sergio Romero takes the ball with Miroslav Klose (right) in attendance
Commanding: Sergio Romero takes the ball with Miroslav Klose (right) in attendance
Lining up: Higuain pulls his foot back as Germany defender Mats Hummels can only watch
Lining up: Higuain pulls his foot back as Germany defender Mats Hummels can only watch

Skewed: Higuain mis-hits his shot from the edge of the area when through on goal
Skewed: Higuain mis-hits his shot from the edge of the area when through on goal
Haunting: Higuain is on his haunches after missing the glorious chance
Haunting: Higuain is on his haunches after missing the glorious chance


Down: Kramer on the turf in pain after a collision with one of Argentina's players
Down: Kramer on the turf in pain after a collision with one of Argentina's players

Surrounding him: Germany's players try to get close to Messi to prevent him weaving his magic
Surrounding him: Germany's players try to get close to Messi to prevent him weaving his magic

You've got to get to the line: Messi cuts the ball back after running away from Hummels
You've got to get to the line: Messi cuts the ball back after running away from Hummels

Big player on the big stage: Messi shields the ball from Germany full back Hoewedes
Big player on the big stage: Messi shields the ball from Germany full back Hoewedes

Aerial duel: Ezequiel Garay gets above Klose to win the header
Aerial duel: Ezequiel Garay gets above Klose to win the header


Clear: Thomas Muller is tackled by Martin Demichelis during the opening exchanges
Clear: Thomas Muller is tackled by Martin Demichelis during the opening exchanges

Flying start: Lucas Biglia (left) hurls himself through the air to win a header in his own half

No way through: Muller is challenged by Argentinian defensive pair Marcos Rojo (left) and Garay

Shadow play: Mesut Ozil tries to evade Argentina midfielder Biglia in the early stages

Keeping an eye on him: Hummels (No 5)  tries not to let Ezequiel Lavezzi get away from him

Striding out: Messi leads out the Argentina side as they go to warm-up ahead of the game

Family affair: David Beckham and sons Brooklyn (left), Cruz and Romeo (right) in Argentina shirts - their father must have forgiven the nation for France 98

Glittering prize: Carles Puyol (left) and Brazilian model Giselle with the World Cup trophy

Support act: A Germany fan smiles for the camera
Disappointment: Lena Gercke, the girlfriend of Khedira, before his withdrawl

Sitting pretty: Argentina supporters pose in the Maracana before the World Cup final
Sending a message: Germany supporters hold up a banner reassuring the Brazilians  

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