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World Cup Final: Germany conquer the world

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra-time in the Maracana to become the first European side ever to win the World Cup on South American soil

Joachim Low’s side lift the World Cup after last-gasp victory over Argentina in the Maracana

MATCH SUMMARY

Germany 1 Argentina 0

They left it disconcertingly late against Argentina but Germany finally became world champions for a third time after a 24-year wait after beating La Albiceleste in extra-time in Rio de Janeiro thanks to Mario Gotze’s dramatic last-gasp winner.

GOAL OF THE DAY

There may be only one contender but Mario Gotze’s strike to beat Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal was certainly worthy of the occasion, taking Andre Schurrle’s pinpoint left wing cross deftly on his chest and without breaking stride hammering home a left-footed volley into the far corner.

STAR OF THE DAY

It always reflects well on a manager when two of his substitutes create a winning goal and that’s exactly what Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze did for Joachim Low in the Maracana, the crowning glory for what has been a tactical masterclass by the German manager in Brazil this summer.

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