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Germany vs. Argentina: Goals, Highlights from World Cup Final

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Mario Goetze of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJuly 13, 2014

Germany hoisted the World Cup after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time. 

Mario Goetze scored the game- and final-winning goal with an incredible solo effort in the 113th minute. 

Mario Götze puts Germany ahead late in extra time time. http://t.co/07GABNRVCo https://t.co/4908nPIwCv

— SB Nation Soccer (@SBNationSoccer) July 13, 2014

Prior, things couldn't be settled in 90 minutes. 

Lionel Messi created the first early chance of the match, burning Germany's back line and putting in a low, dangerous cross across the box. 

#WorldCup reGIF: This is exactly what #GER will have to stop if it wants to win this game. http://t.co/SlVswsxbKo

— MashableLIVE (@MashableLive) July 13, 2014

Gonzalo Higuain had a golden opportunity to give Argentina the lead, as a Toni Kroos back pass gifted the Napoli man a one-on-one opportunity against Manuel Neuer, but he pulled his shot wide. 

DUFF’D IT http://t.co/xXlDLanYKR https://t.co/GApg0WTofV

— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 13, 2014

Higuain thought he gave Argentina the lead, but his 30th-minute strike was ruled offside. 

Le but hors-jeu d'Higuain ! #ARG https://t.co/cuXyte8TZV

— L'Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) July 13, 2014


— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) July 13, 2014

Not long after, Messi again had an opportunity, but he couldn't capitalise. 

Enorme occasion pour Lionel Messi et l'Argentine ! #ARG https://t.co/xV7W9XM2XO

— L'Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) July 13, 2014

Benedikt Howedes' amazing chance in injury time in the first half hit the post. 

#GER hit the post at the end of the first half. #GERvsARG https://t.co/uHcQsUIuve

— Complex (@ComplexMag) July 13, 2014

Messi nearly gave Argentina the lead in the 47th minute, but his shot went just wide. 

Messi be missing. Barely. http://t.co/1L8EOFSaYL https://t.co/5iXxESluL6

— SB Nation Soccer (@SBNationSoccer) July 13, 2014

Kroos spurned Germany's best chance of the second half, failing to put his shot on target after being set up by Mesut Ozil. 

Disparo de Kroos pero se va desviado. #Mundial2014 https://t.co/FptdnvT65f

— david..!! (@jdavid1786) July 13, 2014

Ninety minutes couldn't settle things, as the teams headed for extra time scoreless. 

Rodrigo Palacio had a chance early, but his attempt to chip Neuer went wide. 

Enorme occasion pour Palacio ! #ARG https://t.co/LOc2OnjUx7

— L'Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) July 13, 2014

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