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Germany win World Cup in extra-time

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Germany have won the World Cup after beating Argentina 1-0 in extra-time.

Mario Gotze scored the only goal of the game with just seven additional minutes left on the clock in Brazil, and gave the Germans their first win on the biggest stage since 1990.

It's the second consecutive final that's gone into an extra 30 minutes, after Spain's 1-0 win over the Netherlands four years ago.

Stalemate

Despite the 90 minutes ending in a stalemate, there were a number of decent chances created throughout the match - the best falling to Argentina despite their inability to test Manuel Neuer once during the contest.

A misjudged header from Toni Kroos put Gonzalo Higuain through on goal in the first-half, but he snatched at his shot and pulled it wide. The Napoli striker did put the ball in the net later in the period, but was offside.

Lionel Messi had one glorious opportunity just after the interval, but the Barcelona superstar also dragged his shot wide when one-on-one with the towering presence of Neuer.

Post

Germany did have their chances, and Benedikt Howedes spurned the best of them in first-half injury-time, heading against the post from a corner when it appeared easier to find the target from six yards out.

Joachim Low's side continued to play a high defensive line, and it was a telling factor in their high volume of possession during the match - even if another clear cut opportunity failed to fall their way.

Andre Schurle did get a strike on goal in the first additional 15 minutes, but that was easily saved. At the other end, Rodrigo Palacio appeared to be in but put his chip wide of Neuer's goal as another chance went begging.

Volley

Schurle would play a pivotal role in the goal, which came on 113 minutes, as he powered down the left before crossing for Gotze, who controlled brilliantly with his chest and fired a left-foot volley past the keeper.

Messi had a late chance to salvage something for his nation, but an injury-time free-kick flew well over the bar and Germany celebrated their first victory in 24 years.

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