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Germany win World Cup 2014 - the second biggest moment of the year

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Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year was the 2014 World Cup, which kicked off on the June 12th.

64 games and 171 goals later, it was Germany who were crowned world champions after victory against Argentina in the final.

So, just how did Joachim Low's side pull it all off? In case you've forgotten, here's a recap of their road to glory in what GiveMeSport has decided is the second best moment of the year...

Group Stages

Germany eased through a tough group containing Ghana, USA and Portugal, scoring seven and conceding just two in the process. Die Mannschaft opened their World Cup campaign in style as Thomas Muller continued his red-hot form from South Africa, scoring the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup as Germany destroyed 10 man Portugal 4-0 in Salvador.

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Joachim Low's side's dominance in Group G seemed all but assured after their thrashing of the Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal, but they were given a scare in their second group game as Ghana look a shock 2-1 lead over the 2002 finalists. Veteran forward Miroslav Klose recused a point for the Germans though, becoming the all-time joint-record goalscorer in World Cup history in the process. 

Thomas Muller again made the difference in their final group game, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over the USA, lining up a round of 16 clash with Group H runners up Algeria.

Round of 16

Despite seeming all but a formality for the Germans, perhaps the toughest test the eventual champions faced on their road to the final was their clash with Algeria in Porto Alegre.

After a frantic 90 minutes in which the North African side wasted a succession of chances, goals from Premier League pair Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil in extra time secured Germany's passage into the Quarter-Finals, despite a belated Abdelmoumene Djabou strike.

Quarter-Finals

Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer produced another faultless performance as Germany progressed at the expense of France thanks to an early Mats Hummels headed goal.

Low's side had to shake off illness prior to the all European encounter after seven members of his squad were struck down with colds, but it didn't seem to affect them as they became the he first nation to reach four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.

Semi-Finals

In one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, Brazil's World Cup dreams ended in embarrassing and brutal fashion as Germany destroyed the hosts 7-1 in Belo Horizonte.

The absence of poster-boy Neymar and captain Thiago Silva meant emotions were riding high for Brazilian fans before the game, but no-one could have predicted what happened next as the Germans ran riot, going 5-0 up within 29 minutes with goals from Muller, Klose, Sami Khedira and a brace from Toni Kroos. A second half double from Schurrle merely added to the humiliation as they booked a place in the final against Brazil's arch-rivals Argentina.

Final

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze's 113th minute winner condemned Argentina to defeat in the historic Maracana. In a repeat of the final in Rome 24 years prior, the Germans edged out their opponents in a tight, cagey affair, and became the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas.

GMS 2014 Moments so far...

3. Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini
4. Real Madrid finally win La Decima
5. Lewis Hamilton becomes F1 champion for a second time
6. Carl Froch knocks out George Groves in re-match at Wembley Stadium
7. Lizzy Yarnold wins skeleton gold at Sochi Winter Olympics
8. Derek Jeter retires from baseball
9. Europe retain the Ryder Cup
10. Oscar Pistorious convicted of killing Reeva Steenkamp
11. Rory McIlroy wins back-to-back majors
12. Atletico Madrid win La Liga
13. Liverpool's title challenge unravels
14. Liverpool's dramatic victories
15. David Moyes sacked by Manchester United
16. LeBron James confirms sensational Cleveland Cavaliers return
17. Seattle Seahawks blow out Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
18. Jo Pavey wins European gold
19. Robin van Persie's remarkable header against Spain
20. Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams
21. Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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