World Cup final
FC Bayern's Mario Götze (l.) was Germany's hero as they won the World Cup for a fourth time with a 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina
Germany head coach Joachim Löw made a last-minute change to the first XI that started in the 7-1 semi-final win against Brazil, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Christoph Kramer (front l.) replacing the injured Sami Khedira in defensive midfield
Toni Kroos (2nd l.) had the first chance in the repeat of the 1986 and 1990 final, but the FC Bayern string-puller saw his 30-yard free-kick denied by the Argentinean wall
Kramer (r.) was replaced by Andre Schürrle shortly past the half-hour mark after suffering a cheek injury. Lionel Messi (l.,), meanwhile, was at heart of all the promising Argentina action...
...and the 27-year-old came close to scoring in the 40th minute when Bayern centre-back Jerome Boateng (l.) cleared the ball off the line
The best chance before the break came at the other end five minutes later, however, Benedikt Höwedes’ (l.) headed effort from Kroos’ corner hitting the right post as the first half ended goalless
Clear-cut goalscoring changes proved difficult come by at both ends after the interval as Bastian Schweinsteiger (front) and Co lacked the decisive pass in the final third...
...while Manuel Neuer (c.) was his courageous self as the Bayern keeper made some crucial clearances against the
Kroos (top r.) missed the second half's most promising opportunity, swerving the ball past the right post in the 82nd minute, as the World Cup final went into extra-time
Götze then took the ball down on his chest, stuck out his left foot and guided the ball in, and a nation into a state of ecstasy