Thank you for following along with our LIVE coverage from the Maracana, and we hope you have enjoyed the action from Rio de Janeiro as much as we have. We now invite you to rejoin us back in our daily tournament blog, where we'll continue to bring the latest reaction from Rio and hear from both teams as we begin to wrap up what has been an outstanding World Cup.
.@pablo_zabaleta @demichelisok & @aguerosergiokun football is hard sometimes. You made everyone proud & had a great tournament. Heads up.— Vincent Kompany (@Vincent Kompany) 13/07/2014 22:14
Not even gonna lie I'm jealous it's not me. Fuel for the fire I guess... One day I hope to help England win something. That's the dream...— Daniel Sturridge (@Daniel Sturridge) 13/07/2014 22:11
Congrats to Germany. The best team in the tournament and deserved to be champions.— Jozy Altidore (@Jozy Altidore) 13/07/2014 22:09
Congratulations Germany! Well done Argentina! It was a fantastic World Cup! Obrigado Brazil!— Peter Odemwingie (@Peter Odemwingie) 13/07/2014 22:09
Well done to #GER. Best team from the start won. They deserve it, not just for their performances in 2014, but for their last 4 tournaments— Patrick Vieira (@Patrick Vieira) 13/07/2014 22:10
Fireworks explode above the Maracana as the Trophy is passed around from team-mate to team-mate. It is clear the celebrations are nowhere near over!
And now President Blatter proudly hands Germany captain Philipp Lahm the Trophy and the celebratins really begin at the Maracana!
Argentina have received their medals and now Germany begin their walk through the delegation, receiving their winners medals and congratulations from FIFA President Blatter, Brazil President Rousseff and many others.
While we await the Trophy presentation, we have the match report of Germany's 1-0 extra time victory against Argentina.
The stage is being prepared in the middle of the Maracana stands while Argentina disappoiningly await their trip up the steps to receive their runners-up medals.
Mario Gotze is surrounded by his team-mates, and it looks as if the 22 year-old can hardly believe what he's done.
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The smiles extend from ear-to-ear for Germany, while Argentina can only look on in disappointment. Incredible scenes from the Maracana.
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FULL-TIME: Germany are World Cup champions! Jocahim Low's side becomes the first-ever European side to win the World Cup on South African soil.
Lionel Messi's free-kick - possibly Argentina's last chance to equalise - sails high over the bar.
In an effort to see out the game, Low brings on Per Mertesacker in favour of Mesut Ozil.
Mario Gotze's goal is the 171st of this World Cup equalling the record from Germany 2006 for the highest scoring World Cup.
What a roar from the stadium when Gotze put the Germans ahead! Argentinian tears are overpowered by the energy from the German supporters.
Goooaaaaallll #GER #WorldCupFinal— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@Usain St. Leo Bolt) 13/07/2014 21:26
Maaaaaaarioooooo Göööööötzeeeeeee— David Alaba (@David Alaba) 13/07/2014 21:26
Goooooooaaaaaalllllltttttttzzzzzeeeeee #GERARG #WordCupFinal #GER— Mikael Silvestre (@Mikael Silvestre) 13/07/2014 21:27
GOAL! Mario Gotze scores for Germany! The No19 does brilliantly well to control Schurrle's cross with his chest and then hits it one-time past Neuer and finds side netting at the far post. What a goal!
Schweinsteiger is off the field receiving medical attention, patching up an open cut on his face following a challenge with Sergio Aguero.
Bastien Schweinsteiger is taking a beating during extra time, and is now on the receiving end of yet another rash challenge.
Argentina begin the last 15 minutes of the Brazil 2014 Final
both teams really going for it! Would love to see a last minute goal of extra time ! ⚽️ #WorldCupFinal #amazing— oliver bozanic (@oliver bozanic) 13/07/2014 21:17
END OF FIRST-HALF OF EXTRA TIME: Aside from Germany's early chance, the first 15 minutes remains relatively equal, and now it comes down to the final 15 before penalties will be need to decide it!
Palacio leads an Argentinian counter-attack, with Messi and Aguero in support but he drags down Lahm before anything positive can come of it.
Palacio tries to lob his shot over Neuer but he misses just wide.
FINAL: There will be 30mins more of #GERARG, but who will have the final word? #WorldCup - http://t.co/pnaaGOs0Hc http://t.co/nvRXbVrV9E— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 13/07/2014 21:03
GOOD SAVE: Great start for Germany! Schurrle's effort nearly puts Germany ahead but Romero's reactions are good to keep the match scoreless.
Germany get the first-half of extra time underway.
SUPERSTARS IN RIO
There are a slew of celebrities taking in the Final at the Maracana, and we spoke to Ashton Kutcher and Mick Jagger to hear their thoughts on the big day.
Extra-time. I don't want this to stop. I'm going to see if FIFA will let us play the 2018 #WorldCup now. #ballin— brazuca (@brazuca) 13/07/2014 20:54
FULL-TIME: For the third time in a row, the World Cup Final will go into extra time after neither side could find a winner. 30 minutes of football remain to find a goal before penalties.
Miroslav Klose is replaced by Mario Gotze, and the crowd - both Argentina and Germany supporters - rise to give the all-time World Cup scoring leader a round of applause.
WIDE: Great build-up from Germany sees Lahm find Ozil on the far side who looks up and sees Kroos alone at the top of the area. The Bayern Munich man keeps his shot low but it misses just wide.
Higuain is replaced by Rodrigo Palacio, who immediately gets involved in the attack but he can't get on the end of Messi's pass.
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WIDE: Messi looks to create some space on his own and dribbles across the edge of the area until he has enough room to shot but he can't curl it enough and it misses wide of the target.
Germany are stringing together good spells of possession as Howedes, Ozil and Kroos link up well to create space on the left side. Howedes' service though is off the mark and goes out for a goal-kick.
A couple of rash challenges see two Argentinians earn yellows in quick succession.
Both sides are really going for it, which is great to see considering the high stakes at play. Germany nearly score just after Argentina create another great attack.
SUN SETTING IN RIO DE JANEIRO
What a shot. http://t.co/iJ2bkWx6kG— ESPN (@ESPN) 13/07/2014 20:18
Neuer and Higuain are in a foot race to a bouncing ball at the edge of the area and the goalkeeper is able to punch clear, but the No1 cleans out the Argentina striker in the process but is called for the foul as he makes good contact with Neuer as well.
WIDE: Lionel Messi has space at the edge of the area and looks to pick out the far corner, but his shot misses just wide and Manuel Neuer breathes a sigh of relief.
Sergio Aguero, who has been battling an injury, replaces Lavezzi.
Argentina kick off the second half, with Alejandro Sabella making one change at the break.
Several celebrities and distinguished guests are in attendance in Rio de Janeiro for today's big game. Take a look through these images and see who you recognise!
FIRST HALF PHOTOS
Take a look at some of the best images from the first 45 minutes of the Final at the Maracana.
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HALF-TIME: The sides enter the dressing rooms scoreless, but certainly not for a lack of chances. Higuain's miss will likely haunt him, and Germany have seen many opportunities to take the lead as well, but both Sergio Romero and Manuel Neuer have done well to keep the two teams level.
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OFF THE POST! Benedikt Howedes hits a smashing header off of Kroos' corner but it rattles off Romero's near post. Thomas Muller gets to the rebound but he is in an offside position.
Javier Mascherano uncharacteristically gives the ball away in the midfield, which sets-up a German counter-attack. The ball makes its way to Toni Kroos and he has a clear look on goal but hits a weak shot directly at Romero.
Jerome Boateng clears the danger at the last moment possible! Messi makes another driving run into the box and slips past his defender. The ball goes loose and Lavezzi comes sliding in and looks certain to score but Boateng is able to clear off the line just in time.
GOOD SAVE: Andre Schurrle stings Romero's hands, connecting on Muller's centreing pass but Mesut Ozil is in the way and in an offside position, so the play comes to an abrupt end.
Kramer cannot continue, still suffering from the knock to the head he took earlier on, and Joachim Low is forced to make a change early on.
NO GOAL: Higuain celebrates wildly after thinking he scored, finishing well into the bottom corner from Lavezzi's cross but the No9 was a step offside.
Schweinsteiger plays a lofted ball into Argentina's area, looking to pick out Klose. The No11 is onside, but Romero reads the pass well and safely intercepts.
Won't get many better chances than that... #Higuain 🙈— Joseph Barton (@Joseph Barton) 13/07/2014 19:25
Germany recover well after Kroos' nearly crucial mistake and begin to attack again in numbers.
WIDE: Toni Kroos makes a poor header backwards, intended for Neuer, but Higuain is the first to get to the ball and is clear in on goal. The No9 is able to take a touch to collect himself and he should finish this but he mishits it and it misses wide. The Maracana crowd cannot believe it!
The young No23 looks to be OK, though, and is now back on the pitch.
Christoph Kramer, who replaced Sami Khedira in the starting XI just before kick-off, is receiving medical attention after taking a blow to the head.
Philipp Lahm plays in a curving ball towards Miroslav Klose and the No11 tries to get his head on it, but the ball is just slightly out of reach for the Lazio striker.
Ezequiel Lavezzi is causing some trouble down the right side as well, swinging in two inviting crosses but Manuel Neuer is able to gather the latest one up without incident.
Lionel Messi makes a blinding run down the right side and beats Mats Hummels with relative easy and dribbles to the bi-line. His pats cuts back in towards the penalty area but it's cleared by Bastien Schweinsteiger. That run had everyone in the Maracana on their feet.
Muller leads another German attack into Sergio Romero's area but No13's cross is cut out by Lucas Biglia.
Gonzalo Higuain capitalises on the quick counter-attack and shoots hard and low to the far post but it misses just wide.
Five Germans line-up behind the ball and it's Toni Kroos who ultimately shoots, but it's blocked by Marcos Rojo in the wall, which launches a quick counter-attack for La Albiceleste.
Germany create the first attacking chance of the game as Thomas Muller looks to turn at the top of the Argentinian area but Javier Mascherano clears the danger.
Germany kick off to start the Final, wearing their all white kit, going against Argentina, who are in their darker blue uniforms today.
The Himno Nacional Argentino rings around the Maracana and the Albiceleste supporters sings at the top of their lungs, creating an outstanding atmosphere in Rio de Janeiro.
Das Deutschlandlied is the first anthem to play, and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel sings along proudly with her fellow countryman.
The teams enter the field to vociferous applause, and they players take a glance at the Trophy as they walk out for the national anthems.
Germany have made a change to their starting XI, bringing on Christoph Kramer for Sami Khedira, who picked up an injury during the pre-match warm-up.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Manuel NEUER, 4 Benedikt HOEWEDES, 5 Mats HUMMELS, 16 Philipp LAHM, 20 Jerome BOATENG, 6 Sami KHEDIRA, 7 Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER, 8 Mesut OEZIL, 18 Toni KROOS, 11 Miroslav KLOSE, 13 Thomas MUELLER
1 Sergio ROMERO, 2 Ezequiel GARAY, 4 Pablo ZABALETA, 15 Martin DEMICHELIS, 16 Marcos ROJO, 6 Lucas BIGLIA, 7 Angel DI MARIA, 8 Enzo PEREZ, 14 Javier MASCHERANO, 9 Gonzalo HIGUAIN, 10 Lionel MESSI
DID YOU KNOW?
No team has as much experience of penalty shoot-outs in the competition as Argentina, who have been involved in five and won four of them, losing only once to none other than Germany in 2006. Die Nationalelf themselves have a 100 per cent winning record in the four spot-kick duels they have contested.
The duo unlock the case and reveal the glimmering Trophy, which receives another great round of applause from those in the stands at the Maracana.
Carles Puyol and Gisele Bundchen are preparing in the tunnel to bring the Trophy out to the pitch.
The Rolling Stone front man gave us his views on Brazil 2014 while he eagerly awaits kick off at the Maracana.
"Germany are playing a tournament-record eighth World Cup Final, having won three and lost four. Argentina, who last reached this stage 24 years ago, are contesting their fifth decider and have two wins and two losses under their belt."
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Germany are playing a tournament-record eighth World Cup Final, having won three and lost four. Argentina, who last reached this stage 24 years ago, are contesting their fifth decider and have two wins and two losses under their belt.
WORLD CUP HIGHLIGHTS
Take a trip back to 1986 and 1990 when Germany and Argentina met in previous World Cup finals.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Italy's Nicola Rizzoli. He is the third Italian referee to take charge of a FIFA World Cup Final after Sergio Gonella in 1978 (Argentina-the Netherlands) and Pierluigi Collina in 2002 (Brazil-Germany).
Good luck @Podolski10 @mertesacker @MesutOzil1088, come back to Arsenal as world champions!!— Aaron Ramsey (@Aaron Ramsey) 13/07/2014 18:21
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Germany take to the pitch for the pre-match warm up and receive a warm applause from the Maracana crowd.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
This video shows Germany and Argentina's respective paths to the Maracana, beginning one month ago in the Group Stage!
HEAD TO HEAD:
The teams have already met 20 times and Argentina lead the overall series with nine wins to Germany’s six, plus five draws. Their last engagement was a friendly game staged on 15 August 2012 in Frankfurt, which the South Americans won 3-1 courtesy of a Sami Khedira own goal plus strikes by Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi, before Benedikt Howedes netted a consolation for the hosts. The Germans played with ten men for an hour following the sending off of goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
CLOSING CEREMONY IN PHOTOS
If you missed any of the action earlier, take a look at the best images from the Brazil 2014 Closing Ceremony!
The American hollywood sensation is in the stands at the Maracana for the Final, and we caught up with him to hear what he thinks about today's game.
"This is the greatest sporting event in the world. The atmosphere is incredible, there are a lot of people here and they're all very excited. It's going to be a very exciting game and it's been great to see, while driving along, all the Argentinians who've made the effort to be here in Rio. I'm a casual fan of the game, the sport is developing all the time in the States and I'm enjoying watching it grow. I think Germany will win 2-1."
The starting Xis for the Brazil 2014 Final are in!
#GER LINE-UP: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng #GERARG #WorldCup #Joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 13/07/2014 17:57
#ARG LINE-UP: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Perez, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo, Lavezzi #GERARG #WorldCup #Joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 13/07/2014 17:58
Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro
The Italy legend took in the sights and sounds from the Closing Ceremony.
Maracana Enjoy http://t.co/fulY55ZBMT— Fabio Cannavaro (@Fabio Cannavaro ) 13/07/2014 17:48
As workers deconstruct the Closing Ceremony stage, Germany and Argentina take the field for a walk around to take in the sights. Everyone seems excited and ready for the challenge ahead.
And with that spectacular finale, the Closing Ceremony comes to an end. The crowd responds with rapturous applause, and the anticipation continues to build as we're now only 90 minutes away from kick off in Rio de Janeiro.
All performers are now on stage for one big finale, and Shakira has her son in her arms, both with big smiles. What a great atmosphere building in the Maracana.
The closing ceremony pays tribute to football and its symbols, with a total duration of 18 minutes. The greatest values of the most popular sport on Earth are represented on the pitch by four characters: Freedom, Solidarity, Passion and Diversity.
The Maracana is now being treated to a medley of Brazilian songs, performed by Alexandre Pires and Ivete Sangalo.
Santana is ripping through one of his trademark solos, and the crowd is loving it!
Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana are now on stage, performing their hit song Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way).
After two free style footballers - one in a full Germany kit and the other in Argentina's uniform - battle on stage, Shakira appears and begins singing. The applause is coming from all corners of the Maracana.
The closing ceremony is underway, and the Maracana are being treated to a colourful start to the show.
CLOSING CEREMONY STARS
Shakira, Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana are excited to perform in the Maracana stadium at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We hear from the stars in this video.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. Match 64 of Brazil 2014 is set to kick off in about two hours, but we'll have the latest build-up from the Maracana, including coverage of the Closing Ceremony, which features Shakira, Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana.
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