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19:34

OBRIGADO
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.

19:14
19:12

GERMANY CELEBRATE

19:11
19:11
19:08

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!

19:06

And now President Blatter proudly hands Germany captain Philipp Lahm the Trophy and the celebratins really begin at the Maracana!

19:04

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.

19:03

FIFA FAIR PLAY
Colombia have been named the FIFA World Cup Fair Play award winners!

19:01

HYUNDAI YOUNG PLAYER
France's Paul Pogba has been named the World Cup's best young player!

19:00

ADIDAS GOLDEN BOOT
Colombia's James Rodriguez has been named the World Cup's top scorer!

18:58

ADIDAS GOLDEN BALL
Lionel Messi has been named the best individual player at the World Cup!

18:56

ADIDAS GOLDEN GLOVE
Manuel Neuer has been named the World Cup's best goalkeeper!

18:52

While we await the Trophy presentation, we have the match report of Germany's 1-0 extra time victory against Argentina.

18:46

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.

18:41

Mario Gotze is surrounded by his team-mates, and it looks as if the 22 year-old can hardly believe what he's done.

18:40
Germany
GermanyGER
Argentina
ArgentinaARG

Statistics

Ball possession

60%
40%
20Fouls Committed16
7Attempts On Target2
10Shots10
1Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
18:40

Goal Counter

171Goals so far
GÖTZE
GER1-0ARG
Latest Scorer
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GÖTZE
18:38

The smiles extend from ear-to-ear for Germany, while Argentina can only look on in disappointment. Incredible scenes from the Maracana.

18:37
GÖTZE
GermanyGER
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

32MINUTES PLAYED11TOTAL PASSES1GOALS FOR2SHOTS
18:36

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.

18:35
The referee blows for the end of the second period of extra time.
18:35
120'+ZABALETA (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:35

Lionel Messi's free-kick - possibly Argentina's last chance to equalise - sails high over the bar.

18:34
120'+MESSI (Argentina) strikes his free-kick wide.
18:32
120'+SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany) commits a foul.
18:31
120' MERTESACKER (in) comes off the bench to replace ÖZIL (out) (Germany)

In an effort to see out the game, Low brings on Per Mertesacker in favour of Mesut Ozil.

Player Statistics

Germany
GermanyGER
Midfielder
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target1
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 2
  • Passes (complete)73 (60)
  • Passes Completion Rate82.19%
  • Tackles0
Germany
GermanyGER
Defender
  • 103International Caps
  • 198Centimeters
  • Date of Birth29 Sep 1984
  • Current clubArsenal FC (ENG)
18:31
120'ÖZIL (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:31

STAT ATTACK
Mario Gotze's goal is the 171st of this World Cup equalling the record from Germany 2006 for the highest scoring World Cup.

18:30

What a roar from the stadium when Gotze put the Germans ahead! Argentinian tears are overpowered by the energy from the German supporters.

18:29
118'MÜLLER (Germany) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MASCHERANO (Argentina).
18:29
117'MESSI (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.
18:28
117'GÖTZE (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:27
18:24
113' GÖTZE (Germany) scores!!

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!

18:23
112'PALACIO (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:23

Schweinsteiger is off the field receiving medical attention, patching up an open cut on his face following a challenge with Sergio Aguero.

18:21
110'MÜLLER (Germany) commits a foul.
18:20
109'AGUERO (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:20

Bastien Schweinsteiger is taking a beating during extra time, and is now on the receiving end of yet another rash challenge.

18:18
107'MASCHERANO (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany).
18:17
106'KROOS (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:17
The referee signals the start of the second period of extra time.

Argentina begin the last 15 minutes of the Brazil 2014 Final

18:17
18:15

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!

18:13
The referee blows for the end of the first period of extra time.
18:13
105'PALACIO (Argentina) commits a foul.

Palacio leads an Argentinian counter-attack, with Messi and Aguero in support but he drags down Lahm before anything positive can come of it.

18:10
103'KROOS (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:05
97'PALACIO (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.

Palacio tries to lob his shot over Neuer but he misses just wide.

18:03
95'GAGO (Argentina) commits a foul.
18:03
95'GAGO (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:03
18:00
92'AGUERO (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.
17:59
91'BIGLIA (Argentina) blocks the shot.
17:59
91'ÖZIL (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.
17:59
91'ROMERO (Argentina) blocks the shot.

GOOD SAVE: Great start for Germany! Schurrle's effort nearly puts Germany ahead but Romero's reactions are good to keep the match scoreless.

17:59
91'SCHÜRRLE (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.
17:58
The referee signals the start of the first period of extra time.

Germany get the first-half of extra time underway.

17:56

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.

17:54
17:53

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.

17:52
End of regular time - extra time to follow...
17:50
90'+ROMERO (Argentina) blocks the shot.
17:49
90'+GÖTZE (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.
17:47
88' GÖTZE (in) comes off the bench to replace KLOSE (out) (Germany)

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.

Player Statistics

Germany
GermanyGER
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target1
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered2 / 2
  • Passes (complete)20 (12)
  • Passes Completion Rate60%
  • Tackles3
Germany
GermanyGER
Forward
  • 34International Caps
  • 176Centimeters
  • Date of Birth03 Jun 1992
  • Current clubFC Bayern Muenchen (GER)
17:45
87'KLOSE (Germany) commits a foul.
17:45
86' GAGO (in) comes off the bench to replace PEREZ (out) (Argentina)
17:40
82'KROOS (Germany) sees an effort go off target.

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.

17:38
79'KROOS (Germany) takes a corner kick.
17:36
78' PALACIO (in) comes off the bench to replace HIGUAIN (out) (Argentina)

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.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 0
  • Passes (complete)16 (13)
  • Passes Completion Rate81.25%
  • Tackles0
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • 26International Caps
  • 175Centimeters
  • Date of Birth05 Feb 1982
  • Current clubFC Internazionale (ITA)
17:35
76'SCHÜRRLE (Germany) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MASCHERANO (Argentina).
17:33

Man of the Match

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17:33
75'MESSI (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.

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.

17:31
72'KLOSE (Germany) commits a foul.
17:30
72'SCHÜRRLE (Germany) sees an effort go off target.
17:29

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.

17:28
69'BIGLIA (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:26
68'KROOS (Germany) illegally handles the ball.
17:26
68'BIGLIA (Argentina) commits a foul.
17:25
66'KLOSE (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:24
65' AGUERO (Argentina) is yellow carded.
17:24

A couple of rash challenges see two Argentinians earn yellows in quick succession.

17:24
65'AGUERO (Argentina) commits a foul.
17:23
64' MASCHERANO (Argentina) is cautioned.
17:22
64'MASCHERANO (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on KLOSE (Germany).
17:21
63'KLOSE (Germany) blocks the shot.
17:21
63'AGUERO (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
17:21
63'MESSI (Argentina) swings in the corner.
17:20

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.

17:18
59'ROMERO (Argentina) blocks the shot.
17:18
59'KLOSE (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.
17:18

SUN SETTING IN RIO DE JANEIRO

17:15
56'HIGUAIN (Argentina) commits a foul.

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.

17:13
55'MÜLLER (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:13
55'KROOS (Germany) swings in the corner.
17:08
50'SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany) commits a foul.
17:05
47'MESSI (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.

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.

17:05
46'HIGUAIN (Argentina) is ruled offside.
17:04
46' Before the second half begins AGUERO (in) comes off the bench to replace LAVEZZI (out) (Argentina)

Sergio Aguero, who has been battling an injury, replaces Lavezzi.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 3
  • Passes (complete)17 (7)
  • Passes Completion Rate41.18%
  • Tackles0
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • 55International Caps
  • 172Centimeters
  • Date of Birth02 Jun 1988
  • Current clubManchester City FC (ENG)
17:04
The second half kicks off.

Argentina kick off the second half, with Alejandro Sabella making one change at the break.

16:57

FAMOUS FACES
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!

16:56

FIRST HALF PHOTOS
Take a look at some of the best images from the first 45 minutes of the Final at the Maracana.

16:51
16:50

Man of the Match

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16:49

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.

16:47
Germany
GermanyGER
Argentina
ArgentinaARG

Statistics

Ball possession

63%
37%
6Fouls Committed4
3Attempts On Target1
4Shots3
0Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
16:47
The referee brings the first half to an end.
16:46
45'+MÜLLER (Germany) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
16:46
45'+HÖWEDES (Germany) is denied by the post.

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.

16:46
45'+KROOS (Germany) takes a corner kick.
16:45
45'+KROOS (Germany) swings in the corner.
16:42
43'ROMERO (Argentina) blocks the shot.

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.

16:42
43'KROOS (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.
16:40
41'SCHÜRRLE (Germany) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on BIGLIA (Argentina).
16:40

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.

16:37
38'MESSI (Argentina) commits a foul.
16:37

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.

16:36
37'ÖZIL (Germany) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
16:35
36'LAVEZZI (Argentina) takes a corner kick.
16:33
34' HÖWEDES (Germany) is cautioned.
16:32
33'HÖWEDES (Germany) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on ZABALETA (Argentina).
16:32
33'ÖZIL (Germany) commits a foul.
16:30
31' SCHÜRRLE (in) comes off the bench to replace KRAMER (out) (Germany)

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.

Player Statistics

Germany
GermanyGER
Midfielder
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 0
  • Passes (complete)12 (10)
  • Passes Completion Rate83.33%
  • Tackles1
Germany
GermanyGER
Forward
  • 38International Caps
  • 184Centimeters
  • Date of Birth06 Nov 1990
  • Current clubChelsea FC (ENG)
16:29
30'HIGUAIN (Argentina) is adjudged to be in an offside position.

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.

16:28
29' SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany) is booked by the referee.
16:28
29'SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany) is penalised after committing a foul.
16:27
28'MÜLLER (Germany) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
16:27

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.

16:25
16:25

Germany recover well after Kroos' nearly crucial mistake and begin to attack again in numbers.

16:21
22'HÖWEDES (Germany) commits a foul.
16:21
21'DEMICHELIS (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
16:20
21'HIGUAIN (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.

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!

16:20

The young No23 looks to be OK, though, and is now back on the pitch.

16:19

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.

16:15
16'KROOS (Germany) takes a corner kick.
16:15

FIRST ACTION

16:15

THE TROPHY

16:13
14'DEMICHELIS (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
16:13

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.

16:11

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.

16:10
11'LAVEZZI (Argentina) swings in the corner.
16:10
11'HÖWEDES (Germany) blocks the shot.
16:10
11'BIGLIA (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
16:09
10'KRAMER (Germany) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MESSI (Argentina).
16:09

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.

16:07

Muller leads another German attack into Sergio Romero's area but No13's cross is cut out by Lucas Biglia.

16:04

Gonzalo Higuain capitalises on the quick counter-attack and shoots hard and low to the far post but it misses just wide.

16:03
4'HIGUAIN (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.
16:03
4'PEREZ (Argentina) blocks the shot.
16:03
4'KROOS (Germany) sees his effort hit the target.

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.

16:02
3'ROJO (Argentina) commits a foul.
16:02

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.

16:00
The match kicks off.

Germany kick off to start the Final, wearing their all white kit, going against Argentina, who are in their darker blue uniforms today.

15:59

THE LINE-UPS

15:58

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.

15:55

Goal Counter

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Latest Scorer
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15:55

Das Deutschlandlied is the first anthem to play, and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel sings along proudly with her fellow countryman.

15:54

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.

15:53

LINE-UP CHANGE
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.

Germany
GermanyGER
Midfielder
  • 51International Caps
  • 189Centimeters
  • Date of Birth04 Apr 1987
  • Current clubReal Madrid CF (ESP)
Germany
GermanyGER
Midfielder
  • 4International Caps
  • 189Centimeters
  • Date of Birth19 Feb 1991
  • Current clubBorussia Moenchengladbach (GER)
15:50

Your 11

These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.

Germany
GermanyGER

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

Argentina
ArgentinaARG

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

15:48

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.

15:44

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.

15:43

Carles Puyol and Gisele Bundchen are preparing in the tunnel to bring the Trophy out to the pitch.

15:41

MICK JAGGER:
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."

15:40

Head-to-Head

Germany
GermanyGER
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
.6Wins9.
.5Draws5.
28Total Goals scored28
15:36

STAT ATTACK:
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.

15:35

WORLD CUP HIGHLIGHTS
Take a trip back to 1986 and 1990 when Germany and Argentina met in previous World Cup finals.

15:33

COLOURFUL SUPPORT
These fans are ready to cheer on Germany and Argentina!

15:29

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).

15:26

LOOK INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMS
Take an exclusive peek into Germany and Argentina's dressing rooms

15:25

MESSI AT THE MARACANA

15:21
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15:20

Germany take to the pitch for the pre-match warm up and receive a warm applause from the Maracana crowd.

15:20

ROAD TO THE FINAL
This video shows Germany and Argentina's respective paths to the Maracana, beginning one month ago in the Group Stage!

15:19

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.

15:10

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!

15:05

ASHTON KUTCHER:
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."

14:58

GERMANY-ARGENTINA LINE-UPS
The starting Xis for the Brazil 2014 Final are in!

14:54

Weather

Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro

  • Partly Cloudy
  • 23° CTemperature
  • 12 m/sWind
  • 65 %Humidity
14:54
Germany
GermanyGER
  • 1NEUER (GK)
  • 4HÖWEDES
  • 5HUMMELS
  • 6KHEDIRA
  • 7SCHWEINSTEIGER
  • 8ÖZIL
  • 11KLOSE
  • 13MÜLLER
  • 16LAHM (C)
  • 18KROOS
  • 20BOATENG
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
  • 1ROMERO (GK)
  • 2GARAY
  • 4ZABALETA
  • 6BIGLIA
  • 8PEREZ
  • 9HIGUAIN
  • 10MESSI (C)
  • 14MASCHERANO
  • 15DEMICHELIS
  • 16ROJO
  • 22LAVEZZI
14:48

FABIO CANNAVARO
The Italy legend took in the sights and sounds from the Closing Ceremony.

14:47

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.

14:42

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.

14:39

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.

14:37

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.

14:36

The Maracana is now being treated to a medley of Brazilian songs, performed by Alexandre Pires and Ivete Sangalo.

14:33

Santana is ripping through one of his trademark solos, and the crowd is loving it!

14:31

Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana are now on stage, performing their hit song Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way).

14:28

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.

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The closing ceremony is underway, and the Maracana are being treated to a colourful start to the show.

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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.

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BOA TARDE:
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.

So, stay here with us as we bring you right up to kick off in Rio de Janeiro and our LIVE minute-by-minute coverage of the Final and the Trophy presentation, award winners and much more. #Joinin the global conversation through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which makes up the core of our World Cup social hub.

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