In pictures: Götze goal wins Germany the World Cup

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The biggest moments from the 2014 World Cup final

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Mario Götze’s extra-time goal won Germany the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina – his country’s fourth World Cup triumph.

The attacking midfielder skilfully controlled André Schürrle’s cross before volleying past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero to decide an entertaining and intriguing final at the Maracanã.

Both teams had chances to score, with Gonzalo Higuaín and Lionel Messi missing chances in normal time for the South Americans, while Benedikt Höwedes hit the post for the champions.

For more of the biggest moments from the final, click or swipe through the images above.

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Sami Khedira, who was ruled out of the game after picking up an injury warming up

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Gonzalo Higuaín drags an early shot wide

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Bastian Schweinsteiger receives the first yellow card of the game after fouling Ezequiel Lavezzi

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The Maracanã during the final

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Gonzalo Higuaín scores an offside goal

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Germany manager Joachim Löw instructs his players during the first-half

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Christoph Kramer, Khedira’s replacement, lies on the pitch of being knocked in the face by Ezequiel Garay

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Argentina fans

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Messi battles with Germany defender Mats Hummels

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A run from Lionel Messi causes panic in the Germany defence

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm is tackled by Argentina’s Lucas Biglia

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Benedikt Höwedes hits the post just before half-time for Germany

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A Germany fan in patriotic makeup

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Substitute André Schürrle confronts Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero

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A Germany fan cheers from the stands

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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer watches as a shot from Lionel Messi creeps wide of the post

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Schürrle fires an effort at Romero

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Rodrigo Palacio lifts the ball over Neuer, only to see his shot drift wide of the goal

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Schweinsteiger bleeds after being cut by a challenge from Sergio Agüero

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Mario Götze volleys in the winning goal

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Mario Götze celebrates with Thomas Müller

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Messi reacts to Götze's goal

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Germany players erupt in celebration at full-time

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More German celebrations

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More German celebrations

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Schweinsteiger and Löw celebrate emotionally together

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Messi walks through the press to collect the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player

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The German players lift the World Cup

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Celebrations continue

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