Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain scores in off-side. AP Messi inches from glory - 46 minutes Lionel Messi's moment to seal his place amongst the greatest players of all time by scoring in a World Cup final seemed to have arrived just after the break as he slipped the German offside trap and lined up a shot on his favoured left foot, but the ball flashed inches past Manuel Neuer's far post.
Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots as Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes tries to block. AP Neuer's lucky escape - 57 minutes German keeper Neuer was roundly praised for his sweeper-keeper abilities in the round of 16 win over Algeria, but a rush from his line could have cost his side dear as he clattered into Higuain just inside the area. However, instead of pointing to the spot and possible showing Neuer a red card, referee Nicola Rizzoli awarded a free-kick to Germany for a supposed foul by Higuain.
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain compete for the ball during the final. AFP Palacio miss - 96 minutes The chances kept coming for Argentina, but so did the misses as five minutes into extra time it was substitute Rodrigo Palacio who sent the ball wide after controlling Marcos Rojo's cross.
Argentina's forward Rodrigo Palacio (C) tries to score past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. AFP Goetze goal - 113 minutes The breakthrough was finally broken by Joachim Loew's men seven minutes from the end of extra time as Goetze controlled Andre Schuerrle's whipped cross from the left before stretching to volley past the helpless Sergio Romero.
Germany's forward Mario Goetze scores. AFP
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