World Cup Final: The 4 Best TV Moments From Germany vs. Argentina
Germany wins the World Cup on an extra time score.
It was a physical match that looked destined for penalty kicks. Argentina vs. Germany. Messi vs. the Machine.
The 2014 World Cup Final pitted the world's best player against the world's most disciplined unit, and it was a stalemate for nearly the entire match. Players got knocked around and bloodied as they gave their all to win soccer's holy grail.
PHOTOS World Cup Final Highlights
In the end, the Germans squeaked a single goal in toward the end of extra time to secure the title of world champions. It wasn't necessarily a pretty match, but it was thrilling as both sides collided, often literally, in their quest for immortality. See how it all played out below.
1. Not So Fast
What looked like a first-half score and an early lead for Argentina was disallowed after offsides was called on Gonzalo Higuaín.
2. Far From Flopping
With everything on the line, players from both sides turned the hustle up and attacked the ball with unbounded ferocity.
3. A Championship Breakthrough
With extra time nearing expiration, it seemed destined that the winner would be decided by penalty kicks. But in the 114th minute, Mario Gotze settled this cross and netted the biggest goal of his life.
4. German Jubilation
Time was ticking on the Argentines and after a last-minute free kick from Messi soared over the crossbar, it was a sealed deal for the German nationals; the cup was theirs.
Throughout the tournament, commentators kept asking if a great team was going to rise out from the field. We repeatedly saw 0-0 draws and victors decided off penalty kicks, and the Cup's Grade A teams all seemed to posses similar chances. But the Germans seemed to have greater mental toughness and team cohesion.
Perhaps it was their 7-1 romp over Brazil in the semifinal, but if there ever was a team to elevate their play and look destined for the winner's circle, it was Germany. Hats off to the black, red and yellow, as they finally break through after finishing third in 2010 and 2006 and second in 2002. They will defend their title in four years in Russia, where the rest of world, including the USA, look to topple the disciplined, unwavering squad.