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Timeline: How the 2014 World Cup final was won

Argentina will regret their host of missed chances.

GERMANY WON THE World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Argentina thanks to Mario Götze’s extra time goal at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

Here, we look at five moments which swung the match in the Germans’ favour:

Higuain chance – 21 minutes

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After a cagey opening, Argentina were handed a glorious chance to open the scoring when Toni Kroos’ misplaced header put Gonzalo Higuain clean through on goal.

However, the Napoli striker pulled his shot horribly wide of goal to let Kroos off the hook.

Messi inches from glory – 46 minutes

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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.

Neuer’s lucky escape – 57 minutes

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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.

Palacio miss – 96 minutes

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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.

Götze goal – 113 minutes

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The breakthrough was finally broken by Joachim Loew’s men seven minutes from the end of extra time as Götze controlled Andre Schuerrle’s whipped cross from the left before stretching to volley past the helpless Sergio Romero.

- © AFP, 2014

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