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RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday — denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the game's all-time greats. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 897 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends. The now four-time champions, the first European team to win the World Cup on Latin American soil, earned the honor of lifting the most recognized trophy in sports with a tooth-and-nail 1-0 victory in a final as terrifically entertaining as the tournament itself. By John Leicester. SENT: 1052 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Lionel Messi's final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina's last chance to equalize in the final against Germany. It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 454 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Miroslav Klose has had a good week. Tuesday: Become the World Cup's all-time leading scorer. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 335 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Battered and bloodied, Bastian Schweinsteiger kept rising. No Argentine tackle or foul could keep the Germany midfielder from lifting the World Cup trophy. Schweinsteiger battled through the final and Germany won its fourth title with a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 450 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Goetze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross. Goetze's extra-time goal to beat Argentina and win the cup was the 32nd scored by a substitute in Brazil. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 505 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday. Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 322 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze lived up to the billing of being Germany's wunderkind by scoring the goal that ensured Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup title in South America. Goetze came off the bench in the 88th minute and netted the winner in the 113th minute of the final against Argentina with a perfectly taken volley. By Nesha Starcevic. 495 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — When Brazil's football fans finally got their best chance to see Sepp Blatter at the World Cup, they had a message for him. It was not a nice one for the FIFA President at his fifth final as head of football's governing body. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 829 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday. More than 70,000 Argentina fans packed into Rio de Janeiro in recent days, many traveling upward of 40 hours by car and seemingly all wearing their team's sky-blue jerseys and chanting day and night. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 607 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Lionel Messi has received the award for best player of the World Cup, minutes after his Argentina team lost the final 1-0 to Germany. Messi was selected ahead of Thomas Mueller of Germany and Netherlands forward Arjen Robben by FIFA's technical study group of coaching analysts. SENT: APNewsNow, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter have been jeered and whistled by spectators before they presented the trophy at the World Cup final. Whistling noises were heard from the stands at the Maracana Stadium when they were shown on giant screens after Germany's 1-0 win over Argentina. SENT: APNewsNow. Photos.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Sad-but-proud Argentine soccer fans applauded their national team for giving it all against a powerful German squad, losing 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the country's first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years. It was a bittersweet loss and a somber sense of resignation quickly turned into a celebration of the team's gutsy performance. Thousands dressed in Argentina's blue-and-white colors poured into downtown Buenos Aires, surrounding the city's iconic Obelisk where fans traditionally gather to celebrate victory, not defeat. By Luis Andres Henao and Debora Rey. SENT: 553 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer's head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concerns about the way football deals with concussions. It was the latest in a series of head injuries at the World Cup that raised questions about the sideline medical checks. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 456 words, photos.
BERLIN — A quarter of a million German football fans reacted with unbridled joy, mixed with shock, on Sunday when Mario Goetze struck late in extra-time for Germany to win the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina. The supporters, packed into the "fan mile" in front of the German capital's famous Brandenburg Gate, screamed as one when Goetze took the ball on his chest and let fly inside the far post from a narrow angle. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 689 words, photos.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hundreds of millions of football fans watched Sunday's World Cup final by simply getting comfortable in front of their TV sets. In the Gaza Strip, under Israeli bombardment for six days, fans needed ingenuity and courage to witness Germany's 1-0 win over Argentina. SENT: 489 words.
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