NBA Finals

Germany beats Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

Germany beats Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- When the final whistle sounded, Mario Goetze disappeared under a dogpile of German teammates in the middle of the field.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, meanwhile, ran his left hand over his face and hair, sidestepped the celebration and joined his teammates, many of whom were in tears, at the other end of the field.

The gap between winners and losers has rarely been both as wide and as narrow as it was after Sunday’s World Cup final, with Goetze’s goal 23 minutes into extra time giving Germany a title it has been chasing for 24 years while denying Messi the one prize he hasn’t won.

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