Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was unable to inspire Argentina with the magic everyone was expecting as they lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final.
Joachim Löw's Germany side won the World Cup in style as they beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time, thanks to a Mario Götze strike.
Mario Götze's extra-time wonder goal wins the World Cup for Germany as the defeat Argentina 1-0.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, we look at three key battles that could decide the outcome...
We look ahead to the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, featuring Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City stars.
Ron Vlaar had another fantastic performance at the heart of Netherlands' defence as they saw off a poor Brazil in a 3-0 win.
Brazil exit the World Cup with a dismal 3-0 defeat against a strong Netherlands.
Brazil were subject to another convincing defeat, this time at the hands of Netherlands who won 3-0 to claim third place in the World Cup.
Chelsea midfielder André Schürrle scored a brace off the bench to see of Brazil in a 7-1 humiliation.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar scores the most pointless goal at the World Cup as Germany thrash host nation Brazil 7-1.
Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel played a full 90 minutes in what was a 0-0 draw to bring this World Cup’s first goalless game.
Chelsea forward André Schürrle, scored in extra time to help Germany beat Algeria 2-1 after a 90 minute 0-0 draw.
In what was one of the most thrilling World Cup games so far Algeria and South Korea staged an entraining match ending in a 4-2 win for the African side.
Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz starred in what was a special win for Costa Rica over Greece, where the game ended 1-1 and was decided on penalties.
Despite losing in extra time 1-0 to Argentina, Switzerland took the game to the wire and can leave the competition proud.
A recently recovered Luis Suarez showed just how deadly he is in no matter what condition. He bagged a sublime brace to guide Uruguay to a 2-1 win.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard helped Belgium win 1-0 against Russia late on with a brilliant assist for Divock Origi's goal.
Manchester City defensive midfielder sealed the win in Brazil as his country beat Cameroon 4-1.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres impresses with a goal as Spain end their dismal World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Australia
Former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal’s winner against Ghana in a 2-1 victory, but it wasn’t enough to keep Portugal in the competition.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will be essential to France if they hope to overcome Germany in the World Cup quarter final clash.
Former Manchester United midfield Paul Pogba will be pivotal to his country's side against Germany as he comes up against Bastian Schweinsteiger
Brazil take on Chile in the World Cup's first knockout game.