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PHOTOS: Reliving the 2014 World Cup final, in pictures

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Mario Gotze of Germany celebrates after scoring during the 2014 World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at The Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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They say a picture paints a thousands words.

Well, these snaps could perhaps depict even more. After 24-years without winning a World Cup, Germany finally delivered on the biggest stage of all to delight a nation.

[ RELATED: The story of the 2014 World Cup ]

The so-called “Golden Generation” of German soccer beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final on Sunday as Mario Gotze’s extra time winner sent the European nation into raptures.

Less than 24 hours since those incredible scenes played out at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero, the folks over at NBCNews.com put together a superb photo gallery of the game. That inspired me, so below is how the World Cup final played out.

In pictures.

RECAPPING THE 2014 WORLD CUP FINAL, IN PICTURES

Early on Christoph Kramer’s head collided with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder. 15 minutes later Kramer left the field looking dazed and confused.

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It wasn’t Gonzalo Higuain’s day, as the Argentina striker missed two glorious chances (plus had one disallowed) in the first half to give his side the lead.

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Higuain missed a glorious chance then strayed offside to score.

In Berlin, the tension was unbearable for fans as Argentina and Germany battled it out in Brazil.

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Back on the pitch at the Maracana, Higuain was smashed into by Neuer as tempers flared.

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The Argentine defense held firm and forced extra time as Germany searched for the winner.

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While Germany had to keep a close eye on Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi in the closing stages...

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi (10) takes on the German defense including Jerome Boateng (20) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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The moment Mario Gotze volleyed home the World Cup winner.

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Cue scenes of jubilation back home in Germany...

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... and in the stadium from the man of the hour.

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Mario Gotze of Germany celebrates after scoring during the 2014 World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at The Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Argentina’s fans were distraught as they saw their team give up a late goal.

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Then the final whistle went as German players sunk to their knees and celebrated winning the 2014 World Cup.

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Argentina’s players and manager look on and thought of what might have been.

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As Germany lifted the fourth World Cup in their nations history.

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