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German efficiency triumphs on world's biggest stage

Editor's Viewpoint

It was billed as the best team against the best player in the world. As such there could be only one winner – the ever-efficient Germans who were competing in an astonishing eighth World Cup final.

Lionel Messi, the Argentinian talisman, had a disappointing game summed up by his final despairing free kick ballooned over the bar at the end of extra time.

In essence it was a tense, rather than thrilling, final which Argentina could have won having missed several good chances.

The final was like much of the competition, fiercely competitive with a winning goal by Mario Gotze worthy of lifting the greatest trophy in the game.

The tournament will certainly be remembered as the friendly World Cup with moments of real class.

But as ever it ended in tears for one nation and smiles for another.

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