German players celebrate with their trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Germany basked in the glory of their fourth World Cup on Monday after a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Argentina crowned them the first European team to win football's top tournament held in South America.With four World Cups, the European powerhouses are now just one behind Brazil's record tally of five.The tournament earlier saw Germany crush Brazil by a humiliating 7-1, and the hosts lost Saturday's game for third place 3-0 to the Netherlands, sealing the fate of national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract Brazil's football confederation decided not to renew, according to local media reports. Goetze's winner equalled the record tally for goals at a 32-team World Cup. The 171 goals from 64 games equalled the number set in France in 1998 . Fittingly, Goetze's strike was another memorable effort in a tournament brimming with spectacular individual goals. It was a bitterly disappointing end to the tournament for Messi, who was named player of the tournament despite the loss.Messi's failure to add his tally of four goals in the first phase helped ensure that Colombia's James Rodriguez finished the tournament as top-scorer to win the Golden Boot with six goals.Germany's Neuer won the Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper.
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