July 13, 2014 7:09 PM

Mario Goetze, Germany leave Brazil as World Cup champs while Lionel Messi, Argentina suffer defeat

It made perfect sense that the 2014 World Cup final went into extra time and kept an electric crowd at Estadio Maracana — and an estimated global TV audience of 1 billion — on edge. This is the World Cup that didn’t want to end. It has been too much fun. And it is in Brazil, after all, land of late-night dinners and all-night parties.

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