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07/13/2014 02:46 pm ET Updated Jul 13, 2014

Argentina Vs. Germany LIVE SCORES, UPDATES On World Cup Final

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This is it. All games at the 2014 World Cup have been played but one. For the third time in World Cup history, Argentina and Germany will meet in the final. The matchup was dubbed "Messi vs. the machine" by ESPN commentator Jon Champion as it pits Argentina's standout star against the relentless Germany side that throttled Brazil in the semifinals.

2014 World Cup Final
Argentina vs. Germany
Where: Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro
When: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV: ABC, Univision

Germany put up four goals against Portugal in its group-stage opener and booked its place in the final with a 7-1 thrashing of Brazil. All together, Germany has outscored its opponents 17-4 entering the final match of the World Cup. Argentina may not have produced the gaudy scorelines of Germany but it has something that can't be quantified in the magic of Lionel Messi. The diminutive four-time Ballon d'or winner already has four goals in Brazil and may need to add to that tally if Argentina is to emerge triumphant from the Maracana.

"My dreams and my hopes are being fulfilled due to the hard work and sacrifice of a team that has given everything from match one," Messi wrote in a Facebook post on the eve of the final. "We knew it was possible. Our people, the Argentineans, they have carried us here. But the dream is not over yet, tomorrow we want to win and we are ready!"

Fans around the world, perhaps with the exception of some in Brazil who lament their team's absence, are ready as well.

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07/13/2014 6:19 PM EDT

PHOTO: Germany Lifts The World Cup

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07/13/2014 5:36 PM EDT

WATCH: This Goal Won The 2014 World Cup

07/13/2014 5:36 PM EDT

GERMANY WINS THE WORLD CUP

The final whistle finally comes and Germany have won it 1-0.

07/13/2014 5:35 PM EDT

Kick Goes Over

Messi's kick sails over the goal and that could the last chance for Argentina.

07/13/2014 5:34 PM EDT

Last Chance?

Argentina has a free kick 25 yards from goal. Messi is over the ball... drama...

07/13/2014 5:33 PM EDT

Tick.. Tock.. Stoppage Time

It's two minutes of stoppage time after extra time.

07/13/2014 5:30 PM EDT

Messi Heads Over

Messi rises to meet a high, looping cross into the penalty area. He heads but just over Neuer's crossbar.

07/13/2014 5:29 PM EDT

Neuer Everywhere

With Argentina pressing for an equalizer, Manuel Neuer again comes far off his line to disrupt.

07/13/2014 5:26 PM EDT

Super Goal

Gotze took a cross from Schurrle with his chest and then smacked it past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Ramos with his left foot. A super goal!

07/13/2014 5:25 PM EDT

GOAL GERMANY!

Mario Gotze scores in the 113th minute for a 1-0 lead.

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