It just wasn't Gonzalo Higuain's day.
The Argentina forward squandered an early chance to give his side the lead over Germany in the World Cup final and later celebrated scoring a goal that had been disallowed for offside. Both missed opportunities won't likely be forgotten soon in Argentina as Germany would go on to win 1-0 in extra time.
In the 21st minute of the final at Estadio Maracana on Sunday, Higuain was gifted a scoring chance after a poor header by Germany's Toni Kroos. With no defender between him and Manuel Neuer's goal, Higuain improbably failed to even put his right-footed shot on frame.
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Higuain believed he had atoned for miss in the 30th minute when he slotted a low shot past Neuer. Unbeknownst to the 26-year-old striker, an official's flag had been correctly raised for offside on the play. Higuain's celebration was cut short and the match remained scoreless into halftime.
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With the match still scoreless in the 78th minute, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella pulled Higuain for Rodrigo Palacio. The reserve striker would also fail to capitalize on a chance of his own later in the match as Argentina went scoreless in the final.