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AP PHOTOS: "All of Germany is the world champion"

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    David Goldman - AP Photo
    Lucke Ehret, left, of Mannheim, Germany, celebrates with fellow fans after Germany defeated Argentina in the 2014 World Cup soccer final match at a viewing party in Centennial Olympic Park, Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Atlanta.
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    Fireworks are seen as Argentina's soccer fans gather at the obelisk in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina.
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    Visar Kryeziu - AP Photo
    German soldiers serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo celebrate their team's World Cup victory against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the German military base in Prizren, Kosovo, early Monday, July 14, 2014. Germany won the final 1-0.
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    Eugene Hoshiko - AP Photo
    A fan of Germany's national soccer team cries as she watches a live broadcast of the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at the Goethe Institute in Tokyo, Monday, July 14, 2014. Germany won 1-0 over Argentina.
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    Fabrizio Bensch, Pool - AP Photo
    The German team arrives for the podium ceremony after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.

The party was already underway in Berlin, though there were a couple of nervous moments before the revelers could really let themselves go.

Mario Goetze had just struck late in extra-time for Germany, scoring the lone goal against Argentina in the World Cup final.

With a 1-0 victory, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the match: "All of Germany is the world champion."

The theme was picked up by a top official in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, Peter Tauber, who tweeted, "Good morning, you world champions out there!"

"I can't remember very much but it doesn't matter now," Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer said, shrugging off his head injury from the first half.

This was supposed to be Lionel Messi's World Cup, just like the 1986 tournament belonged to another Argentine great, Diego Maradona.

Messi's final act was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina's last chance to equalize in the final against Germany.

It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year.

"I'm hurt for losing the way we did. We were close to penalties," Messi said. "I think we deserved a little better, we had chances."

Here are some of the most memorable photos from the World Cup final:

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