Pics: World Cup Final action

Yes, there were tears - tears of jubilation, tears of despair, and tears that the curtain had finally fallen on one of the best World Cups ever.

Germany left it late against Argentina to snatch the most prized trophy in world sport.

In the end it was 88th-minute substitute, Mario Gotze, who settled the showpiece with a worthy winner - a volley deep into extra time - giving Europe its first World Cup triumph on South American soil.

So before we all curl up for some much needed shut-eye, after a month of self-imposed sleep deprivation, we've pulled together a few moments of high drama from the 2014 decider at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Click on the links below to see the pics from Getty Images.