Jul 13, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Gotze (113')
Schweinsteiger (29'), Howedes (34')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Mascherano (64'), Aguero (65')

Half-Time Report: Germany, Argentina goalless at break

Germany and Argentina play out an entertaining goalless 45 minutes in the World Cup final.

Germany and Argentina have played out a goalless 45 minutes in the World Cup final in the Maracana this evening.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi (R) walks past the World Cup ahead of the final football match between Germany and Argentina on July 13, 2014© Getty Images

Argentina had a half-chance inside four minutes when Gonzalo Higuain flashed an effort across goal, but there were no takers at the far post.

Lionel Messi burst into life moments later after driving past Mats Hummels, but his cross was cut out by Jerome Boateng in what was an end-to-end period of the match.

Higuain had a stunning chance after 21 minutes following a poor backwards header from Toni Kroos, but somehow he fired his effort wide of the post from just inside the penalty box.

Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain (L) and Germany's defender Mats Hummels vie for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match on July 13, 2014© Getty Images

Germany's best chance came 10 minutes before the interval when Andre Schurrle, who had just entered as a substitute for the injured Christoph Kramer, was found by Thomas Muller, but Sergio Romero was on hand to make the save.

Argentina had another golden chance after 40 minutes following a brilliant run from Messi, but Boateng was on hand to clear at the vital moment.

Kroos had a half-chance for Germany moments before the break, but his effort was straight into the arms of Romero.

Germany again came close in first-half stoppage time, but Benedikt Howedes could only hit the post with a close-range header.

Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain (R) shoots and scores past Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer a disallowed goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match on July 13, 2014© Getty Images

Germany's players celebrate after midfielder Toni Kroos scored his team's third goal during the semi-final football match against Brazil on July 8, 2014
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