Halftime: Germany 0-0 Argentina

The 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina is locked at 0-0 after the opening 45 minutes.

The final 22 of player from both Germany and Argentina who will be playing in the World Cup final on 13 July 2014. Picture: Fifa.

The start to the game was expectedly cagey, with both teams trying to grab a foothold on proceedings.

Argentina undoubtedly had the best chance of the half after a stray Toni Kroos header fell at the feet of Gonzalo Higuain, who dragged his effort narrowly wide when one-on-one with German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Four-time Fifa Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was relatively quiet in the first half, with the Argentine captain seemingly showing the effects of carrying the hopes of his nation on his shoulders.

The World Cup is the only trophy missing from Messi's burgeoning trophy cabinet.

Higuain then appeared to atone for his earlier miss when he fired the ball into the German net, but his effort was flagged for offside, much to the disapproval of the Argentine fans.

Neuer was at his dominating best to deny Messi from close range when he looked certain to score.

The contrasting styles of the two teams led to an end-to-end finish to the half, which ended with German defender Benedikt Howedes striking the post with a header from a corner.

Video: Jimmy Tau heads to the Marcana.

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