It's rainbows and unicorns for Germany

Celebrations are expected to continue after Germany beat Argentina in the World Cup final.

Germany win the 2014 Fifa World Cup final after beating Argentina 1-0 following extra-time at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 13 July, 2014. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Major celebrations will continue in Germany after the European nation become the first from the continent to win the World Cup title on South American soil.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gotze scored the only goal of the match as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to the lift the trophy.

Gotze described scoring a World Cup winning goal as "unbelievable".

Germany coach Joachim Loew said, "We have been together for 55 days, but the work started 10 years ago with former national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

"We did everything to experience this day. The team really deserved it. No one deserved it more than us."

German captain Philipp Lahm summed up an emotional night for himself and his triumphant team mates by saying, "It feels incredible. What we did for 120 minutes, the way we worked so hard, and the way the bench was backing us the whole time.

Lahm added that the team had gotten better after each match.

"You've got to have the best team. We got better in each match and didn't let ourselves be distracted. It's unbelievable to have won the World Cup."

Meanwhile, an emotional Argentine captain Lionel Messi said, "Bitterness, sadness. We deserved a bit more after the match we played. We are hurting because we had chances. Even if they had more possession, we had the clearest chance."

The clearly distraught player who the Golden Ball Award for being the best player in the final added, "Today was the day to win. We didn't have luck, and we weren't able to apply the finishing touch. We had clear chances but we couldn't do it."

A STUNNING CLOSE FOR KLOSE

Germany's Miroslav Klose has left the international stage on the highest note possible.

The German legend played in the finals but was subbed towards the end of the second half.

Klose will go down in history as one of the all-time greats after scoring 16 World Cup goals during his international career which even surpasses Brazilian great, Ronaldo.

He also ended his spell one match short of the most international caps.

Additional reporting by Reuters

All Pictures: AFP

Video: EWN