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PHOTOS: 10 Most memorable World Cup moments

July 14, 2014 10:59 IST

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Now that the World Cup is over, we take a look at the most memorable moments in the month-long football extravaganza.

The one result that will be difficult to forget is the 7-1 mauling of Brazil by Germany. 

It is not just about the scoreline. It is about the nature of the defeat. The Germans scored almost at will in the first half.

It was a humiliating result for Brazil, favorites to win, in front of their home fans. 

It completely exposed the weaknesses of Luiz Felipe Scolari's team, something that everyone was talking about before the tournament. 

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Image: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after the mauling from Germany in the semi-final
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By now Luis Suarez is acknowledged as a first-rate biter. 

Having faced a 10-match Premier League ban last year, the Uruguayan was up to his antics again. 

His victim, on this occasion, was Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. 

Though he escaped punishment in the match, which Uruguay won to qualify at Italy's expense, FIFA promptly banned him for four months later. 

Suarez later apologized for his action.

However, the punishment was minuscule considering the nature of the offence - the forward ensured himself a lucrative transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona. 

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Image: Luis Suarez (left) and Giorgio Chiellini
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If one player made himself a permanent antagonist if the eyes of the millions of Brazilian fans, it is Juan Zuniga. 

The Colombian's rough challenge on Neymar in the quarter-final ruled the latter out of the tournament. 

We know what happened next.

Right?

The Napoli player later regretted his challenge and Neymar forgave him.

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Image: Juan Zuniga's tackle on Neymar
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One of the brilliant efforts early on in the tournament, Robin van Persie's diving header marked the start of the elimination of the defending champions. 

Spain led by a goal till that point, and the Dutch rarely looked threatening. 

However, they found the equaliser when Van Persie found a probing diagonal pass by Daley Blind. 

The Netherlands, thereafter, toyed with the Spanish defense, eventually winning 5-1.

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Image: Robin van Persie's diving header
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Much of Mexico's success in the tournament owed to one player, their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. 

Ochoa let in just one goal in the group phase and was particularly impressive in El Tri's second match against hosts Brazil.

It took a brilliant effort from Wesley Sneijder to break his resolve in the dying minutes of the last 16 clash.

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Image: Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
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James Rodriguez is the find of the tournament. Period!

The Colombian emerged the tournament's highest goalscorer with six goals, a lot considering his team didn't make it beyond the quarter-final. 

One of the Monaco star's best effort came in the last 16 clash against former champions Uruguay.

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Image: James Rodriguez
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It was a tactical masterstroke. 

It came at at a time least expected.

It completely shocked the opposition and ensured their eventual exit.

With the Netherlands vs Costa Rica match destined for penalties, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal made a bold move. With seconds remaining of extra-time, he substituted goalkeeper Jesper Cillesen with Tim Krul. 

The Newcastle player, who had saved just two of his 20 penalties for his club, made two saves in the shoot-out to ensure his team a semi-final berth and vindicate his coach's decision.

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Image: Dutch coach Louis van Gaal with Tim Krul
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Group D was the proverbial group of death. 

It included three former champions - Italy, Uruguay and England. 

Who would have thought a team considered by all to finish bottom would actually top the group?

But that is precisely what Costa Rica did. Their run included wins over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England. 

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Image: Costa Rica players celebrate after beating Italy
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He was the lone striker in the German line-up. 

And at 36, Miroslav Klose was never expected to play a whole match.

That said, he was supposed to make a difference.

And that he did.

His equaliser against Ghana helped him equal Ronaldo's record of 15 goals. And his effort against Brazil meant he had the record all for himself. 

With that, Miroslav Klose ensured he left behind a lasting legacy in what was definitely his last World Cup.

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Mario Goetze's World Cup-winning goal

Football fans will never forget this one. Substitute Mario Goetze etched his name in history by scoring the all-important goal in the 113th minute of an engrossing final against Argentina.

He combined with another substiture, Andre Schürrle, to dash Argentine dreams at the iconic Maracana stadium and leave the Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, ecstatic.

With the game heading for the penalty-shoot-out, Schurrle tore down the left flank and floated the ball into the Argentine box, where Goetze took it on his chest before placing it into the back of the net with his left foot past keeper Sergio Romero.


Image: Mario Goetze of Germany slips the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the World Cup final
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