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Fan stop play in the final

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - The World Cup final was interrupted for nearly a minute by a spectator running onto the Maracana Stadium pitch.

Germany and Argentina were level at 0-0 when the incident happened in the 82nd minute.

The man, wearing a cropped t-shirt, shorts and vivid orange football boots, encroached on the pitch from Germany's left wing.

He ran in front of Germany's bench, threw his cap on the grass and approached Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes.

He was able to run for another 20 metres before four security staff wrestled him down and carried him away.

It was the third time a spectator has got on the pitch at this World Cup.

It happened in the United States v Belgium round of 16 match and Germany's group game against Ghana.

Meanwhile Germany's Manuel Neuer has won the Golden Glove award for the World Cup's best goalkeeper after helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Argentina yesterday.

The 28-year-old Bayern Munich player was presented with the award at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium moments after the triumph.

He beat off competition from Argentine opposite number Sergio Romero and Keylor Navas of surprise package Costa Rica.

Neuer was beaten only four times in the tournament and kept clean sheets in the 1-0 quarter-final win over France and the victory over Argentina in the final.

He succeeds Spain's Iker Casillas, who was voted outstanding goalkeeper at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Colombia's young striker James Rodriguez has claimed the World Cup's top scorer honours with six goals.

Rodriguez, 23, won the Golden Boot after finding the net in each of Colombia five matches.

Neither Thomas Mueller or Lionel Messi could improve their tallies of five and four respectively in yesterday final, which was won 1-0 by Germany in extra time.

Mueller had finished top scorer with five goals in the 2010 tournament in South Africa and had been seeking to win the award for an unprecedented second time.





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