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World Cup final sets record for most tweets per minute

Germany's victory over Argentina in the World Cup final last night set a new record for the most tweets per minute.

Germany winning the World Cup set a new Twitter record. Credit: Twitter

There were 618,725 tweets in the 60 seconds after the final whistle was blown at the Maracana beating the previous high for a sporting event, which was Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany.

However, the champions' semi-final win over the host nation kept hold of the most tweets sent during a sporting event record with 35.6 million compared to last night's 32.1 million.

The most mentioned players on Twitter were Germany's Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal, and Argentina's talisman and captain Lionel Messi.

Rihanna poses with German stars and cup after final

Popstar Rihanna tweeted a series of pictures of her with German players Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the scorer of the World Cup winning goal Mario Gotze after last night's final.

The singer, who was born in Barbados, posed with the trophy and tweeted: "They brought me the cup!!! I love these guys!!!"

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World Cup final most talked about game on Facebook

The World Cup final between Germany and Argentina was the most talked about sporting event ever on Facebook.

Full-time was the most talked about moment on Facebook. Credit: Facebook

Around the world, 88 million people had over 280 million interactions - posts, comments and likes - related to the match on the social networking site.

This beat Super Bowl XLVII on 3 February 2013, which received 245 million interactions.

The most talked about moment was the final whistle blowing, crowning Germany as champions, with Mario Gotze's winning goal in second place.

The German forward was also the most talked about player along with Argentina's talisman and captain Lionel Messi.

Tear gas fired to disperse fans in Buenos Aires

Riot police have fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse Argentina fans who were angry at their team's World Cup final performance.

Clashes were reported in downtown Buenos Aires in the hours following the loss.

Argentina's fans clash with riot police. Credit: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
An Argentina soccer fan is detained by riot police. Credit: REUTERS/Andres Stapff
Argentina's fans run away from tear gas on the streets of Buenos Aires. Credit: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Mario Gotze: 'Dream come true to win World Cup'

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrates with the FIFA World Cup Trophy Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Mario Gotze has said he felt "unbelievable" after scoring the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina.

The World Cup match winner told Fifa.com: "It's an unbelievable feeling.

"I don't know how to describe it. You just score that goal and you don't really know what's happening after that.

"It'll be a party with the whole team and the country. It's a dream come true to win the World Cup, especially in Brazil."

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Germany land their fourth World Cup crown in Rio

After more than 24 years, Germany are once again World Cup winners after beating Argentina 1-0 in the dying minutes of extra time.

Millions of supporters watched from around the world as Mario Gotze scored a 112 minute goal to give Germany their fourth ever World Cup crown.

ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports on the nights events from Rio de Janeiro:

Morning papers hail 'Super Mario' after German win

German striker in selfie with Merkel after Cup triumph

German forward Lukas Podolski celebrated winning the World Cup by tweeting selfies with fellow player Bastian Schweinsteiger and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Germans toppled Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final, to claim their fourth ever competition trophy.

Philipp Lahm: 'Unbelievable what we have achieved'

Germany captain Philipp Lahm said the team's calmness and patience were key to beating Argentina 1-0 to clinch the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The Bayern Munich defender told Fifa.com:

It's unbelievable what we have achieved. We improved throughout the tournament and didn't get down when things didn't always go our way.

We just stuck to our path and at the end we're standing here as world champions.

It's an unbelievable feeling. The team stayed calm and patient, we knew that we had something left at the end.

– Germany captain Philipp Lahm
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