Netherlands vs Argentina
De Jong of the Netherlands fights for the ball with Argentina's Mascherano during their World Cup semifinal at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.Reuters

Tears of every variety made their presence felt at the Marcana on Sunday, after Germany scored in the 113thminute against Argentina to become the world champions.

With a good balance of Germany and Argentina supporters in the crowd, there was a rush of mixed emotions at play, where at the end of 120 minutes, the former burst into tears of joy, whilst the latter could not hold back tears of pain.

The fans were not the only ones to get emotional though as the players themselves seemed to have experienced it on a different level altogether, with stalwarts like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano breaking down after the match and Manchester City striker Aguero appearing to be inconsolable. The pain that Gonzalo Higuain must have felt for missing a golden chance early on in the first half seemed to have escalated after the match ended.

After the match, Mascherano opened up about the loss, which he said was more or less the worst pain he ever felt.

"The pain is immense. We wanted to win this for the people of Argentina, for those who came here to support us, but we lost," the midfielder said with teary eyes. "We gave what we could and are sorry for us and for the people. This sadness is for life."

Mascherano, who plays for Barcelona, went on to comment about how the team gave it their all and were very much determined to win the cup for their country, having had a powerful enough team to beat the Germans, their strong defense notwithstanding.

"We have represented our country the best we could though. We have to lift our heads despite the pain. We gave everything we could out there."

Mascherano also spoke of the two good chances they had - Higuain's miss in the first half and Messi's shot that went jus wide soon after the break, which could have won them glory.

"We had the best chances but we didn't take them," the 30-year-old said. "And we only had to last another five minutes at the end. We just didn't have that little bit of luck that you need in a final."

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