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The road to the World Cup final

Jon Super/AP

And then there were two. Since qualification kicked off in mid-June 2011 882 games have been played involving 204 countries, all with one ultimate goal in mind—winning the World Cup. And now we’re here, with one game left. (Well, there’s two actually, who really cares about the third place game?) It’s been a long haul for Germany and Argentina, but they’re 90 minutes (or maybe 120 and penalties, the way things have been going) away from either making it all worthwhile or from enduring some very public heartbreak. Here’s how they made it to the Maracana.

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