Story of the match:

  • Gotze scores brilliant extra-time winner for Germany
  • First European side to win World Cup in South America
  • Higuain and Messi waste chances for Argentina
  • Messi below best at Maracana

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze's extra-time winner beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Gotze demonstrated perfect technique and commendable calm to chest down Andre Schurrle's pass and sweep in a left-foot finish with the prospect of a penalty shootout only seven minutes away.

Argentina, with skipper Lionel Messi looking subdued despite flashes of his talent, could not respond and Germany claimed their first World Cup since they beat the same opponents in Rome 24 years ago.

The success means Joachim Low's side have become the first European team to win the trophy in South America.

Gonzalo Higuain wasted Argentina's best chance in the first half while Germany defender Benedikt Howedes hit the post with a header seconds before half-time.

Match statistics

Germany

Argentina

1

Goals

0

5

Shots on target

0

3

Shots off target

9

2

Blocked Shots

1

5

Corners

3

20

Fouls

16

3

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red cards

0

64

Possession %

36

Germany had to regroup after losing key midfielder Sami Khedira to injury in the warm-up - and his replacement Christoph Kramer to a blow to the head before half-time - but they shrugged off these setbacks to write another triumphant chapter in their sporting history.

Argentina's fans were the vast majority of a crowd that created a vibrant atmosphere inside the Maracana - although Germany were well represented and had the support of many yellow-clad Brazil supporters who still turned up despite seeing their hopes of watching the hosts in the World Cup final dashed by that stunning semi-final beating at the hands of Germany.

German supporters stayed in their places more than an hour after the final whistle as the victorious side indulged in lengthy celebrations of a win that vindicated the rebuilding plan put in place when they suffered the humiliation of going out of Euro 2004 at the group stage, which resulted in then coach Rudi Voller's resignation.

Germany had reached the semi-finals of the previous two World Cups but have now managed the crowning achievement for coach Low, who not only brought the trophy back to Germany, but also ended Europe's grim record in this tournament on South American soil.

Argentina failed to have a shot on target in the entire game and four-time world player of the year Messi looked an increasingly jaded figure as the game went on.

The Barcelona star never stopped striving to carry his team over the line in the manner achieved by his great predecessor Diego Maradona, who inspired them to their last World Cup when they beat Germany in Mexico City in 1986.

World Cup final

For Germany this completes the transition for a group of emerging players such as Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer, midfield man Mesut Ozil, defender Mats Hummels, captain Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and even the injured Khedira.

After destroying hosts Brazil 7-1 in Tuesday's semi-final in Belo Horizonte, this was a game that required different qualities such as resilience and concentration - but Germany were never found wanting and their ecstatic celebrations at the end were in contrast to the tears of the Argentines.

And ominously, 22-year-old match-winner Gotze symbolises the next generation of Germany players that coach Low declared would dominate for years to come when he addressed the media 24 hours before this final.

For now, though, they have another World Cup to celebrate and while it may not have been the extravaganza many hoped would crown this thrilling tournament, Germany are worthy winners.

Argentina, with Messi's speed and sleight of foot posing problems for the previously untroubled Hummels in the early phases, had the game's first big opportunity courtesy of Kroos' error.

Match facts

Germany have won the World Cup for a fourth time. Only Brazil (5) have more wins.

Argentina conceded a goal in extra time at the World Cup for the first time.

Argentina failed to have a shot on target in a World Cup game for the first time since the 1990 final v West Germany.

Germany are the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas.

Germany's total of 18 goals is the most in a World Cup since Brazil scored 18 in 2002.

Argentina only trailed for seven minutes in the entire tournament.

The Bayern Munich midfielder delivered a misplaced header that sent Higuain clear on goal but the striker did not live up to his elevated reputation with a horrible miscued finish that did not trouble Neuer.

Higuain had the ball in the net soon after from Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross but he was clearly offside - although his prolonged celebration suggested he thought differently.

As Argentina continued to trouble the German defence, it needed a crucial clearance from Jerome Boateng on the goalline as Messi pulled the ball back for his inrushing colleagues.

Germany lift the 2014 World Cup trophy

Germany lift the World Cup trophy

It was not all Argentina though, and keeper Sergio Romero made a fine save from substitute Schurrle - on for Kramer - a stop made even better as Ozil ducked right in front of the unsighted keeper as the shot came in.

The closest either side came to a goal was right on half-time, when Howedes crashed Kroos' corner against the post with Romero beaten.

Messi had been threatening and he almost put Argentina ahead seconds after the break, only to pull a poor finish across goal with his normally lethal left foot.

As the final entered the closing 10 minutes, Kroos had Germany's clearest opening for some time but he sent a sidefoot finish off target after Ozil had laid the ball invitingly into his path.

So it was extra time, and while Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio was off target when he lofted a finish over Neuer, Gotze showed class and composure to decide an increasingly attritional game with the final flourish of quality this Fifa World Cup in Brazil fully deserved as its conclusion.

World Cup final: Germany celebrate Mario Gotze's winner

Germany's Mario Gotze became the first substitute to score the winner in a World Cup final

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More than 250,000 German fans are estimated to have watched the game at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

World Cup final

More than 25,000 police, soldiers and firefighters ensured there was tight security around the Maracana

World Cup final

Thousands of supporters packed on to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach to watch the match on big screens

World Cup final

Colombian singer Shakira performed some of her most recognisable hits at the closing ceremony

World Cup final

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is by Russia President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Brazil legend winner, compatriot Kaka and ex-England skipper David Beckham were in attendance

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Germany fans were determined to see their side stop Argentina winning in the home of Brazilian football

World Cup final: Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain had spurned a golden opportunity in the 21st minute of the final

World Cup final: Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain

Napoli striker Higuain did sweep Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross into the net shortly after - but was offside

World Cup final: Germany defender Benedikt Howedes

Germany defender Benedikt Howedes headed against the post in first-half stoppage-time

World Cup final: Argentina captain Lionel Messi

Argentina did not manage a shot on target, with Lionel Messi dragging a decent chance wide

World Cup final

Some Argentina fans inside the Maracana could barely watch the action in a tense period of extra time

Germany win World Cup

Germany's win was their fourth World Cup triumph - and the first since reunification in 1990

Gotze

Gotze's winning goal was the 32nd goal by a substitute at the tournament, a World Cup record

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Germany

  • 01 Neuer
  • 16 Lahm
  • 04 Höwedes Booked
  • 07 Schweinsteiger Booked
  • 20 Boateng
  • 05 Hummels
  • 23 Kramer (Schürrle - 32' )
  • 18 Kroos
  • 11 Klose (Götze - 88' )
  • 13 Müller
  • 08 Özil (Mertesacker - 120' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Podolski
  • 12 Zieler
  • 14 Draxler
  • 15 Durm
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 19 Götze
  • 22 Weidenfeller

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 04 Zabaleta
  • 16 Rojo
  • 14 Mascherano Booked
  • 15 Demichelis
  • 02 Garay
  • 22 Lavezzi (Agüero - 45' Booked )
  • 06 Biglia
  • 09 Higuaín (Palacio - 78' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 08 Pérez (Gago - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Campagnaro
  • 05 Gago
  • 07 Di María
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Orión
  • 13 Fernández
  • 17 Fernández
  • 18 Palacio
  • 19 Álvarez
  • 20 Agüero
  • 21 Andujar
  • 23 Basanta
Ref: Nicola Rizzoli
Att: 74,738

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 0

Corners

5 3

Fouls

20 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Germany 1, Argentina 0.

120:00 +3:51

Second Half Extra Time ends, Germany 1, Argentina 0.

120:00 +3:42

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

120:00 +3:42

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

120:00 +2:49

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

120:00 +2:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

120:00 +1:36

Delay in match Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) because of an injury.

120:00 +0:50

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

120:00 +0:50

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

119:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Per Mertesacker replaces Mesut Özil.

119:11

Foul by Mesut Özil (Germany).

119:11

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:44

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

117:44

Martín Demichelis (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:00

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcos Rojo with a cross.

116:28

Dangerous play by Mario Götze (Germany).

116:28

Fernando Gago (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

112:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Argentina 0. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.

111:43

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

111:43

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

109:32

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

109:32

Martín Demichelis (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

109:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

108:46

Delay in match Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) because of an injury.

108:10

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

108:10

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

106:35

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

106:35

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

105:11

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

105:11

Fernando Gago (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Germany 0, Argentina 0.

105:16

First Half Extra Time ends, Germany 0, Argentina 0.

104:44

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

104:44

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

102:18

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

102:18

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

96:41

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Rojo with a cross.

95:02

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

95:02

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

94:34

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

94:34

Dangerous play by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

91:58

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rodrigo Palacio following a fast break.

90:36

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

90:33

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mario Götze.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Germany 0, Argentina 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Germany 0, Argentina 0.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Mario Götze replaces Miroslav Klose.

87:30

Delay in match Lucas Biglia (Argentina) because of an injury.

86:31

Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

86:31

Fernando Gago (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Enzo Pérez.

81:06

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

78:16

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Lucas Biglia.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Rodrigo Palacio replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

76:03

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

76:03

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:02

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Enzo Pérez.

72:00

Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

72:00

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:19

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a headed pass.

68:58

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:58

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

67:34

Hand ball by Toni Kroos (Germany).

67:05

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:05

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

65:55

Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

65:55

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:48 Booking

Booking Sergio Agüero (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:42

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:42

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

63:45 Booking

Booking Javier Mascherano (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:43

Miroslav Klose (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:43

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

62:35

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Argentina) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross following a corner.

62:02

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

58:56

Attempt saved. Miroslav Klose (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Philipp Lahm with a cross.

57:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:38

Delay in match Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) because of an injury.

56:03

Manuel Neuer (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:03

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina).

54:28

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

54:28

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:52

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

49:23

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

49:23

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:37

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Biglia with a through ball.

45:44

Offside, Argentina. Javier Mascherano tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Germany 0, Argentina 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Argentina. Sergio Agüero replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Germany 0, Argentina 0.

45:00 +1:11

Offside, Germany. Benedikt Höwedes tries a through ball, but Thomas Müller is caught offside.

45:00 +1:09

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:35

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

45:00 +0:05

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Enzo Pérez.

42:53

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

40:32

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

40:32

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:13

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:13

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

36:13

Offside, Germany. André Schürrle tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

35:02

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

33:00 Booking

Booking Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:51

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (Germany).

32:51

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:23

Foul by Mesut Özil (Germany).

32:23

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Christoph Kramer because of an injury.

31:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:15

Delay in match Christoph Kramer (Germany) because of an injury.

29:23

Offside, Argentina. Ezequiel Lavezzi tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

28:21 Booking

Booking Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:07

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

28:07

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:39

Offside, Germany. Philipp Lahm tries a through ball, but Thomas Müller is caught offside.

21:34

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (Germany).

21:34

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:59

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:59

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Argentina).

20:11

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

18:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:10

Delay in match Christoph Kramer (Germany) because of an injury.

14:32

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

13:11

Miroslav Klose (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:11

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Argentina).

10:16

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

10:10

Attempt blocked. Lucas Biglia (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

9:10

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

9:10

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:35

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a fast break.

3:21

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:12

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:12

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Argentina).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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