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Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet)

Highlights of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final as Mario Gotze's superb extra-time winner wins the trophy for Germany against a misfiring Argentina

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World Cup 2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet) highlights

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
GermanyArgentina
1Goals0
5Shots on target0
3Shots off target9
2Blocked Shots1
5Corners3
20Fouls16
3Offsides2
2Yellow cards2
0Red cards0
64Possession %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.

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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

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

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 20Boateng
  • 16Lahm
  • 4HöwedesBooked at 33mins
  • 5Hummels
  • 7SchweinsteigerBooked at 29mins
  • 23KramerSubstituted forSchürrleat 32'minutes
  • 18Kroos
  • 13Müller
  • 11KloseSubstituted forGötzeat 88'minutes
  • 8ÖzilSubstituted forMertesackerat 120'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Großkreutz
  • 3Ginter
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 12Zieler
  • 14Draxler
  • 15Durm
  • 17Mertesacker
  • 19Götze
  • 22Weidenfeller

Argentina

  • 1Romero
  • 15Demichelis
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 2Garay
  • 16Rojo
  • 6Biglia
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 64mins
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forAgüeroat 45'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 10Messi
  • 8PérezSubstituted forGagoat 86'minutes
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forPalacioat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Campagnaro
  • 5Gago
  • 7Di María
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Orión
  • 13Fernández
  • 17Fernández
  • 18Palacio
  • 19Álvarez
  • 20Agüero
  • 21Andujar
  • 23Basanta
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
74,738

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamArgentina
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 1, Argentina 0.

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

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

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Per Mertesacker replaces Mesut Özil.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Germany).

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

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

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

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.

Dangerous play by Mario Götze (Germany).

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

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.

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

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Argentina).

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

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

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

Second Half Extra Time begins Germany 0, Argentina 0.

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

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

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

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

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.

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

Foul by Fernando Gago (Argentina).

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

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

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1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

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2Greece3111-24
3Ivory Coast3102-13
4Japan3012-41

D

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2Uruguay320106
3Italy3102-13
4England3012-21

E

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2Switzerland320116
3Ecuador311104
4Honduras3003-70

F

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2Nigeria311104
3Bos-Herze310203
4Iran3012-31

G

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1Germany321057
2USA311104
3Portugal3111-34
4Ghana3012-21

H

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1Belgium330039
2Algeria311114
3Russia3021-12
4South Korea3012-31
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