Germany v Argentina, 13 July 2014

Score1-0 to Germany
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Final
VenueMaracana
Attendance74,738
Kick-off 4.00pm local (8.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Mario Götze (Germany) Assistant referees: Renato Faverani (Italy) Andrea Stefani (Italy) Fourth official: Carlos Vera (Ecuador) Fifth official: Christian Lescano (Ecuador) The two teams had met in 20 previous matches, including six times in the FIFA World Cup: 1958, group stage: West Germany 3–1 Argentina; 1966, group stage: West Germany 0–0 Argentina; 1986, final: West Germany 2–3 Argentina; 1990, final: West Germany 1–0 Argentina; 2006, quarter-finals: Germany 1–1 Argentina (after extra time, Germany won 4–2 on penalties); 2010 FIFA World Cup, quarter-finals: Germany 4–0 Argentina. Their third final meeting is the most ever in World Cup history, and also tied the record for the most frequent fixture in tournament history, as Brazil vs Sweden and Germany vs Serbia (including Yugoslavia) had also been played seven times in the World Cup. Both teams initially named unchanged starting line-ups from their semi-finals, but Germany had to make a late change as Sami Khedira injured his calf and was replaced by Christoph Kramer, who was himself substituted in the first half by André Schürrle after a blow to his head. In the first half, Gonzalo Higuaín shot wide after a Toni Kroos's misplaced header fell to him, and also had a goal disallowed for offside. Later, Jérôme Boateng cleared off the line after a Lionel Messi run, and Benedikt Höwedes's header hit the post. In the second half, Argentina's best chance fell to Messi, whose shot went just wide, while Toni Kroos also had a chance for Germany but could not convert. For the third World Cup final in a row, the match went to extra time. In the first half, Schürrle had a shot saved by Sergio Romero, while Rodrigo Palacio's lobbed shot was also unsuccessful. Germany scored the only goal in the second half, as Schürrle ran down the left wing and crossed for substitute Mario Götze, who controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed past Romero. Germany won their fourth World Cup title, and their first title since German reunification (they won as West Germany in 1954, 1974, and 1990). It was the first time a European team won the tournament in the Americas. For the third tournament in a row, the World Cup was won by a European team, first time for any confederation. Argentina finished as the runners-up for the third time in their history. A total of 171 goals were scored in the tournament, a joint record along with the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Götze's goal was the 32nd by a substitute, a World Cup record. Including the final, a total of eight matches went to extra time, a joint record along with the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

1  Germany

Manager: Joachim Low

0  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

Goals:

Mario Götze 113 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Defender Jérôme Boateng
Defender Mats Hummels
Defender Philipp Lahm (captain)
Midfielder Christoph Kramer
Midfielder Toni Kroos
Midfielder Mesut Özil
Midfielder/Forward Thomas Müller
Forward Miroslav Klose

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Gonzalo Higuain

Substitutions:

André Schürrle for Christoph Kramer 31
Mario Götze for Miroslav Klose 88
Per Mertesacker for Mesut Özil 120

Substitutions:

Sergio Agüero for Ezequiel Lavezzi 46
Rodrigo Palacio for Gonzalo Higuain 78
Fernando Gago for Enzo Perez 86

Cards:

Bastian Schweinsteiger 29 Y
Benedikt Höwedes 34 Y

Cards:

Javier Mascherano 64 Y
Sergio Agüero 65 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller
Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler
Defender Matthias Ginter
Defender/Centre back Per Mertesacker
Midfielder Julian Draxler
Midfielder Erik Durm
Midfielder/Forward Mario Götze
Forward Lukas Podolski

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Defender Jose Basanta
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio