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    The Final: Germany - Argentina 1:0 a.e.t. (0:0, 0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    13 July 2014 Rio De Janeiro /Estadio do Maracana 16:00 74738
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    BAFFOE Anthony (GHA)
    Fifth Official
    LESCANO Christian (ECU)
    Referee
    RIZZOLI Nicola (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    FAVERANI Renato (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    STEFANI Andrea (ITA)
    Fourth Official
    VERA Carlos (ECU)
    Match Commissioner
    EL AMRANI Hicham (MAR)

    Total Goals scored

    Mario GOETZE (GER) 113'


    Germany

    Argentina
    1
    NEUER (GK)
    1
    ROMERO (GK)
    4
    HÖWEDES
    2
    GARAY
    5
    HUMMELS
    4
    ZABALETA
    7
    SCHWEINSTEIGER
    6
    BIGLIA
    8
    ÖZIL (-120')
    8
    PEREZ -86')
    11
    KLOSE (-88')
    9
    HIGUAIN (-78')
    13
    MÜLLER
    10
    MESSI (C)
    16
    LAHM (C)
    14
    MASCHERANO
    18
    KROOS
    15
    DEMICHELIS
    20
    BOATENG
    16
    ROJO
    23
    KRAMER (-31')
    22
    LAVEZZI (-46' HT)
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ZIELER (GK)
    12
    ORION (GK)
    22
    WEIDENFELLER (GK)
    21
    ANDUJAR (GK)
    2
    GROßKREUTZ
    3
    CAMPAGNARO
    3
    GINTER
    5
    GAGO (+86')
    9
    SCHÜRRLE (+31')
    7
    DI MARIA
    10
    PODOLSKI
    11
    M. RODRIGUEZ
    14
    DRAXLER
    13
    A. FERNANDEZ
    15
    DURM
    17
    F. FERNANDEZ
    17
    MERTESACKER (+120')
    18
    PALACIO (+78')
    19
    GÖTZE (+88')
    19
    ALVAREZ
    6
    KHEDIRA
    20
    AGUERO (+46' HT)
    21
    MUSTAFI
    23
    BASANTA
    Coach Coach
    LOEW Joachim (GER) SABELLA Alejandro (ARG)

    Cautions

    Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (GER) 29' , Benedikt HOEWEDES (GER) 34' , Javier MASCHERANO (ARG) 64' , Sergio AGUERO (ARG) 65'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Gotze wonder goal crowns Germany champions

    Germany are the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ champions, lifting the Trophy for the fourth time in their history after overcoming Argentina 1-0 courtesy of an extra-time goal by Mario Gotze at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. The substitute settled a tie that was in the balance from the first minute until the last with a finish of startling composure given the circumstances, pressure and surroundings. His strike proved the difference, with Argentina unable to respond in what little time remained, adding another star to the Europeans' crest following their triumphs in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

    A naturally frenetic beginning to the encounter brought an early sight of goal for Gonzalo Higuain. The genesis of the chance was actually a Germany free-kick, with rapid pressure from Ezequiel Lavezzi on the loose ball ultimately forcing an opportunity for his team-mate, who sought the far left corner with a low drive from an acute angle but dragged the effort wide. Initial Nationalmannschaft dominance in possession petered out before the quarter-hour and, in succession, Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta and Philipp Lahm were left bemoaning a lack of reachable targets inside the danger zone as they carefully picked out crosses from wide.

    Neither participant in the finest opening of the first 20 minutes had anybody to blame but himself. Toni Kroos miscalculated a header back to his goalkeeper, merely finding Higuain unmarked and uncatchable. The Argentina forward seemed a certain scorer as he bounded towards Manuel Neuer but contrived to instead hook a right-foot shot off target to the left. With 30 minutes on the clock, the Albiceleste No9 did put the ball into the net, but luck continued to desert the South Americans as the officials rightly adjudged him offside. After collecting a pass in freedom on the right flank, Lavezzi had swept a vicious centre along the corridor of the Germany penalty box to Higuain, who expertly guided home first time with a side-foot. But the flag was correctly raised and it remained goalless.

    A moment later, Andre Schurrle was introduced by Joachim Low in place of the injured Christoph Kramer, who himself had been named in the starting XI at the last moment following an issue in the warm-up for Sami Khedira. The Chelsea attacker was involved almost immediately, controlling a Thomas Muller delivery and quickly blasting at goal only for Sergio Romero to pull off a save. Though Germany largely contained Messi in the first half, the Barcelona superstar caused alarm before the break when he galloped along the right touchline and to the near post before being crowded out by a combination of defence and goalkeeper. At the other end, composed hold-up play by Miroslav Klose teed up Kroos for a shot that was simple for Romero.

    There was still time in an absorbing period for defender Benedikt Howedes to thunder a header from Kroos’ precise corner against Argentina’s right post, with Muller ruled offside as he attempted to acrobatically send in a rebound from close range. When the two sides returned after the break, Alejandro Sabella had decided on a change, with Sergio Aguero replacing Lavezzi in an advanced position. They started the brighter too and, as previously with Higuain, Messi dispatched a shot off his strongest foot wide of the far post from a narrow angle, having been found by a cute Lucas Biglia pass.

    Trademark movement from the World Cup’s all-time top scorer, Klose, married with a lofted Lahm cross but the striker's header was little trouble to Romero. With each passing minute, the match became increasingly stretched, with neither team yielding in their attacking ambitions. Enzo Perez was somewhat fortunate to pick out talisman Messi in the 75th minute, prompting the 27-year-old to arc around a series of German challenges at the outer edge of the area. The strike was always coming but when the No10 did unleash a curler and the massed ranks of Argentinians in attendance drew breath, it skewed harmlessly off target.

    Back at the other end, Mesut Ozil was accurate in passing across the field to the onrushing Kroos, who realised the need to hit the ball instantly as opponents closed in. However, Romero was able to watch his cool side-foot drift wide. The Albiceleste goalkeeper was then equally comfortable in keeping out a Gotze daisy-cutter, heralding extra time in Rio. The pace from the outset of the additional period was relentless; Schurrle smacked straight at the keeper, Aguero looked for a colleague from the left at the conclusion of a counter-attack and saw none, while substitute Rodrigo Palacio looped the ball over Neuer but lost control after taking down a fine Marcos Rojo inswinger in space.

    Then, with seven minutes of the 120 remaining, the decisive moment arrived. Schurrle bulldozed past three Argentina defenders on the left flank, drawing Sabella’s charges out of shape and clipping over them to Gotze. The 22-year-old’s technique was exquisite, cushioning the ball on his chest and volleying at an awkward height, finding the far corner of the net to write his name into German and World Cup football folklore.

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    Germany-Argentina: Quotes

    Joachim Low, Germany coach
    We started this project ten years ago and what has happened today is the result of many years' work, starting with Jurgen Klinsmann. We've made constant progress, we believed in the project, we worked a lot and, if any group deserves it, it's this team. We've always played good football and I believe that over this tournament, over seven matches, we've shown the best performances of any of the teams here in Brazil. The boys have also developed a team spirit which is unbelievable. They have fantastic technical capacity and they also have the willpower that's necessary to do what is necessary. We're the first European team to win a title in South America and that makes us very proud. Every player in this team gave everything they had. I told them before that they would have to give more than they ever had before because they were looking to achieve something new. We always knew that we would need 14 players during this match and everyone in top shape, and all the players had to be ready. It was good that we had played who could come on and make an impact, and [Mario] Gotze is a miracle boy - a boy wonder. I always knew he could decide the match.

    Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach
    We were playing a great team and the match had its ups and downs, with Germany having greater ball possession and control of the field of play, and us enjoying the clearer chances. My players were warriors and I congratulated them afterwards because, beyond the sadness of the result, a coach must always assess his team's performance - and I believe that was quite good. They left everything on the pitch. The match was very even and, when we had opportunities to score, we could have done with being more efficient and effective. These are very close matches and, when you make a mistake, you know it's difficult to turn it around. But in general terms, I'm very proud and my boys played an extraordinary World Cup. It was very exciting to see them play and it's clear they gave everything for the Argentinian jersey. They can look themselves in the mirror and know they gave everything. I congratulate my players for their extraordinary work and also congratulate Germany on winning the title. At the moment, I have the dual feeling of frustration at not having achieved our dream of winning the Final, but pride at having done our duty of giving our best. As for my future, I'm not sure. My plan is to take time with my family and rest a bit, and I have nothing to say beyond that.

    Mario Gotze, Germany midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
    It's an unbelievable feeling, I don't know how to describe it. I just took the shot and didn't know what was happening. For us, the dream has become reality. I'm very proud of the team and extremely happy about everything that has happened here in Brazil. Every player in our team deserves praised and we're very proud to have won this Trophy.

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