Germany won the World Cup late in extra time with a wonderful goal from Mario Gotze to deny Argentina. Here are the player ratings for both teams from the final.
Manuel Neuer, 8:
Neuer didn’t have too much to do, but he played with an air of confidence that doesn’t come about unless a player is at the top of his profession.
Benedikt Howedes, 6:
Howedes, as he has been all tournament, was solid. There weren’t too many nervous moments from the converted center-back, and this rating would be higher if he had planted his free-header in the back of the net.
Jerome Boateng, 8:
Boateng played a strong game in central defense, well positioned and shorn of drama throughout.
Mats Hummels, 6:
It looked early like Hummels would have a long night dealing with Messi, but he settled in well as Messi faded.
Phillip Lahm, 7:
Smart, assured, and immeasurably competent as usual. A deserving world champion.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, 9:
Schweinsteiger’s maturation is complete. He left every ounce of his being on the field, and was huge defensively breaking up play.
Toni Kroos, 4:
It was not a vintage game from Kroos, who did nothing with a few good chances and wasn’t as involved as usual. Did he suffer from Khedira’s absence?
Christoph Kramer, 5:
Kramer had a rather nondescript half hour before he surely suffered a concussion. That he was allowed to continue for a time is horrifying. He looked awful.
Mesut Ozil, 6:
Ozil played a good, hard-working game in this one, even if he couldn’t unlock the Argentine defense with a final ball as space was hard to come by.
Thomas Muller, 5:
Not Muller’s most impactful performance, and he drew ire for diving.
Miroslav Klose, 4:
It doesn’t matter that Klose wasn’t overly involved in his final World Cup game. His legacy in this competition – and the medal now around his neck – speak volumes.
Andre Schurrle, 8:
A handful all night, his direct play was important in diversifying the German attack. And that run and cross to set up Gotze? Priceless.
Mario Gotze, 8:
Forgotten and shut out after the poor performance against Algeria in the Round of 16, Gotze turned up with one of the goals of the tournament to win the tournament.
Per Mertersacker, 6: Came on for the last minute, and immediately won a header. Did his job.