Germany 1 Argentina 0: Player ratings as Mario Götze nets winner

Germany 1 Argentina 0: Player ratings as Mario Götze scores a 113th-minute winner to win the World Cup

Germany
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Argentina
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Germany

Manuel Neuer Should have been given no chance when Higuaín was put through one on one in the first half, but the Napoli man did not force him into a save. Showed his sweeper instincts without being particularly troubled save on the couple of occasions when Messi found his way through, and kept his cool in the final minutes. 6/10

Philipp Lahm Regularly found space in support of Müller down Germany’s right flank, as well as one glorious touch with the outside of his right foot in the first period which only an offside flag prevented his team from converting. A worthy World Cup winning captain. 7

Mats Hummels Looked leggy in the early stages and struggled to keep up with his team’s high-pressing approach as he did not seem to have truly shaken off the knee injury which saw him come off at half-time against Brazil. Did enough when called upon, though, particularly as tiredness brought everyone back to his pace. 7

Jerome Boateng At times, it was the Boateng v Messi show. Showed excellent last ditch work on more than one occasion. Firstly when Messi broke into the box and through Neuer just before half-time, and then when just about making it back to prevent a through ball reaching him early in the second half. Another fine challenge stopped Messi in his tracks in the final few minutes, before yet further fine work halted the Barcelona man in extra time. 8

Benedikt Höwedes Unable to prevent Argentina getting a lot of joy down the right in the early stages, and resorted to a lunge on Zabaleta shortly after the half hour which saw him a little lucky to only see yellow. Saw a thundering header from a corner late in the first half crash against the post, and found himself with the ball at his feet in the Argentinian box with ten minutes to go, but hesitated and the chance was lost. 6

Christoph Kramer After making his competitive debut as a last-minute replacement for the injured Sami Khedira, he took a hefty shoulder in the face from Ezequiel Garay in the first 20 minutes, which ended his game on the half hour. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger Quietly effective in recycling possession at the base of midfield, but not as controlling a performance as he would have hoped, and was booked for a nibble at Lavezzi in the first half. 6

Toni Kroos After a first 20 minutes which had largely passed him by, looked to make his mark by heading the ball straight to Higuaín before being redeemed by the latter’s dragged effort. Ultimately, had little impact on proceedings, certainly compared to his earlier performances in the tournament. 6

Mesut Özil Crowded out a little in the early stages, before being pushed back after Kramer went off. Slowly edged forward again and pushed and probed without finding a way through. 6

Thomas Müller (Man of the Match) A delightful early dummy which almost ended up with his team through on goal. He was finding space down the right throughout, and one excellent cross in particular just before half-time should have been converted by Klose. 8

Miroslav Klose Slightly off the pace throughout, typified by a failure to anticipate a cross from Müller which could have led to a tap in just before the break. 6

Substitutes

Andre Schürrle On for Kramer after half an hour and unable to really grab the game by the scruff of the neck as he has done from the bench before. It was generally he, though, who found a shot on goal after his team’s build-up play had threatened to fizzle out, and it was he who found the burst and cross for Götze’s fine winner. 7

Mario Götze Replaced Klose in the final few minutes of normal time, and scuffed a shot straight at Romero; and then wrote his name into the history books with eight minutes to go in extra time with a wonderful touch and volley past Romero. 8

Per Mertesacker A two-minute appearance and a World Cup winners’ medal. Nice work if you can get it. n/a

Argentina

Sergio Romero One particularly good save from Schürrle after 37 minutes, and otherwise fielded whatever came his way perfectly competently. Could do little about the goal. 7

Pablo Zabaleta Got forward well but cut his cross back between two oncoming attackers after 10 minutes. Did not hold back with his challenges, with one in particular on Schürrle early in the second half which should probably have seen yellow. 7

Martín Demichelis Solid performance from the Manchester City man, who was a cool (certainly compared to some of his team-mates) and commanding figure at the back. 7

Ezequiel Garay Welcomed Christoph Kramer to competitive internationals with a shoulder to the face in the early stages which saw the youngster out of the game. Otherwise, did well to stop Klose breaking into the box mid way through the first half, and was at the heart of his team’s best defensive work throughout. 8

Marcos Rojo Struggled up against Müller, particularly in the first half, but was put under less pressure as the game drew on. 6

Lucas Biglia Found himself ceding a lot of ground in the middle of the pitch as Argentina took up a line just outside the area and invited Germany on to them. Had one early shot well blocked by Höwedes. 6

Javier Mascherano Arguably the player of the World Cup, the Barcelona man was in well to win the ball on a few occasions, but his distribution was not quite up to the standards of the rest of his tournament. Booked for a strong tackle to halt a German counter-attack shortly after the hour. 6

Enzo Perez Tried to take on the German defence with an early run, but faded to anonymity, and was unable to put in the defensive shift of the injured Angel di María. 5

Lionel Messi Came to life early on with a jinking run into the box, but was unable to find a team-mate. Broke through on a couple of occasions without finding the final ball or hitting the target with his shots, with one particular effort uncharacteristically tucked wide just after half-time. 7

Ezequiel Lavezzi One lovely ball in saw Higuaín denied by an offside flag on the half hour, and his was a sparky performance before being replaced by Agüero at half time. 7

Gonzalo Higuaín Dragged a splendid chance wide when one on one after 20 minutes, before a fine finish – and passionate celebration – was denied by a clear offside on the half hour. A quieter second half, and he was replaced by Palacio in the later stages. 6

Substitutes

Sergio Agüero Replaced Lavezzi at half time. Looked to get involved without really showing his quality. A late challenge on Schweinsteiger saw him booked, and a flailing arm on the same man should have seen him off. 6

Rodrigo Palacio Came on for Higuaín in the final quarter of an hour of normal time, and lifted a fine chance wide in extra time. 5

Fernando Gago Replaced Perez in the final five minutes of normal time, and did his job. 6

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