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2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Philipp Lahm lifts the 2014 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Event2014 FIFA World Cup
Date13 July 2014 (2014-07-13)
VenueMaracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Man of the MatchMario Götze (Germany)
RefereeNicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Attendance74,738
WeatherPartly cloudy
23 °C (73 °F)
65% humidity
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 13 July 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to determine the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time, with the only goal being scored by Mario Götze, who collected André Schürrle's cross from the left on his chest before volleying a high left-footed shot into the net. The match was the third final between the two countries, a World Cup record, after their 1986 and 1990 matches.

Before the match, Germany had reached the World Cup final seven times (six times as West Germany from 1954 to 1990), winning three (1954, 1974, 1990) and being runners-up four times (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002); Argentina had reached four finals, winning twice (1978, 1986) and placing second twice (1930, 1990).

The result marked Germany's fourth World Cup title, their first since German reunification, and the first World Cup won by a European team in the Americas. The victory meant that three consecutive World Cups have been won by teams from the same continent, following Italy and Spain in 2006 and 2010 respectively, the first time this has happened in World Cup history. With the win, Germany qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In the winning German team, Miroslav Klose, who had become the top scorer in World Cup history in the semi-final victory over Brazil, became one of the very few players ever to have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Cup (bronze in 2006 and 2010, silver in 2002 and gold in 2014), joining an all-German club with such players as Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier and Wolfgang Overath (19661974) and Italy's Franco Baresi (gold in 1982 albeit as a reserve, bronze in 1990, and silver in 1994).

Match

Summary

Both teams named unchanged starting line-ups from their semi-finals, but German midfielder Sami Khedira withdrew during the warm-up with a calf injury. He was replaced by Christoph Kramer, who had made two brief substitute appearances during the tournament. Kramer himself was later injured and substituted in the first half, for André Schürrle.

Argentina's Gonzalo Higuaín missed a good opportunity in the first half, dragging his shot wide after being put through on goal by a misjudged header from Toni Kroos. He had a goal disallowed later in the first half, when he was ruled offside after tapping in a cross by Ezequiel Lavezzi from the right wing. Lionel Messi wasted a chance early in the second half, firing wide of the German goal from inside the penalty area after receiving a through pass. In extra time, Rodrigo Palacio's lob over Manuel Neuer went just wide after the forward received a cross, missed by Mats Hummels, in the German penalty area.

Mario Götze of Germany scored during extra time, in the 113th minute, when he collected Schürrle’s cross from the left on his chest before volleying left-footed into the net. He became the first substitute to score a World Cup-winning goal, as well as the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since German Wolfgang Weber in 1966 (same age, 22). Prior to Götze's goal, Germany came close to scoring on a number of occasions, including a header by Benedikt Höwedes that struck the Argentine goalpost just before halftime. Schürrle later struck a close-range shot straight at Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero early in the first half of extra time, after a pass from Götze.

Late in extra time, Messi had a free kick within goal-scoring distance, which would have equalised, but he hit it over the crossbar.

Details

13 July 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Germany Germany.png 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 74,738
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Götze Soccerball 113' Report
GER 1
ARG 2
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes Yellow card 34'
CM 23 Christoph Kramer Sub off 31'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Yellow card 29'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 13 Thomas Müller
LW 8 Mesut Özil Sub off 120'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Sub off 88'
Substitutes:
DF 2 Kevin Großkreutz
DF 3 Matthias Ginter
FW 9 André Schürrle Sub on 31'
FW 10 Lukas Podolski
GK 12 Ron-Robert Zieler
MF 14 Julian Draxler
DF 15 Erik Durm
DF 17 Per Mertesacker Sub on 120'
MF 19 Mario Götze Sub on 88'
GK 22 Roman Weidenfeller
MF 6 Sami Khedira (injured)
DF 21 Shkodran Mustafi (injured)
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-ARG 2014-07-13.svg
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 15 Martín Demichelis
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Marcos Rojo
CM 14 Javier Mascherano Yellow card 64'
CM 6 Lucas Biglia
RW 8 Enzo Pérez Sub off 86'
LW 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi Sub off 46'
SS 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín Sub off 78'
Substitutes:
DF 3 Hugo Campagnaro
MF 5 Fernando Gago Sub on 86'
MF 7 Ángel di María (injured)
MF 11 Maxi Rodríguez
GK 12 Agustín Orión
MF 13 Augusto Fernández
DF 17 FFederico Fernández
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio Sub on 78'
MF 19 Ricardo Álvarez
FW 20 Sergio Agüero Yellow card 65' Sub on 46'
GK 21 Mariano Andújar
DF 23 José María Basanta
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella

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)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if still tied.
  • Twelve named eligible substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

Statistics

Overall Germany Argentina
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 10 10
Shots on target 7 2
Ball possession 60% 40%
Corner kicks 5 3
Fouls committed 20 16
Offsides 3 2
Saves 2 6
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 0

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