Germany vs. Argentina: Player Ratings for World Cup Final

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Germany vs. Argentina: Player Ratings for World Cup Final
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Germany are World Cup champions thanks to Mario Goetze’s extra-time winner at the Maracana.

After chesting down Andre Schurrle’s pass, the Bayern Munich attacker beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero with his left foot to give Germany the lead in the 113th minute.

They would not relinquish it, and as a result will get a fourth star above their badge.

Following are live ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Germany Player Ratings
Player Half-Time Full-Time Final
Manuel Neuer 6 6 7
Philipp Lahm 7 7 7
Jerome Boateng 7 8 8
Mats Hummels 7 7 8
Benedikt Hoewedes 6 7 7
Bastian Schweinsteiger 7 7 8
Christoph Kramer 6 6 6
Toni Kroos 6 7 7
Thomas Mueller 6 6 6
Miroslav Klose 5 5 5
Mesut Oezil 6 6 6
Andre Schuerrle 6 6 7
Mario Goetze N/A 6 8
Per Mertesacker N/A N/A 5

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First-half analysis for Germany

Manuel Neuer: Didn’t have a save to make in the opening 45 minutes.

Philipp Lahm: Touched the ball 50 times in the first half and combined nicely with Mueller.

Jerome Boateng: Swept the ball away from danger with Messi lurking in the goalmouth.

Mats Hummels: Was easily rounded by Messi in the early going.

Benedikt Hoewedes: Booked for a foul on Zabaleta and was perhaps lucky it was only a yellow card.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: The first player to go into the book, even though he hardly touched Lavezzi.

Christoph Kramer: Came in as a late replacement for Sami Khedira (calf) but was, himself, withdrawn through injury just after the half-hour mark.

Toni Kroos: Gave the ball away to Higuain, who could not hit the target from in close.

Thomas Mueller: Quite nearly picked out Klose with a cross from the right.

Miroslav Klose: Didn’t manage a single shot in the opening frame.

Mesut Ozil: Distribution was substandard but he contributed an important back-track midway through the first half.

Andre Schurrle: Came on in place of the injured Kramer.

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Second-half analysis for Germany

Manuel Neuer: Scampered off his line to punch the ball away from Higuain.

Philipp Lahm: His cross to the far corner with 10 minutes to play floated over four yellow shirts.

Jerome Boateng: Swept the ball away from danger with Messi lurking in the goalmouth.

Mats Hummels: Has so far completed 93 percent of his passes out of the defense and has also won all of his aerial battles.

Benedikt Hoewedes: Found himself with the ball at his feet in the Argentina box but was dealt with by Garay.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: No one touched the ball more often during the initial 90 minutes.

Christoph Kramer: Came in as a late replacement for Sami Khedira (calf) but was, himself, withdrawn through injury just after the half-hour mark.

Toni Kroos: Lashed the ball just wide of target with nine minutes remaining in normal time.

Thomas Mueller: Quite nearly picked out Klose with a cross from the right.

Miroslav Klose: He took only a single shot and was withdrawn as the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer with 16 tallies.

Mesut Ozil: Cut the ball back expertly Kroos, only for the Bayern Munich man to smash his shot wide of the far corner.

Andre Schurrle: Had a decent chance to open the scoring but got tangled up with Mueller.

Mario Goetze: Came on for Klose with just over two minutes left in normal time.

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Final analysis for Germany

Manuel Neuer: He had only a single save to make in the final, but over the course of the World Cup the 28-year-old enhanced his reputation as a “sweeper keeper.”

Philipp Lahm: The captain’s switch to right-back was one of manager Joachim Loew’s pivotal decisions in Brazil.

Jerome Boateng: He saved his best performance for the final, in which he was a colossus.

Mats Hummels: After being beaten by Messi in the early going he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Benedikt Hoewedes: Considered a weak spot early in the competition, he proved to be anything but.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Cut in a collision with Aguero and required stitches before continuing.

Christoph Kramer: Came in as a late replacement for Sami Khedira (calf) but was, himself, withdrawn through injury just after the half-hour mark.

Toni Kroos: Touched the ball a match-high 124 times.

Thomas Mueller: Surprisingly, he didn’t manage a single shot at the Maracana.

Miroslav Klose: He took only a single shot and was withdrawn as the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer with 16 tallies.

Mesut Ozil: Actually improved as the game went on and at his withdrawal in stoppage time in extra time had completed 84 percent of his passes.

Andre Schurrle: Delivered the ball that Goetze finished past Romero.

Mario Goetze: Chested the ball to himself before scoring the World Cup-winning goal from a difficult angle with his left foot.

Per Mertesacker: Introduced for stoppage time in extra time.

Argentina Player Ratings
Player Half-Time Full-Time Final
Sergio Romero 7 7 6
Pablo Zabaleta 7 7 6
Martin Demichelis 7 7 7
Ezequiel Garay 7 8 8
Marcos Rojo 6 6 6
Enzo Perez 6 6 6
Javier Mascherano 7 7 7
Lucas Biglia 7 7 6
Lionel Messi 6 6 6
Ezequiel Lavezzi 6 6 6
Gonzalo Higuain 5 5 5
Sergio Aguero N/A 5 5
Rodrigo Palacio N/A 5 5
Fernando Gago N/A 5 5

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First-half analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Made saves on Schurrle and Kroos.

Pablo Zabaleta: Cut back a lovely ball for Perez, but Mueller swept it away.

Martin Demichelis: Did well to stick by Klose and prevent the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer from connecting with a searching Lahm cross.

Ezequiel Garay: Dug his shoulder into Kramer, who had to be withdrawn several minutes later.

Marcos Rojo: Was lucky to avoid a booking for a 41st-minute trip on Mueller.

Enzo Perez: Completed 90 percent of his passes as he looked to link defense and attack.

Javier Mascherano: The Golden Ball contender vocally communicated with his teammates and kept things organised in front of the defense.

Lucas Biglia: Was teed up by Messi but had his shot from distance blocked.

Lionel Messi: Made a pair of lung-bursting runs but didn’t manage a shot in the first half.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Got some joy on the dribble opposite Hoewedes.

Gonzalo Higuain: Should have opened the scoring after being gifted the ball by Kroos.

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Second-half analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Each of his three saves have been routine.

Pablo Zabaleta: Getting forward often and has also contributed a game-high eight tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Martin Demichelis: Not giving the frustrated German attackers an inch.

Ezequiel Garay: Dug out Mueller’s cut-back following some good work from Schurrle.

Marcos Rojo: Looked as though he might get inside Mueller’s shirt on a corner-kick just after the restart.

Enzo Perez: Completed an impressive 92 percent of his passes before being withdrawn in the 86th minute.

Javier Mascherano: Booked for an ambitious, lunging challenge on Klose.

Lucas Biglia: Continues to close down space without committing fouls.

Lionel Messi: Flashed his shot wide of the far post just moments after the restart.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Withdrawn at the break in favour of Aguero.

Gonzalo Higuain: Bowled over by Neuer as he chased down a loose ball.

Sergio Aguero: Shown a yellow card for a foul on Schweinsteiger midway through the second half.

Rodrigo Palacio: Replaced Higuain with a quarter-hour of normal time remaining.

Fernando Gago: Came on to replace Perez with four minutes left in the second half.

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Final analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Had played himself too close to the near post when Goetze beat him.

Pablo Zabaleta: Germany’s World Cup-winning goal was crafted on his flank.

Martin Demichelis: Rebounded from a difficult start to his Manchester City career with a fine club season that carried through into the World Cup.

Ezequiel Garay: Will have surely played himself into a summer move with his showing in Brazil.

Marcos Rojo: Looped a lovely ball over Hummels to Palacio, who just couldn’t convert.

Enzo Perez: Completed an impressive 92 percent of his passes before being withdrawn in the 86th minute.

Javier Mascherano: Desire to beat Biglia to a tackle on Schweinsteiger demonstrated his intensity.

Lucas Biglia: Didn’t really contribute all that much past the halfway line.

Lionel Messi: Didn’t trouble Neuer over the course of the match and was generally unimpressive at the Maracana.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Withdrawn at the break in favour of Aguero.

Gonzalo Higuain: He’ll be ruing that early, first-half miss.

Sergio Aguero: Got his arm up on Schweinsteiger and drew blood while on a booking.

Rodrigo Palacio: Had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring early in the first period of extra time.

Fernando Gago: Was never going to be the game-changing substitution Argentina required.

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