World Cup final - TEAMtalk's player ratings

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances after Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final in Rio on Sunday.

Last Updated: 13/07/14 at 23:51

Schweinstieger and Mascherano: Two best performers

Schweinstieger and Mascherano: Two best performers

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Mario Gotze's extra-time winner gave Germany their fourth World Cup triumph after a tense and tight final at the Maracana.

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GERMANY:

Manuel Neuer: Safe as always but lucky to escape punishment for dangerous challenge on Higuain. 7

Philipp Lahm: Gave his customary flawless display at right-back. 7

Jerome Boateng: Rock solid at heart of Germany defence. 8

Mats Hummels: Lack of pace was exploited by Argentina but made some crucial interventions. 6

Benedikt Howedes: Solid in defence though rarely got forward. 7

Christoph Kramer: Big night ended prematurely through injury. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Protected the area in front of Germany's back four. 8

Thomas Muller: Struggled to make an impact in the final third. 5

Toni Kroos: Gifted Higuain a sitter and wasted a good second-half chance. 5

Mesut Ozil: Dangerous in possession but too often on the periphery. 6

Miroslav Klose: Shackled by Demichelis and Garay. 5

Substitutes:

Andre Schurrle (on for Kramer, 31): Full of graft before setting up the winner. 7

Mario Gotze (On for Klose 88): Proved his point by scoring a wonderful late winner. 8

Per Mertesacker (on for Ozil 120): On late to solidify the defence. 6

ARGENTINA:

Sergio Romero: Rarely tested but cut an assured figure. 7

Pablo Zabaleta: Coped with Schurrle comfortably. 7

Martin Demichelis: Never gave Klose a kick. 7

Ezequiel Garay: Rarely flustered by any of Germany's attacking four. 7

Marcos Rojo: Another impressive display at left-back. 7

Lucas Biglia: Helped Mascherano shut the door on Germany. Offered little going forward, though. 6

Javier Mascherano: Another fine display, denying Germany any space between the lines. 8

Enzo Perez: Too conservative in possession, meaning his contribution was limited. 6

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Offered little threat before being replaced at half-time. 5

Gonzalo Higuain: Wasted a first-half sitter on an off-night for the Napoli forward. 5

Lionel Messi: Rarely involved but occasional glimpses of quality to create opportunities. 6

Substitutes:

Sergio Aguero (on for Lavezzi 46) Carried more threat than Lavezzi but still looked slightly off the pace. 6

Rodrigo Palacio (on for Higuain 78): Made a hash of a glorious extra-time chance. 5

Fernando Gago (on for Perez 86): Offered little despite fresh legs in extra-time. 5

Related stories:

Match report: Germany 1 Argentina 0 (AET)

World Cup final gallery.

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