FIFA World Cup 2014 final Highlights

Germany's starting XIWorld Cup 2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet) highlights

Substitute Mario Gotze underlined the strength in depth of the Germany squad by coming on to score a wonderful volley in the second period of extra time.

But how did he do in our player ratings?

BBC Sport online's football editor Howard Nurse assessed how the Germany players performed, while journalist Chris Bevan judged the Argentina displays.

Germany's starting XI v Argentina

Manuel Neuer (Goalkeeper) - 7

The sweeper-keeper was relieved to see Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi drag shots wide of the target with only the Bayern Munich stopper to beat. Neuer was always in command of his area and showed Higuain no mercy with a punched clearance which took out the ball and his opponent. Strong display despite Argentina failing to muster a shot on target.

Danny Mills's view: "Argentina never tested Neuer. We know he is a fantastic goalkeeper, but that was their downfall. They did not take their chances in those big moments."

Highlights of the 2014 Fifa World Cup final as Mario Gotze's superb extra-time winner wins the trophy for Germany against a misfiring ArgentinaPhilipp Lahm (Defender) - 7

Always looked to get forward but never forgot his responsibilities further back. The Bayern man demonstrated a superb range of passes. In fact, he managed more accurate forward passes (69) than any other player on the pitch. A steady if not spectacular display.

Mats Hummels (Defender) - 6

Found himself under pressure early on and struggled (and who wouldn't?) against the pace of Messi. Looked more assured in the second half and made a number of crucial interceptions to deny Argentina a shot on target in normal time, but ran out of steam towards the end.

Rio Ferdinand's view: "Hummels lacked mobility - outside the box he was left a few times."

Benedikt Howedes (Defender) - 7

Could have been sent off for an ugly, high tackle on Pablo Zabaleta. Howedes was unlucky to see his close-range header crash against a post in first-half injury time. Occasionally sloppy when put under pressure but generally he patrolled the left side of defence with authority.

Jerome Boateng (Defender) - 9

Got better as the match progressed. Made a number of important tackles and clearances after initially being troubled by the pace of the Argentine counter-attacks. The Bayern centre-back was dominant and was Germany's star performer. Man of the match.

"Boateng was immense today."

Christoph Kramer (Midfielder) - 5

Called in at the last minute to replace the unfortunate Sami Khedira, who was hurt in the warm-up. Kramer suffered a nasty blow to his head after being crudely clattered by Ezequiel Garay. Unwisely continued after receiving treatment and was replaced after half-an-hour looking dazed.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Midfielder) - 7

Cautioned on his 108th international appearance, Schweinsteiger was Germany's most influential player in terms of possession and distribution. He produced what Germany would have expected from him. A calm, controlled and assured display.

Toni Kroos (Midfielder) - 7

Kroos - one of the World Cup's top midfielders - had a huge let-off when his misplaced header let in Higuain, only for the Argentine to produce an even worse shot. Dropped deeper as part of a German reshuffle, but still a big influence. Wasted a great late chance to break the deadlock. Germany's most prolific passer (107).

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