Germany won a thrilling World Cup final against Argentina with a late goal in extra time, becoming the first European country to win it in the Americas. It was a fitting end to a wonderful tournament, with more late drama giving way to one final moment of individual brilliance, this time coming off the boot of Mario Goetze.
Relive this great match in our very last World Cup social recap:
A shock just minutes before the game: Germany’s Sami Khedira couldn’t go after suffering a calf injury in warmups. On came Christoph Kramer for only his second international start. In a World Cup final. No big deal.
Kramer was playing in the second division last year. Now he’s starting in the World Cup final. Insane.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari)July 13, 2014
Bloody hell. Can you imagine that feeling? About to play in a World Cup final and get injured in the warm-up— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian)July 13, 2014
Kramer for Khedira presents some late issues for #GER. Lose the vertical ball out of midfield. Questions about covering and rotation, too.— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy)July 13, 2014
Gonzalo Higuain wasted the first huge chance of the game. Wide open with only Manuel Neuer to beat, Higuain woefully sent his effort wide of the post. He’ll come to rue that one.