Jul 13, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Gotze (113')
Schweinsteiger (29'), Howedes (34')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Mascherano (64'), Aguero (65')

Mats Hummels: 'Germany were preparing for penalties'

Germany's players celebrate after winning the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
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Mats Hummels admits that Germany were prepared for the World Cup final to be decided on penalties before Mario Gotze's winner in extra time.

Mats Hummels has admitted that Germany were prepared for penalties before they found the goal they needed for a 1-0 triumph over Argentina in the World Cup final.

Mario Gotze's strike arrived with just seven minutes remaining in extra time, and Hummels believes that a slice of good fortune allowed the Germans to clinch their fourth title.

"I am still completely trapped in another world, physically too exhausted to be able to rejoice euphorically, but that will come in the coming days," the centre back told reporters.

"You can only be world champions when you act as a team. We wanted to make that clear to everyone the whole time and we achieved that, even if we got that little bit of luck in the final as we were already a bit waiting for penalties."

It is the first title for Germany since reunification in 1990.

Mario Goetze of Germany (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time with teammates Thomas Mueller, Andre Schuerrle and Toni Kroos on July 13, 2014
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