Mario Gotze’s spectacular goal in last night’s World Cup final was the stroke of genius Germany needed to defeat Argentina, and claim the title for themselves. Gotze, who is the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since 1966, only came on as a sub in extra time, replacing veteran Klose, but showed the kind of brilliance that everyone was expecting from Argentina’s Lionel Messi. The match was evenly matched with Germany having most possession, but Argentina missing golden opportunities from Higuain, Messi and Palacio. In the end, it was Germany’s ability to work as a well-organised team that secured their success over the many teams whose less noteworthy abilities have been elevated by a single spectacular star player. This is the fourth time Germany have been crowned World Champions, but Joachim Low’s side have become the first European team ever to win the trophy in South America.