Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.
Goetze controlled the ball with his chest and then shot past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.
Argentina had created more chances, but failed to really test Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer throughout the 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.
The win is Germany's first as a united country. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Both teams had their chances to score in regulation time. Benedikt Hoewedes' header hit the post in first-half stoppage time.
Lionel Messi missed an early second-half chance, breaking free on the left side and shooting toward the far post. The ball rolled wide of the Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and his net.
Messi again shot wide in the 75th.
Germany had a chance in the 71st, with the ball bouncing between players in front of goal, but Andre Schuerrle couldn't get control.
The match was briefly delayed when a man ran onto the field in the 82nd minute. Security tackled him and took him off the field.
The Germans have won the World Cup three times and Argentina has won twice. Argentina last won in 1986, while Germany's last World Cup victory came in 1990.
-- The Associated Press