Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze fired in a volley in the 113th minute to hand Germany the World Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Argentina at the Maracana.
Gotze, who came in as substitute old war horse Miroslav Klose, chested down Andre Schurrle’s floated left-wing cross at the near post before he superbly steer home from inside the box.
It was the first time Argentina had found themselves behind in the competition and it came as a bitter pill to swallow after Alejandro Sabella’s men had created the better chances in normal time.
Lionel Messi failed to level scores with a minute left to play as he shot wide, free kick at the edge of the box to the disappointment of the mammoth Argentine soccer fans.
Gonzalo Higuain passed up a glorious opportunity midway though the first half and the Argentina striker also had a first-half effort correctly ruled out for offside.
Germany defender Benedikt Howedes then headed against the post on the stroke of the interval, and after the break passions threatened to boil over in what was an understandably feisty encounter.
Lionel Messi fired agonisingly wide shortly after the restart, while Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was lucky not to be punished for clattering a knee into Higuain’s face as the striker ran through on goal.
Neuer’s opposite number, Sergio Romero, denied Schurrle inside the first minute of extra time, while fellow substitute Rodrigo Palacio fluffed his lines at the other end before Gotze sealed Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph.
The Germans were forced into an 11th-hour change after influential midfielder Sami Khedira suffered the heartbreak of sustaining a calf strain during the warm-up.
Colombia star James Rodriguez, who ended the campaign with six goals was rewarded for his sensational goalscoring exploits at World Cup 2014 with the Golden Boot.
The attacking midfielder was the breakout star in Brazil, inspiring his side to a first ever appearance in the quarter-final stage by netting six times in just five games.
Argentina Captain Lionel Messi was awarded the adidas Golden Ball while Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer bagged the adidas Golden Gloves.