"It was the best moment of my life I have to tell," Schurrle told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap. "I've never felt like this. I didn't know where I am when Mario scored because I knew we had some time left and we need to defend. And then when the referee blow the whistle, it just overcome me. I had to cry. I couldn't stop it. It was crazy. I just want to feel this moment and to celebrate."
This is the fourth World Cup triumph for Germany. It last won the World Cup in 1990, defeating Argentina in another cagey final. By winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany became the first European side to win the tournament when it was held in South America.
"It's incredible. The team did it beautifully," Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the win, via The Associated Press. "At some point we'll stop celebrating but we'll still wake up with a smile."
Hailed as "Messi vs. the Machine" by ESPN commentator Jon Champion, the final lived up to its advanced billing, even if goals were hard to come by. Germany, coming off a 7-1 dismantling of Brazil in the semifinals, dominated possession in the early going but nearly gifted a score to Argentina in the 21st minute. Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain found himself with a clear run on goal after Germany's Toni Kroos gave the ball away. With no defender between him and the Germany goal, Higuain failed to even put his shot on frame.