A WC final without a report? Let's do something about this although I have to say that this is a tough call to be fair and square at the same time. Rizzoli got the final and he refereed in his usual way again: Cool, generous and lenient. But as almost all officials in this WC he fell short of a performance worth at this level because he avoided controversial decisions at both ends.
10'' Correct disallowed goul for Argentina (offside). ++ 17'' Kramer is clattered and flattened by two Argentinian players in the box. It looked not to be deliberate on the surface, but good grief after the replay I have more than doubts about that. Hard to detect. 30'' Bad foul by Howedes with studs up. Mere yellow, lucky to remain on the pitch. 57'' The Neuer scene: He jumps and fists the ball away colliding into Higuain on the edge of the box. A very difficult call, but I think a pen and a yellow for Neuer would have been appropriate. Rizzoli gives freekick Germany - a blatant mistake. Extra time: Two borderline challenges by two already booked Argentinian players - spared by pure tactical reasons by the official. Not really courageous by Rizzoli.
Positive: Good communication, clear signs, accessible by players and patient to protests. Negative: Too lenient for a physical match like this, seemed to avoid controversial decisions.