The 22-year-old forward stepped up from the bench to become an instant German hero as he helped his nation to their fourth World Cup title by beating Argentina 1-0He was on for just over 30 minutes of play, a final throw of the dice by Germany and he turned out to be the match winner.
Mario Gotze started the tournament as a first team player but slowly found himself relegated to the bench. With the game looking destined to end goalless against Argentina and the final set to be decided on penalties, up popped the Bayern Munich player.
Andre Schurrle's perfectly timed cross found the 22-year-old forward free in the area. But he still had work to do. Gotze took the ball down brilliantly on his chest before firing past Sergio Romero with a splending volley to break Argentina's hearts.
There was four minutes left to go but it was not going to be enough and Argentina knew it too. Gotze sealed himself a place in World Cup history with a moment of magic.