Germany eventually proved to be the best team of Brazil 2014 World Cup, racking up fantastic goals, facts and stats en-route their fourth World Cup triumph.
Here are the facts:
The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171). Germany scored 18 of those.
Germany reached the World Cup final for the eighth time; more often than any other side in the history of the competition.
Germany scored 18 goals – the last team to score as many in a World Cup tournament were Brazil (also 18) in 2002. Spain won the 2010 World Cup with a total of eight goals.
There were fewer red cards at the 2014 World Cup than any other edition since 1986 (8). Germany had none of those.
Miroslav Klose became the top scoring player in World Cup history with his strike against Brazil in the semi-finals (16 goals).
James Rodríguez became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearances since Peru’s Teófilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments). Gerd Müller in 1970 was the last player to do it in a single tournament.
Only six European nations made it to the last 16; a joint-World Cup low since the round of 16 was introduced in 1986.
All eight group stage winners progressed to the quarter-finals stage for the first time in World Cup history.
There were more goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup than in any previous edition (32). Mario Gotze came in as a substitute to score the winning goal of the World Cup Final against Argentina.
Germany are the first European team to win the World Cup in Latin America.
Teams from Uefa have won the last three World Cups, the first time a single confederation has won three in a row.
Germany’s 7-1 win was the biggest margin of victory ever seen in a World Cup semi-final.
With their destruction of Brazil, Germany became the top scoring nation in World Cup history (223), overtaking Brazil in the process. Germany ended the tournament with 224 goals, three ahead of Brazil.
Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany was the biggest losing margin by a host nation at a World Cup.
In losing 4-0 to Germany, Portugal conceded four goals in a World Cup for the first time in their history.
Ghana went out in the group stage for the first time ever (in their third World Cup). Now only three teams have never exited in a World Cup opening group stage: Germany, Holland and the Republic of Ireland.
Thomas Müller has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in just 13 World Cup matches.
Against Brazil in the semi-final, Germany were 5-0 up faster than any other team in World Cup history (29 minutes).
The 7-1 defeat to Germany equalled Brazil’s all-time biggest margin of defeat (lost 6-0 to Uruguay in 1920).
Germany scored two more goals v Brazil than England have in their past two World Cup campaigns combined.
Mario Götze is the first substitute to score a winning goal in the World Cup final.
Mario Götze was 22years, 39 days old when he scored the winning goal in the World Cup final making him the youngest scorer of a goal in a World Cup final since Wolfgang Weber in 1966.
Sami Khedira is the 10th player to win the European Cup/Champions League and World Cup in the same season.
Mats Hummels had two shots (excluding blocked) during the 2014 World Cup and scored with both.
Germany had one of the youngest side at the World Cup with 14 players aged 25 and under in their squad compared to just 10 for England.
Only Roger Milla has scored more goals as a substitute at the World Cup finals than André Schürrle.
There were 4,396 days between Miroslav Klose's two World Cup final appearances, 21 days longer than Pele between 1958 & 1970. Talk about longevity.
Thomas Müller (2010 & 2014) and Miroslav Klose (2002 & 2006) are the only players to score 5+ goals at consecutive World Cups.
Germany reached their 8th World Cup final, more than any other side in the history of the competition
Germany are the first team to ever score seven times in a World Cup semi-final. Seventh heaven, no doubt.
...Facts compiled via Opta