Germany now with a corner and Toni Kroos sends in a low drive but Argentina clear yet again.
According to match stats: Germany have had 60% of possession in opening 16 minutes. But Argentina have had 2 shots on goal to Germany's 1.
Christoph Kramer is down. He's the player who got a late call-up just minutes before the start of the game.
Looks like he got an elbow to the face. But he's up. You don't leave a World Cup final.
Gonzalo Higuain misses a clear chance on goal. A gift and he couldn't put it away. Toni Kroos payed a header back to his keeper but Gonzalo Higuain got in the path. One on one and he put it wide.
That's the best chance so far. Argentina should be 1-0 up. Kroos saved by Higuain's failure to finish.
Germany now on the attack as they get inside the Argentine box but Klose can't get a shot off as the ball falls to his feet. Argentina clear.
Germany with possession in Argentina's half once again. Argentina happy to sit back.
Argentine defense holding strong. They haven't given up a goal in group play yet.
Schweinsteiger finds Klose with a long ball but Romero snaps it up.
Lahm then with a ball through and finds both Mueller and Klose but the flag is up.
- Yellow Card
Bastian Schweinsteiger with the first card of the final for foul on Ezequiel Lavezzi, .
The freekick is a long way out so a quick tap and Messi goes on a run but doesn't have the ball for long before Germany clear.
Ezequiel Lavezzi cross finds Gonzalo Higuain who puts it away and is off running celebrating but the flag is up.
Thought he'd scored a goal in a World Cup final but no he's ruled offside.
Christoph Kramer coming off. He got the late callup but he only lasts 30 minutes after taking an elbow to the face. You've got to feel for him.
Chelsea's André Schürrle comes on. He scored twice against Brazil in the semifinal.
So an early substitution for Germany. Will that come back to hurt them as this game goes on? Schürrle is a great replacement though.
- Yellow Card
Benedikt Hoewedes with a card now. Pretty hard tackle on Pablo Zabaleta. Knee high with a stud. Lucky to be on the pitch.
Just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. Germany have had the possession but Argentina with the better chances.
Messi with the ball on the edge of the box. Tries to find Higuain but Germany clear for a corner.
Lavezzi sends it in but Manuel Neuer catches it.
Romero with his biggest save of the game. Schürrle with the shot but the flag was up anyway.
Into the final few minutes of the first half now. Argentina with the ball in the German half. They haven't enjoyed that much time on attack but have made the most of the little chances they've had.
Messi goes close to scoring. Another run down the righthand side but the German defense hold strong. He just needed to get a ball across goal and Argentina would have had a decent chance to go up.
Germany back on attack as they look to get a late goal before halftime. Argentine defense continues to deny them any decent chances on goal.
Mascherano gives the ball away in midfield and Germany break. Ozil finds Kroos on the edge of the box but a tame shot goes straight to Romeo.
Thomas Mueller with another testing cross but too much for Klose as it goes inbetween the German striker and Romero for a goalkick.
Germany with a corner as we pass the 45 minute mark. Can they get a goal just before the break?
Another corner for Germany as Argentine head puts it back over the goalline.
Kroos headers it straight into the post. So close to the opening goal. Flag goes up after the rebound as Mueller is offside. But the header was clean and would have counted.
Correction - It was Benedikt Hoewedes with the header that hit the post. The closest Germany came to scoring in the first half.
So it's 0-0 at the break. Plenty of near misses but no goals. Germany with 64% of possession and three shots on target. Gonzalo Higuain with the best chance to score after Kroos sent a header back towards his goalie. Higuain pounced on the ball and had a one-on-one with Neuer but blasted the shot well wide.
Messi has had a few decent runs and has had not trouble getting around the big Mats Hummels on the righthand side but has been shut down once reaching the box.
Cracking final so far. Just needs some goals.
Not far away from second half. Great opening 45 minutes. Will it continue?
The teams come out for the second half.