This was considered by many to be the worst ever world cup final. Argentina seemed to believe that their best hope of beating West Germany was to defend in numbers and play for a penalty shoot-out. West Germany had more of the possession however they did not perform that much better. The Argentine substitute Monzon was sent off for a routine challenge on Klinsmann, Monzon was very harshly sent off and Argentina were unfairly down to 10 men. Argentina should have been awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go as Gabriel Calderon was brought down badly in the West German penalty area.
Controversially West Germany were awarded a penalty when Voller was challenged in the penalty box, many people argued that the penalty should not have been given and Brehme scored the penalty which gave West Germany the 1-0 lead. A few minutes prior to the final whistle Jurgen kholer of West germany was deliberately time wasting and would not give the ball to Dezotti to carry on the game, Dezotti attempted to take the ball off from Kholer and as a result of that he was unfairly dismissed.
Maradona was controversially booked for trying to calm the whole situation and Argentina were down to nine men and the referee had made few major mistakes. West Germany won the match 1-0; however the sportsmanship of the Germans throughout the match was poor.
West Germany were the winners of the world cup, on the reflection of the whole tournament they deserved to win it, but on the night they didn't do themselves any justice.