What should have been one of the great moments of Christoph Kramer's young career ended with him leaving the pitch in the 31st minute after a accidental collision with Ezequiel Garay left him with concussion symptoms. The actual injury occurred around the 17th minute, and Kramer remained on the field for an additional 14 minutes before being taken off.
Kramer told German newspaper Die Welt that he couldn't remember much of the game.
"I don't know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don't know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half."
His quotes underline the importance of FIFA, and the sport of soccer in general, creating some sort of guidelines concerning the treatment of players who suffer head injuries during play.
The 23-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach player was able to join his teammates during post-game celebrations.
Kramer, who made his international debut in May, earned just his fifth cap with the German team by playing in the final. He got the start at the last minute after Sami Khedira suffered a calf injury in pre-match warmups.