Spain knocks off Germany
Puyol header only goal of match
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
Spainís Carles Puyol (centre) celebrates his goal with his teammates during their 2010 World Cup semi-final match against Germany at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on July 7, 2010. (JERRY LAMPEN/Reuters)
DURBAN -- The 2010 World Cup will produce a first-time winner.
Spain guaranteed a new name on the trophy with a 1-0 win over Germany Wednesday.
They will play the Netherlands in the final Sunday in Johannesburg.
It is the first final for Spain with the Netherlands' third final.
Spain advanced to the final on a goal by central defender Carles Puyol, an unlikely goal scorer.
Puyol slammed a powerful header into the back of the net from a corner kick in the 73rd minute.
Germany and Spain met three times previously in World Cup competition with the Germans having won all three. Their last major meeting was the 2008 European championship final with Spain emerging 1-0 winners.
The first half was a display of precision passing and possession by Spain. The Spaniards looked good but couldn't generate a lot of chances.
Without the ball, the Germans couldn't generate the kind of offensive flow they had in previous games.
The midfield battle that was supposed to determine this game went to the Spanish. Their experience controlled the youngsters from Germany.
It was one way for Spain to stop Germany from scoring. Never give up the ball.
With the start of the second half, Spain again controlled the play but this time were able to generate chances.
It looked inevitable Spain would break through and they did with the corner.