Spain beats Germany 1-0 in World Cup semifinal
Carles Puyol powered in a header in the 73rd minute Wednesday to
send Spain to its first World Cup final with a 1-0 win over
In a rematch of the 2008 European Championship final that Spain
won by the same score, Puyol leaped up high in the center of the
area to redirect a corner kick from Xavi, finally putting Spain in
front after it dominated from the opening whistle.
Spain’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth in 1950, when
the final round consisted of a four-team round-robin format.
In Sunday’s final in Soccer City, Spain will meet the
Netherlands, which also has never won soccer’s biggest prize.