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One nil Spain. Boof!
really should play anywhere but defence.
Germany's defence is just too suspect for me to think they can come back.
Schweinsteiger means 'pig-sticker'. I think this everytime he has the ball.
pig mounter. which is sort of better.
but just you wait.
Come on Spain
you leave that iberian adonis alone you whistling twat!
I can't deal with defences this dodgy, it's too painful to watch
i'd probably pull fernando torres off now too
What a miss.
That wouldve ended it for Germany.
by the Germans
they're getting desperate
THREE EXTRA MINUTES
The slow mo where he slaps his head is classic
Spain did it.
In your face Germany!
they deserved it.
I'm now waiting for the prof-kitsch thread.
Right, same time in 2012?
aragones enjoyed that celebration much!!
was that Germany weren't good enough to give Spain a decent match.
all credit to spain though. they were hands down the better team tonight.
España: campeones de Europa.
p.s. anyone else feel bad for ballack. the bridesmaid yet again.
It's been a really good tournament, especially compared to the incredibly dull last world cup. 1-0 doesn't really reflect how much better Spain were.
Guiza, Geezer, Guida and Guitsa.
anyway, i've defended Germany all along but that was appalling. they scored six goals in their two knockout rounds, so they do have skill going forward with Schweinsteiger, Ballack and Podolski - but that was missing completely today. Schweiny couldn't get one decent delivery in the box and Ballack was too busy covering Met-RioFerdinand-selder's meanders up the pitch. the defence - well everything's been said about that. utterly useless. Jansen came on for Lahm which is like changing into leather from cotton as an atomic bomb goes off in your face.
the commentary was as ever pretty bad. all commentators have to do is say names, and they can't even pronounce them even nearly right. Motson, Germany have got to two finals and a semi-final since '96 - if that's struggling than England are doomed.
well-deserved by Spain though. all good coming forward, relatively solid at the back (it's been a bad tournament for defences all told).
second this. Acknowledges that Germany were very poor tonight but doesn't go in for the idiotic BBC pundits view that suddenly Germany have been rubbish the whole tournament etc.
Did Germany just pick the nine tallest outfield players and Michael Ballack, and assemble a team from there? You may as well have a 7 foot telegraph pole with wheels as Metzelder.
it's just an example of trying to build an physically imposing back line, but forgetting that marking, pace and spacial awareness are pretty important as well.