After 44 years of waiting Fernando Torres scored and brought Spaniards on top of Europe. Absolutely deserved! Spaniards were the most effective team of the tournament and they have played a high quality football.
Germany – Spain 0:1 (0:1)
stadium: Ernst Happel, Vienna
referee: Roberto Rosetti
goalscorer: Torres (33′)
At the start of final duel Germans have set their rhythm, they had more possession of the ball and they lived mostly on Spanish half of the field. Meanwhile, Furia found their game and started playing in the way they showed they canÂ during the tournament, so Jens Lehmann had to save his goal in 14th minute. Iniesta tried to find Fernando Torres, Metzelder blocked the throw-in, but almost scored an auto goal. The worse has been prevented by Lehmann’sgreat reaction.
In the 22nd minute Xavi threw-in great, El Nino jumped higher than German defence and hit the post. In the sequence of the action Capdevila took a shot, but the ball went wide. Half an hour after the start of the match Cesc Fabregas threaten Germans but Lehmann was sure one more time.
In the 33rd minute Spain have converted their better play into lead. Xavi pushed the ball into space, Lahm and Lehmann were indicisive, Torres passed between them, undermined the ball over German goalkeeper and shoke the net. In that way, Liverpool’s number 9, who was the jovialest and also the best player on the field in the first half, scored his second goal on this Euro.
Unhealed Ballack spent the most time arguing with referee
By the end of the first half, Germans were mostly nervous, without concrete chances, while Spaniards threaten mostly from far. The second half was opened by good action of Silva, Fabregas, Torres and Xavi, who shot strong, but Lehmann knocked into a corner.
After the corner kick, Sergio Ramos tried to turn Silva’s shot with his heel and seduce (too) busy Lehmann, but he failed to encroach the ball. After one hour has passed, Germany rouse. The waking-up of Elf was announced by Ballack’s shot, who hit outer part of the net.
Germans pressure has been growing, so Spanish coach reacted by sending Xabi Alonso and Santo Cazorla in instead of Silva and Fabregas. That resulted with a great opportunities of Sergio Ramos and Iniesta, but both times Lehmann was in place and spare his team from more goals conceded.
In the last twenty minutes both team played very opened, and Spaniards could claim their victory in the 81st minute. Cazorla threw in for Guiza (got in 78th minute for Torres) who returned the ball in front of Lehmann’s goal with a head, but Senna came too late and missed a great chance.
By the end of the match Germans tried to equalize with endless crosses towards the Spanish penalty box and a great pressure, but fortunately they have failed. At the end, Spain absolutely deserved the celebration.