It's all over here as Spain have reached the final of the World Cup. This is the first time in Spain's history that they have reached the final of a World Cup. A Carles Puyol header in the second half was enough for the European champions to keep alive their World Cup dreams. From me and the rest of the Goal.com team here in Durban, it's goodbye for now..
Substitution Xabi Alonso Carlos Marchena
Time is running out for Germany, who are looking desperately short of any creativity or imagination. Now, Xabi Alonso goes off and on comes Carlos Marchena.
Three minutes of injury time have been awarded. Can Germany find a goal from somewhere?
Torres is released down the left inside the Germany penalty area and the Liverpool striker tries to do everything on his own. However, the Germany number three makes a brilliant challenge and clears the ball away.
Two minutes of normal time remain for Germany to equalise. Just two minutes.....
Spain launch another long-ball counter-attack and the ball falls to Torres on the far right. He tries to release David Silva down the middle but Jansen intercepts the pass.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque decides to pull out Pedro and bring on David Silva. One wide-player out, another wide-player in.
Substitution Pedro David Silva
PEDRO!!!! He is released along the right and he has Torres in his support as there are only two German defenders. But the Barcelona youngster loses the ball. It should have been 2-0 to Spain there.
David Villa goes off and on comes Fernando Torres for Spain. Now, what about this? Spain are 1-0 up and they bring someone like Torres. Germany are 1-0 down and they bring on Mario Gomez. Exactly!
Substitution David Villa Fernando Torres
Substitution Sami Khedira Mario Gomez
Germany bring on Mario Gomez in place of Khedira now. All out attack seems to be the mantra for Jogi Loew.
David Villa is released from the midfield as he is in a one-against-two situation. He runs with the ball for a few yards and then tries to side-pass it to his teammate but his attempted pass is intercepted and the danger is cleared.
What do Germany do now? They have looked the second best side so far in this match but they have to force themselves upon Spain now.
15 minutes of normal time remain for Germany to answer. Indeed, they could have been 1-0 ahead themselves had Kroos not had his attempt on the Spain goal saved by Casillas.
GOL! GOL! GOL! CARLES PUYOL HAS SCORED FOR SPAIN!!!!! Iniesta earns a corner for Spain, Xavi floats it in and Puyol heads the ball into the Germany net. It is 1-0 to the European champions.
Goal Carles Puyol
Germany are being smothered here at the moment. Spain are teasing them and toying them with their passing skills.
CASILLAS!!! Kroos has a great chance to put the Germans 1-0 up when he has only Casillas to beat. But the Real Madrid goalkeeper makes a good save.
Now David Villa takes a rather wild shot on the Germany goal from a difficult angle on the right and indeed his attempt is easily saved.
Again Spain go close as Xavi, Alonso and Iniesta all combine, but the cross from Iniesta in the end is a bit too far for the onrushing players in front of the Germany goal.
By the way, a couple of minutes back Kroos came on for Trochowski. So Germany have made two substitutions already.
SERGIO RAMOS!!!!!!!!!! Oh, what a chance that was! Alonso floated in a calm but inviting ball over the top of the Germany defence into the penalty area that Ramos rushed to slot home. But Podolski saw that the danger was nipped in the bud.
Substitution Piotr Trochowski Toni Kroos
Now Klose has a half-chance as a Sergio Ramos mistake allows him to collect the ball. However, he cannot get his shot anywhere on target.
PEDRO!!!! The Barcelona winger once again takes an attempt on goal from just outside the Germany penalty area but this time it goes just narrowly wide. Spain are on the up here at the moment.
WHAT A DOUBLE CHANCE FOR SPAIN!!! First Pedro takes a stinging shot on the Germany goal that the goalkeeper just manages to parry out. However, Spain continue to hold on to the ball and Iniesta dances into the area near the byline from where he whips in a left-footed cross that David Villa is unable to slide home. What chances Spain just created!
DAVID VILLA!!!!!!!!!!! Iniesta lays off the ball to Xavi outside the Germany penalty area, who then tees up David Villa. But the Barcelona forward's attempt on goal goes just wide of the far post.
Germany coach Loew makes a substitution. Jerome Boateng is going off and Marcell Jansen is coming on. Did Boateng pick up a knock or does Loew think that Pedro and Ramos were killing the Germany left-back?
Substitution Jerome Boateng Marcell Jansen
XABI ALONSO!!!! Another long distance attempt from the former Liverpool deep-lying playmaker but this time too the ball goes narrowly wide.
ALONSO!!!!!!!!!!! Pedro does some brilliant work on the right wing as he gets past his markers, cuts inside and lays the ball for Alonso around 25 yards from goal. The Real Madrid midfielder goes for a first-time shot but it goes wide.
Positive start from both sides as first Spain push the ball into the Germany half and then the Germans take the ball on to the edge of the Spain penalty area.
We are back now for second half action. It was 0-0 at the break but will we see a goal anytime in the second 45 minutes?
Pedro takes an attempt on the Germany goal but it is hit straight at the goalkeeper. That is the final action of the match as the referee blows the final whistle. Join us for the second half.
PEDRO!!!!! David Villa, Pique and Pedro all get onto the act and the Barcelona youngster earn a corner. But to no avail.
Spain start to push forward again but they cannot pass their way through the German backfour into the penalty area. However, Pedro, Capdevilla and Iniesta all seem to have marked the left side as their 'vantage point'. Well, sort of. They seem to be attacking down that area.
Five minutes of normal time remain in this first half. Do we have a goal between now and the half time whistle?
Good move there from Germany. Captain Lahm gallops down the right wing and then cuts back the ball to Oezil, whose trickery with the feet sees him fool two markers; but Pique eventually clears the ball out of danger.
PODOLSKI!!!!!!!! Schweinsteiger releases the Koeln striker down the left wing but Podolski is flagged offside. Germany are 'playing' at intervals but they are looking very dangerous when they are doing so.
Germany earn another corner as Khedira releases Oezil down the inside-left channel. Oezil earns a corner for his side, but the Germans cannot do anything fruitful from it.
Trochowski!!!!!! The Germany midfielder takes a shot from distance that Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas parries out for a corner. Brilliant attempt from Trochowski and great save from the Real Madrid custodian.
XABI ALONSO! The Real Madrid midfielder takes a long distance attempt on the Germany goal but his attempt is off-target.
Podolski goes down under a challenge from Ramos. It did look like a rather heavy challenge but the referee does not issue any card to the Real Madrid right-back.
Pedro tries to spectacularly volley a shot from the edge of the Germany penalty area from a Ramos cross from the right wing but his attempt is blocked.
KLOSE!!!! A cross is floated for the Bayern Munich striker from the left. He takes a good first touch on the ball but he is against multiple defenders and loses possession in the end.
Germany now try to launch a quick counter-attack as a Spain corner sees the former world champions receive the ball. But Podolski's lay-off for Klose wasn't perfect and Spain regain possession of the football.
Xavi released Iniesta on the left and the Barcelona 'floater' tries to get inside the Germany area but Sami Khedira makes a good challenge on him and clears the ball for a corner.
SERGIO RAMOS!!!!!!!!! Xabi Alonso floats in a long diagonal ball from the left that finds Ramos on the right. Finding no one inside the Germany penalty area, the Real Madrid right-back goes for goal himself but cannot hit the target.
Spain are working their way very patiently with lots of passes. They are hogging possession at the moment but they have created just two genuine chances so far in the match.
Two corners in a minute for Germany but they can craft nothing concrete. Still 0-0 between the two sides here.
Germany now try to work their way along the right flank. Trochowski drills in a cross from the right but Pique heads it out for a corner.
CARLES PUYOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Iniesta floats in a well-measured cross from the right that the Spain defender dives in to head towards the Germany goal but from yards out, he heads over the crossbar. What a great chance that was!
Andres Iniesta now tries to dribble his way into the Germany penalty area and indeed he seems to be going on in, but eventually gets dispossessed. Spain are absolutely forcing the Germans on a merry-dance.
Schweinsteiger tries to slice the Spain defence looking for Klose and indeed the Bayern Munich midfielder finds the Germany striker, but Klose is caught offside.
Spain seem to have imposed themselves on the game now. Their tiki-taka is clearly in motion here and Germany are chasing shadows. And the ball...
DAVID VILLA!!!!! Pedro is now on the right and releases Villa behind his marker. The newly signed Barcelona striker slides in but Neuer makes a good clearance. First genuine chance of the game, that....
Great try by Spanish youngster Pedro there. He receives a ball on the left. decides to go solo along the wings and indeed crafts his way into the penalty area, but Lahm makes a good challenge on the Barcelona player and clears the danger away.
Oh, what is that! There is a spectator on the pitch! My. oh, my! What is that! Thankfully, the security officials here at the grounds rush him outside very soon. But how did he manage to get on to the pitch in the first place?
Joan Capdevila floats in a cross from the left looking for striker David Villa but the ball goes away harmlessly.
Interestingly, there are no fewer than seven Barcelona players in this Spain starting lineup tonight. Tiki-taka, eh?
And here we start. Spain are playing in red top while Germany are in their familiar white.
The last time the two sides met in an international competition was in the final of Euro 2008. At the time Spain defeated Germany 1-0. What will the result be tonight?
Here is the Spain lineup: Lineup (4-2-3-1): Casillas, Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso; Pedro, Xavi, Iniesta; Villa Striker Fernando Torres has been dropped. Winger Pedro has replaced him.
The team news for you now. Here is the Germany lineup: GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Trochowski, Oezil, Podolski; Klose There have been no changes except one. Thomas Mueller, who is suspended for tonight's clash, is replaced by Piotr Trochowski in the three-man attacking midfield.
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