Germany captain Philipp Lahm acknowledged his side lost to the potential tournament winners Spain after seeing hopes of a final dashed for the second time in consecutive World Cups.
Lahm and his team-mates were powerless to stop Carles Puyol's surge as he headed in the winning goal and a historic final for the Furia Roja.
Germany appeared to miss the suspended Thomas Mueller as they were never really able to turn on the style.
"It was very difficult tonight. We knew Spain were a favourite to win the tournament," he told the press after the game.
"Spain are a very strong team. We didn't play courageously enough in the first half.
"We had a chance in the second half, but weren't able to use it. It's a huge disappointment. We wanted to do a lot but didn't succeed."
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