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German national team trainer Joachim Löw was forced to admit that the better side won after watching his team lose 1-0 to Spain in the European Championship final.

The dream is over for Germany after losing 1-0 to Spain in the Euro 2008 final in Vienna.  Spain were far and away the better side as Germany found it difficult to get their game together.  

A 33rd minute goal from Fernando Torres was the only goal of the game, but in all honesty it could and should have been more.  

After the game the German coach paid his respects to his own players, praising what they had achieved during the past few weeks in Austria/ Switzerland.  

“I have to pay the team a huge compliment for the past six weeks- they have been fantastic” he said.  

“The players are naturally disappointed, but we shouldn’t let our heads drop.  To have reached the final is really something special.   

“The Spanish had the better chances today and were much better going forward” he added.  

He also revealed he has not yet discussed Jens Lehmann's future with the national side, with the keeper expected to have played his last game for his country. "I didn't speak to him about that. I said 'congratulations, you played very well, the best in this tournament'.

"He is also a leader in our team and very professional. I told him 'thank you' for what he did."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in attendance at the final echoed the sentiments of the trainer, and praised the German team for their efforts.  

“To be in the final is a great success in itself” she said.  “We fought but in the end it wasn’t enough.  We were third at the World Cup and are now second at the European Championships.   

“I have just told Michael Ballack that we’ll just have to wait until South Africa 2010 until we can really celebrate” she concluded.

Mathew Burt