A header at the 72nd minute by Carles Puyol set a World Cup finals date for Spain with Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup.
Spain defeated a young German squad, 1-0, to earn the second finals spot in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Spaniards played so well they made the German squad look so bad.
Spain applied pressure all game with several attempts at the goal. It was just a matter of time until Spain would score a goal and it finally happened when a powerful header by Carles Puyol from a Xavi corner kick broke a 0-0 deadlock.
The young Germans never got to employ their vaunted counterattacks using their speed and creative plays. This semifinal game probably reminded the Germans of their 2008 Euro title match wherein the Spaniards won with a similar score.
The World Cup final match with Netherlands is set for Sunday, June 11.