EURO 2008: Final*** Germany 0-1 Spain. ***

Germany 0-1 Spain. The scores showing a tight match. Yes, it was a tight match. But I think Spain played much better than Germany and the better team wins the match.

Even the presence of captain Michael Ballack could not help Germany contain a crafty Spanish team that exploited a slow-footed defence and dominated the European Championship final Sunday in every department.

Instead of Germany winning its record fourth title, it was Spain that captured its second championship after decades of trying with a 1-0 win at Ernst Happel Stadium. Luis Aragonés squad overcame a physical German side with a goal from Fernando Torres.

Fernando Torres was the hero for Spain by firing them to Euro 2008 glory against Germany in Vienna – and ending 44 years of underachievement with a 1-0 victory. Fernando Torres simply ran around Philipp Lahm when he scored the winning goal in the 33rd minute. Earlier, he had easily beat Per Mertesacker, Germany’s tallest player, to head against the post.

Spain had a chance to go 2-0 up soon after but the unmarked David Silva badly fluffed his volley after being picked out by Andres Iniesta inside the area.

After the break the Germans sparked into life, with Ballack hitting the side-netting of Iker Casillas’ goal with a volley from the edge of the box soon after, before the Chelsea man and Bastian Schweinsteiger both fired in dangerous crosses.

The match threatened to boil over in the 65th minute when Silva and Lukas Podolski went head-to-head, but despite the appearance of a butt from the Spain man, he escaped a card.

Spain very nearly doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Sergio Ramos broke the offside trap to power a Xavi free-kick goalwards with his head but Lehmann diverted the ball for a corner.

From the corner Iniesta saw his shot cleared off the line by Torsten Frings, before the Barcelona man was denied by Lehmann with another effort soon after.

Luis Aragones’ side still looked the more likely scorers over the closing stages and, with Germany producing nothing to worry Casillas in the Spain goal, the Iberian nation deservedly walked off with the Henri Delaunay trophy.

Heavyweights in European football who produce a constant stream of individual talents, Spain had not won a major tournament since 1964 but finally shook off their tag of being chokers, not able to cope with the pressure of the highest stage.

When Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas accepted the trophy on a stage, the Spanish fans began chanting the melody to their national anthem, which has no words. Thousands of camera flashes went off as the players jumped in place, then headed onto the field to show off their prize.

Match Summary:
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0 – Germany: Lehmann; Fiedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm (Jansen, m.46); Frings, Hitzlsperger (Kuranyi, m.58); Schweinsteiger, Ballack, Podolski; Klose (Mario Gómez, m.79).

1 – Spain: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Puyol, Marchena, Capdevila; Senna; Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc (Xabi Alonso, m.63), Silva (Cazorla, m.66); Torres (Güiza, m.78).

Goal: 0-1: m.33: Torres took advantage of a pass from Xavi, got past Lahm and kicked the ball over the goalkeeper Lehmann.

Referree: Roberto Rosetti (Italu). Yellow cards for the Germans Ballack (m.42), Kuranyi (m.87) and for the Spaniards Casillas (m.42), Torres (m.74).

EURO 2008: Semi Final (1)*** Germany 3-2 Turkey. ***

Germany makes it to the final. Turkey’s dream end here.

Germany just beat Turkey by 3-2. Thrilling match! What a match!
A goal then ck and another goal then other team come back. At last Germany scored at the last time of the second half and won the match. But both the team played excellent football. What a match!

What a match! What a match! What a match!
That’s what I can only say.

Turkey did some things differently in this game. It took the lead. It controlled much of the play. Then the pattern of its earlier games appeared to reassert itself. Germany took the lead. Once again Turkey struck back very late. But after Semih Senturk scored in the 86th minute, the plot changed. Philipp Lahm scored the winner for Germany.

Turkey took the lead in the 22nd minute on Ugur Boral’s goal, and Germany responded five minutes later when Bastian Schweinsteiger scored.
After 79 minutes, just as the game seemed to be slipping into a lull, Lahm lofted a high, floating ball into the penalty area. As it dropped, goalkeeper Rustu Recber charged for a ball he would not reach, and defender Mehmet Topal did not react aggressively enough. Miroslav Klose beat both to the ball and headed into the empty goal.

Once again the Turks hit back. Defender Sabri Sarioglu left Lahm stranded with a quick sleight of foot, raced to the goal line and aimed a ball at the goalmouth. As goalkeeper Jens Lehmann knelt carefully to catch it, Senturk sprinted in and placed the ball delicately between him and the post in the 86th minute.

In the final minute, the Germans pressed. Lahm ran toward the goal and exchanged passes with Thomas Hitzlsperger. When the ball came back, he found himself running unchallenged at the Turkish goal. He smashed his shot high into the net.

EURO 2008: Quarter Final (1)-***Germany 3-2 Portugal.***

Germany beat Portugal by 3-2 in the first quarter-final match. So Germany is the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

Midfielder Bastian Schwienseiger and sriker Miroslav Klose scored in the first half while captain Michael Ballack regained the lead with a score in the second half to gift Germany of the surprising victory.

Portugal, which finished as winners of the Group A, found face back with two scores, one from captain Nuno Gomes in the 39th minute, the other from Helder Postiga’s header in the 87th minute.

In a sold-out St. Jakob Park Stadium, German and Portugal fans witnessed a full-fledged attacking football gala staged by the two teams, both were considered as favorites to the tournament.