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Reigning European champions Spain reached their first World Cup final on Wednesday by defeating Germany 1-0 at Durban Stadium thanks to Carles Puyol’s second half goal.
Puyol scored in the 73rd minute as Spain set up an all-European final with the Netherlands on Sunday. One of those teams will become the first European nation to win a World Cup outside of Europe.
For the second straight World Cup, the three-time world champions Germany will play in the third place game, facing Uruguay on Saturday.
We’ve made a video and a PowerPoint slideshow for you to recall the wonderful moments in the World Cup 2010 semifinal between Spain and Germany.
Netherlands pushed Uruguay aside with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday to reach their third World Cup final and set up an all-European clash with Spain or Germany.
Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Wesley Sneijder, his fifth of the tournament, and Arjen Robben gave Netherlands a 3-1 lead but Maximiliano Pereira gave them some nervous moments with a late goal in time added on.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst had given the Dutch an early lead with a long-range drive before Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan equalised just before halftime, also with a superb strike.
European champions Spain play Germany in Durban in the other semi-final on Wednesday with the winners playing Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
It will be Europe’s 10th World Cup win in 19 finals but the first by a European side outside their own continent. The Dutch lost both their previous finals in 1974 and 1978 to West Germany and Argentina respectively.
We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation and a video to show you the wonderful 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinal between Netherlands and Uruguay. Enjoy!
The World Cup Golden Boot Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup.
The award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup. The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the first time that Silver and Bronze boots awards were added to reward the second and third top scorers in the tournament.
Since 1994, if there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.
Here is a table of previous FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winners:
|FIFA World Cup
||Leonidas da Silva
||Florian Albert, Garrincha, Valetin Ivanov, Drazen Jerkovic, Leonel Sanchez, Vava
||Hungary, Brazil, USSR, Yugoslavia, Chile, Brazil
|1974 West Germany
||Oleg Salenko, Hristo Stoichkov
|2002 South Korea/Japan