After 44 years and many forgetful tournaments, Spain held the nerve to win an important tournament and erase the underachievers tag. Thanks to a goal from Fernando Torres, the Spaniards gained the upper hand in a match they dominated for shots on goal and chances created. They won a tournament for scoring the most number of goals, conceding the least number of goals, attempting the most number of shots on goal, making the least number of saves and completing the most number of passes. Reasons good enough to win any tournament.
The Germans were completely shut out and they did not even have a proper shot on goal. For me the player of the tournament should have been Casillas for the sterling display throughout the tournament and the confidence he gives the defence when he takes guard under the bar. It would have taken something spectacular to beat him last night. The Spanish midfield did not create too many melodies (like Platini put it) but created enough to trouble Lehmann. If not for a tough chance gone begging to Senna towards the end of the match, the score would have been 2-0.
The Germans were toothless in front of the opposition goal. Klose had a very harmless game and had to be replaces by Kurnayi who added some much needed tempo to the German attack, but all that came to nothing as Spain held on to win the match. All those Euro and World junior praise has finally landed in a senior trophy for the first time for a country starving for some glory. And in my lifetime I have seen Spain win something. All this while the European domination in football has come from Germany, Italy and France, ever since I have started seeing football. And now there is one more country, Spain.
Xavi was adjudged the player of the tournament
David Villa won the golden boot
and Spain dominated the team of tournament
UEFA EURO 2008™ Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands).
Defenders: Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia).
Midfielders: Hamit Altıntop (Turkey), Luka Modrić (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernández (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia), Fernando Torres (Spain), David Villa (Spain).