Low hails wonderful Spain

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Germany coach Joachim Low admitted Spain deserved to beat his side in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final to set up an intriguing final against the Netherlands on Sunday.

Carles Puyol's 73rd-minute header proved to be decisive as the Euro 2008 winners secured their place in a World Cup final for the first time.

A magnanimous Low said after the match:"Compliments to Spain, I believe they will win this tournament. They've been the best team for a few years. They circulate the ball well and you just can't keep up with them. We couldn't play the way we like to.

"We had great plans but it didn't work out. Spain have won all the big games in the last year.

"Spain are a wonderful team who have played together now for two or three years. I am sure the Spanish can win any game because they are dominant and it's hard to contain their attack.

"They are the masters of the game. You can see it in every pass. They can hardly be beaten. They are extremely calm and convincing. Spain were just better than we were and they deserved to win.

"In 2008 they won the European Championships in a very convincing way and they have been unchanged over the past two or three years. They play in an automatic way and I am confident they will win the title."

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