Spain ended their 44-year wait for international glory as they defeated Germany 1-0 in the final of Euro 2008 at Ernst Happel stadium.
Luis Aragones announced prior to this summer's tournament that he was to step down as Spain boss at its conclusion and he is set to go out on a high as Fernando Torres struck to secure Spain's first piece of silverware since the 1964 European Championship.
A thrilling Euro 2008 was crying out for an entertaining final to end proceedings in Austria and Switzerland and both sides played their part in an enthralling encounter in Vienna.
Pre-tournament favourites and final specialists Germany enjoyed the better of the opening minutes, but Spain - often tagged as underachievers - then began to dominate possession and Torres gave his side the lead on 33 minutes.
In the second half, Germany midfielder Michael Ballack volleyed his side's best chance just wide of Spain's near post, but Aragones's men were always comfortable as they deservedly ended almost half-a-century of waiting for success.
Ahead of kick-off, Germany were boosted by the news that Ballack was fit to play after recovering sufficiently from the calf injury which had prevented him from training on Friday or Saturday.
Spain, appearing in their first major final since the 1984 European Championship, opted to name Cesc Fabregas as the replacement for injured tournament top scorer David Villa, who damaged a thigh muscle in the 3-0 semi-final win over Russia, as Liverpool forward Torres played in a lone attacking role.
Germany had sneaked through Group B after finishing runners up to Croatia, but Portugal were then soundly sunk in the quarter-finals before a dramatically late victory over Turkey booked a final date.
Unfortunetly i missed most the the Euro's due to exams but sure was great this year!!
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