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World Cup: Germany vs. Spain: Goal! Carles Puyol header gives Spanish the lead

July 7, 2010 |  1:06 pm

Carles Puyol
has just scored his most important goal for Spain.

He launched himself at an Andres Iniesta corner kick and powered a header into the back of the German net in the 72nd minute for a 1-0 lead.

The World Cup is guaranteed a first-time champion if the score holds.

Germany Coach Joachim Loew is wearing his lucky blue sweater but looking worried on the sideline.

Fifteen minutes to go, and hearts are beating fast in Spain and Germany.

-- Grahame L. Jones in Johannesburg, South Africa

Photo: Carles Puyol scores a goal past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 72nd minute of Wednesday's World Cup semifinal matchup. Credit: Eddie Keogh / Reuters.