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Germany face Spanish challenge

Spain will meet Germany in the final of Euro 2008 after easily beating Russia 3-0 in the semi-finals.

I think Spain are the favourites to win and lift the trophy on Sunday after maintaining an unbeaten run so far in the tournament.

If there is any blemish in their run so far then it would be their nil-all draw against Italy when they needed penalties to oust the world champions.

Germany on the other hand haven't looked very comfortable in defence although they have two clean sheets to their name obtained in the matches against Poland and Austria.

But those two teams are not in the class of Spain and therefore Germany have a lot of work to do.

On the other hand Spain's last conceded a goal in open play in their last group game against Greece and if they continue like that it means that they can only lose on penalties.

I think Germany's key player will once again be Michael Ballack and Jens Lehmann will need to have more confidence than what he had against Turkey.

With Spain they have class in every department but I think Cesc Fabregas could be their key if he starts. He had a brilliant game against the Russians when he came on as a substitute and this time he could prove pivotal.

For my tipping for the final on Tipschallenge I will go with the underdogs Germany and hope they can get a surprise win and me an extra point or so.

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