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The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players

The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players in the world giving their one last go.

A number of legendary names like Zinedine Zidane have announced their retirement just after the World Cup. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to join in this list after announcing his decision to hang up his gloves after the tournament comes to a close in Russia. There were several doubts about Russia being able to host this tournament, but it now looks set to go ahead despite issues of racism, war, and deflation.

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Semi Final: Germany 0 - Spain 1

Spain reached the World Cup final for the first time after a second-half header from Carles Puyol secured a narrow victory over Germany after an intriguing match in Durban.

Vicente del Bosque's side won their third straight game 1-0 and will now play the Netherlands in Sunday's final at Soccer City.

Spain deserved their victory after controlling huge periods of the match, but once again it was far from a vintage performance.

Del Bosque's team improved on their scrappy performance against Paraguay in the previous round but still struggled to carve out clear openings.

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