'Shark' Puyol the unlikely Spanish hero

With the clock ticking towards added time in a tense encounter, the shaggy-haired centre back rose above the defence and crashed a 73rd-minute header into the net to send the European champions into Sunday's showpiece with Netherlands.

It was the 32-year-old's third international goal in his 89th appearance and puts Spain in their first World Cup final.

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