People hoping for an early night’s sleep in Spain were disappointed as the country exploded into a cacophony of noise after their side reached the World Cup final for the first time on Wednesday. \nFans spilled out on to the streets to celebrate after Carles Puyol’s piledriver of a header gave the European champions a 1-0 victory. \nCars drove through the streets of Madrid with horns blaring, Spain flags fluttering from the windows and people hanging out of the windows screaming in delight. Others, stripped off to the waist in the cloying heat, risked life and limb playing matador with their flags as cars drove by, in a massive outpouring of emotion. \n“They played like a team and deserved to win from the first minute. They were the better team. I can’t pick out one player. They all played well,” Ignacio from Valladolid said after watching the game in a packed bar in the Spanish capital. \nThe vuvuzela could be heard honking on the streets as fans walked around draped in red and gold singing Yo soy Espanol (I am Spanish) and Viva Espana. \nSome supporters were heard wondering aloud what would it be like if Spain actually won on Sunday after years of under-achievement in the game. \n“Fantastic. This is our World Cup and we are going to win it,” one fan said after the final whistle.
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