LONDON (Reuters) – Triple centurion Hashim Amla hit the highest test score by a South African as he and Jacques Kallis took their side to a commanding 637 for two declared against England at tea on day four of the first test at The Oval on Sunday. He became only the third overseas player to score a test triple century in England after Australians Donald Bradman, who twice achieved the feat, and Bobby Simpson.
It was the first test triple century in England for 22 years, since Graham Gooch hit 333 against India at Lord’s in 1990.
Amla was embraced by Kallis and applauded warmly by the capacity crowd and his team mates on the players’ balcony. Former England captain Michael Vaughan joked on Twitter that his signature beard had grown 1cm since he came into bat.
Spain the new Champion of EURO 2012. In the final match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Spain won the tournament by a score of 4–0 over Italy. Spain became the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first European international team to win three straight major tournament titles (UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup). Since Spain had already gained entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“We were superior to Italy,” said midfielder Xavi Hernandez, perhaps Spain’s most influential player over the last four years. “We played a complete game and perhaps the best of the entire European Championship. We made history.”
“We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team’s captain. “What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.”
Casillas and Spain striker Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer.
Four years ago at Euro 2008, Spain ended a 44-year drought of major titles, beating Germany 1-0 in the final to start a run that has been unmatched by any other team in history.
Euro Cup 2012 Semi Final: Spain reached their third-successive European championship final Thursday, beating a defiant Portugal 4-2 on penalties. Cesc Fabregas scored the winning penalty to send Spain through after Portugal’s Bruno Alves hit the crossbar. Now Sunday’s final in Kiev will be against Germany or Italy, who play in Warsaw Thursday. (IANS/RIA Novosti)
Mesut Ozil (born 15 October 1988) is a German footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Germany national football team. Ozil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament’s best player. Following his breakout performance at the World Cup, he was transferred from Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in August 2010. (Wikipedia)