It was all decided. It had all been preordained. Many planned for it at the beginning of the tournament, and it was a foregone conclusion that it would happen once both teams made the semifinals.
Germany and Spain, the two best teams on the planet, were always expected to face each other in a thrilling final at Euro 2012.
Then Italy came along.
The Italians, with two goals from Mario Balotelli and some heroic defending, crashed the party to clinch a meeting in the final with Spain.
Here are six things we can take from an exhilarating game of football.