EA Sports has predicted that Spain will win the real-life football World Cup this summer.

How? By simulating the tournament using the 2010 FIFA World Cup game.

After setting up the tournament to include all 32 teams, Spain eventually thumped Brazil 3-1 and thrust the golden trophy into the air. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas apparently scored the goal that settled the tie after a wonderful counter-attacking move.

Promisingly, the simulation put England in third place. Our local idiots were knocked out by Brazil on penalties (naturally) in the semi-finals after the game ended 2-2. It doesn't say who missed England's penalty, so we'll work on the basis it was John Terry.

Argentina lost the other semi-final to Spain. England went on to beat Argentina 2-1 to clinch third place.

The tournament's top scorer was Spain's David Villa with seven goals, but it was Kaka of Brazil that took home the Golden Ball.

Funnily enough, South Africa was the first team to be eliminated.

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