YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 7/7 Day 27

Semifinals

SPAIN VS GERMANY (Spa- 1-0)

  • Like their World Cup Final counterpart Holland, Spain once again squeezed and grinded out another win.  Spain’s possession oriented attack dominated the tempo over the all of a sudden favorite Germans.
  • Germany was content with playing back and using their dangerous counter-attack, but they could never get the counter going.  Was the absence of Thomas Muller the difference here?
  • Spain’s lone goal came from the most unlikely source, Slash (aka Carlos Puyol).  He scored his goal on a header off a corner in the 73rd minute.  He had another chance to score in the 1st half off a corner, but his header sailed high.  On defense, Puyol was everywhere.
  • Pedro got the nod to start over Torres.  He had a solid game, but I still would have went with Fabregas.
  • This game was a little dull to me.  Both squads played very conservatively, trying to take away the strengths of their opposite side.
  • This was the 1st time all World Cup that the Germans could have used the leadership of Michael Ballack.  Germany really could’ve used some more attacking firepower in this one.  Schweinsteiger was the only midfielder who had a solid game.  Ozil looked awful, nervous and lost.  Spain’s experience in the midfield seemed to be a difference in this match.
  • Quick Facts- Spain reaches their 1st World Cup Final in its country’s history.  Spain defeated Germany in the 2008 Euro’s Final by the same score 1-0.
  • Men of the Match
  • Spain- Carlos Puyol
  • Germany- Bastian Scheinsteiger
  • GAME RATING- 2 1/2*

Spain's Carles Puyol, back right, heads the ball to score a goal past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, left, during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between  Germany and Spain at the stadium in Durban, Wednesday, July 7, 2010.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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