After 90 minutes of gruelling football, the final whistle finally blew, with Germany unable to secure an answer to Puyol’s second half header. Who said short players can’t score from headers? This secured Spain’s spot in Sunday’s final against the Netherlands. It would be a historic final with neither team having won a World Cup before.
I was quite pleased with the result, as I have supported Spain throughout the World Cup, but I must admit I had some initial trepidation, in light of Germany’s recent magnificent victories. However, today Germany was simply outplayed, with Spain establishing its dominance from the get-go.
Spain created more chances at goal than Germany, and it is a wonder how more balls didn’t find the back of the net. However, as Germany realized today, in a World Cup semi it doesn’t matter if you win by 1 goal or 10, a win is a win. Memorable was the chance David Villa had as he slid in to meet a cross, only missing it by mere inches.
I have one bone of contention: In the twilight of the game, Pablo was given a marvellous opportunity to help Spain increase their lead and seal the deal. He and Torres were directly in front of goal, and Pablo was in possession of the ball, but was being heavily attacked by a German defender. All he had to do was pass the ball to Torres who was unmarked, but Pablo chose instead to seek personal glory and refused to pass, eventually losing the ball. What was he thinking? I have seen this happen in school-yard football, but would not expect it to happen at the international level. Quite disappointing indeed. However, hats off to coach Vincent del Bosque who promptly brought Pablo off the field in the waning minutes.
All in all, it was a job well done. I’m looking forward to the final on Sunday, supporting Spain to the very end.