Spain has the best domestic football league in the world; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, just to name a few. They are all household names and yet the national team has never reach the final of the World Cup before, until this morning =)
To be fair, Germany was playing their usual game, and Philip Lahm did his job to perfection, rushing in from the right wing and delivered dangerous crosses. On the left was Boateng, though less ferocious, did his defensive part nicely.
Again, Schweinsteiger was in the middle of the park, commanding each move the German team made. Up front was their top scorer, Klose, partnering with Podolski and Ozil.
Ozil has had a fantastic world cup so far, but tonight he, too, was overwhelmed by the Spanish possession.
German defender Mertesacker (the commentator always pronounce it like "mothersucker") was the star of the game for German. He was everywhere shadowing the Spaniard, constantly destructing their attack and was crucial in keeping the defense in line. The sole goal that went in was out of his control but like a warrior he stood up against Torres, Villa and Pedro, and emerged victorious, most of the time.
The Spaniard, on the other hand, were their usual selves, and played their passing football to perfection. The switch of Iniesta to the left flank on the second half proved crucial as he upended Philip Lahm with his tricky footwork. Alonso had a couple of shots wide as well.
At the back, Casillas handled the ball well (I wish Robert Green would someday read this) and there were a couple of fantastic saves made.
Honestly the German deserve a point from the game, I mean if this is a league game.. They were tough at defense and their build-up play was good. Mesut Ozil was not his usual self though, but that doesn't really matter.
The Spanish manoeuvred their passing marvelously but their shooting were horrible. So far the Spanish has played 6 games, scored 7 goals, conceded 2. Of the 7 goals, David Villa scored five, Iniesta and Puyol scored 1 each. One goal per game cannot convince critics your worth as World Champions.
Germany, on the other hand, played 7 games, scored 13 goals, conceded 3 goals. They had three games where they scored 4 goals past the opposition goalkeeper. Their attacking options are vast, with Mueller, Klose, Podolski, Ozil, Cacau, Friedrich getting on the scoresheet. They are a far more convincing team should they've got into the finals instead of the Spaniard.
Germany has won the world cup three times. They were runner-ups in the last two world cup campaign (1st runner up 2002 WC, 2nd Runner up 2006 WC) and that further solidified their status as world football powerhouse. Spain, though having Real Madrid and Barcelona players as the backbone of the team, has never reach the finals. They have played solidly thus far, against both strong and weak teams, and I wish them the best of luck for the finals against the team from Amsterdam...
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Netherland striker, Dirk Kuyt
The German are a young team, with an average age of 25.0 years old. Hence this generation of players should be able to get another glimpse of world cup in 2014.
The Spanish are a bit older, averaging 25.9 years old. The oldest? Well that is a team boasting to own the BEST LEAGUE** in the world, England, averaging 28.9 years old. Well Lampard and Gerrard is old, and we probably won't see them in the next World Cup~ (Hooray~!!! go f**k yourself Golden Generation~! You are not even good enough against a 21-year-old Mesut Ozil~!)
**only applies to certain team