Spain versus the freaky deaky Dutch…what a final!
PEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP
Paul’s streak is still on as he screws the Mannschaft with his long tentacles. We WILL have a new world cup winner.
3 minutes of extra time
89:00 - Torres showing a bit of skill but he’s still missing a step or two…well done Rafa.
86:00 - Tubbs and Crockett seemed to have pipped down a bit after I corrected them on why a play 30 minutes earlier was not offside. Luckily Martin Tyler agreed with me.
85:00 - Pedro off, Silva on.
82:00 - Pedro has a golden chance to make it two – zero as he could have shot or passed to a WIDE OPEN Torres… instead he chose to lose the ball. Torres must be screaming ” I’M NOT THAT COLD”
81:00 - The ladies and the odd man scream with joy as Torres comes on for the divine soul patch.
80:00 – Soothing chants of ole ole from the female contingent of Spanish fans…It’s like the sounds of sirens. Meanwhile Germany pressing forward. It’s actually moments like these when they need Ballack. YUP I said it.
75:00 – Well that was different then Spain’s usual method of attack. It was in the h(air)!
73:00 – GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL. PAU GASOL...I mean Puyol with a thumping header from a Xavi cross. Keeper had no chance. Spain 1 – Germany 0
69:00 – Santo Casillas has a great instinctive save from a Podolski volley. That was a lovely build up from Germany.
64:00 – The girls in the bar claim that both Sergio Ramos and Villa fix their hair at halftime.
61:00 – Numpty number 1 looks like the “can you hear me now” guy. Yes i’m going to hell.
58:00 - Spain go close twice, the first is well saved by Neuer. The rebound comes to Iniesta who centers it but Villa’s sliding attempt misses the ball by inches. Two very close chances there. Germany come right back and win a corner.
51:00 - Stadler and Waldorf also claim that the US have never been awarded a penalty. Clearly Donovan scored against Ghana from the spot with no defenders on him. I feel for the third guy they are pumping all this information to.
50:00 – Alonso tries his luck from afar and goes close. He has been the closest to scoring. Numpty number one claims that Spain has one the world cup twice.
48:00 – Clowns behind me claim that the reason for winning the toss is to chose the side with which the wind is blowing in the second half. It doesn’t help that they have whiny voices.
Game is back on and Spain immediately on the attack.
46:00 – Uzil gets put through in the box but a combination of him getting his legs tangled up and Sergio Ramos knocking him over, stops the play. Ref correctly waves play on. That could have been construed as a penalty but it would be very soft.
45:00 – Pedro showing some foot skills but Boateng is not fooled and concedes a corner.
42:00 - Spain get a free kick and try something out of the training ground but it fails. Having to deal with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum behind me giving me running commentary of useless and wrong facts.
32:00 – Trochowski, the shortest guy on the pitch by a good couple of inches, fires in a low drive that Casillas does well to parry out for a corner.
30:00 – Alonso does what Spain needs to do and that is shoot from afar. If they mix up their attacks they will win this world cup, but if they keep trying the same old thing, eventually they will be figured out…see switzerland!
23:00 – Germany beginning to find their stride as they’re one touch passing is find the gaps and holes in the Spanish defense. It takes 4 to close down Klose.
21:00 – Spain’s constant attack is neutralizing Germany’s free flowing play. Problem is that Germany are leaving too many holes down the middle.
19:00 - Game is turning into a cagey affair. Who will make th ebig mistake first?
14:00 – Animal (Puyol) has a free diving header in the box but he heads it way overt the bar.
10:00 – Spain and Casillas living dangerously as their lackadaisical defense almost costs them
7:00 - Pedro passes to Villa who is clean through but Neuer does a great job of blocking the ball. These were the sort of holes that Spain is looking for that they didn’t get in their other games.
6:00 - Game is shaping up to how one expects. Spain controlling the ball and Germany waiting to pounce.
4:00 - And Ballack runs on the field with a Vuvuzella! Oh wait that was a fan. (thanks Hanson)
TWEEEEEEET they’re off.
Joachim Low has remnants of glitter on his face. Was he at da spankenhaus last night whooping it up?
Clearly Pique and Villa have the same hair stylist….and clearly Puyol has the same fashion consultant as Pau Gasol.
Schweinsteiger is playing his way to being in contention for the fifa player of the year!
As expected Torres is on the bench as Pedro takes his place.
Spain: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila, Busquets, Alonso, Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Villa.
Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Marchena, Torres, Fabregas, Mata, Arbeloa, Llorente, Javi Martinez, Silva, Jesus Navas, Reina.
Germany:Neuer, Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Trochowski, Ozil, Podolski, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiessling, Badstuber, Kroos, Cacau, Marin, Gomez, Butt.
Who does one root for. For some people their hearts say Germany but their hips say Spain. I’m not one of those people. I just want a good match.
This is the big one. As many a column has suggested the roles since 08 have been reversed. I think that’s a little extreme in that Germany play in a manner which will win them games. In the past few years that has required attacking, sexy football so gone is the stodgy efficiency of yore.