To the uninitiated, it might have seemed that Germany were not putting in enough effort or that they were being too defensive. But the purists will have recognized the genius behind the Spanish victory. Germany just were not allowed to play , they were shackled and helpless much like a caged Gorilla being teased by tyrant kids.
It is difficult to describe the quality of technical excellence displayed by the entire Spanish team. The ball which has drawn a lot of debate due to it not coming in the grasp of goalkeepers behaved perfectly at the feet of the Spanish armada. The string of short passes were breathtaking, the trapping and ball skills to keep the German’s at arms length were executed to perfection – there was not a single false first touch or a ball hit forward in hope. Everything was slow, sure and aimed at decimating the Germans. Xavi and Inesta were brilliant in mid-field, Pedro excellent upfront with Villa, Ramos made surging runs on the right flank and Puyol provided the goal. If there is a fault in this Spanish team, it is their ability to find the net. They make one too many short passes and forget to shoot. Oh- if only Torres had been fit and in form going into this World Cup, we would have seen a complete package from Spain.
Germany were exasperated and though the stats credit them with 47% possession, I promise you it did not look as if they had even 10%. There were a few counter attacking moves and a penalty shout but they were second best by a long way. Spain should have won 2-0 or even 3-0. They created more chances and Pedro missed a great opportunity to close out the game. As Klose commented after the match, the Spanish controlled the ball and tired the Germans out, rendering them ineffective in attack.It was like a Spanish Matador taming the angry bull.
If they play like this Spain will be tough to beat but the determined Dutch can hurt them with their physical brand of football. I hope though that the Reds bull-doze the Oranje.