World Cup ’10 – Day 23: A Day When Roles Were Reversed

Germans of the Day: Spain

When the flamboyant German team met the clinical Spaniards in the second semi-final, to set a date with Holland, it was John Woo’s Face/Off revisted. 

Traditionally, Germany has been known for its descipline, for its clinical nature to shut out opponents, for its efficiency. On the other hand, Spain has been the perennial under-achiever, who despite playing beautiful football on occasions, had failed to win or even to reach the World Cup finals.   

When they met this time, the roles had reversed – Spaniards were the new Germans. A flair-team went out of the competition, however this time it was Germany! 


Déjà vu” Result Of The Day: Spain 1-0 Germany
 

The result of the match is like a Déjà vu all over again – Spain winning by a solitary goal brought back memories of the EURO Final two years ago. 

Spain Team Group World Cup 2010 Germany V Spain (0-1) 07/07/10 Semi Final in Durban FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Spanish Armada marching on to the finals


Player Of The Day: Andres Iniesta (Spain)
 

Iniesta had a monumental impact on the match. His intelligent off-the-ball movement and delicious one-touch passing dictated the game for Spain. He almost set up the opener with an excellent pass across the goal-line – sadly, David Villa was unable to tap in from just four yards out.   


Goal of the Day: Carles Puyol (Spain)
 

Obvious, isn’t it? This was the solitary goal of day. Xavi floated in a corner from the left; the determination of Puyol saw him jump the hightest highest to send the ball inside Neuer’s left post, with a flying header. Ideal candidate for “Red Bull” brand-ambassador – Gives You Wings.   

Carles Puyol Scores Winning Goal past Germany's Manuel Neuer Spain World Cup 2010 Germany V Spain (0-1) 07/07/10 Semi Final in Durban FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Clinical finish: Carles Puyol 


Save Of The Day: Iker Casillas (Spain)

Toni Kroos had a great chance to become the German hero, just after his introduction to the pitch. With just 20 minutes to go for the final whistle, Kroos saw his brilliant right-footed shot palmed away by an equally brilliant Iker Casillas.

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas attempts to save the ball during their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Germany at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
Flying Spaniard: Another candidate for “Red Bull”
brand-ambassador?

Klose S(h)ave” Moment Of The Day 

Iker Casillas mistimed his jump to punch out a German corner and could get only a touch on the ball to deflect it away from awaiting Germany strikers. However the ball fell for Klose – but his attempt went out just wide of the goal. Klose  s(h)ave for both Casillas and Spain. 

Spain's Carles Puyol (R) concedes a free kick following a challenge on Germany's Miroslav Klose during their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban July 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

So “Klose” : Can he get past Ronaldo’s 15?


A tribute to Germany’s young heroes

Thank you for making South Africa’10 a World Cup to remember. If nothing else, this tounament would always be remembered as one which saw a band of unfancied yound men conquer their more illustrious opponents. So what if you failed to win another world cup for your country, you have won many-a-million hearts.

We, at THT, salute the German romantics.

4 Responses to “World Cup ’10 – Day 23: A Day When Roles Were Reversed”

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  1. riya banerjee says:

    Hey… your entry… jst awesome. keep it on. u r east bengal fan.. right? me too… so we r frnds.. :)

  2. Subhasish says:

    What I feel is that the absence of Muler hurt Germany badly. Anyway, loved the new brand of German football – blending of heart with the machine.

  3. Arnav says:

    Muller was not missed. Even with him the result would not have varied. Against Spain a team needs to dominate the midfield. If not dominate then at least try to snatch the ball away from them and not let them dictate terms. Spain dictated the pace of the game and played the game throughout the way they wanted it be played.