Spain started the game by applying pressure to the German defence. Closed in their own half, the Germans hardly touched the ball for the first ten minutes of the game. 7’ Neuer saved from David Villa in front of goal; 14’, Puyol headed over from the same position.
Germany started to break out and move upfield as a team. On 15’, Germany managed to gain two corners. Game on.
While Spain had most of the ball, Germany started to threaten: 23’, Klose was alone in the area and closed down; 32’, Trochowski provoked a fine save from Casillas; 34’ Ozil gained a corner with Germany applying pressure in Spain’s area.
Spain however finished the first half with 57% of possession (against 43%) and 6 shots on goal against one. Spain started the second half the same way they started the first, except this time they didn’t let up.
58’ immense danger created in the Germany area, a shot by Pedro provoking a great save from Neuer and the German defence was happy to see the end of the play. 69’, save by Casillas, shot from Kroos.
73’ 1-0 Puyol, who rifled his header in from the corner. Spain faces Holland in the final on Sunday; Germany faces Uruguay for the play-off for third place on Saturday.
Germany: Neuer, Friedrich, Khedira (Gomez), Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose, Trochowski (Kroos), Lahm, Mertesacker, Boateng (Jansen)
Spain: Casillas, Pique, Puyol, A. Iniesta, David Villa (Torres), Xavi, Capdevila, Alonso (Marchena), Ramos, Sergio, Pedro (David Silva)
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