World Cup 2010: Spain vs. Germany Live Stream [UPDATED]
Spain and Germany collide in Durban this evening for the right to face the Netherlands in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, a fixture widely expected to be one of the most thrilling matches of the tournament.
The last time these two teams met in a top level competition, in Euro 2008 final in Vienna, La Roja knocked off the Germans 1-0 and vault to the top of the FIFA rankings. Both sides have the players to come out on top, but I think it will come down to their defensive strategies to see who prevails.
“We beat Germany two years ago and I don’t think they are happy to meet us again,” Spain striker David Villa told reporters in South Africa. “But we have to forget about that game. Without a World Cup, it’s like we’ve achieved nothing.”
Among the three remaining teams in the tournament, Die Mannschaft have been by far the most impressive. The Germans are the clear favorites to win the trophy after beating high-profile teams like England and Argentina, routing them by a combined score of 8-1 to reach a third straight World Cup semifinal. However, Joachim Loew said the Spaniards would be much harder to beat than La Albiceleste and rival coach Vicente del Bosque paid tribute to his opponents’ blend of youth and experience.
Spain’s big worry tonight is Cesc Fabregas, who is nursing both shoulder and leg injuries. This will pose a problem for Del Bosque, who was weighing over whether to replace Fernando Torres with the Arsenal skipper.
Meanwhile, the number of football fans attending this year’s World Cup matches is expected to pass the three-million mark, making it the third highest after the United States in 1994 and Germany in 2006. The 1994 finals set records with 3.59 million fans at an average of 68,991 for 52 sold-out games
UPDATE: Barcelona defender Carles Puyol scored the only goal of the game to send Spain into the World Cup final against the Netherlands following a 1-0 win against three-time champions Germany.