The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is almost a month into its matches and now we are down to just two teams heading into a highly anticipated World Cup Final.
Coming into this World Cup, many people believed that there were just two teams that really stood a chance of competing for a World Cup trophy in an always competitive Brazilian squad and an extremely talented Spanish side.
Even though Brazil was playing some excellent football throughout this tournament, Kaka and company just couldn’t get passed a motivated Netherlands side that had no intentions of going home early. So despite being favored to go the distance, Brazil was knocked out in the quarterfinals by the Oranje.
Needless to say, the Dutch kept playing at top form as they faced off against Uruguay in the semifinal and came out victorious and will now head into an all-European World Cup Final.
As for Spain, they had their work cut out for them against a strong German side in the semifinal. Even though not many people gave Germany much of a shot to make it as far as they have without injured superstar midfielder Michael Ballack, the Germans have exceeded all expectations with dominant performances.
Heading into this head to head battle, Spain was thought to give Germany a run for their money in what was anticipated to be a high scoring affair, but instead it was a defensive struggle throughout the entire match.
In the first half, Spain had a couple goal scoring opportunities to take the lead, but just couldn’t convert and as a result the score stayed at 0-0 heading into halftime.
The second half on the other hand, turned out to be a different match entirely as the Spanish squad had the Germans on their heels as David Villa and company were on the attack. Even though many people anticipate the goal scoring to come from Villa or Fernando Torres, this time it came off a header from team captain Carles Puyol.
The Spanish captain’s goal turned out to be the deciding factor in the match as Spain went on to win and advance to their first World Cup Final in history.
Spread for World Cup Final: Spain vs. Netherlands Sunday, July 11th 2:30pm EST (Under 2.5). Get all the latest odds for sports betting at the best online sportsbooks.
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