So the World Cup winners will be either the Netherlands or Spain.
Colin Randallconsiders tonight’s semi-final result a fair one, but needs to make swift contact with a warm, witty or wise supporter of each finalist …
My heart just wasn’t in this match. I sensed it would be tight, with none of the swashbuckling thrust of Germany’s earlier performances and Spanish flair struggling to break down Teutonic resilience.
But it wasn’t a bad game. With 20 minutes to go, as I started to write this posting, there were no goals, but there had been plenty of goalmouth action, lots of fascinating battles going on all over the pitch and much more than a hint of Spain being likelier to score.
And suddenly, with Pujol’s bullet header, they did. The Germans had looked dangerous at times, but almost always on the break, and Spain not only dominated possession but seemed to have one half-chance after another to book a place in Sunday’s showdown against the Netherlands.
Germany had a terrific World Cup up to last night, when Spain did more than enough to earn their passage to the final.
Bloody annoying thing is this: I thought we’d do a World Cup final Who Are They? provided I could find a fan from each country to answer the questions.
But I’ve yet to locate a Dutchman (or woman) who’d be up for it and, with two spare Germans (including the former Sunderland player Thomas Hauser) I no longer need, the search is on for a Spanish volunteer.
Maybe I’ll just wait until the far more important business of Birmingham City at home on Aug 14,