Germany is the slight favorite in the semifinals over Spain and if the Spanish win this will be their most successful World Cup ever.
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Germany has won the World Cup three times and they come into the semifinals with a head of steam after beating England 4-1 in the round of 16 and thrashing Argentina 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Spain’s best showing at the World Cup was a fourth place finish way back in 1950.
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The strength of Spain is supposed to be their offense, but they have only scored two goals in their last two matches in a couple of 1-0 wins.
In their quarterfinal wins on Saturday Germany beat Argentina 4-0 and Spain beat Paraguay 1-0.
Spain blew quite a few chances to score against Paraguay in the second half, including a missed penalty, but did not take advantage of them. They will have to score when given the chance against a stingy German defense that played stellar against a great Argentina offense.
Spain did not have one shot on goal in the first half against Paraguay, but when star striker Fernando Torres was benched in the second half and Cesc Fabregas their offense came alive. Torres has been a major disappointment in the World Cup and will likely begin the semifinals on the bench.
Germany will be without striker Thomas Muller in this match since he picked up his second yellow card in as many matches in the win over Argentina. He has been the unlikely star for the Germans in South Africa with four goals and three assists. With him out Miroslav Klose and Mesut Oezil will be counted on to pressure the Spanish defense.
MF Bastian Schweinsteiger has been great for Germany in the World Cup and scored the first goal against Argentina. He will be counted on to man the midfield, play solid defense, and push forward on the attack.
A key battle in this match will be between the MF’s of Bastian Schweinsteiger vs. Xavi Alonso. Each is the creative spark in the midfield for their respective teams.
Spain will attack the whole match, but they really have to be wary of the German counter-attack, which is one of their strengths.
The Germany defense has to worry about striker David Casillas, who leads all players in the World Cup with five goals and has scored the game winners in both of Spain’s playoff matches.
Spain G Iker Casillas has been up and down in the World Cup and will have to play well in this HUGE match.
Even without Muller Germany will compensate, as they play a great team game. They are on fire and Spain is not, as the Germans will play just like they did against Argentina playing great defense and taking advantage of counter-attacking opportunities. Germany will defeat Spain denying them their first ever World Cup finals while they look for their fourth title.
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