We will have a first time World Cup champion this year. Neither Spain nor the Netherlands have hoisted the trophy in their nations’ history, but one of them will change that Sunday. We will also see a European team win the World Cup outside of Europe for the first time.
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Joachim Loew’s young German team was outmatched in its semifinal against Spain. They fought hard on defense, but someone left Carles Puyol completely unmarked on his header that sent Spain to its first ever World Cup final.
Wednesday’s semifinal game features a rematch of the EURO 2008 final, in which Spain beat Germany 1-0. Fernando Torres scored the goal in the 33rd minute at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria.
The Netherlands shocked five-time champion Brazil and rallied from a 1-0 deficit to advance to the semifinals. Brazil cracked open the Dutch defense early in the game and took the lead only ten minutes into the contest.
This is arguably the most lopsided matchup in the quarterfinals. Spain comes in as European Champion and has looked strong after the initial shocker against Switzerland. They adjusted in their second match against a defensive oriented side in Portugal.
Germany and Argentina will face off in a rematch of the 2006 quarterfinals. And there is still some bad blood between the teams. Four years ago in Germany, the match was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and went into extra time and penalties.
Uruguay Vs Ghana Preview & Free Picks. Ghana is looking to become the first African team to ever qualify for a World Cup semifinal when it plays Uruguay Friday. The Uruguayans are looking to reach the semis for the first time in forty years.
It’s a shame these teams have to meet in the quarterfinals. This really should be the final, with two of the world’s top teams facing off against each other. The Dutch are unbeaten in 23 matches, and Brazil brings a ten-game undefeated streak to the pitch.
We saw a shade of Wembley at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa Sunday morning. Frank Lampard scored what looked like a goal to tie the match between England and Germany at two after Germany had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.