Antolin Alcoraz was lucky not to have received a red card for his foul on David Villa that resulted in the penalty kick(s).
Spain has suffered 85 fouls while committing 55. Germany has suffered 62 while committing 54. I don’t know for certain the significance of those numbers, but I believe it speaks to their respective skill level.
Vicente del Bosque has a serious decision to make regarding Fernando Torres. Torres is not fully fit, but there are players on the bench who are.
Spain doubled their overall yellow card total today. They now have three in five games.
I don’t understand why Xabi Alonso took the penalty kick for Spain. When he had to redo it, I don’t know why they let him do it again.
They will need a significantly better performance from Gerard Pique if Spain expects to stop Germany. His rugby-style tackling that led to the penalty was completely unnecessary.
Xavi needs to find a way to beat the swarming defenders. Paraguay did a good job bottling him up, but at the expense of their attack. I think the Germany v Spain game will be more free flowing.
The referee blew the blatant encroachment by Spain on Oscar Cardozo’s penalty kick, yet called the rather marginal encroachment on Xabi Alonso’s first attempt. A make-up call? I report, you decide.
Yes, the goal called back for offside was a correct call, but it wasn’t Nelson Valdez, the player who struck the ball who was offside; it was Oscar Cardozo.
David Villa is dogged and determined, but needs a strike partner who is fit. He’s now scored five of Spain’s six goals (Iniesta has the other one).
Off topic, but I was wondering, I’m always trying to improve my Portuguese vocabulary. Anyone know the Portuguese equivalent for schadenfreude? Maybe this?