Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Germany vs Spain Time and Live Score: FIFA World Cup 2010

Germany and Spain lock horns in the second semi final of the World Cup Football 2010 on 7 July at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. While Spain finds inspiration from their Euro 2008 victory over Germany, the Germans are full of confident after thrashing two tournament favorites England and Argentina in the previous two knock out stages.


The match starts at 18:30 GMT and 20:30 local time. Football fans in Germany and Spain can watch the match live on TV from 20:30. In USA, the match kicks off in New York time at 14:30 and California time at 11:30.

Live Score

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Germany defeated Argentina 4-0 in the quarter final and England 4-1 in the round of 16. In both the victories Germany featured some mesmerizing display of football which is fearful enough for any defense.

Moreover, Germany is the three-time world champion and is going to play their 12th World Cup semi final against Spain on Wednesday. So, the Germans have plenty of sources to draw inspiration, and given their recent form, they should not have lack of confidence.

Spain, on the other hand, picked up two stuttering victories over Paraguay and Portugal in the last two matches. Starting as European champion, the Spaniards could not yet show the kind of dominance in the tournament that they displayed during Euro 2008.

More importantly, Spain could never win World Cup. In fact, the Spaniards never even win a World Cup semi final in the history. Their best performance was winning the fourth place in the 1950 World Cup where the tournament was decided in a four-team final round competition based on round robin league system.

So, on paper, it may seem that Germany has an edge over Spain. However, the reality is that Spain is stronger than Germany in terms of squad strength. Though their recent form is not up to the mark, Spain has some of today’s best players in the world including Xavi, Iniesta and David Villa. Spain midfield features so many quality players that it seems as if they could even feature two world-class midfield line ups at the same time.

Germany also has a very strong midfield featuring a creative midfielder like Mesut Ozil and a holding midfielder like Bastian Schweinsteiger. One can say that if Xavi is currently the best midfielder in the world, then Ozil is the German Xavi in the making. The 21-year-old has showed some brilliant performances so far in the tournament and he is a serious threat for the Spanish defense.

In the up front, both Germany and Spain have at least one prolific scorer each. Though Thomas Muller is missing the affair on suspension, Germany has someone like Miroslav Klose who would be more than eager to score today keeping an eye on Ronaldo’s record.

Germany coach Joachim Low would most probably feature Piotr Trochowski in the starting line up in the absence of Muller.

Spain has David Villa who has been in high flying form so far in the tournament and is currently the joint highest scorer with 5 goals to his credit. Villa has scored in each of Spain’s victory in the tournament and would love to do the same against Germany too.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is now in a dilemma over the Fernando Torres who scored the winning goal against Germany in Euro 2008 final, but has been struggling so far in the tournament. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas is also doubtful for the match with his shoulder injury, but he indicated that he would be available, and if needed, he would even take pain-killing injection.

It seems that both sides have a very good midfield and attacking line up. Given the attacking prowess of both sides, it seems performance of their defenders could be the deciding factor in the match. Germans showed some sloppy defending that they must improve on ahead of the match. Spain has a very good defense that must be at its best to stop the likes of Ozil and Klose.

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