During the World Cup qualifiers and the European Championships Spain produced goals like no team I’ve ever seen before. It was never a problem as they simply knew how to find the back of the net. However, in the 2010 World Cup Spain had trouble scoring in the finals against Netherlands.
It was just a matter of time before one of their chances went in. They had the momentum and all experts were saying Spain would do it as the game went on. Finally, a red-card was drawn and that played a big role in opening up some space for Spain.
In the 116th minute Andres Iniesta gave the lead to Spain. Torres and Fabregas came off the bench and helped put some pressure on the exhausted Netherlands team. Spain kept the pressure on and they were due. They knew they had to avoid penalties as that’s pretty much a toss up. So they kept on working!
Many teams would have lost their focus, but Spain’s persistent attack is what makes them so good. They knew it would finally come and it did. This was actually the story of the tournament for them as they only scored 8 goals throughout the World Cup. Typically, a championship team will score more than that. This didn’t bother Spain, or if it did they brushed it off and kept working hard.
Many fans are left wondering what could have been for the Netherlands. What would have happened if they didn’t get a red card? What about Arjen Robben’s two great chances to score? Nobody will ever know, but things would have absolutely been different.
Spain is only the third team in history to win the Euro Cup and the World Cup two years from each other. They currently have both trophies. Spain has some serious bragging rights, while Netherlands has secured the argument even further that they’re underachievers.
Many experts believe Spain was stronger at the Euro Cup two years ago, which makes their win even more impressive. They weren’t the best they’ve been and were still able to take home the title!
It’s not easy playing in these games for four weeks in Africa. After a long professional season, the bodies of these players need a rest and for this reason, having a deep bench is crucial. Clearly, Spain had one of the deepest teams in the tournament and Netherlands chose the wrong team to go into extra time against!
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