|Navas & Silva celebrate the latters goal|
SPAIN started with the following 11:
Casillas,Ramos, Pique,Albiol,Capdevila,Busquets,Xabi,Xavi,Iniesta,Pedro & Villa
and finshed the match with these 11:
Casillas,Ramos,Pique,Albiol,Arbeloa,Busquets,Cazorla,Silva,Navas,Llorente & Torres
Spanish Coach Del Bosque put on all his available fire power up front towards the end of the second half to attempt to open the Colombian can & grab the victory. It finally worked in the 85th min when Jesus Navas passed into the box to find DAVID SILVA who flicked it into the net.
|David Villa hits posts & misses second opportunity|
The first half was dominanted by Spain who held the ball & did their typical patented 1-2-3 Football. They were unlucky as DAVID VILLA hit the post & then missed with the rebound. Colombia did a great job keeping out the Spanish attacks the 45 mins & even had their chances in counter-attacks that they did not convert.
|Andres Iniesta Spain´s Best Player|
ANDRES INIESTA was magical tonight until taken off & was applauded by the Madrid crowd as he was a constant danger throughout the match with some graceful plays & pin-point passing.
|Torres held back by a solid Colombian defence|
The second half was mostly all COLOMBIA who took over proceedings, especially after Coach Del Bosque did some changes that unbalanced the Spanish Team initially & gave Colombia spaces. The visitors could have scored a few times but Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas did his work & some smart Spanish defending kept them out; plus the Colombian finishing left a bit to be desired. Spain was increasingly frustrated & impatient with Colombia playing & adopting a physically hard attitude & things were beginning to look grey & dim for the World Champions.
As said earlier, full points for Spanish Coach Del Bosque who risked & changed the team towards a more offensive profile & it paid off late in the match with the Silva winner.
Some may claim that the just result would have been a draw & the Colombians fans may even claim that they deserved the victory. I personally feel a drew may have been just but give merit & prize Spain for their "never say never" attitude that eventually pulled them through & onto victory. Said this, Colombia failed occasions that makes you wonder if they really deserved the victory or even a draw.