Match Commentary

93' Del Bosque has a massive decision to make ahead of the final. Does he stick with the impressive Pedro, or give Fernando Torres one final chance to become a hero?
93' In Netherlands and Spain, the World Cup has two finalists with undoubted talent, who have yet to reach their full potential. Sunday's final is a mouthwatering prospect...
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93' Germany can hold their heads high after this World Cup. They've won admirers the world over with their energetic, attacking approach. Hats off to Joachim Low's men!
93' The World Cup will have new champions at Soccer City on Sunday. The only question that remains is whether it will be Spain or Netherlands?
Spain will play Netherlands in the World Cup final
93' FULL TIME Spain are in their first World Cup final!
92' Carlos Marchena on for Xabi Alonso
91' A glimmer of a chance for Germany. Gomez 20 yards out, and instead of playing in Podolski he attempts an ambitious ball to Klose. The ball runs through to Casillas.
89' So frustrating for Germany, Schweinsteiger tackles Silva, another corner.
89' The corner is taken short to Xavi as Spain look to keep possession. Eventually Iniesta and Silva find themselves in the box and Mertesacker is forced to concede another corner.
88' Torres again running at Friedrich, the veteran defender doing excellently to slide the ball behind for a corner.
88' ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have 16 goals in their World Cup history from the 86th-90th minute, the most of any country.
87' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Torres again looked off the pace. David Silva was begging for that.
86' Another break wasted by Spain. Torres finds himself once again up against Friedrich, with Silva racing through the middle. His pass is woefully under hit and Germany survive!
85' Germany have five minutes to save their World Cup...
85' Pedro makes way for David Silva
Carles Puyol heads the ball past Manuel Neuer
83' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Pedro may rue that one. Shades of Ginola v Bulgaria 1993.
82' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Puyol climbed wonderfully high with only Pique marking him. He even got an elbow for his troubles. The Germans will wonder just where the marking was of both centre-backs. Screams of Espana and the previous yells of Deutschland are quietened.
82' Pedro wastes a glorious chance to put Spain in the final! Racing clear, Pedro has Friedrich isolated, with Torres all alone alongside him. Inexplicably, Pedro choses to go alone, and loses the ball. Will he live to regret that decision?
81' Germany signal their intent. Midfielder off, striker on.
81' A huge call from Del Bosque, surely too soon to withdraw Villa?
80' David Villa makes way for Fernando Torres
80' Mario Gomez on for Khedira
78' Germany pushing forward, looking for their goal, but they almost left themselves open at the back. Ozil loses the ball and all of a sudden David Villa is one-on-one with Friedrich. Per Mertesacker races back and manages to get one of his telescopic legs onto the ball.
77' Spain clear the initial corner, and Pique with a commanding clearance from the second ball in.
76' A corner to Germany after a Jansen burst down the left. Can they take Spain's route to goal?
Carles Puyol has headed Spain into a 1-0 lead
74' What have Germany got left? Spain's goal came after Die Mannschaft's best spell of the game. Can they find a goal?
74' ESPN Stats & Info: Only three times before in a semi-final has the first goal come after the 70th minute, all three of those teams have gone on to win.
73' GOAL Iniesta's dribble earns a corner for Spain. Eventually they take advantage of a set piece, Xavi's corner is met by Puyol who hammers the ball home with his head.
72' Iniesta is starting to give Lahm a torrid time, leaving the Bayern man on the deck.
72' Lahm brings down Iniesta with a late challenge. Another free kick for Spain.
71' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Torres is warming up behind the goal. Stretching his hamstrings to the fore. He is surely imminent.
71' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Torres is warming up behind the goal. Stretching his hamstrings to the fore. He is surely imminent.
70' The delivery is too deep and Villa flicks the ball out for a throw in.
69' Germany applying pressure of their own now, they have a corner...
68' What a chance for Toni Kroos! A neat exchange of passes between Ozil and Podolski. The cross into the box is too high for Klose, but sits up perfectly for the unmarked Kroos, who finds Iker Casillas with his volley.
67' Villa runs at Jansen and delivers a powerful, low cross into the box. Neuer's handling is spot on and he claims the ball.
66' With Spain continuing to look for the breakthrough, how long will Del Bosque leave Fernando Torres sat alongside him on the bench?
64' Spain are banging on the German door. The pressure is becoming relentless as Iniesta's cross is just too long and goes for a goal kick.
Jerome Boateng is taken off by Joachim Low, resplendent in his lucky baby blue cashmere jumper
63' Spain's turn to claim a penalty! Alonso clips a delicious ball into the box, Sergio Ramos charges towards goal and goes down after clashing with Podolski. No penalty. Correct decision.
62' Trochowski comes off for Toni Kroos
61' ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have scored 6 of their 13 goals between the 61st and 75th minute. Spain have scored six goals in total in the tournament.
61' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: The crowd is suddenly awake after that flurry. Pedro had looked in danger of getting the Del Bosque hook but was closest before Iniesta's drag wide and then another Pedro effort.
60' From the throw, Ramos can only flick Jansen's cross towards Klose. He does well to get a shot off, but it's well over.
59' At the other end, Jansen fires a low cross towards goal, Pique clears for a throw in.
57' So close for Spain! Neuer denies Pedro with a superb save! Spain come again with Iniesta, exchanging passes with Alonso before firing the ball across the German goal. David Villa streches and is an inch from making it one nil. Spain have gone up a gear...
55' ESPN Stats & Info: Since the statistic was first tracked in 1966, Spain have now become only the third team to complete 3,000 passes at a single World Cup. (Brazil 1994 & Netherlands 1998).
54' Spain starting to look something like their best. Xavi finding Villa, withdrawn to his preferred left side position, who bends a shot wide. Slightly better from Spain.
How long will it be before Fernando Torres comes off the bench?
52' Boateng's withdrawal is a curious one. Clearly Low feels Boateng has been exposed by Ramos and Pedro.
51' Jerome Boateng coming off for Marcell Jansen
49' Alonso is getting closer! More positive play from Spain, Xavi's lay off again finding Alonso, who's crisp drive whistles just wide.
48' Excellent play from Pedro. The Barca man is making the most of his chance in the team, taking on Boateng and Friedrich before pulling back to Alonso, who can only drag his shot wide.
47' A bright start to the second half, a marked improvement in the energy shown by both sides.
45' KICK OFF Spain start the second half.
Can Sarah Brandner's other half, Bastian Schweinsteiger, produce a bit of magic?
45' Germany managing to defend resolutely in the first half. Portugal and Paraguay also made it to half time level, before David Villa ended their World Cup hopes...
45' ESPN Stats & Info: This is the fourth consecutive semi-final involving Germany that has been 0-0 at half-time, but there has never been a 0-0 draw in a World Cup semi-final at full time.
45' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Fear has taken hold here and it's been no classic. Spain are back at pass-pass-pass and little end result while Germany have made only rare outings. Let's hope for better.
45' On second viewing, any foul by Ramos on Ozil would've been outside the box, so either way, not a penalty.
Sergio Ramos makes a desperate plea for some entertainment
45' HALF TIME Surely we aren't on our way to the first goalless semi-final in World Cup history?
45' A close call for Sergio Ramos! Germany break and Klose slips a ball through for Ozil. Seemingly in on goal, Ramos collides with the Germany number 8 and he goes down. The referee could easily have pointed to the spot...
44' Boateng concedes another corner after neat play from Pedro. The corner comes to nothing. Yet again.
43' ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have not conceded a second-half goal in this World Cup. Both of Spain's conceded goals have come after 45 minutes.
42' Not for the first time in the match, Spain are too clever for their own good. Their attempt at an intricate set piece results in the ball finding its way back to Iker Casillas. Sigh...
41' Spain free kick as Iniesta is brought down by Boateng. A chance to get the ball in the box for Spain...
39' Fantastic piece of skill from Jerome Boateng. Fantastic, but ultimately meaningless as Klose fouls Pique.
38' Neat play from Ozil, collecting a pass inside from Lahm. He tries to take on one man too many though, and the chance is gone.
37' The semi final is yet to catch light, we need a goal. It'll come...
36' Spain are trying to be too complex in their approach play. Alonso and Capdevila getting their wires crossed, and the result is a German throw in.
The Beautiful Game: Bastian Schweinsteiger's other half, Sarah Brandner, watches on from the stands
34' Casillas handles this corner far more convincingly with a strong punch clear of the penalty area.
33' Another corner for Germany...
33' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: This may sound odd but I think Spain are actually missing Torres. Or, failing that, their ability to play off a front-man. Villa is expected to do too much when not allowed to float in from the left.
32' Again Spain look nervy as they scramble clear the corner. That could be a way through for Germany.
31' The first shot from Germany is a good one, Trochowski's low drive is tipped behind by Casillas. Corner...
29' Alonso tries his luck from distance, his effort is poor and goes harmlessly wide.
28' Germany have struggled to impose themselves on this game. Ozil with a misplaced ball for Klose, which drifts out of play.
27' Podolski is down and receiving treatment. With Muller already out, this could be devastating for Germany.
26' Podolski on the end of a nasty challenge from Ramos. The Real Madrid man is lucky to escape a caution there.
25' ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have not taken a shot of any type in the first 25 minutes. Spain have had three (with one on target).
24' Pedro attempts an acrobatic effort from an Iniesta cross, the ball is far too slow in arriving though and the Barca forward makes a hash of his volley.
23' Poor decision from the linesman, offside given against Capdevila when he was clearly on.
David Villa's chance has been the best of the game so far.
21' Again the corner is played short, the ball in is headed clear by the giant figure of Mertesacker.
20' Spain keeping the ball and Germany seem to be content with letting them have it. Lahm tackles Iniesta to give Spain another corner.
18' Ramos has a very ambitious shot at goal. Finding himself isolated out on the right, Ramos lashes a shot towards goal that sails high and wide.
17' ESPN Stats & Info: Germany entered the match leading the tournament in goals scored (13), far surpassing Spain's six. Germany are one of only three teams in World Cup history to average more than two goals scored per match (along with Brazil and Hungary).
Andres Iniesta and Bastian Schweinsteiger get to grips
15' Again Spain aren't convincing with their defending, the ball eventually coming to Trochowski. His ball in looks a good one, but no one can get on the end of it.
15' Casillas comes to clear, he can only get a finger tip to the ball and it's another corner.
14' Germany respond by earning their first corner. Pique making a mess of Trochowski's cross.
13' The corner is taken short to Iniesta, he fires in a perfect cross onto the head of Puyol, who guides his header over from six yards. Spain should be one-nil up.
12' Spain have their first corner, Boateng turning the ball behind under pressure from Sergio Ramos.
German fans respond to the news that Paul the Octopus predicted a win for Spain
9' Excellent closing down from Klose, who charges down Pique and then Casillas to cause panic in the Spanish defence for a brief moment.
8' Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Excitement among the Spanish/German contingent behind me as Villa goes close. The pitch here is very sticky indeed. That would seem to favour the Germans in that the Spaniards are the team more dependent on a passing game.
7' Spain are keeping the ball well and pressurising Germany when they're not in possession. Ozil's pass is sloppy, Spanish throw in.
5' First chance of the game and Pedro is involved again! His fantastic through balls finds Villa, whose shot is well blocked by the onrushing Neuer, good goalkeeping.
4' An unwanted intruder on the field. Luckily it's swiftly handled and play is restarted.
3' Pedro looking lively early on for Spain. Clearly eager to impressive on the big stage.
2' First signs of an attack. Tidy play from Pedro, collecting Pique's cross-field pass. His lay off finds Capdevila, whose cross is over hit.
1' The surface doesn't look too pretty in Durban, let's hope it isn't indicative of the football to follow...
- KICK OFF Germany get this one started!
- The tournament two top strikers go head-to-head. Miroslav Klose or David Villa, whose your money on?
- The teams are in the tunnel, this could be the game of the tournament...
- Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Trochowski will plough the channels for the Germans, and is less explosive than Muller. That could be good for Jogi Low, because he needs Boateng to be protected against Iniesta and Ramos.
Will Miroslav Klose draw level with Ronaldo in the all-time scoring charts?
- Comment from John Brewin in Durban: Durban Stadium is pumping with the same old CD of eight hits - Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" is on now. This is a wonderful setting by the sea for what promises to be an intriguing encounter if nothing else. Pedro looks a risk to me, and will Villa be effective up top rather than cutting in from the left?
- ESPN Stats & Info: Spain striker David Villa needs just one goal in Spain's remaining two matches to set the all-time Spanish record in a single World Cup. (Villa has five goals in 2010) Two goals will set the all-time Spain international scoring record. (Raul, 44 goals).
Iker Casillas and his colleagues prior to kick-off
- ESPN Stats & Info: Germany have scored four goals in three different games this tournament. That is the second best record of this type in World Cup history and trails only Hungary who did so four times in the 1954 tournament.
- Spain may be newcomers to the semi-final stage, but reaching this point of the competition is the minimum requirement for a German side. Impressively, this is Germany's third straight appearance in the last four of the World Cup.
- Stat Attack: Tonight, Germany will play their 98th game at the World Cup, a new record.
- Spain came into the tournament branded as world football's entertainers, while Germany have a reputation built on efficiency. Roles have certainly been reversed in South Africa, with Die Mannschaft thrilling fans worldwide with their attacking football, and Spain putting in gritty performances to advance to the last four.
- ESPN Stats & Info: The last team to lose its first game of the tournament and advance to the final was Italy at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. (Spain lost its opening match to Switzerland.)
- ESPN Stats & Info: Germany and Spain have met 20 times, Germany have won eight times, Spain six and there have been six draws.
- Germany also make one change to their victorious quarter-final team. The impressive Thomas Muller is suspended, so Piotr Trochowski takes his place is Joachim Low's team.
- Appearing in their first World Cup semi-final, Spain make all the headlines pre kick-off with one huge change to their starting eleven. The misfiring Fernando Torres is replaced by Pedro, the Barcelona forward's first start for Spain.
- The second semi-final of South Africa 2010 promises to be it's most entertaining fixture. As the World Cup says a fond farewell to Durban, Spain or Germany will be kissing their tournament hopes goodbye.
- The last encounter between these two nations was in the Euro 2008 final. Spain won 1-0 thanks to a Fernando Torres strike. Join us at 1830 GMT on Wednesday to see if they can do it again.
- Spain have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time and standing in their way of the final are a free-scoring German side.
Bastian Schweinsteiger could be the key man for Germany.

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