Could do nothing about the header. Was solid otherwise, and stifled Villa in the early stages too.
PHILIP LAHM: 6
Could not “eliminate” Iniesta from the game altogether. Went up front, but was restricted by his defensive duties a little too much for him to have any effect up front.
Germany’s centre backs had a good game and Friedrich was strong and solid at the back, trying his best to stop Spain’s incisive passes up front.
Again, played deep in his own half and won a lot of balls in air. Got his legs in some weird positions more than once and intercepted some brilliant passes.
It was surprising to see him surprised at being substituted. Committed too many fouls, gave Ramos a free hand and did nothing about Iniesta’s cross in the first half, which (fortunately for Germany) Puyol headed over.
SAMI KHEDIRA: 5
Nothing spectacular, was forced into a more defensive shift than usual. Won some balls, but not a game he’d remember for long.
Along with Khedira, Schweini was happy to let Spain come deep in his own half and then win the ball back. Which meant even when Germany got the ball back, they were 80 yards away from Klose to actually start a decent counter. Should have pressed more and made more telling passes.
MESUT ÖZIL: 6
Should have been awarded a penalty in the first half, or at least a free-kick. Played up front, and tried his best to make Germany’s counters bear fruit, but he couldn’t. Some good passes, some good runs. That’s about it.
Went on an excellent run and fired in Germany’s only shot on target with an attempt miles from the goal. His cross was headed out for Germany’s first corner. Was no Mueller though!
LUKAS PODOLSKI: 6
Drew a horrible foul from Ramos, who escaped uncarded (though Ribery got sent off for the EXACT same thing in the CL). Was bogged down by his defensive duties a little too much for his own liking.
MIROSLAV KLOSE: 6
In all honesty, he din’t have one decent chance to actually justify his reputation as the guy one goal behind Ronaldo’s all time record. Held the ball up well, and his speed even at this age allowed him to beat the likes of Puyol and Capdevila. If there ever was a striker starved of service, it was him.
MARCEL JANSEN: 5
Came on for Boateng, was only slightly better.
Fluffed Germany’s best chance, when they absolutely could not afford to. Made Casillas look good with his weak shot, when he should have blasted it into the top corner.
COACH – JOACHIM LOEW: 5
Should have learned something from Paraguay’s match against Spain. Should not have allowed Spain to play their way into Germany’s half and his midfield to press higher up the pitch. Germany were most likely to score from a counter, but they were winning balls too deep inside their own pitch to make it count.
IKER CASILLAS: 7
Realized he had real issues with catching the Jabulani, so resorted to punching the ball away. Solid otherwise.
Went up front, but then again he’s no Ramos. Was not needed in defence and he provided width up front.
Missed an easy header early on, but made amends with that bullet of a header. Holy crap, I doubt if people can kick with that much power! Solid defensively too.
Took the ball up front and made decent tackles and interceptions. Kept his marker busy, allowing Puyol to head in the goal from the corner.
SERGIO RAMOS: 6
Typical Ramos performance. Let his hair loose and had one big party up front. Gave Boateng a horrible time and covered up for his center backs when necessary. Lucky not to concede a penalty for tripping Ozil.
SERGIO BUSQUETS: 6
For a change, he didn’t need to dive. Kept their midfield ticking, with his simple and quick passing. Nothing special, but ‘nothing special’ is exactly what’s asked of him.
XABI ALONSO: 6
Good passing, but most all his were shots off target. That apart, he combined well with his teammates to keep hold of the ball.
Assisted Puyol’s goal. And a bunch of other clichés, like Spain’s heartbeat blah blah their back bone blah blah, which he was more than happy to live up to.
Same story. Passing intelligent passing incisive passing probing passing *add adjective here* passing….Had a tough game against Lahm, who was the best defender he’s come up against so far. Nevertheless, Iniesta was one of Spain’s most important players.
Was a spark in Spain’s attack, his quick passing and movement clearly troubled Germany. He was substituted for being selfish (and leaving Torres kicking air). Walked away in shame hoping the ground would swallow him. Negative marks for messing up a sure chance.
Had two great chances – Neuer cleaned up one and Villa could not make contact with Iniesta’s brilliant pass in the second half.
He must have said something to Pedro in the dressing room, for which Pedro didn’t pass to him in the second half =P. That said, he barely did anything otherwise (though he did yell at Pedro!!).
SILVA & MARCHENA: Brought on to waste time.
COACH -DEL BOSQUE: 7
Gamble to start Pedro did pay off. Good game otherwise, though he needs to organize his defence against set pieces.
Should have at least awarded a free-kick for Germany in the first half, when Ramos fouled Özil.