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The match started as expected with Spain that constantly managed the ball and Holland in a defensive mode but always ready to counter attack with its amazing players. The second time we saw a completely different game.
First of all we can definitely say that Holland raced twice as much than Spain demonstrating a perfect physical condition. Since the beginning of the second half also the ball possession of Spain disappeared and Holland controlled the game very smoothly.
Nothing happened even after the changes operated by Del Bosque that decided to put Torres and Pedro on the pitch. The first one seems to be a former player, listless and sad … a player who seemed to have never played football. The second did not have the opportunity to prove his value on the field because he entered when Spain already disappeared from the pitch.
A special mention for Robben a star without age and with a still impressive athletic freshness. Thanks to his accelerations and skills he has simply devastated the Spanish defensive line. Undoubtedly he was perfectly supported by the grueling pressure of all his teammates which have continuously tried to close the passing lanes of the Spanish jugglers.
Van Gaal completed the work with a tactics that seemed to be too daring but that eventually annihilated the Spanish team.