Bayern Munich and Germany play maker Bastian Schweinsteiger has for the first time spoken out on his country’s shocking semi final exist to Spain. Germany’s fairy tale World Cup campaign was ended by a Carles Puyol header in the 73rd minute in a match which La Furia Roja dominated right from kick-off.
Going into this match, you would have been crazy not to tip the Germans as the favourites. After beating England and Argentina convincingly, Germany became the talk of the tournament and everyone expected them to at least reach the final. Only one hurdle came between them and a 4th title and it was the mighty Spaniards.
Right from Kick-off, Spain showed intention and desire to be in the final and they did not fail to make their intentions clear when the got the first real scoring opportunity with just a few minutes played in the game.They not only deserved to win, but, they also set up a mega final on Sunday.
Both Spain and the Netherlands have never won the World Cup so it will be exciting to see how they approach Sunday’s final. That said, Germany’s semi final exist left a bitter taste in the player-especially Bastian.
“I am angry because we were close to the final, but then we did not play like we were supposed to,” he told Kicker.
“Of course, Spain had more ball possession, they have very good fit players. But we must be better, too often we were chasing the ball.
“Against Spain we did not get many chances to score, and we should have done better when we had the odd chance.”
“Spain deserved to win, they are still one step better than England or Argentina. But we have seen that we have a good young team with a bright future.”
With just two matches remaining until the World’s biggest sporting event ends, South Africa 2010 will be remembered as tournament of many firsts.