FOOTBALL BETTING: Spain edged past Germany into the World Cup Final where they will come head to head with the Dutch, neither team have ever won the trophy before.
Spain recorded at 3rd straight 1-0 victory in the knockout stages to book a place in the World Cup Final, along with the Netherlands, at the expense of Germany. Neither finalist has won the World Cup before, which should add some tension to the teams.
Spain played their tight, passing game with plenty of possession and, in the end, Germany were left looking a little short of ideas. Even after conceding in the 73rd minute, there appeared to be no extra drive or push for the equaliser and, ironically, Spain nearly caught Germany on the counter 2 or 3 times. Torres, who has had a pretty miserable tournament, will be absolutely gutted that Pedro did not square to him to slot home late on but he will probably get another chance in the final.
Spain dropped in from 9/4 to 4/7 to lift the cup (William Hill) an Holland drifted ever so slightly, 6/4 pretty much across the board (888sport, Bet365) from about the 11/8 and 5/4 to mark. Netherlands and Spain have never met in the European Championships or the World Cup and what a way to break a duck.
The losers will be heart-broken but have a chance to play for 3rd, Germany 3/4 favs with Betdaq to triumph over Uruguay in 90 minutes. The passionate South Americans are 9/2 with Betfred in 90 minutes and you can guarantee the Uruguayans will be up for it, battling all the way to the final whistle and might be worth backing.
Villa and Sneijder, joint leading scorers on 5, come head to head in the final and you get the feeling 1 goal will snatch it. Villa remains a 10/11 shot with Bet365 to be top scorer, Sneijder contracting slightly to 3/1 from 7/2 (Paddy Power) as they have now played the same amount of games. Miroslav Klose remains on 4 goals and drifts to 6/1 at Betdaq as he will require at least 2, possibly a hattrick to top the charts. If you fancy Forlan to pull it out of the bag in similar fashion, he is 16/1 with Blue Square.