spain vs. Germany
When: 1:30 p.m. today Where: Durban TV-radio: ESPN and KZNX-AM (1530), KWNXAM (1260)
Spain: La Furia Roja plays “the beautiful game’’ better than any other country these days, but the secondranked team still has yet to click on all cylinders. Their game is possession, and they will need that today. David Villa has been the Spanish scoring armada.
He could use some help from either Cesc Fabregas, who might take struggling Fernando Torres’ place up front, or one of the talented midfielders. Iker Casillas has been the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
Germany: Die Mannschaft is in the semifinals for the third straight time. The threetime champions, ranked fourth in the world, are peaking at the perfect time.
Like the Spanish, the Germans want to keep the ball. Miroslav Klose has four goals for the tournament and 14 in Cup history — tying him for second place alltime. But Thomas Mueller, who has also scored four goals, is suspended for this match. The young Germans have been machine-like in their precision and have shown no weakness whatsoever.