Philippine Daily Inquirer
World Cup final on
JOHANNESBURG—Spain’s artists meet the artisans of the Netherlands on Sunday in a World Cup final that will end with one team taking the title for the first time.
European champion Spain has steadily improved with each game in South Africa until the point where it controlled this week’s semifinal againstGermany with a measured performance that denied a previously impressive team any space or opportunity to counterattack.
The Dutch gladly embrace the win-at-all-costs mentality that was anathema to the “Total Football” generation that reached the 1974 and ’78 finals. But those sides, which included the likes of Johan Cruyff, Johnny Rep and Johan Neeskens, only attained the status of the best team never to win theWorld Cup.
“I’d rather play an extremely ugly game and win, instead of a beautiful one and lose,” Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said.
Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder shares the tournament scoring lead with Spain’s David Villa on five goals and both are expected to play key roles in the final.