FIFA WORLD CUP

Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa

Attendance: 60960

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Spain

  • Carles Puyol 73'
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    Chris Jones: From all of us, thanks for watching with us. See you Saturday for Germany v. Uruguay.

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    Jeff Bradley: And Ottmar Hitzfeld smiles

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    Chris Jones: Eight countries will have won it come Sunday.

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    Chris Jones: Thanks everybody. Spain v. The Netherlands in the World Cup Final! Good stuff.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Folks, that's all from me. Be sure to join us on Saturday for the pivotal third-place game.

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    Luke Cyphers: This is the part where I remind people that in ESPN The Magazine, there's a story called "Espana!" about the dominance of Spain across the sports world over the past decade, talking about the possibility of Pau Gasol, Rafa Nadal and the soccer team winning titles this summer.
    This has been a paid commercial announcement.

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    [Comment from Spain]
    We will never put you in paella ever again!!!

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    [Comment from Paul the Octopus]
    Ultimately I am the only one standing - err, swimming.

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    WOW! The final is full of the two best teams to ever not win a World Cup. Cool.

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    Chris Jones: No, I know Jeff... But Germany? They looked so strong.

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    Jeff Carlisle: If Puyol doesn't win Man of the Match, it's a conspiracy.

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    JemeleHill: 6-0, now.

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    [Comment from amazed]
    whats the octopus' record this world cup

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    JemeleHill: Or Sasha

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    Jeff Carlisle: Definitely not an upset. Spain was a pre-tournament favorite.

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    JemeleHill: Never doubt the octopus!

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    [Comment from Espana]
    High five octopus

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    Chris Jones: Does Spain winning count as an upset? It feels like it.

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    [Comment from Karla]
    Octopus for dinner anyone?

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    Jeff Carlisle: FULL TIME!

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    [Comment from The Fat Lady]
    I'm singing!

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    Chris Jones: Neuer is edging up the field.

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    [Comment from Octopus]
    I told you! I TOLD YOU!! Don't you EVER doubt my abilities!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Marchena on for Xabi Alonso.

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    Luke Cyphers: Puyol is having a monster game

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    JemeleHill: Well at least Loew may get a clean sweater out of this

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    Jeff Carlisle: Gomez tried to slip Klose through but the ball was over hit.

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    Luke Cyphers: Three minutes from The Choker Bowl

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    Chris Jones: Dude, how big was that yellow card?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Mueller looking forlorn on the sidelines.

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    Chris Jones: Three minutes from a first-time World Cup winner...

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    Chris Jones: Three minutes of extra time.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Silva wins another corner. Germany can't get out of their own half.

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    Chris Jones: Germans look beaten... Very bad body language. Lots of hands on hips.

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    Chris Jones: Controlling the ball beautifully.

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    Luke Cyphers: Sweet bit o skill from Iniesta to earn that corner

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    Jeff Carlisle: Iniesta wins another corner from Mertesacker. Spain killing time well.

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    Luke Cyphers: Good run by Torres, too

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    Jeff Carlisle: Corner to Spain.

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    Chris Jones: Very good tackle by Friedrich there.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Torres takes Friedrich on, but the German tackles the ball away.

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    [Comment from Jinx]
    Wow, you guys are just egging me on aren't you

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    Jeff Carlisle: Puyol with a monster clearance.

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    Luke Cyphers: If this holds up, it's really impressive how Spain has defused Germany's speed.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Lahm with a dangerous ball in, but Spain clears. Jansen defuses a Spain counter.

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    [Comment from Contract Compliance]
    Easy Jeff, you're stepping into Chris's role (timekeeper) . . .

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    [Comment from Deutschland]
    Keep talking stats!

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has 16 goals in its World Cup history from the 86th-90th minute, the most of any country.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Five minutes + stoppage time to go.

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    Chris Jones: Dive there, I think.

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    Luke Cyphers: Germany looks like they're going to throw stuff at their tall folks in the box.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Schweinsteiger goes down near the top of the box, but no call. David Silva is on for Pedro.

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    [Comment from Venasaur]
    Its ok, Germany is just gettting ready for its solar beam attack at the 87th minute

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ball cleared, falls to Schweinsteiger, but shot is blocked.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ozil wins a free kick about 40 yards away.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Spain bunkering in, but looking solid.

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    Luke Cyphers: I was at that hotel where Leander is now. Shoddy Internet. He's probably down at the Mexican/Irish theme bar on the first floor that was full of drunken Dutchmen last night

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    Chris Jones: Still can't believe Pedro didn't pass there.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Germany back on the attack.

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    [Comment from Ricardo Clark]
    What a play by pedro

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    Luke Cyphers: Torres wiiiiiiiiide open. Could have changed his whole bad tournament there.

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    Chris Jones: Terrible terrible terrible.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Leander is not even here for me to gloat.

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    [Comment from Call me Pedro not Piotr]
    Pedro got greedy

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    Chris Jones: Pedro just made a horribly selfish play. Torres was wide open -- nobody near him, and Pedro tried to do it alone. Terrible.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Pedro with a clear chance to clinch it, with Torres wide open. Tries to skin one time too many.

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    JemeleHill: Memo to Pedro: A pass might have worked there

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    Jeff Carlisle: Jansen great cross just misses Gomez.

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    [Comment from Confused]
    What is Spain thinking?!

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    Chris Jones: (About the gassing runs... Not sarcasm.)

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    [Comment from Germany]
    Torres is coming on! We've got a chance!

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    Jeff Carlisle: No worries.

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    Chris Jones: Very well read, Luke.

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    Luke Cyphers: Whoops, sorry Jeff

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    Luke Cyphers: Torres for Villa

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    Jeff Carlisle: Khedira off for Mario Gomez. Torres on for Villa.

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    Luke Cyphers: Gomez for Khedira

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    Jeff Carlisle: Jansen skins Ramos, but Pique clears the cross.

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    Chris Jones: Torres is coming on.

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    [Comment from Officials]
    Thank you Chris

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    Luke Cyphers: Villa's made a couple of long, gassing runs. Torres coming on?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Villa 1-on-1 with Friedrich, but second defender sweeps it away.

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    Chris Jones: Game has been very well officiated, for the record.

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    [Comment from Lost Leander]
    He's down at the pub buying one of the drinks named after him.

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    [Comment from Pep Guardiola]
    Captain Puyol to the rescue for the Catala... I mean for Spain

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    [Comment from German]
    *Gags the fat lady* Not yet...

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ramos clears back to Kroos, Pique clears the second cross.

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    Chris Jones: That's good work, Jeff. Thanks man.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Corner to Germany.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Sure.

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    Luke Cyphers: The goal came just as the game seemed to be turning toward Germany. Casillas kept Spain afloat.

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    [Comment from JW]
    What is German for "Guy on 47th Floor"?

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    Chris Jones: Jeff Carlisle -- can you take over play by play? We've lost Leander, I'm thinking.

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    [Comment from Fat Lady]
    According to Stats, Paul the Octopus, and Sasha the Psychic, I can now start singing

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    Jeff Carlisle: In the stands, sitting with Mueller.

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    Chris Jones: Attendance 60,960

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    [Comment from Germany]
    Octopus is our new national meal

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    [Comment from WheresGermany?]
    Where is the German team I watched earlier in the tourney?

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    [Comment from Jess]
    You know, I never really took the octopus stuff seriously, but I'm starting to believe.

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    Chris Jones: Shut up, Richter.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think that chance was actually tougher than the one Puyol had in the first half.

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    Luke Cyphers: believe

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    [Comment from Richter]
    Just outside that 5 minute mark

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    [Comment from Predicter Octopus]
    I do not lie

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    Luke Cyphers: Perfect corner from Xavi, I velieve, and Puyol flew in from about the halfway line to nail it

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    [Comment from D]
    it was only a mater of time..as Spain as been the aggressor

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    Chris Jones: Neuer throws the ball away in disgust.

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    Chris Jones: Great header.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Header from quite some distance as well. About 10 yards.

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    [Comment from Pau Gasol]
    I told you so . . .

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    JemeleHill: Maybe that octopus and Sasha the psychic were on to something

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    [Comment from Scott]
    It's about friggin' time!

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    Chris Jones: (And within five minutes, I'll add.)

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    Luke Cyphers: Header

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    Chris Jones: 1-0!

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    Luke Cyphers: Puyol

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    Chris Jones: SPAIN!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL!

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    Chris Jones: Have we lost Leander?

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    [Comment from Shakira]
    Waka Waka Score Score Score!!!

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    [Comment from T]
    Stats is depressing me

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    [Comment from Ron Burgundy]
    SPAIN ATTACK!!! ASSEMBLE!!!! *blows into vuvuzela*

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Only three times before in a semifinal has the first goal come after the 70th minute, all three of those teams have gone on to win.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Kroos has made quite the impact since coming on.

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    Luke Cyphers: Now Germany pushing the game

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    Chris Jones: This game has become something else.

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    Luke Cyphers: Iker thump

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    [Comment from Wafle]
    Want syrup with that Chris?

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    [Comment from That Choking Feeling]
    You know...you can't spell Spain without P-A-I-N.

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    Chris Jones: Great read and save by Casillas.

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    Chris Jones: Did I say Spain? I meant Germany.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Kroos goes close!

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    Luke Cyphers: Schweiny especially is closing down on Xavi. It's most likely Iniesta who'll have to set something up for La Roja.

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    [Comment from Greg]
    Hasn't Torres suffered enough? Please bring him in.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nicely handled by Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Villa with a shot from a tough angle, right at Neuer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Xavi feeds Capdevilla on the left but his cross is cleared by Mertesacker.

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    Chris Jones: Torres is warming up.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And Paraguay will go bankrupt.

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    [Comment from Chris Jones Hater]
    Thank you Chris now Germany will score

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    Chris Jones: I'm going to go ahead and say Spain scores in the next five minutes. It's the 67th minute now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain remains very dangerous but Iniesta's cross is a little too far out ahead of the runners.

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    [Comment from German Language]
    I always sound angry.

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    Chris Jones: I don't know what the Germans behind us are saying, but it sounds angry.

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    [Comment from Another guy at work]
    Yep, dive by Ramos. The worst.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Looked like the ball was already by Ramos when went down.

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    Chris Jones: That was a nicely timed run there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski had tracked his man well.

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    Luke Cyphers: Sauce for the goose, etc...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No penalty!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A wonderful cross from Alonso into the box for Ramos, who went to ground!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Toni Kroos is on for Piotr Trochowski.

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    Jeff Bradley: Thanks Jeff

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yes. Fischer. 1982 vs. France. Goal for the ages.

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    Jeff Bradley: Where's Klaus Fischer when you need him? (old guy reference)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A cross to Klose, but it was behind him. He did well to even get a shot off, which went way over.

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    Chris Jones: This game is about to break wide open... So sweet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pique slides to the cross by Schweinsteiger and concedes a throw-in.

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    [Comment from Enquiring Mind]
    How many of Spain's 13 shots have been by Pedro?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Villa was right by the box, got hip-checked and didn't get the call. Germany on the break.

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    [Comment from JP]
    Man, if Pedro could actually do something good, he'd be good.

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    [Comment from jeff in the \'burgh]
    Mueller's non-presence is very evident in the attacking third. Germany need to find a way to control the ball longer or Spain will reign on the plain.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They should have converted there.

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    Luke Cyphers: Xabi A's getting more space in the middle, where he started that last attack from, because Germany was really harassing Xavi. Or maybe Germany just got them mixed up.

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    Chris Jones: Villa was closest to the Iniesta cross -- outstretched but missed it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro with another long shot! Just wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: After Pedro's shot Iniesta got to the back line and hit it in front of goal but nobody was there in time to finish it off!

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has scored 6 of its 13 goals between the 61st and 75th minute. Spain has scored 6 goals total in the tournament.

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    Chris Jones: VERY good save by Neuer.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Set up by Iniesta.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain so close!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro with a shot!

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    [Comment from Ray]
    Easy decision anyway: Leander > Jeff

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: *Flashback to picking teams in elementary school.*

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    [Comment from Macdaddy]
    Come on Leander and Jeff, don't make us decide between you two

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    Chris Jones: With every minute that passes, England and Argentina look worse and worse.

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    Luke Cyphers: Spain's had just two on the frame, though.

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    [Comment from Tyler]
    Spain goal in the 63' - calling it now

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Somewhere a long way away from the actual chance.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Total Shots Taken: Spain 9, Germany 2

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro had a touch!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yes. INIESTA.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Xavi feeds a nice ball to Villa at the top of the box, after Iniesta helped built the attack, but the shot is a good few yards off target.

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    [Comment from Human Traffic Cone]
    I resent that, Jeff.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain will have to push through and score a goal soon, or they'll have wasted spades more energy without having anything to show for it while Germany absorbs and conserves energy.

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    Luke Cyphers: Germany, after sitting back so much in first half, seems to want to put more pressure on Xavi now.

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    [Comment from obvious]
    could we call leander a "pedrophile"?

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Since the statistic was first tracked starting in 1966, Spain has now become only the third team to complete 3,000 passes at a single World Cup. (Brazil, 1994 & Netherlands, 1998)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I wish I'd brought my Vote Pedro t-shirt to South Africa to wear the next time I see Jeff.

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    [Comment from :)]
    pedriffic indeed Chirs!

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    Chris Jones: PEDRIFFIC!

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    [Comment from Yoda]
    Does not make him bad, A mistake.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Boateng comes off because he is a human traffic cone.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Boateng comes off for Marcel Janssen, since he couldn't handle PEDRO.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro has now become a vehicle for the decades-long rivalry between Carlisle and myself, in case you hadn't noticed.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yes, that was PEDRO who coughed the ball up to Schweinsteiger.

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    Luke Cyphers: Lost Wahlberg brother Xabi A is finding room.

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    Chris Jones: PEDRO IS AWESOME.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Xavi and PEDRO helped set it up.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alonso with another blast! Just wide!!!

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    [Comment from Luis]
    Pedro overcomplicated that run, again.

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    [Comment from Renee Zellwegger]
    Chris had me at I hate Paraguay

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    [Comment from Obi Wan]
    And you wanted to take Pedro out Jeff

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    Jeff Carlisle: Shut up, Chris.

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    Chris Jones: That was a fantastic run by Pedro.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro with a long dribble before laying it off to Alonso, but his shot curled away from the goal.

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    Luke Cyphers: Chris, it's OK. You had me at hello.

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    [Comment from Bartender]
    I'd name a drink The Schaerlaeckens after Leander, but nobody would order it (because nobody could pronounce it).

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    Chris Jones: I'll see you in Plattsburgh my friend.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's rather telling that Villa is drifting off to the left. If not even he can find room in the center of Germany's defense, there might well not be any.

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    Chris Jones: Luke! I never got chance to say goodbye!

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    [Comment from Jeff\'s drinking buddy]
    Couple of shots of Jeffermeister and we're ready to go!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain sends a ball into the box, but Pedro's cross sails over everybody and everything.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Second half is a go.

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    [Comment from Dom]
    How long until we see Torres? 55th?

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    Jeff Bradley: I just wanted to say Ayoba!

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    Luke Cyphers: Hey everybody. Checking in. Looks crowded, though.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: At least he's putting himself in positions to shoot. Of course Iniesta isn't coming out, but I'm saying by the logic of not having too many similar players, you should take out the one having the lesser game.

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    [Comment from FIGHT]
    JEFF V LEANDER, LETS DO THIS

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    Jeff Bradley: How's everybody doing?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Barring injury of course.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Iniesta is not coming out of this match. Period.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Which is precisely why he should be off. If his choice of shots is poor what good is he?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: So by that logic you would have to take Iniesta off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Stylistically, yes, Jeff. But he's having a better game, or at least providing more danger. Iniesta has been better than in his last game or two, but he's not as dangerous as Pedro. If Pedro's shot selection were better, he would have had a few more good shots in there already.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sorry, technical difficulties on my end.

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    [Comment from Pedro\'s Dad]
    ...and my car keys!

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    [Comment from Pedro\'s Mother]
    He has a better personality than Xavi.

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    Jeff Carlisle: What does he offer that Xavi, Iniesta, et all don't?

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Leander, I think a big part of that is that crosses over the ground are also usually substantially slower than crosses haphazardly flung through the air.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But Pedro has been the only one to be even slightly dangerous, Jeff. No?

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    [Comment from Sepp Blatter]
    I side with Chris Jones. There was no mistake by the referees.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Somebody ought to do a study. It seems to me that cross over the ground have a much higher success rate, even though they're much less frequently attempted. Would it make sense to always play them over the ground? Especially given that the other team's best headers but least skilled players are in the back?

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    [Comment from Mirror]
    Chris Jones tried a reflection on me and I broke.

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    [Comment from Second Half]
    German fans not to worry, you own me

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    Jeff Carlisle: I wouldn't be surprised to see Llorente come into the game at some poitn for Pedro. He provides more of a physical presence, and would provide more of a target on crosses.

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    Chris Jones: I didn't say it was a penalty in the first place!

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    [Comment from To Chris Jones]
    Flipflopper!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany is just so strong in the air.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That is some reflection, Jones!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Spain look the same as they have in their previous games. I will say they've tried to get Ramos and Capdevila into the attack more, but the crossing has not been the greatest.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany looks like a safe bet to outlast Spain here, which sends wave after wave of attack crashing on Germany's beachheads.

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    Chris Jones: Ozil was also a little out of control without the help... Upon reflection, I think no call was probably the right call.

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    [Comment from Stats]
    After going 0-10 in Posts for the half, I am due... here comes a big 2nd

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    Jeff Carlisle: Germany have to be pleased given the way they started the game. But they showed how deadly they can be on that last attack. I think Low probably keeps things the same.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: When a player is tripped by his feet, the chances of getting the call are much smaller. It's just a lot harder to see then being wrestled down above the belt.

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    Chris Jones: Yeah, that was a weird one... Definite contact, but might have made too much of a meal of it.

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    [Comment from Spain]
    Puyol is a the best defensive hobbit you'll ever see

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    [Comment from God]
    What can I say, I love Spain and blinded the ref.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Actually challenge was from Ramos. I would agree that Ozil went down a bit to easy. I think he might have oversold it.

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    Chris Jones: Stats?

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    ESPN Stats and Information: The 0-0 halftime scorline is the fourth consecutive semifinal appearance for Germany that has gone to the half scoreless.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was Ramos by the way, Puyol was standing next to them.

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    [Comment from Nighthawk]
    Gamecast staff: You've done a great job. I will ride with you into the mists of Avalon.

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    JemeleHill: Just saw the replay and he kicked the back of his heel. It was definitely a penalty.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Half-time.

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    Chris Jones: Puyol definitely clipped the back of his heel.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He went down a little easy, but he was essentially tripped by Ramos.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Totally a penalty.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long shot from Pedro is right at Neuer.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Wow. That looked like a legit foul on Ozil by Puyol.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Without having seen the replay, that might have been a penalty.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil on a long run into the Spanish box and went to ground, but the ref, who was right on top of things said no.

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    JemeleHill: How was that not a penalty?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No penalty!

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    Chris Jones: Agreed, Leander, about Pedro... Too fancy.

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    Jeff Carlisle: One minute stoppage time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The corner sails high. Pedro's shot is blocked.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jones is a proud, stout Canadia.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro again overcomplicates things when he had a clear shot but wanted a better one and wins only a corner when his shot is deflected.

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    CANADA? Leander please don't tell me you live in Canada

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    [Comment from Ron Burgandy?]
    Chris Jones, you know I don't speak Spainsh

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I must say, the German defense has had Villa in its pocket today.

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    [Comment from Obi-Won]
    Leander is too old to begin his Jedi training Yoda.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's that universal health care in Canada.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: There has never been a 0-0 draw in a World Cup semifinal.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That was a poor free kick routine by Spain. Didn't come close to fooling the Germans.

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    [Comment from 86-75-309]
    Wow Chris...i didnt know you could speak spanish

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A short ball gets to Pedro, but the second ball is bad. Chance gone.

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    Chris Jones: El floppo.

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    [Comment from Yoda]
    Use the force, Leander

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long free kick to Xavi from the side.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro recovered the ball, but Capdevilla's second cross was a prey to Germany's aerial power too.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has NOT ALLOWED a second half goal in this World Cup. Both of Spain's conceded goals have come after 45 minutes.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Great ball to Capdevilla out of the midfield, but his cross was headed away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Then how do I type?

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    [Comment from Editing Ref]
    Yellow Card on Leander - can't use your hands!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain looks ever so frustrated, much like it did against Praguay.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany is now the better team here, I would say.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Fixed!

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    JemeleHill: Bravo

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    [Comment from Nowhere Man]
    Hey Jemele, here is something entertaining! *does backflip*

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    [Comment from Grammar Police]
    "room to shot"?? There goes Leander's clean sheet.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ozil had room to shot but tried to cut past a few men and blew the chance!

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    Chris Jones: I suspect we'll see Torres early in the second half.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Your getting posted is proof of Jemele's involvement!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: She's doing the thankless job of reading all of your comments!

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    JemeleHill: I'm here, just busy posting your entertaining comments

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    [Comment from Noel @ Gamecast Crew]
    Haven't heard from Jemele in a while.. Is she getting ready to go streaking?

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    [Comment from Hilariouis]
    hahaha Tom Cruise hahaha couch haha good one Leander

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ah, good news! Del Bosque is looking grumpy! All will be fine for Spain.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I suppose if Tom Cruise would play him, he'd be stomping on a couch.

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    Chris Jones: Still jumped around like someone stole his Pokemon cards.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Podolski tears after a deep ball on the left, but he's offside.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He wasn't really open though, the lane between them was clogged.

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    [Comment from God]
    Successful half for Germany if Spain doesnt score

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    Chris Jones: Villa very upset about not getting the ball on that attack.

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    [Comment from Strategically-timed paperwork]
    By letting Spain attack and get confident Germany is also opening up space in the midfield that they can exploit on the counter

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    Chris Jones: Maybe should have shot it there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Iniesta lead a break-away, but he couldn't connect with Villa on the other wing.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Germany are starting to come into this game a bit more. Finally stringing some passes together. Movement off the ball has been better as well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Casillas punches away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Puyol holds of Ozil but concedes a corner.

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    [Comment from Soccer Guru]
    German's ability to play patiently allows them to rack up goals later on in the game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good observation, Concerned. If this keeps us, Germany will trample Spain in extra time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The corner is headed away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It came on the back of Xavi's failure to weave his way to the German box. Germany broke out dangerously.

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    [Comment from Concerned]
    Germany is just letting the Spaniards wear themselves down.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Trochowski's shot whistles just wide after Casillas taps it away with the tips of his fingers!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Too much Spanish possession.

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    [Comment from Marc]
    Germany has taken no shots after 30 minutes. Good defense or poor offernse, or bopth?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Villa on the run, but he played it behind his teammate.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Germany is clearly missing Mueller. They don't look all that dynamic in transition.

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    [Comment from Ref]
    Anyone notice we've had only 1 foul in the first half-hour?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But it's wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alonso gets a shot off!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain with the ball up high now.

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    [Comment from Paraguay]
    And you guys think WE are boring????

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    [Comment from Chris Jones]
    Paraguayns hate opera.

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    [Comment from Jeff\'s Kidnapper]
    Jeff has been kidnapped, ransom is posting this comment!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Podolski got stomped on by Ramos. In a lot of pain.

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    Chris Jones: Or is it an opera? Or is it a battle at sea?

    Or is it a soccer game?

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    [Comment from Quarter-Final ref]
    How much is Germany missing Mueller? You're welcome, Spain

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It will be over in a blink after hours of inaction.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This is a game of chess between grand masters, Chris.

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    [Comment from Lonely in Liechtenjeff]
    Where are the Jeffs? Speak!

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    [Comment from Grammar Police]
    Shouldn't it be EXCITEMENT, Question?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ramos gallops into some room on the right, which he has found a lot of, before playing it back.

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    Chris Jones: Germany seems to be waiting for the counter... and there isn't one coming.

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    [Comment from Question]
    Shouldn't it be BEER with me, Excitment?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro tries to get a shot off, but it's blocked and skied before Neuer plucks it from the air.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has not taken a shot of any type in the first 25 minutes. Spain with 3 (1 on target).

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ramos is brought down at the edge of the box, but Boateng wasn't whistled for it.

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    [Comment from Excitement]
    Sorry guys, they are having half priced beers at the bar so I am going to be hoping in and out of the game today. Please bear with me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A long ball to Capdevilla finds him offside.

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    Chris Jones: Pretty close offside call there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: These are, after all, two lightning quick teams, and evidently, when quick faces quick, most of the time play is fairly stagnant as they await the other's acceleration.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Every now and then this game will jolt into action as both teams try to capitalize on a little space and the other immediately reacts.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Back to the other end, where Klose received a good cross and changed directions before running aground.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain now on the break, but the through ball was blocked.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: But Casillas made it to a through ball in time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cleared. Germany on the break!

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    [Comment from Patrice Evra]
    I knew it! Leander was our mole!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Iniesta darts to the back line and wins a corner.

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    Chris Jones: Mertesacker has to be one of the biggest guys in this tournament -- height and weight. Total monster.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dutch and French.

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    [Comment from Wondering]
    Hey Leander what other languages do you speak (other than English of course)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pique to Villa with a lovely touch to Pedro! But Pedro could find no room.

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    [Comment from Arnold Schwarzennenger]
    Leander will be starring in Schaerlaeckenator:Rise of the Vuvuzelas

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    Jeff Carlisle: Spain really pushing Ramos forward and having him test Boateng while Iniesta threatens inside.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: When did I use dove?

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    Chris Jones: Muller sitting in the crowd... Looks like Ricky Schroder.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Alonso with a lovely cross to Ramos, whose shot is off.

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    Chris Jones: Except he just used "dove"; of course, it's his third language, so forgiven.

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    [Comment from George Clooney]
    Leander, I want you to play me in my upcoming autobiography

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    [Comment from Spellcheck]
    Leander has had 8 straight clean sheets (no grammer or spelling errors)

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    [Comment from Matty B]
    world hunger, president, end the recession?

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    [Comment from Captain Obvious]
    Hollywood is next

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    [Comment from prince]
    Go leander go

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A premature big-money transfer to a big club on the basis of far too small a body of work, of course. There I will flame out and go on to bounce around B-leagues.

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    [Comment from hard at work]
    Leander, you are one of the break-out stars of this world cup... what's next?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Trochowski's next cross sails over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Casillas more convincingly this time.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany entered the match leading the tournament in goals scored (13), far surpassing Spain's 6 marks. Germany is one of only three teams all-time in World Cup history to average more than 2 goals scored per match (Brazil and Hungary).

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Second corner to Germany.

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    Chris Jones: Casillas just got a touch to that. Barely.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Not a convincing touch by Casillas there.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Casillas taps the corner away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Trochowski's cross is headed behind by a slightly panicked Pique.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany on the break here.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Spain with 70% possession so far. That's a lot, even for Spain.

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    Chris Jones: Iniesta has been switching sides here... The proverbial floater.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Puyol dove ahead of Friedrich.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Short corner makes its way back to Iniesta who swings it into Puyol! But his header is over.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spain wins a corner.

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    Chris Jones: Okay, that's pretty good, Jamie.

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    [Comment from Jamie]
    Germany look a little rattled in the back...like Chris Jones on a Paraguayan bus.

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    [Comment from ThatGuy]
    Leander, I am behind you blowing a vuvuzala... enjoy

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    [Comment from James]
    I wonder if the slow field would affect the streaker's balls as well...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was Ozil, by the way, who was offside before, not Klose.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    The Germans look like they're scrambling for control

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    Jeff Carlisle: The center of Germany's defense has not looked sharp so far. Spain has come close to slipping a forward through a couple of times.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Iniesta almost worms his way through traffic, after some erroneous German defending lends a helping hand!

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    [Comment from Streaker]
    Streakers are 44-0 to get demolished in some way by officers

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Meanwhile, Ozil played it into Klose, but he was offside.

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    Chris Jones: Field is definitely slow... Balls that might have normally run out are staying in.

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    JemeleHill: It was about 2,000 last time I checked

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Klose chases Pique up well, forcing a hurried clearance from Casillas.

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    [Comment from Hardly Working]
    Stats, how many Paraguayans are in anti-Chris Jones facebook groups?

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    [Comment from Stats]
    Streakers are 0-44 to stay on the pitch when streaking before HT.

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    [Comment from Frank the Tank]
    We're going steaking! Through the quad!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ramos into Pedro but his chip into the box found nobody.

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    JemeleHill: I suppose I could some use for a spare soul

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    [Comment from Ryan @ Work]
    Ok Jemele, attached to this comment is the deed to my soul...now please post!!!

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    [Comment from tp7]
    stats, how many streakers has this world cup seen?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Schweinsteiger flings in a cross, but it was chested away by Puyol.

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    Chris Jones: Spain is looking the better of this one early. A little miscommunication there between Neuer and Friedrich.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Villa ran onto a beautiful through ball by Pedro but Neuer came off his line well and blocked it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Close for Spain!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pedro makes it to the back line before being moved off the ball by Lahm.

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    JemeleHill: At least the streaker didn't get tased

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: While the grass might be slow, the pace is pretty solid here from the start.

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    [Comment from andy]
    Worst streaker ever.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Germany resumes its possession.

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    Chris Jones: Fan runs on the field and gets absolutely done. We won't see him again. No a streaker... Streakers are naked.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: What a shame.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A streaker tears onto the field.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's why he knows these things.

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    Chris Jones: Hey Leander -- are you doing play by play?

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Linsdey Lohan for Raymond Domenech -- one trainwreck to another

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You should see Jeff's lawn, it's in mint condition.

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    Chris Jones: Six yard boxes are patchy as well.

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    Jeff Carlisle: It looks like Capdevila's crosses have not improved from the last game.

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    Jeff Bradley: This playing surface is considerably slower than most I've seen here in South Africa this month. Almost seems "squishy"

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good spot!

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    [Comment from Jack]
    Vin Diesel for Tim Howard

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has now set the record for most games played in World Cup history, this is the 98th match for the country breaking away from a tie with Brazil.

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    [Comment from Meg]
    What about Seth Rogan for Chris?

  •  

    [Comment from Shocked]
    No joking, I just counted the messages I've sent. 0 for 76

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This game is underway.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Check out the World Cup Blog for that booger reference.

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    [Comment from Zack Galifianakis]
    Sorry Chris but this movie cant afford me

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gary Oldman for Low!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Will you keep us abreast on Low's nostril conquests, Jones?

  •  

    JemeleHill: Edward Norton for Loew?

  •  

    Chris Jones: John Goodman doesn't swear enough, except for in Treme.

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    Chris Jones: Germany in white, Spain in red; Neuer in yellow; Casillas in blue.

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    [Comment from John Goodman]
    I can play Chris

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't think you get the game, Ben. It's an actor for a soccer player. Not a soccer player for a soccer player.

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    Chris Jones: No, but I'd like a chocolate-dipped cone, please.

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    [Comment from good humor guy]
    Chris.. is the shirtless one a girl?

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    Tomas Rosicky with black died hair for Ozil

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    JemeleHill: You may have spelled her name wrong, but I like what you're thinking

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    [Comment from How about]
    Holly Berry for Jemele

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    Chris Jones: German fan in tears behind us. Standing next to a shirtless one.

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    [Comment from Maradona]
    Danny DeVito can play me

  •  

    [Comment from Coop]
    Tom Crusie, and David Villa, both great actors

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    JemeleHill: *FOR NO

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    JemeleHill: David: Great, then we'd need ear plugs because HE'D SHOUT ALL THE TIME FORNO REASON

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Schwarzenegger for Schweinsteiger obviously.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Tom Cruise for David Villa?

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    [Comment from David]
    Samuel L. Jackson for Kloss

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    [Comment from Your Name]
    Robert Downey Jr would be perfect for Xavi

  •  

    [Comment from The Situation]
    Make me anyone and I'll ruin them, no problem

  •  

    [Comment from Franck Ribery]
    Is Roman Polanski available to play me?

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    [Comment from Tim]
    Daniel Radcliff would play Leander

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    [Comment from Joshy B.]
    Sean Penn can play Klose

  •  

    [Comment from Torres]
    I would prefer Owen Wilson with a new nose job

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And Ronnie from the Jersey Shore would be Cristiano Ronaldo.

  •  

    [Comment from Maarten Steklenburg]
    Got dibs on Gerard Butler

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mike Myers could play Puyol.

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    Chris Jones: Anthems...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think I deserved a slap for that one, really.

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    [Comment from CWalk]
    No way, Ewan McGregor is a dead ringer for Xabi Alonso

  •  

    [Comment from NRC]
    Leander did you pinch yourself after saying that?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Robben could be Vin Diesel.

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    Jeff Bradley: FIFA anthem. Magic

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    Chris Jones: And on come the teams...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Again, rub it in Jones.

  •  

    [Comment from Sneijder]
    I will take Bruce Willis

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    Chris Jones: It looked stormy here today, but it's a beautiful night tonight.

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    JemeleHill: Same here, Andrea

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pitt would play me in the press stand doing the GameCast, the starring role.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrea]
    This is the last game I will be watching on GameCast... I'm going to miss you guys.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They draw their strength from his grumpiness.

  •  

    [Comment from Iker Casillas]
    Brad Pitt would play me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They have no chance now.

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Vicente Del Bosque is smiling!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or, if this is like Game of their lives, Denzel Washington.

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    Chris Jones: Hey pollo!

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think Mark Wahlberg will play Xavi Alonso in the movie.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I wasn't going to make that public, Aaron. It's not fair to the credibility of my fellow GameCasters, but there you have it. It's out now.

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    Chris Jones: Teams are preparing to take the field here...

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    JemeleHill: I just improved your ratio

  •  

    [Comment from peanut lover]
    0 for 22 on comments posted

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    Jeff Carlisle: Chris' career as Canadian Minister of Defense is still very much intact.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Did you know Leander once megged Ronaldo and turned down a 40 mil contract in the same day, because it wasn't enough?

  •  

    [Comment from Guy on the 47th Floor]
    any more countries have a problem with Chris ill take them with me

  •  

    [Comment from State of Pantsylvania]
    Get out Chris!

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    There goes your career as Canadian ambassador, Chris.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: My little brain never had a chance of getting that one.

  •  

    [Comment from Viktor Kassai]
    Leander gets a Yellow Card for that one

  •  

    Chris Jones: I was joking about joking about Franco.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris\'s Stomach]
    any country serving curry

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Do you really think anybody will be offended by Franco jokes?

  •  

    [Comment from Skeptic]
    Tight officiating favors Spain and their acting technique.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I was thinking of making some Franco jokes tonight, so probably Spain.

  •  

    [Comment from Gyuan]
    Chris. Which country is next to put you on the 'no entry' list?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: There will be whistle-blowing and flag-waiving for sure.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Mr Soccer God aka Leander - what can we expect for officiating today?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Would not have guessed that.

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    JemeleHill: @jemelehill

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Information: Spain striker David Villa needs just one goal in Spain's remaining two matches to set the all-time Spanish record in a single World Cup. (Villa has 5 goals in 2010) Two goals will set the all-time Spain international scoring record. (Raul, 44 goals)

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    [Comment from eric]
    what is your twitter username jemele?

  •  

    [Comment from Comment From Comment From]
    No dying please

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Indeed, Johany.

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    JemeleHill: I've been told this many times

  •  

    [Comment from Johany]
    Jemele You have a weird sense of humor.

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    JemeleHill: It's just another way to say your comment was so funny, it just killed me.

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    JemeleHill: On Twitter, when someone makes a hilarious comment, we just say *DEAD*. I've upped the stakes and instead of saying *DEAD*, I'll say something like, *cabbage patches into oncoming traffic* or *holds heart, calls for Elizabeth* when someone makes a truly hysterical comment

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: To the death stuff, that is. Since Boateng (the only weak link in the German defense) would obviously be without a prayer against Iniesta.

  •  

    [Comment from Dancing Bear]
    Shake it Jeff.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Do elaborate.

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Iniesta, if he's on the right, will be going up against Boateng. Will be interesting to see if Boateng can keep up with Iniesta.

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    JemeleHill: I'm not sure the death jokes would have the same audience here.

  •  

    [Comment from Adri]
    Jemele, will you "die" on here too, or is that just a twitter thing?

  •  

    Chris Jones: No, I want to keep him all to myself.

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: You'll have to excuse me as I get up to dance to Shakira

  •  

    JemeleHill: Tell Brewin to man up and join Gamecast, share his English wit with everyonex

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Hungary lost to West Germany in the final, 3-2

  •  

    Chris Jones: John Brewin: Iniesta is playing on the right hand side tonight... Brewin likes him better on the left or in a central position. Will be interesting to see how he adjusts. Brewin also thinks Xavi is too far forward. Dissenter!

  •  

    JemeleHill: Please don't, I'm harmless

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: We all know what happened to Hungary.

  •  

    [Comment from HR]
    Jemele I'm going to spam you until you post me

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has scored 4 goals in three different games this tournament. It is the second best such performance in World Cup history and trails only Hungary which did so four times in the 1954 tournament.

  •  

    [Comment from Patrice Evra]
    To whom it may concern, we will boycott today's gamecast. Merci.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    shaerlaeckens sounds like a leprechaun

  •  

    Chris Jones: That's more than we've been paid, Matt. That doesn't seem right somehow.

  •  

    [Comment from matt]
    I figured I've been paid over $1000 for hours i've been following your gamecasts since the WC started

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Schweinsteiger: easier to spell, easier to pronounce

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Schweinsteiger sounds like a beer... Schaerlaeckens sounds like some kind of underwear

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Besides, I would feel too big to talk to reporters after games.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: At least mine isn't demeaning to pigs.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan]
    Better last name Schweinsteiger or Schaerlaeckens?

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    .00000034% chance I get a comment posted today

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think of Ozil rebounds from having a slightly lesser game against Argentina, that would go a long way in compensating for Muller's absence.

  •  

    [Comment from DYMongoose]
    Work productivity at 40% and dropping...

  •  

    [Comment from Brian Gaither]
    Hooligans drink, smoke, chant, and fight....and not in that order.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Isn't that a cigarette?

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Oh, I was a hooligan back in the day. Vfl Bochum Ultras

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: I think Germany's counterattack will not be as effective without Mueller. Like I said earlier. Schweinsteiger and Podolski will need to step up.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't think you Americans fully understand what it is that hooligans do, Bradley.

  •  

    Chris Jones: They are clapping very aggressively, I'll add.

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: We've got German hooligans sitting behind us. OK, maybe not, but they're clapping and chanting

  •  

    [Comment from Zack]
    How bad do you think Mueller's absence is going to be for Germany?

  •  

    [Comment from office cube]
    Bradley good to hear from you, Welcome back... Spain on the office board

  •  

    Chris Jones: I care, Jeff. I care.

  •  

    Jeff Bradley: Not that anyone cares, but I'm all-in for Spain

  •  

    Chris Jones: Like a mule.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    Chris, how did that curry treat you yesterday?

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Relax, SuperOranje. It's the old reverse psychology.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Rightly, Serbia and Switzerland should be playing this game.

  •  

    [Comment from SuperOranje]
    Leander you TRAITOR

  •  

    [Comment from Paul the octopus]
    Wrong, Leander.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I picked Germany 3-2, and I'll stand by it. For now.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Information: The last team to lose its first game of the tournament and advance to the Final was Italy at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. (Spain lost its opening match to Switzerland.)

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Germany to win, 2-1.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I've got Germany for both, I'm afraid.

  •  

    Chris Jones: You mean the one Casillas and Klose are playing in? That one?

  •  

    [Comment from Soccer fan]
    Um, can we talk about today's game for a change?

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    Who do you pick to win this game and the tournament Leander?

  •  

    Chris Jones: False to Leander, I mean.

  •  

    [Comment from The Doctor... Who]
    Saint Iker has been the most consistant keeper

  •  

    Chris Jones: False.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany's Miroslav Klose can make history today, he is 1 goal short of Ronaldo's all-time World Cup record (15).

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: First game of the tournament, man. He's had four strong games since.

  •  

    Chris Jones: You're nuts, Leander. Remember that goal against Switzerland? He tried not once but twice to use his feet when he should have used his hand. And he gave up a huge rebound to the Paraguayans late in that game.

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    [Comment from ? for Stats]
    Seems like more goals lately. Is this year's total still low?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Freudian slip, Jones? Closet Germany fan?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Casillas has been wise to minimize grabbing the ball and punching instead. Most goalkeepers that tried to make saves, rather than batting away have gotten burned by the Jabulani. I think he's been the best goalkeeper at this tournament.

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    [Comment from Cyclist]
    Wish you guys could cover the Tour De France like this, would make my month!

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    Chris Jones: Of course, Stats, if you take our their four-goal games, they only have one.

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    JemeleHill: Aupa: I'll reward you any way.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has scored the most goals at the 2010 World Cup (13).

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    [Comment from Aupa Espa?]
    I refuse to beg that you post one of my comments.

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    [Comment from Chris\'s Pants]
    Durban is even more lovely without the curry haze left by Chriis

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    Chris Jones: I like Neuer more then Casillas lately. Casillas has made some very good saves -- like the penalty stop against the country that shall not be named -- but has also looked a little shaky at times. He hasn't used his hands enough, I don't think.

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    [Comment from Goal Watcher]
    Which keeper looks in better form for today?

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    [Comment from Running out of time]
    I have two games left to get SOMETHING posted - can I get some love??

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    [Comment from Lisa]
    Paul will be sushi by the end of the game

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany has NEVER lost to Spain at the World Cup, two wins and one draw.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The Spanish attack has looked better without Torres, Jeff, although I'm surprised Llorente didnt' get the nod.

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    [Comment from Andrew S.]
    Interesting note: Schweinsteiger roughly translates to "Pig climber" What did his ancestors do exactly?

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    Chris Jones: I think that's a contradiction, Jeff.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Torres finally benched!? As much as I can't believe it took them this long to do it, I think they're making a grave mistake..

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Spain will be playing in its first ever World Cup semifinal.

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    JemeleHill: I like Germany, 2-1, although Paul the Octopus and Sasha (both psychics) picked Spain.

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    [Comment from RR]
    Jemele who u like today? Young Germany or Star Spain? Gimme Spain.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Wow, how's that for insight from me?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's pretty big, Das Boot. We'll have to see how Trochowski does.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Huge, Das Boot. Not sure how they'll cope. Podolski and Schweinsteiger will need to step up.

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    Chris Jones: I think they're really going to miss him, Bootsie. He's been everywhere on the field.

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    [Comment from Das Boot]
    How great is the impact of a missing Mueller for Germany

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    Chris Jones: Who have just taken the field for warm ups.

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    Chris Jones: On behalf of your co-workers, Go Germany.

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    JemeleHill: Hope you don't work outside

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    [Comment from Guy at work]
    If spain wins I will streak around my office

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    [Comment from 2010 WC Soccer Ref]
    Jeff, you'll be the perfect age to join us!

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    [Comment from Paraguay]
    Chris Jones is not hot

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    [Comment from Qatar]
    Leander, your life will be spared when we dont win the 2022 bid.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: J-Hill must be on the buttons again.

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    JemeleHill: Yeah, I'm the guilty party Leander.

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    [Comment from Tim]
    Chris stop putting comments in pretending to be a woman named Natalia

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice save.

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    Chris Jones: And I didn't post her comment, Leander.

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    Chris Jones: Sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, Natalia.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Chris, stop posting compliments to yourself. Only I get to do that.

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    ESPN Stats and Information: Germany and Spain have met 20 times, Germany has won eight times, Spain six and there have been six draws.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'll be 96 in 2060. I probably won't know what soccer is that point.

  •  

    [Comment from TR]
    Banglajeff is expected to bid with conviction

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    [Comment from Natalia]
    Is Chris on comments today, if so, you are HOT!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Blatter would like to do one in the Arab world. He evidently hasn't been yet, so he'll just drop a World Cup there.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul the Octopus]
    I predict a US win - in 2060

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    Jeff Carlisle: The US winning a World Cup that is.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'm not putting any money on that.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm still thinking Qatar looks strong for 2022.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A prescient answer by Jeff, on two accounts.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 2020 you mean? 2022 is a World Cup year, not summer Olympics.

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    [Comment from j.o.k.]
    What are the odds that the USA wins a world cup in our life times?

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    Jeff Carlisle: 2018? 100-1
    2022? 2-1, especially since the Australia bid is looking more and more in disarray.

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    Chris Jones: Spain comes on the field for warm ups...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You know there's an edit button, right Jones?

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    Chris Jones: Make that its*

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    [Comment from J in Boston]
    what are the odds that the USA hosts the world cup in 2018 or 2022?

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    Chris Jones: *its

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    Chris Jones: It has it's nice parts along the beach, and this stadium is terrific, but a Summer Olympics? That might be over-reaching.

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    JemeleHill: teve: Considering he wore a Yankees cap to an Indians playoff game -- in a city that has won nothing -- I'd venture to say announcing he's leaving Cleveland while in Akron wouldn't be that big of a deal

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    Chris Jones: Um, I'm not sure it has the size to manage that, Leander.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thoughts on that, Jonesy?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They mentioned today that Durban will try to land a summer Olympics soon.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Thanks, Chris. I guess.

  •  

    [Comment from Steve S]
    Lebron will look bad no matter what his decision is and especially if he is leaving cleveland.

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    Chris Jones: I'd like to say -- and not rubbing this in, Jeff -- that the stadium here in Durban is spectacular. Really beautiful.

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    JemeleHill: I am so happy to be in a country where 'LeBron' doesn't really exist. Very glad to be covering the World Cup.

  •  

    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings everyone, from the palatial digs here at the City Lodge.

  •  

    [Comment from The Knicks]
    Just get your butt over here Lebron. Amare is waiting to give you a backrub.

  •  

    JemeleHill: Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that isn't his government name

  •  

    [Comment from Steve S]
    Lebron is not called the King for nothing..

  •  

    JemeleHill: ESPN's motives are clear. This is our job -- to engage, promote and attract viewers/readers. I'm wondering why LeBron would do this. For what?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm not putting this on ESPN. They were smart to grab it, it's a guaranteed ratings spinner. It's just so unbelievably arrogant. Only the president should get to address the entire nation for a whole hour.

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    JemeleHill: I am with you, Leander. Terrible move by LeBron, great get for ESPN. The charitable act does not excuse the complete self indulgence.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I believe Jemele understands the expression, "Don't bite the hand that feeds," Leander.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Unless you disagree, then don't talk.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jemele, you're our in-house basketball expert. Back me up here.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's all good and well to talk about the proceeds going to charity, but it's a blatant "Hey, look at me! I'm a mega-brand now!" play, isn't it?

  •  

    JemeleHill: Brett Favre thinks LeBron has gone too far

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ugh. Have you ever heard of anything so egotistical as to book out an entire hour on national television to announce where you'll be employed for the next few years -- or until you demand a trade.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Durban! I think.

  •  

    [Comment from Lebron James]
    UPDATE: I will only announce my new team if the ESPN GameCast crew is there to Cover It Live for me.

  •  

    [Comment from Liederhosen verbotten]
    No talk about pants

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I see. I'm in Cape Town, for transparency's sake. We should be joined by a few of our writers in that stadium in Durban.

  •  

    JemeleHill: At the comfy City Lodge, of course

  •  

    [Comment from Chris\'s Pants]
    Reporting for Duty (pun completely intended)

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Where in the wide world of wireless webs are you?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hi, Jemele.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm glad you didn't, Elizabeth.

  •  

    JemeleHill: Premature exclamation?

  •  

    [Comment from Elizabeth]
    Yay Cover it Live! I almost went to work today with the German flag painted across my face.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ok, I've officially blown through my exclamation allowance.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Welcome to our preamble ramble for today's ace semifinals match-up between Spain and Germany!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Afternoon, everybody!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 5(2)

  • 31

  • 9

  • 49%

    51%

  • Spain

  • 13(5)

  • 11

  • 7

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Spain
5(2) Shots (on goal) 13(5)
9 Fouls 7
6 Corner kicks 7
2 Offsides 1
49% Time of Possession 51%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 2