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Spain-Germany Player Ratings
by Ridge Mahoney, July 7th, 2010 5:50PM

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[REPORT CARD] Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the players after Spain's 1-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

The German juggernaut that had scored 13 goals in five matches ran aground against Spain, which dominated their semifinal for long periods and won its third straight game by a 1-0 score with a goal by veteran defender Carles Puyol.

Spain neutralized Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil and without the suspended Thomas Mueller, the German attack mustered just five shots.

Spain
STARTERS:
RATING/PLAYER (CLUB) GP-G
6 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) 110-0
5 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 66-5
7 Gerard Pique (Barcelona) 22-4
8 Carles Puyol (Barcelona) 89-3
6 Joan Capdevila (Villarreal) 51-4
5 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 19-0
7 Xavi (Barcelona) 93-8
7 Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) 75-9
6 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) 48-7
6 Pedro (Barcelona) 7-1
5 David Villa (Valencia) 64-43
SUBS:
NR Fernando Torres (Liverpool) 79-24
NR David Silva (Valencia) 38-7
NR Carlos Marchena  (Valencia) 62-2

Germany
STARTERS:
RATING/PLAYER (CLUB) GP-G
7 Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04) 11-0
6 Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) 71-4
5 Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin) 78-1
7 Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen) 68-1
3 Jerome Boateng (Hamburg) 9-0
4 Sami Khedira (VfB Stuttgart) 11-0
5 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) 80-21
4 Mesut Ozil (Werder Bremen) 16-2
5 Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg) 35-2
5 Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne) 79-40
4 Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich) 101--52
SUBS:
5 Marcell Jansen (Hamburg) 34-2
5 Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen) 7-0
NR Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 38-12

(Ratings: 1=terrible; 5=average; 10=brilliant.)
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Agree with our ratings? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.



7 comments
  1. Jim Elmore
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 7:42 a.m.
    Is it odd that all the starting players for both teams play for clubs in their own country and their coach is native?

  1. Guma Masuda
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 11:16 a.m.
    I thought Boateng did better than the 3 rating.

  1. Alex Stroessner
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 1:06 p.m.
    @Jim That's the first thing I noticed as well.

  1. Alex Stroessner
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
    As well as 6 guys playing from the same club team.

  1. Carl Hudson
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 1:45 p.m.
    Sami Khedira and "I just stand Around" Trochowski were about 2's; and sub Jansen was about an 8. Germany lost this game because they didn't have Muller, one of the best five players in this Cup.

  1. David Crowther
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
    Muller might have helped a little, but I don't think he would have seen much more of the ball than did Podolski and Klose. Germany has to have the ball first before it's offensive players can do anything with it and Muller is not really a any better as a ball winner than the guys who did play. The key effect he might have had would have been to keep Capdevilla from going forward as much in the second half.

  1. Carl Hudson
    commented on: July 8, 2010 at 9:02 p.m.
    Without Muller that had no right side offense, which was the dominant factor in the earlier big German wins. If Schweinsteiger or Lahm got the ball, they could try a pass to Muller rather than eating the ball with Trochowski prancing around the middle and not going to forward space.


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