Spain's first counter attack chance came in the 48th minute, when a good ball out of the back from Xabi Alonso put Pedro into space vacated by German left back Jerome Boateng, who had pushed forward into attack. Strong work from Pedro subsequently beat Arne Friedrich and Bastian Schweisteiger, allowing the Spanish attacker to cut-in and, eventually, lay-off a ball for the oncoming Alonso.
The Real Madrid midfielder pulled his 22-yard shot wide.
One minute later, Alonso was given another opportunity from the same area, a shot which he pushed wide of the right post.
The match remains scoreless, now in the 52nd minute.