One of the criticisms of this Spain team heading into the tournament was the weakness of the back line. Sergio Ramos is a talented but erratic centre half, Gerard Pique's form over the past season hasn't been the best, and the kindest description I can think of for Alvaro Arbeloa is 'serviceable'. The midfield, however, is so good that they can get away with the sort of nonsense that the latter two just pulled, blowing three or four opportunities to clear before Ramos can finally get the ball away. Albeit with the possible use of his arm. In the penalty box. Apparently fouls are turned off for him.
Spain, meanwhile, are creating chances - Alvaro Negredo latches onto a long ball and holds up play brilliantly, eventually spotting Xavi's free run into the box and picking him out with what would have been a brilliant pass have Andres Iniesta not intercepted it. Iniesta nearly makes up for the mistake, though curling an effort just over Rui Patricio's net.
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