Spain vs USA

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 22, 2009 at 17:25

By Joe,

Spain Torres Villa

This is the first semifinals in the Fifa Confederation Cup in South Africa. Spain, the Group A winner, will take on the surprising Group B’s second placed team, USA, at The Free State Stadium in Manguaung/Bloemfontein. Spain are heavily favorites to go through as the team have already won 3 games out of 3 enroute to the semifinals. USA won their last game and got through to the semifinals only on a better goal difference.

Spain powered their way into the semifinals without conceding a single goal and scored a total of 8 goals in 3 matches. They are by far the best team in group A and also simply one of the best teams in the tournament. They didn’t played to their full strength against New Zealand, Iraq and South Africa. Del Bosque had the chances to experiment with his team’s formation and tested out a few of the fringe players on the squad too. Spain were also rarely tested in the defense from their opponents. As Del Bosque prepares for the semifinal clash with the Americans, he will be happy to know that his squad is at full strength. Torres and Villa will most likely start upfront while Xabi Alonso and Fabregas will marshal the midfield. Xabi Alonso and Carlos Marchene are one yellow card away from suspension. Spain set a world record of 15 consecutive internationals wins after beating South Africa, they seem to be on course for their 16th.

USA surprised the world in getting into the semifinals. Before their last game against Egypt, they were at the foot of the table with no point and goal difference of negative five goals. At the end of the night, they beat Egypt with 3-0 and eliminated them from the tournament. They also needed a helping hand from Brazil in order for them to qualify. Brazil beat Italy 3-0 which helped Team USA to go on top of Italy through goal difference. This is the first time that USA have reached semifinals of an international tournament. Coach Bradley will certainly recall all the players who started against Egypt and hope they can produce another sensation.

Spain looks invincible at the moment. With 6 goals between the pair, Torres and Villa are one of the most feared partnerships in this tournament. USA usually do not come up with the goodies against the strong football nations and their defense do look a bit shaky at certain times. Team USA will find it tough to handle the Spanish front men for the 90 minutes. Spain look likely to advance to the finals and mybet is offering Spain at 1.30 to win.

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