Holland did the best they could do against this Spanish team. And we shouldn't forget that Robben had two chances to score.
The referee wasn't good, but not only for the disadvantage of the Netherlands. My good old Ex-HSV-player de Jong showed once again why he is a risk. He's just not the most clever person around. Great soccer player, but a bit of a mislead character at times.
This generation of Spanish players is just immensely strong. I hope for my German team to break through this in a few years. But seriously: It won't happen. The next generation of stars from Barcelona is already forming, since their "farm team" is way strong, and usually 9 to 10 starters of that team are Spanish. There's already guys in this team who'd normally be playing for first class teams all over the world, or even in national teams. If Xavi and Iniesta stop playing for the national team in a few years, it won't hurt at all. I even think Spain will become stronger within the next 4-6 years and dominate world football for a long, long while still.
As a neutral football fan, this is okay. Every Spanish player is the prototype of a modern football player. Pique is a defensive player, but did you see how this guy can handle a ball? When a guy like Xavi or Iniesta gets the ball, it's like Beethoven or Mozart creating music. Others may be good, but they are just that damn good.
Now, they also don't have the pressure anymore of failing at the big tournaments. Won the Euro, won the World Cup. This team has it all. And new guys are coming after them.
Spain will dominate world football for a very, very long time.
I'm feeling very bad for Mathijsen and Elia, my HSV-players. I'd be so happy to go to the stadium in a month and say I'm gonna see World-Cup champions.
And two more things:
1. Van Bommel: No red card at this World Cup. Am I in bizarro world?
2. Paul: This octopus thing has a natural end soon. Paul is 2 1/2 years old - so way aged for an octopus. Paul will not make it to the next Euro or even World Cup.