It was disappointing for those of us looking forward to an exciting game of soccer, but Germany did what every team (except Chile) has done against Spain and set out to defend.
Joachim Low’s team is lethal on the counter-attack so it was an obvious strategy to focus on preventing its opponents from scoring, whilst looking to grab a goal on the break.
Unfortunately for Low, Spain don’t tend to surrender possession all that easily so Germany’s chances of catching it with a counter were very limited.
Ultimately, Germany’s stifling of the more expansive style that had seen it overrun more illustrious opponents such as Argentina and England, cost it a chance at a place in the final.
It seems Low showed Spain too much respect in encouraging his team to sit back, though whenever Germany did have spells of forward play it usually ended with a Spanish chance to score.
One such period resulted in a Spanish break, which earned the corner from which Carles Puyol scored the winning goal.
Perhaps this indicates that Low’s tactics were correct, but Germany can now only regret not taking the game to the European Champions.