They beat Spain yesterday in the European competition, and once again we saw the importance of knowing how to take a penalty kick, for Spain blew one in the second half that would have probably won it for them. Instead, it was kicked almost right at the goalie. Sure, the goalie jumped out way too soon and so Spain were entitled to have it taken again, but anyone who is that bad at taking a kick doesn’t deserve another. (Yes, there’s a difference between entitlement and desert.)
Ok, I don’t like Spain. I don’t like their style of play, which involves endless passing with not much in the way of attempts at goal. If soccer were nothing but keep-away, then I would agree that Spain was the best and very impressive, but the point is to score goals, and Spain has never been very good at that, so when they suddenly went behind with three minutes to play, they were in big trouble. Their brand of play grinds out a goal about once every hour or so, and three minutes was nowhere near enough time for them to come up with an equalizer. So, Croatia and not Spain gets to be on top of their group.