Spain again didn't live up to their quality, but did enough to beat Paraguay. They really started to play sometime after that bizarre sequence of play with the two missed penalties, and after Torres was replaced with Fabregas, who was excellent after coming on. The big question for Spain will be who starts in attack against Germany. Will del Bosque stick with Torres, who has yet to do much in this tournament except give the ball away, or go with Fabregas in a 4-5-1? Based on what I've seen, I'd have to go with Fabregas.
I'll still have to give this one to Germany though. Even without Muller, who is suspended for the semifinal after a really dubious yellow card for handball, they are too dynamic in attack. Never have I ever seen a team look so comfortable in the final third of the field. The tactics in this one will be interesting. Will the Germans let Spain possess and then break on the counter, or press the game, as they have done against all their other opponents, and as Paraguay did against Spain? Either way it has the makings of a classic game.
Netherlands are in the semifinal courtesy only of Brazil's self-destruction. Before their lucky fluke of a first goal, Brazil looked like they were going to double their lead at any moment. Credit to Netherlands, though, as they kept their heads, and Brazil certainly didn't. What was Felipe Melo thinking when he stomped on Robben? There were nearly 20 minutes left in the game, and Brazil again looked threatening, even if they were still rattled.
So there you go. Germany-Netherlands final, and Germany to win it all! But if Spain really get it together in the next few days, they could win it as well.