Today's Spain-Germany semifinal may come down to which top striker – Germany's Miroslav Klose or Spain's David Villa – is able to find the back of the net. If so, Spain will have the advantage. Here's why.
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Both are saying that their respective goal-scoring records don’t matter nearly as much as their team winning this World Cup. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you.
But here’s the thing: The two are not mutually exclusive. In order to win this World Cup, one of those two men will probably have to put the Jabulani in the back of the net a few more times.
Which one will it be?
That’s a tough call.
Unlike other many other strikers, the cold-blooded Klose rarely misses an opportunity. If he gets decent service from teammates on a cross or a pass slotted through the defense, he does what it takes to score. He can muscle even the most stout defenders off the ball and finish the way he did to England’s Matt Upson in the Round of 16 match. And he can score on shots, toe pokes, volleys, or headers – it doesn’t matter. Klose finishes.