Loew hails Spain’s attacking ability

Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Spain has the talent to overcome the Netherlands in its first World Cup final.

A second-half header from Carles Puyol secured Spain’s 1-0 win over Germany in the semifinals on Wednesday to set up Sunday’s match at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

"I am sure the Spanish can win any game because they are dominant and it’s hard to contain their attack," Loew said. "They have shown they can beat anyone.

"In the last two or three years, they’ve shown themselves to be one of the best and most united teams. They circulate the ball well and we weren’t able to play the way we like to play."

Loew lamented that his team had surrendered possession too much in midfield at Moses Mabhida Stadium, saying his players had been unable to spring from defense into attack as efficiently as in recent matches at the World Cup.

He said his team should not have allowed Puyol to head the winning goal from a corner.

"We should have intercepted that ball," Loew said.