The Spaniards played the first 15 min. very well organized. Their tactical concept of the Spanish team was focused on David Villa. The Spanish team could keep the ball in their rows.
But the game has been getting nasty, beginning with foul-play of the Dutch team. Van Bommel and de Jong committed severe fouls that the British referee Webb could have easily given them red.
Because of the fight having been opened, the match has become less organized on both sides.