World Cup 2010: Could Spain's Pedro be surprise final hero?

Tags: Football World Cup

Published: 21:47 10/07/2010

After all the hype surrounding the early form of South American sides in the 2010 World Cup it will be two European teams who go head to head as a new name will be etched upon the famous trophy. Spain will take on the Netherlands in what promises to be a fascinating final at Soccer City on Sunday evening. Spain are surely the best side of their generation, but now that despite winning the European Championships two years ago, Vincente Del Bosque and his players know that if they are truly to stamp their name upon history they will have to overcome the side in orange. A tight semi-final with Germany was settled by a Carles Puyol bullet header, but in truth the performance deserved a win by a bigger margin. Holland by contrast have cast aside the idea of massively free flowing football, producing a much more solid set of performances, with Inter Milan attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder and former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben being the star turns. Rodriguez Pedro, the Barcelona star, has manage to force his way into Spain’s starting XI, as Liverpool forward Fernando Torres showed he is in poor form on arriving in South Africa. Pedro looks a good bet to open the scoring on Sunday night and could make amends after wasting a golden chance in the semi-final on Wednesday. He is 10/1 with bookmaker Blue Square to be first on the scoresheet in the showpiece final The World Cup final is live on BBC1 and ITV1 with kick-off at 7.30pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change