As far as I can recall, all of Spain's goals have been well worked out field goals as a result of brilliant passing and teamwork. No curling free-kicks, and no headed corner conversions. This makes the performance all the more creditable. The reasons for this are of course there. Some newspapers reported that the Europass ball did not curl or bend enough and hence we had only 2 free-kick goals, one of which deflected off the wall (Henry). However, the way the Spanish played I dont think it would have made any difference to them. The main reason for the free-flowing soccer was the fair-play from the teams and the referring. Cards were not shown for the slightest off offenses and the whistle was used less frequently allowing the game to flow. As a result we some great display of soccer from Portugal, Germany, Russia (the biggest surpise of the lot), Holland and of course Spain. Two successive 3-2 scorelines in the KO stages and withing 90 minutes for Germany indicates just that.
Finally, a word for the Russians - a team that I supported whole-heartedly and who did not let me down. Its unbelievable how Gus Hiddink proves his midas touch time and again. The signs were there for a Russian encore not only for the presense of the man but also for Zenit St Petersburg's UEFA Cup win a month earlier. The club has a sizable representation in the Russian squad including the star mid-fielder Andrey Ashravin who has now become a household name and is in a position to choose which club he wants to play for.