-- Spain at Ellis Park - I'll never forget this. The blur of the passing, the wonderful David Villa goal, falling over after a weaving run, he belts it into the corner. They should have scored six at least. Torres looks like a player who has been out for a while,which he is. If he can get his edge back by the finish and Villa can keep up his form, they will go close to winning it.The noise was insane, the attack relentless. The fans were using the vuvuzelas in sync, great blasts of volume, the whole ground buzzing. And Spain were out of this world.One Xabi Alonso pass over 50 metres made me gasp. Beautiful game, beautiful team. Cesc came on after an hour - this is probably his fate for the next two seasons at Barca until he takes over a starting role.
Tony Harper is a sports writer and editor. South Africa 2010 was his third FIFA World Cup and he has covered three Olympic Games, two Rugby World Cups, and world championships in track and field, swimming, and cycling. Having worked on the road for AAP and The AP, he became sports editor at The Sun Herald in Sydney before moving to ACP to launch Inside Cricket Magazine.
After a stint doing freelance writing and PR for the South Coast A-League bid, he has returned to ACP as launch editor of Football + and a second stint at Inside Cricket.