World Cup finals stats: Spain was a control freak

Finals Spain vs Holland data.png
Look at Spain’s heavy numbers (passing accuracy): Xavi dominates
From the Guardian’s Datablog
• 3547 – Spain have now made more successful passes in a world cup than any team since 1966
Other statistics:

  • Possession: Spain 62.9% Netherlands 37.1%
  • Passing accuracy: Spain 84.2% Netherlands 69%

Xavi vs Wesley Sneijder:

  • Xavi: 97 total passes/ 90 accurate/92.8% accuracy, 57 forward half passes/ 79.2% accuracy, 5 passes for goal attempts
  • Sneijder: 37 passes/ 21 accurate/ 78.4% accuracy, 21 forward half passes/ 70% accuracy, 2 passes for goal attempts

Spain was better at tackling too. Sergio Busquets won all his six tackles.

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