A few things to watch for in the second half
The rain. Someone’s going to make a mistake. Both goalies are good, but it’s tough in these conditions. Good thing both teams like playing on the ground. The ball’s going to move faster. Expect the pace of the game to increase in the second half.
Zhirkov. He’s going to get a breakaway a few times with Ramos caught upfield. Will be interesting to see how Puyol deals with him.
Torres. Ignashevich is having a hard time staying with him.
Iniesta. He needs to come off. Cesc is on, and should have been on for him instead of Villa (hope the injury is not bad), and these weather conditions are ideal for him – he’s used to playing in rain in England. Bring on Guiza – his height is going to bother the Russian central pairing.
Arshavin. He hasn’t expended much energy or seen enough of the ball. Look for him to get more going in the second half.
Pavlyuchenko. The stage is set for him to tuck one away after getting in between Puyol and Marchena.
Both teams look like they could win the game…