Originally Posted by vcs
If anything, I'd say the Dutch have had the slightly easier route to the final, not that any of it matters now.
Difference is Netherlands beat these sides apart from against Brazil (who still were the best team in the competition, but lost it when it mattered and didn't get Spain's inconceivable amount of jam) with a measure of control and superiority. Spain have shown nothing to suggest that if a team like Portugal or Paraguay had managed to put away one of their gilt edged chances they'd have enough to come back. See Switzerland.