Last chance for Durban to experience World Cup magic tonight

2010-07-07 00:00

WHAT is probably the biggest moment in Durban’s sporting history takes place tonight as the majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium hosts Germany and Spain in the second 2010 Fifa World Cup semi-final.

It promises to be a tense encounter and which way it will go is about as clear as mud. It’s that close.

Results aside, this game will represent a last chance for Pietermaritzburg and Durban residents to enjoy the spectacle while it is right on their doorstep, unless they are lucky enough to have tickets for Soccer City on July 11.

Durban has been regularly complimented on its performance as a host city and it boasts the most well attended of all the official Fifa fan parks to date.

A carnival atmosphere is expected in the city tonight, and regardless of which team wins, the streets of Durban will be alive with festivities and celebrations once the game has ended.

It will be the last time that Durban will witness this much foreign colour during the tournament as supporters either return home or make their way to Johannesburg for the final.

For many of the travelling fans, the semi-final will see them return to Durban. Germany played Australia at “the Moses” in the country’s opening World Cup match while Spain will not have fond memories of the stadium that saw them lose to Switzerland back on June 16.

None of this will matter, though, as the Spanish have looked good enough since then to keep their label as tournament favourites.

It will be a cracker, no doubt, as both teams will do whatever it takes to reach the final.

Durban is being tipped, along with Cape Town, as a possible Olympic Games venue. This is largely due to the way that the cities have embraced the World Cup this year.

With Durban playing its final part in the event tonight, fans in the area are urged to get down to the official Fifa fan park on the beachfront for a last taste of an event that the city will not see again for a very long time.

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