YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/26 Day 16

ROUND OF 16

URUGUAY VS SOUTH KOREA (Uru- 2-1)

  • Here’s the thing, everyone I’ve talked to about this match feels that South Korea DOMINATED this match.  In the next couple of bullets, I will explain why Uruguay deserved to win this one.  Feel free to comment below.
  • This contest fell right into Uruguay’s hands.  They got the early goal, defended and let their 3 stars create the scoring chances. 
  • Luis Suarez scored both goals for Uruguay.  The 1st came in the 8th minute when South Korean GK Jung Sung-Ryong came out a little to far to handle a cross.  Suarez had a tight angle, but drilled in the 1st goal of the game.  The 2nd goal was the goal of the tournament so far.  The swerve and bend from Suarez’s shot was incredible.
  • I feel that people perceived that South Korea controlled the game because they were the ones pushing forward.  I’ll try to explain that South Korea’s pushing forward fell right Uruguay’s trap.  This is a tactic.  It just happened that South Korea scored. 
  • You know, I was talking to someone about trying to analyze which team has the better side in a certain game.  When you have teams that like to play back, like Uruguay, it can be tough to analyze if they are the better side in a specific match.  He said, go with your gut.  While your watching the game, “in your gut”, who do you feel will win the game.  Well, “in my gut”, even with a South Korean equalizer, I never felt that Uruguay would lose.  There 3 big offensive stars, Suarez, Forlan and Cavani, are very dangerous and can tickle the twine at any time on the pitch.  And then, Suarez struck out of nowhere.
  • Quick Facts- Uruguay actually put more shots on goal 8-5.
  • Men of the Match
  • Uruguay– Luis Suarez
  • South Korea– Park Ji-Sung
  • GAME RATING- 3 3/4*

Uruguay's Luis Suarez, foreground, celebrates with team members after scoring the second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Uruguay and South Korea at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Saturday, June 26, 2010.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

 (Suarez celebrates 2nd goal)

USA VS GHANA (Gha- 2-1 ET)

  • You can’t keep falling behind early in matches, you just can’t.  Especially at this level.  From 5 minutes on, once again the US had to chase the game and throw their pre-game strategy out the window.  In Ghana’s defense, I hate to say it but they deserved to win this match.  It’s just such a crushing loss for the US because of this favorable knockout draw.  Oh, the possibilities (Wiping my tears)
  • Ghana’s midfield absolutely dominated the United States.  They had great spacing, and moved the ball around well.  USA played the monkey in the middle as Ghana kept playing keep-away.
  • Ghana capitalized on two gigantic mistakes from the US side.  The 1st goal came on a Ricardo Clark give-away. (Why did he start) Kevin Prince-Boateng moved in as Jay DeMerit kept moving back.  Boateng then drilled it past Howard.  The 2nd goal came on a mistake by the US center-backs.  A desperate long ball split Bocanegra and DeMerit like they were a pair of goalposts.  Gyan then finished by flicking it by Howard.
  • Once again, the US had a tale of two halves.  They got pushed around in the 1st half.  I don’t know why it takes a half for this team to start playing?    
  • The US looked absolutely dead after the 75th minute mark.  The rest of the way, the offense consisted of desperate long-balls trying to connect on net and possibly get lucky.
  • Quick Facts- Ghana becomes the 3rd African nation ever to reach the World Cup Quarterfinals.  No African team has ever made the semifinals. 
  • Men of the Match
  • Ghana- Asamoah Gyan
  • USA- Landon Donovan
  • GAME RATING- 3 3/4*

From right, United States' Landon Donovan, Robbie Findley, Jozy Altidore,  Maurice Edu, and Benny Feilhaber, sit on the bench following the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Saturday, June 26, 2010.  Ghana won 2-1 in extra time, advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Defeat) 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) England vs Germany
  • (2:30 est) Argentina vs Mexico
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