YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/28 Day 18

ROUND OF 16

NETHERLANDS VS SLOVAKIA (Ned- 2-1)

  • Hollands keeps grinding out wins as they move to the quarterfinals for the 1st time since 1998.  The Dutch have yet to play a quality opponent, but we’ve yet to see them play their best futbol. 
  • The play isn’t flashy, they calmly pass the ball around as they slowly lull you to sleep.  Then BAM, they strike as witnessed by the goal by the returning Arjen Robben.  Sniejder played a curling long ball that not many players are able to pull off.  He threaded it between 2 Slovakians as he hit Robben in perfect stride down the right side.  Robben then did his infamous cut-back inside to set-up the shot with his left.  Robben finished from there, 1-0 Holland.    
  • Slovakia played better than I expected.  From the 30-60 minute mark they took it to the Dutch.  Slovakia exploited Holland’s central backs a few times, but kept squandering opportunities.  Robert Vittek had the best chance.  He received a pass just inside the top of the box.  He seemed to hurry his shot as he disappointingly struck it right at the goalkeeper.  The goal would have tied the game at 1.
  • The rigid, defensive midfield tandem of De Jong and Van Bommel had yet another good game.  They are essentially a brick wall.
  • Holland had much better flank play.  With Van Der Vart in the line-up the midfield was very cluttered in the middle.  Today, with the returning Robben the wide play was much better.
  • Quick Facts- Holland’s last quarterfinal appearance came in 1998.
  • Men of the Match
  • Netherlands- Arjen Robben
  • Slovakia- Miroslav Stoch
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/2*

Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt heads the ball during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between  the Netherlands and Slovakia at the stadium in Durban, Monday, June 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(Dirk Kuyt)

BRAZIL VS CHILE (Bra- 3-0)

  • It felt like a trap game, but Brazil did what they usually do, beat Chile.  Like the Netherlands, Brazil has maintained a more rigid approach.  They still have flair, but not the overwhelming flair they had in the past.
  • I had a flashback during this game.  It felt like the 2006 World Cup again.  Brazil beat Ghana handily by the same score, 3-0.  Then they bowed out to France in the quarterfinals 1-0.  What will happen in this year’s quarterfinal against Holland?
  • Chile played well for the 1st 30 minutes.  Then Brazil scored, and it seemed to take all the energy away from Chile.
  • Chile won over some fans during this World Cup because of their attack-minded approach.  Many of the players are still youngsters; it should make for an exciting future for Chilean futbol.  Chile’s lack of individual quality killed them.  They couldn’t finish anything.  Their best forward, Humberto Suazo did not seem fit.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil has an aggregate score of 29-3 against Chile in their previous 8 encounters.
  • Men of the Match
  • Brazil- Kaka
  • Chile- Humberto Suazo
  • GAME RATING- 1*

Brazil's Kaka applauds to supporters as he is substituted during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Monday, June 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Kaka)

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