YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 7/2 Day 22

Quarterfinals

  • Before I get to the 1st set of games from the quarterfinal round, I just wanted to come on here and apologize for not doing these entries lately.  I’ve been on vacation, and simply have not had the time to get these done.  Here’s what I’ll do.  I’ll give you my game ratings from the final 2 games of the Round of 16 and review all four quarterfinal games and the rest of the World Cup.
  • Paraguay vs Japan (Par- 0-0 PK) 1*
  • Spain vs Portugal (Spa- 1-0) 3 1/4*

BRAZIL vs NETHERLANDS (Ned- 2-1)

  • Holland’s play thus far in the World Cup has been ridiculed and trashed.  After today’s game, there will be no more trashing of the Dutch.  Yes, there futbol has been ugly.  But hey, now they’re in a good position to win their 1st ever World Cup.  You could just see this coming. 
  • The biggest problem I had with Brazil was Dunga’s style throughout the entire World Cup.  For most of their futbol lives, the Brazilians have always been taught to push forward and play with the Brazilian flair.  Even Pele came out and was unhappy about Dunga’s tactics.  Their defense has been solid in the World Cup, but when it mattered most they lost their composure and discipline.  Their attacking flair relied on their defense; once they got down in the game, they seemed shell-shocked and didn’t know how to get out of it.
  • Brazil blew Holland off the pitch the 1st half.  They broke down Holland’s back four with ease.  They really should’ve had more than just the one goal from Robinho.  In the 2nd half, Holland pressed more defensively and attacked the right side of Brazil’s defense.
  • Holland’s 2 goals came on 2 defensive lapses on set-pieces by Brazil.  The 1st goal from Sneijder bounced around like a pinball.  The confusion between Bastos and Julio Cesar was amateurish.  The 2nd goal came on a corner.  Sneijder was left unmarked, and Brazil suffered the consequences.
  • I have to comment on the pitch.  Once again, it was atrocious.  It was as bumpy Girard Street in North Philadelphia.  It’s appalling to me that FIFA allowed a game to be played on such a poor field.
  • Arjen Robben, stop diving.  He went down a few times as if he’d been shot by the Mark Wahlberg character in Shooter.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil has been eliminated in the quarterfinal round the last 2 World Cups.  This is Holland’s 1st World Cup semifinal appearance since 1998.
  • Men of the Match
  • Netherlands- Wesley Sneijder
  • Brazil- Robinho
  • GAME RATING- 3 3/4*

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Brazil at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Friday, July 2, 2010.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(Wesley Sneijder)

GHANA vs URUGUAY (Uru- 1-1 PK)

  • Has there ever been such an exciting finish to a World Cup Game?  Unbelievable!!!  Everything the last minute in extra-time was completely jaw-dropping,  an instant classic!  By far, the best game of the tournament in my opinion.
  • Uruguay’s Luis Suarez did the smartest thing I’ve ever seen on a futbol pitch.  If you haven’t seen it yet, Ghana had a sure goal.  Luis Suarez, to avoid elimination in the World Cup, batted the ball out and away from goal.  I realize people have stated that he cheated; I thought he became a hero that will live in the hearts of Uruguayan’s forever.
  • Then, on the penalty kick, Gyan boinked it off the bar.  Like Dick Enberg always says, “OH MY!”
  • This seems like the perfect time to state that a draw would’ve been the fair result in this one.  Over the course of the contest, neither side really stood out stronger than the other.
  • For Ghana, this is obviously completely heart-breaking.  They were the only African team left in an African World Cup.  No African team has ever reached the semifinals of the World Cup.  To come so close, in Africa too, your hearts go out to the lads.  For a side that really isn’t the most talented, they left it all out on the pitch.  Ghana, hold your heads up high.
  • Quick Facts- Uruguay is the 1st South American team since 1970, not Argentina or Brazil, that reached the semifinals of the World Cup.
  • Men of the Match
  • Uruguay- Diego Forlan
  • Ghana- Kevin Prince-Boateng
  • GAME RATING- 4 1/2*

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, right, misses on a penalty shot as Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, bottom left, looks up during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Uruguay and Ghana at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Friday, July 2, 2010.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(The boink heard round the world)

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