YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 7/3 Day 23

 Quarterfinals

GERMANY vs ARGENTINA (Ger- 4-0)

  • A complete drubbing and one of the most disappointing games in World Cup history.  What happened to Diego Maradona’s Argentinians?  For a 3rd time in this World Cup, the Germans put up a 4 spot.  At this stage of a World Cup, with 2 first class futbol countries, you simply do not see these type of results.
  • The main story to take away from this one is the resurgence of Miroslav Klose.  He is now 1 goal away from the all-time record of 15, currently held by Brazil’s Ronaldo.  He netted 2 of the 4 for Germany today.
  • Germany had incredible cohesiveness attacking forward, and superb organization defending in the back.
  • It was the complete opposite for Argentina.  They lacked numbers in the midfield, and their defense flat out stunk.
  • Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world, leaves the 2010 World Cup without scoring a goal.
  • I have to question the handball yellow card given to Thomas Muller.  He will surely be missed on the counter against a possession oriented Spanish side.
  • Quick Facts- Germany is the first team ever to win by 3+ goals in both the round of 16 and quarterfinals.
  • Men of the Match
  • Germany- Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Argentina- Lionel Messi
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

Argentina's head coach Diego Maradona holds his head prior to the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany in the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)

(Pure dissapointment for Argentina)

SPAIN VS PARAGUAY (Spa- 1-0)

  • This was your typical Spain win once again this World Cup.  Keep control of the ball with short, quick, precise passes score 1 goal and advance to the next stage.  It’s starting to become a trend, and hopefully for Spain’s sake the ultimate reality will be a 2010 World Cup win.
  • There was complete pandemonium from the 59-60 minute mark.  I can’t remember a time we’re I’ve seen not only 2 penalty kicks in such a short time frame, but 2 misses.  Of course, Xavi Alonso made his 1st attempt, but the referee ruled Spain got into the box too quickly.  They really could’ve been called for that too for the Paraguay penalty kick.
  • The Fernando Torres saga continues.  Once again, he doesn’t look the same.  His 1st three touches were giveaways.  He still seems to be coming back from the knee injury.  When Cesc Fabregas came in for him, the team looked better.  We probably won’t see Torres starting again this World Cup.
  • David Villa now has 5 of the 6 goals for Spain. 
  • Paraguay easily could’ve scored in the last 5 minutes.  Spain looked very shaky in the back, but Paraguay couldn’t capitalize on some nice opportunities.
  • Quick Facts- Spain advances to their 1st ever World Cup semifinal.
  • Men of the Match
  • Spain- David Villa
  • Paraguay- Nelson Haedo Valdez
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/2*

    Spain's David Villa, second from right, scores a goal past Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar, right, during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Saturday, July 3, 2010.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Villa goal)

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