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Netherlands-Slovakia: 2-1

So far, my tactic of pretending to support the other team by rubbishing Oranje and occasionally shouting "Come on, Denmark/Japan/Cameroon/Slovakia" at the screen seems to have been quite effective in tricking the gods of football into letting the side I really want to win through to the next stage.

This afternoon's match was their first in the tournament that I actually enjoyed watching; maybe not for the full 93 minutes but there were more good bits than bad. With Arjen Robben back in his usual position on the left wing, it seemed like the boys were back in town but sloppy defending almost caught them out a few times. Next up, they'll face either Brazil or Chile...and if they can't do better in the back, it'll be their last match on the world cup stage for another four years.

And I include our goalie in that category of players that must do better: to concede a penalty and get himself booked in the 92nd minute seems to me to be beyond stupid -he had done pretty well up to that point-; although it must be said that the reffing throughout this 2010 World Cup Championship has been atrocious and quite the worst I've ever seen. Why FIFA still won't allow technology to assist referees in their decisions is beyond me.

ETA: Well, it is going to be Brazil up next, and I don't think my ploy is going to work there. I fear Holland will be out of the Cup on Friday.

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deadflowerss
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
My friend(a bookie)said on facebook before the tournament started,that he wished he had a shed loads of money to put on the Netherlands.He knew something we didn't...
gamiila
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Perhaps he did...but personally, if I had shed loads of money to spend, I wouldn't bank on The Netherlands winning. I mean, they were great and unbeatable in the run-up to the championship, but going on past experience, they always fall short of delivering somewhere along the line. They've never brought the Cup home yet and I don't honestly believe they'll so now.

Based on their performance in the last 4 matches, and having seen what Brazil can do, I think they'll have to step up their game a helluva lot; they have a good and solid midfield with 2 very effective holding players in Van Bommel and De Jong, 2 great wingers/forwards in Kuijt and Robben, and Van Persie, even if he hasn't performed to the best of his ability at the tournament yet, is a world-class striker; but defensively there are too many mistakes being made by the back 4...and I fear Brazil will make mince-meat out of them.

On the other hand, though...nobody thought Slovakia could beat Italy! ;-)

So yeah, maybe I shouldn't give up hope yet that Oranje can reach the semi-finals. Thanks!
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