A disappointing match. The Netherlands won, but through luck rather than brilliance. The Danish defense was solid, and try as they might, our side just couldn't get enough room to manoeuvre in front of their goal. Also, they lacked both speed and depth in their play during the first half, and it was all rather boring to watch.
They picked up the pace in the second half and, especially after Elia was brought in, brought some flow into the game...but it took a Danish own goal to relieve the pressure and for a while it seemed as if we would have to content ourselves with that for a win. Thank God Dirk Kuijt scored a genuine Dutch goal in the 85th minute, enabling the team to walk off the pitch with their heads held high. But so far, the only team that's really impressed me with their play is, painful as it is for me to have to admit, die Mannschaft.
If you had better things to do than sit down and watch the game, FIFA have been kind enough to put this video
showing a few highlights of the match up on its webpages.
I also watched the match between Italy and Paraguay, and enjoyed that much more. I always like to see gli Azzurri being taken down a peg or two, and the Paraguayan squad did just that. Viva Paraguay!
Mum called to upbraid me about the fact that I hadn't shown up at my niece's birthday party yesterday. I tried to tell her I most probably would have done if anyone had invited me or at least would have let me know when they were planning to have the party (her birthday having been earlier in the week), but she didn't accept this as a valid excuse. Moreover, she let me know that since I wasn't currently doing anything of any importance, and my sister and her boyfriend have booked a romantic break for two in Madrid, my youngest nephew will be staying with me next weekend.
I like my nephew well enough, I do. But I hate to be taken for granted as a babysitter. Why his older brother and sister can't take care of him for 2 days? Because they made it clear to my sister, when she booked the holiday several months ago, that they didn't like to be taken for granted as babysitters, either.