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Netherlands-Brazil: 2-1


I was so sure Brazil would send Oranje packing. And it seemed like they were going to, in the first half. They could so easily have sent our side to the locker room two or three goals down, but they stopped at one...and that was their mistake, as it turned out.

The Netherlands came out fighting in the second half, and kept the pressure on from first to last. The equalizer, when it happened, and however it happened (FIFA has ascribed it to Juan, but it seemed to me to have been deflected or come off the top of Melo's head) restored our team's confidence and after that, everything just seemed to go their way and I think they won the match deservedly.

Now we've got Germany-Argentina to look forward to tomorrow -- two sides that I think are evenly matched. I'm not going to even attempt a prediction at the outcome.

ETA: After initially ascribing the goal to Juan, FIFA then gave it to F. Melo for a day or two, before finally deciding to add it to Sneijder's score sheet, making him one of the championship's top scorers.


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Jul. 2nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I just got home from work and S2C told me the result - I am really pleased. Not only am I quite happy to see your team do well, and not self-destruct - but I really enjoy the Brazilians losing...
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy the Brazilians losing...

Especially when you see, throughout the second half, what incredibly BAD losers they are...
Jul. 3rd, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Love your icons.

Perhaps we should ask the octopus about the German game? ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure even the Psychic Squid could have foreseen the outcome of that match! Germany excelled and especially in the second half, played the kind of football I'd love to see The Netherlands return to: football that it's a joy to watch.
Jul. 4th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
If you want to watch football that's a joy to watch, you should check out Australian Rules. I know I'm biased, but pretty much everyone who comes here and sees a game is a convert.

Soccer (football), to me, and I spent six years watching an ex play most weekends, and sat up and watched several World Cup tourneys, is excruciating to watch. One goal means SO MUCH. And you can watch for 90mins and not even see one!

Thankfully, it's a big planet and there's room for everyone's preferred sport. Where would we be if there was only one, eh? Life would be very bland, indeed. :)
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely will check out those Australian Rules and come back to you on that.

Oranje used to play attractive, romantic football (keeping in possession, long passes, attacking over the wings, two men in the back and just one central defender...and great egos up front) that earned them much praise but sadly, never got them the trophy. When Van Marwijk became coach two years ago, he changed all that and now they're focused on what they call 'rendementsvoetbal' (dividends football/soccer), i.e. 4 defenders, 2 central midfielders, which makes for a much more stolid, lumbering presence on the pitch, and even if they're not attacking solely on the counter, the matches do tend to become quite tetchy and static and somewhat tedious to watch...It's not as creative as it used to be, but so far, it does seem to be working! The goals may not be as technically brilliant, and the score sheet may not show more than 1 or 2 per match, but they are through to the semi-finals which is a better result than they've had in ages.
Jul. 6th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
You must be so excited!

Unbelievably one-sided game (Germany-Argentina).

Roll on the semis!
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Come 8:30 tonight I expect the streets to be deserted and the country ground to a halt. Van Marwijk has pronounced every player fit to play but we won't know who he'll deploy until an hour or so before kick-off, and there is a lot of speculation going on in the media, as Oranje have accumulated too many yellow cards and what will he do; will he save his star players (whoever they may be; there's no young Cruijff among them) for the final and field a B-team, or will he go all out against Uruguay?

Personally, I hope they'll play like they did in the second half of the match against Brazil. Uruguay are hungry for glory and a win would mean so much to them. By contrast, even though Oranje say they're aiming to reach the final, there is this undertone of "and if we don't get there, it'll be a pity, but it won't be the end of the world".
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