This has to be one of the best photos of a goal I’ve seen.
I’m a little behind on posting this, but still wanted to put my two cents in…
Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in overtime to take their first ever World Cup trophy. The game seemed to be a defensive battle since neither team really had a lot of chances. There were a few near misses at both ends, but the Dutch had probably the biggest lost opportunity. The chance came when Robben made a run down the middle and was fed a great through ball that set him up for a breakaway. As he went by the last defender for Spain, Puyol grabbed him around the waist in an attempt to slow him or take him down. Robben powered his way through and continued to play. The ref ignored the attempt to by Puyol to take Robben down. If the ref had called the foul it would have been at least a yellow card, but since Puyol was the last man it really should have been a red. Throughout the tournament many strikers took dives. Including later in the final when a ref issued a second yellow to a Dutch defender that clearly was a dive by the Spanish forward. I even saw a Portuguese forward take a dive in the box after beating the last defender which put him 1 on 1 with the keeper. Just dumb… the ref didn’t call it by the way. The fact that Robben stayed up and continued to play even though he was hampered by the desperate shows Robben’s character.. But should he have taken the dive? And why did the ref allow this to happen even though he certainly wasn’t afraid to throw cards as he set a record for the number of cards issued in the final?
Anyway, congratulations to Spain for earning their first World Cup trophy. It was a controversial tournament with goals allowed/disallowed and many questionable calls. It seemed to me that in many cases the referee was too much of a factor in the games.
What do you think?
The big Oranje came back to beat Brazil team 2-1 in the quarter final match.
In the 10th minute Robinho made a perfectly timed run cut through the Dutch defense where he received the ball and was one on one with the goal. He then slotted it past the keeper to open the scoring for Brazil. Kaka later had a great chance, but was blanked by Stekelenburg with an impressive save as he aimed for the upper right corner. The first half ended 1-0 for Brazil.
The Dutch managed to get on the scoreboard quickly in the second half with a great long distance effort from Scneijder, that ended up as an own goal off the head of Brazilian defender Felipe Melo. In Dutchmen took the lead in the 68th minute with a goal from Scneijder. The goal came from a corner kick from Robben that Kuyt skimmed to a to a goal hungry Scneijder in the center of the goal. Shortly after Oranje took the lead Melo ended his less then stellar game by getting sent off in the 73rd minute for stamping on Robben as he lay on the ground.
See the highlights on Fifa.com Netherlands 2:1 Brazil
Brazil gets to start packing and Holland gets ready for their semi-final match on Tuesday July 6, against the winner of the Uruguay-Ghana match which will be played later today.
Portugal stamped out any doubt that they can put the ball in the back of the net today with a 7-0 win over North Korea. This is the most decisive win of the 2010 World Cup and the 7th most decisive match in the history of the World Cup. There have been three 9-0 wins and three 8-0 wins including the 8-0 German win over Saudi Arabia in 2002.
There were no selfish players in the game either as Portugal’s 7 goals came from 6 different people. The scoring opened up in the second half when North Korea seemed to have lost all concentration. I feel a bit bad for the North Koreans to blown out like this after playing so well against Brazil. Hopefully they survive the return home…