Tagged: World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 31, A Brief Recap Of The Final

Spain 1-0 Holland Andres Iniesta (116′) Fernando Torres was once again on the bench as Pedro got another start. Holland had their suspended players back and therefore had a full first choice side. The game started unevenly with small fouls, especially by the Dutch, dominating the proceedings. English referee Howard Webb was influencing the game somewhat with a succession of...

World Cup 2010 Day 30, A Brief Recap

Uruguay 2-3 Germany Edinson Cavani (28′) Diego Forlan (51′) Thomas Muller (19′) Marcell Jansen (56′) Sami Khedira (82′) The 3rd-4th places matches at World Cups have produced an average of almost four goals per game and the 2010 edition did not disappoint. As expected the game was pretty open. Germany started a changed side with Miroslav Klose on the bench...

World Cup 2010 Day 27, A Brief Recap

Spain 1-0 Germany Carles Puyol (73′) Thomas Muller was missing from this second semi-final due to suspension and that put the so far successful German 4-2-3-1 in doubt. Piotr Trochowski got the start instead. Spain featured Pedro and David Villa with Fernando Torres on the bench. The early signs were not positive for Germany as they sat back and Spain...

World Cup 2010 Day 26, A Brief Recap

Uruguay 2-3 Holland Diego Forlan (41′) Maxi Pereira (90′) Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (18′) Wesley Sneijder (70′) Arjen Robben (73′) This semi final started with Holland looking the more assured. Even though Holland were missing key players Gregory van der Weil and Nigel De Jong due to suspension they seemed not to be affected defensively or otherwise. That was partly due...

World Cup 2010 Day 23, A Brief Recap

Germany 4-0 Argentina Thomas Muller (3′) Miroslav Klose (68′, 89′) Arne Friedrich (74′) Germany exposed the defensive frailties of Argentina and at the same time managed to frustrate the South Americans to shots straight into the hands of Manuel Neuer. A defense still featuring Nicolas Burdisso and Martin Demichelis in the center and Nicolas Otamendi on one side was exposed...

World Cup 2010 Day 22, A Brief Recap

Holland 2-1 Brazil Felipe Melo (og 53′) Wesley Sneijder (68′) Robinho (10′) This game was a chippy one with the likes of Michel Bastos, Felipe Melo and Mark van Bommel not far from getting themselves ejected. Brazil dominated early possession and at moments played a classic crisp passing game. Andre Ooijer starting for the injured Joris Mathijsen seemed to shoulder...

World Cup 2010 Day 19, A Brief Recap

Paraguay 0(5)-(3)0 Japan This was one of the quieter matches of the World Cup with chances and moments of magic or skill sparse. Paraguay had the edge in possession in the first half but Daisuke Matsui probably had the best chance when he collected the ball and hit the crossbar. Eiji Kawashima and Justo Villar were rarely troubled in the...

World Cup 2010 Day 18, A Brief Recap

Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia Arjen Robben (18′) Wesley Sneijder (84′) Robert Vittek (pen 90′) Slovakia came into the match having only beaten a poor Italian team but otherwise not impressing at all. Holland were efficient and had done enough and may be a bit more. The flow of the game was predictable and Arjen Robben getting a first start of the...

World Cup 2010 Day 17, A Brief Recap

Germany 4-1 England Miroslav Klose (20′) Lukas Podolski (32′) Thomas Muller (67′, 70′) Matthew Upson (37′) England were outplayed but also undone by an event that will be talked about for years to come. Germany started brighter and showed more skills. It wasn’t long before a high ball was misjudged by John Terry and allowed Miroslav Klose to run, out...

World Cup 2010 Day 16, A Brief Recap

Uruguay 2 – 1 South Korea Luis Suarez (8′, 80′) Lee Chung-Yong (68′) The Asians served notice early with a freekick that hit the post and had Uruguay goalie Fernando Muslera very thankful. Uruguay however were their attacking selves and threatened. Only a few short minutes after that incident Diego Forlan crossed low and no one among the available Korean...