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Germany vs Argentina

Germany vs Argentina

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Germany vs Argentina

Early doors, Higuain misses a sitter as the ball comes back to him from Kroos with a Gerard style back-pass but typically when it is England we concede, when it’s the Germany the opposition striker chokes.  Higuain puts it wide!

He then does score but it is offside and a good call from the ref! His run is early and his great finish counts for nothing.  Messi has still been pretty invisible here, it is as if his Barcelona teams mates are making him seem better than he is.  The sum of them being greater than their parts.

Schurle went close on the 36th minute but the keepers was equal to the shot.

Some good chances for Messi and a few more for the Germans.  They seem free to cross the ball when they want at the moment.

It is getting feisty as Germany are moaning to the ref and Muller is play acting again.  A shame really as Robben gets a lot of flak for it but he seems to be left off by the media.

On the stroke of half-time Howedes should have scored a header as he dived in and hit the post…

Half Time

Two misses in moments, one offside and then Messi breaks through and hits it wide…wow.  Is it a sign, the Argentinian manager didn’t look happy.

Mascherano has been good all tournament but his passing has been poor.  He was a midfield player a few seasons ago but he is giving the ball away here.

Neuer comes out and flattens Higuain, a good punch but he took him out big time!

A few more half chances but that is it really as the game slows a bit and extra time looms.

Extra Time

Again Germany pressed and pushed every advantage they could.  Argentina looked to soak up the pressure as much as possible with a few counter attacks.  Both teams had a chance and it looked as if penalties was on the cards.  Then arise Mario Gotze, another top class German player coming into the national team (he should have been there from the start!).

As Schuurle burst away down the left flank showing a real injection of pace.  His early cross crept past the defender and was taken on the chest by Gotze.  Then with the keeper bearing down on him he smashed the ball into the back of the net! – What a world cup winner!!!!!!

This guy has some serious talent, as do most of the German team but above all else they are a team.  They like one another and are used to each other having come through the ranks as a unit in many cases.  With Neuer in goal expect them to be here for a long time.

Then came a late free kick from Schweinsteiger who had been kicked all over the park in this match.  Messi stepped up….he looked calm….then ballooned it over.  A howler of a free kick which summed his game and world cup up really.  Apart from one good goal in the dying seconds in the group games he was very well man marked.  This begs the question, is it Iniesta and Xavi making him look so good?

All we know is Germany win the 2014 World Cup as it ended Germany vs Argentina (1-0).  Germany were good value throughout the competition consistently showing their skill.

Well done Germany and Podolski who crept on to grab more than his share of the limelight at the end.  Just don’t ask where he was born!

None the less Germany have been so strong in this tournament and I am pleased they won.  No matter who you support on merit Germany deserved to win it.  It wasn’t a blockbuster of a game for me but the Isaac crowd loved the tension.  The play was good in places and the goal that won it was worthy of winning a World Cup final on!

Update – Somehow Messi was made player of the tournament – what was that about I don’t know as a lot of players should have been ahead of him.  I can think of at least ten, it seems the sponsors have had a word with FIFA.

That aside a cracking World Cup!

Brazil vs Croatia

It Opens – Brazil vs Croatia

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Brazil vs Croatia (3-1)

We had another good night at Isaacs as the World Cup finally kicked off.  It was good as we had 4 goals scored.  A 5th if you count the Croatian goal that was incorrectly disallowed.

Brazil, as hosts, kicked us off the opening game in group A.  Their opponents Croatia worked very hard and were unlucky not to get a point out of the game.  In honesty, a lot of the Brazilian players were a little below par as was the Croatian goalkeeper who made some good saves at times.  Sadly though he let in some sloppy goals.

The game ended 3-1 to Brazil with a truck load of luck for the hosts and really poor decisions against plucky Croatia spoiling the opening spectacle a little.

An own goal on the 11th minute put the Croatians ahead as Brazil made a terrible clearance under pressure causing Marcelo to score against his own team.  Croatia then did well for a period of time.  The big Brazilian hope Neymar had a mixed game, yes, he scored twice, and on a normal day that’s great.

The first was a weak shot that just about made it in, and the 2nd was a suspect penalty won by Fred but badly awarded by the Japanese ref.  More to the point in my view Neymar should probably have been sent off for a red card.  The challenge itself wasn’t that bad, a forearm to the face so it wasn’t just a mistimed tackle.  The main reason is, he took a good look at the player before making it.

Many players would have gone off for that, then he scored twice!

The penalty was in the 2nd half and with Brazil 2-1 up they still looked vulnerable.  Croatia then scored a good goal but it wasn’t given, oddly.  Either way, it was soft work by the match officials and Croatia were rightly livid at the call.

Then Oscar came up and with a cheeky toe poke from outside the box.  The Croatian keeper should have narrowed the angle but credit to the Chelsea player for chancing his arm.

It was a good strike if not a little cheeky.

The result – Brazil vs Croatia ended 3-1 – Brazil were fortunate and Croatia very unlucky!