As a Barcelona fan, I’m glad that Kaka plays for Real Madrid.
Dirk Kuyt may be tireless and work hard, but when he had the breakaway towards the end, he sure looked slow.
Luis Fabiano got away with one, but appeared to disguise his attempted neutering of Mark van Bommel well. Given how quickly Van Bommel seemed to recover, it doesn’t appear that he actually made contact. That’s the sort of pain that lingers . . .
I believe Nigel de Jong’s takedown of Kaka in the box should have been a penalty. I’ve seen them given for much less.
Arjen Robben is a gifted player and had a good game, but he flopped frequently and did his and the sports’ image no favors by so doing.
On the other hand, the Brazilians were foolish to take the bait. They let him get into their heads and it affected their performance.
<s>Yes, it was an own goal, but just barely.</s>
Dunga is catching most, if not all of the heat for this. Today’s loss was only the sixth loss in nearly four years. It was not him who didn’t communicate with his goalkeeper leading to an own goal, nor was it him who decided to stomp on Arjen Robben and get sent off. Just sayin’ . . .
I believe that Uruguay will miss Luis Suarez a lot more than the Netherlands will miss Nigel de Jong and Gregory Van Der Wiel. Will Khalid (the Cannibal) Boulahrouz start in Van der Wiel’s place?
Luis Suarez will sleep well tonight and he shouldn’t. The best bit of acting today was by Suarez with his “Who me?!?!” expression when the referee showed him the red card for thinking he was playing volleyball at the end of extra time. I believe that this was probably the most flagrantly deliberate handball I ve ever seen.
I agree and disagree with Dave Brockington here: yes, Suarez did cheat and he got caught (he wouldn’t have been sent off otherwise) and yes they should change the rule under those circumstances, the referee should be allowed to consider that a goal. I think that they should go even further: allow the goal, send the man off and give the attacking team a penalty kick. This is the type of behavior that FIFA should want to discourage.
Every time we see someone taking a penalty kick, Mercia always says “Poor goalkeeper!” I always say the pressure is not on the goalkeeper, but on the player(s) taking the penalty(ies). Today’s events have confirmed that for me yet again and I believe that there is absolutely nothing that can persuade me otherwise.
Send some good thoughts Asamoah Gyan’s way. He probably feels absolutely wretched.
I know this is probably cold comfort, but Sulley Muntari’s goal IMHO was the tournament best so far.
Diego Maradona, kindly shut the fuck up:Villa was not offside and your team benefited from a bad call as well.