The answer to my trivia question for the open thread: what geographic fact makes Uruguay unique among South American Countries, is the fact that it’s the only South American country entirely outside of the tropics. Kudos to Alex and sublime 33 for getting the answer.
So let me get this straight: Mark Van Bommel fouls roughly and thuggishly all game long and only sees a card for kicking the ball away when he – and nearly everyone else – thinks the game’s over?
You have to admire Dirk Kuyt: definitely not the fastest, not the most skilled, but in addition to his work rate he doesn’t flop around and he has a good mind for the game. His perfect cross to Arjen Robben made the difference in the game.
The worst offside call, by the way, was the call that went against Kuyt in the second half.
Psst, Arjen Robben: a moment of your time. You’re a skilled and gifted player. You’re also six feet tall, yet you flop to the ground far more often than much smaller players. You don’t do yourself, your team and the sport any good by doing that. Stop being so damn cynical.
Yes, it was close, but Robin Van Persie was offside on the second goal. His foot was just offside and that does count. The only part than can be in an offside position are the arms. On the other hand, it was very close and not like say, Carlos Tevez’s first goal against Mexico.
Yes, Stekelenburg shares some of the blame for Diego Forlan’s goal (his third from outside the penalty area, by the way), but the amount of space the defenders gave Forlan was a far greater sin in my opinion. If they do that against either Spain’s or Germany’s forwards and/or attacking midfielders, it will be a long night for them on Sunday.
In two of the games in the knockout stage the Dutch have given up a goal in injury time. While they were fortunate to have a two goal lead at both times, that’s not a wise game plan against either Germany or Spain.
While impressed with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s goal, I was also impressed with Sulley Muntari’s goal in the Ghana/Uruguay game, Maicon’s in the North Korea game, Carlos Tevez’s second goal against Mexico and Landon Donovan’s goal against Slovenia. if grading on a curve, I’ll give Van Bronckhorst some extra points for being a defender.
Only three fouls committed and only one yellow card for Khailid Boulahrouz? Come on man, you have a reputation to uphold!