Pierre Boisrond


 
Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of the World Cup.

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Brazil and Holland march on to the quarterfinals



    The battle between Netherlands and Slovakia took place at the Durban Stadium in Durban, South Africa. It was a game that the Dutch did not have to play their majestic football to beat the Slovaks. The game ended 2-1 in favor of Holland. I believe most pundits would have given the Dutch the advantage in this game. The Orange machine was not running on all cylinders. They only needed half of their cylinders to send the Slovaks home. It was the talented Arjen Robben who scored a beautiful goal in the 18th minute to put The Netherlands up 1-0. The Dutch were indeed very superior to the Slovaks who were trying to go for the equalizer. Though they could have gotten the equalizer if Vittek had found a better placement for his shots. The first half-ended 1-0 in favor of the Dutch.

    In the second half, The Slovaks kept looking for the equalizer and they had several chances to obtain it. However, the Dutch goalie, Maarten Stekelenburg, was fantastic in goal and therefore prevented the Slovaks to get the equalizer. Instead of obtaining the equalizer, it was Sneijder who augmented the score for the Netherlands and gave them a 2-0 lead in the 84th minute. Being up 2-0, the Dutch knew they booked their tickets for the next round. In the 90th minute, Robert Vittek reduced the score 1-2 for the Slovaks.

    The Dutch were completely unmatched in the game and they did not need to play their spectacular football to send the Slovaks home. Now, the Dutch will be ready to face on July 2nd the winner of Chile vs. Brazil.

    The site for the game between Brazil and Chile was Ellis Park in Johannesburg South Africa. It was a game that was very difficult for the Chileans because they don’t have the fire power of Brazil. The Chilean International started to control the game in the first 15 minutes by taking it to the men conducted by Dunga. However, Brazil is Brazil, sooner or later they will step it up to provide the first blow. On a corner kick, it was Juan who scored for Brazil in the 34th minute via a beautiful header. The Brazilians Internationals took the lead and sent panic to the camp of the men under the direction of Marcelo Bielsa. In the 38th minute after a deadly attack of Brazil, it was Robinho who sent a ball to Kaka and Kaka delivered to it Fabiano who dribbled the Chilean goalie to score the 2nd goal of the day for Brazil. It was a beautiful goal indeed. Suddenly after 38th minutes in the game, Chile found themselves in difficult predicament. The first half ended 2-0 in favor the “Auriverde” team.

    In the second-half , Chile kept pressing for the equalizer but they were unable to obtained. The simple reason is that the Brazilians have too many weapons to counterattack the Chileans. In the 59th minute, after an excellent individual attack initiated by Ramirez, he passed the ball to Robinho who placed the ball into Chile’s net “ como los dioses”. It was a fantastic goal. Now Chile has found themselves in a very deep hole. Despite changes by Marcelo Bielsa, nothing seemed to work for Chile.

    The talent of Brazil was too much for Chile in this game. It was not the fact that Chile did not play at all; Chile played attractive football, but it was not enough to destroy the fire power of Brazil. Brazil won the game and now will face the Netherlands in a quarter final game on July 2nd at the Nelson Mandelay Bay Stadium.



 

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