Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
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German submarine sank Argentina; Spain escaped Paraguay
Germany today gave a lesson of football to Argentina at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. The Internationals of Germany have totally humiliated the Argentines. The Germans have destroyed the pupils of Diego Armando Maradona. It was a magnificent German machine that passed over Argentina. Argentina seems to be a team that is good from the midfield to the attack however from the midfield to defense, Argentina is zero. The first attack of Germany resulted with a goal by the young talented Muller in the 3rd minute. The culprit of that foul was Otamendi and also left Muller free to punish the Argentine’s goalie, Romero, who was also responsible for that goal. When Germany took the lead, we knew that the game would change and this is what had happened. Maradona had to change his tactics, but Maradona was completely lost in his tactics and did not even think about arming the defense of Argentina. The defenders of Argentina, Otamendi, Burdisso, Demichelis, and Heinze, were all exposed by Muller, Klose, Schweinsteinger, Ozil , Podolski of Germany. These defenders were confused against the German machine. Germany was far superior and the Germans nullified Messi, Tevez, Higuain. They have done that with great class. And one must give all the credits to the German coach, Joachim Loew, who is an excellent coach and Maradona would have to learn from Loew how to plan a game.
Loew’s goal was to eliminate Lionel Messi from the game and he had done so. Maradona left a midfield for Mascherano to manage on his own against the talented Germans and forced Messi to go back to the midfield to get the ball; once Messi received the ball, 3 or 4 German players are on him. Messi had to have other players that can play with him such as Riquelme, Veron, D’Alessandro, etc. The credit goes to German Internationals who have been playing an excellent World Cup. They are complete players. They have demolished Argentina and Diego Maradona had no answer for the tactics used by Joachim Loew. In the first half, it could have been 3-0 for Germany . The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the fantastic German national team.
In the second half, everybody taught Maradona would have made some changes, he kept the same lineup to everyone’s surprise. However, in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Argentines put the pressure on the Germans, but they were unable to pierce their solid defense. It was nothing after that from Argentina, and the Germans internationals demolished them with 2 goals from Klose in the 68th minute and 89th minute and Arne Friedrich in the 74th minute. The Germans’ submarine sank Argentina. There is nothing else to say but to congratulate Germany and the excellent work that Joachim Loew has done with this young German national team. Congratulations to Klose for scoring 14 goals in 3 World Cups so far and he will pass Ronaldo of Brazil if he scores 2 more goals. Germany will face the winner of Spain vs Paraguay.
In the second quarter final of the day, Spain had to face Paraguay in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Paraguayans internationals have played their usual defensive game and they have put Spain in lot of difficulties in the first half. The coach of Paraguay, the Argentine “Tata” Martino did an excellent job in terms of tactics to disrupt the Spaniards. The Paraguayans did attack Spain in the first half as well and even scored in the first half but the referee did not validate the goal. The first half ended 0-0. It was not great football in the first half because Paraguay did not let Spain display their beautiful football.
In the second half, the Spaniards started to play their usual beautiful game. But the Paraguayans won’t change their defensive schema and consistently blocked the Spanish Attacks. The excellent coach of Spain, Del Bosque, replaced Torres with Fabregas who completely changed the game for Spain. However, Paraguay had a chance to put the game away on a penalty kick(PK). Unfortunately, Cardozo missed the penalty kick that could have changed the course of the game. Soon after the missed PK of Paraguay, Spain was awarded a PK as well. Xabi Alonso scored the first time, but the referee asked for the PK to be retaken. Xabi Alonso missed it and the game remained 0-0. It was not an easy game for Spain as well. However, when a team has great solid midfield players in the midfield like Iniesta, Fabregas, Xavi, sooner or later they will find a hole in the Paraguayan defense. The Spaniards had found that hole with a rebound from the goal post, the talented striker, David Villa, scored to put Spain in the semi-final. Spain will face Germany for a place in the 2010 World Cup Final. Congratulations to the Spaniards! For Paraguay, they should feel proud for what they have accomplished in this World Cup.
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