France vs Germany….definitely wasn’t the most exciting of matches but it had its moments. Within the opening fifteen minutes Hummels early header put the Germans ahead at which point you thought this is going to be a tasty match. But the experienced Germans showed another side to the exciting attacking game they play and killed off France’s movement. Valbuena could just not get his game going with Khedira and Schweinsteiger constantly on his case.
There was a great chance that fell to Valbuena, just before half time which was started by a break from Griezmann, which could have seen them draw level but the impeccable Neuer made a very important but also impressive one-handed save. Benzema had a couple of chances before the whistle but was unable to convert.
The Germans, who were supposedly suffering from flu during the days building up to this match, were tiring and Low introduced Andre Schurrle who injected some freshness into the German’s game. They then dropped deep preventing Valbuena and Griezmann space to run into. Mueller could have finished the game off with a ball from Mesut Ozil but again couldn’t finish and that was that.
So Arsenal’s French stars can now get some rest before pre-season whilst our German players continue their quest for the World Cup.
Surely Brazil vs Colombia would be more entertaining and what a treat we were in for. It was as if the footballing gods answered my request in yesterday’s post regarding the match
In the later game we have Brazil vs Colombia, the battle of the South Americans. Neymar vs James Rodriguez. Again I hope both teams give us a free-flowing, pacey, skillful, counter attacking display (not too much to ask?)
This game summed up South American football for me. Pace, counter attacking, skill, passion and pure desire to win. Thiago Silva opened the scoring early on with a close range effort and from there it was pure end to end attacking football. James Rodriguez was pulling all the strings for Colombia, as expected, but they just couldn’t find the net. Rodriguez was getting extremely fed up with being constantly fouled by Fernandinho, who went unpunished and could have been sent off two or three times. Hulk and Fred again didn’t look great and the only real outlet for Brazil was Neymar.
So the second half started the same way as the first ended, then came arguably one of the best goals of the tournament. David Luiz scored with a stunning free kick that he hit with his instep. Luiz generated so much power that you thought he hit straight through the ball with his laces but no, after watching the replays it was his instep. If you haven’t seen it then I suggest you look it up.
With the game dying out and Brazil running the ball down the wings and then back again to kill time it looked over, surely. The man of the moment, Rodriguez, burst into the box and was brought down by Julio Cesar and a penalty was award. The Colombian team were adamant the keeper should have been sent off but got away with a yellow and with each second the debate continued the pressure mounted on the penalty taker, Rodriguez himself. Inspired by the monstrous grasshopper on his sleeve he slotted home the penalty to make it 2-1 with ten minutes to go, game on. Colombia had the wind in their sails but kept jumping the gun and getting caught offside. Neymar, the poster boy for Brazil and their superstar, then took an extremely painful knee to his lower back which has been confirmed as a fractured vertebrae has now ended his World Cup. Major blow for him and for Brazil. Let’s also hope this doesn’t hinder and transfer dealings with Alexis Sanchez, which I still believe will happen and the Chilean will be an Arsenal player.
Today’s interest is Joel Campbell’s Costa Rica team as they take on the Netherlands.