Bye Argentina. Sniffs

Sigh, as we all know, Argentina suffered a devastating defeat by the hands of Germany whose players Thomas Mueller (3), Miroslav Klose (68, 89) and Arne Friedrich (74) scored a total of 4 goals. While I might have been the Argentinian fan, I hate to admit it that the Germans were simply better. It was apparent that Germany outclass their South American counterparts, having carefully analyzed Argentina meticulously to avoid a defeat like the one in the 4th March friendly match. And they’ve done too good a job.

The Argentinian defense were simply too slow and sloppy to repel the quick-footed German offense comprising of Thomas Mueller, Miroslav and more. There were ample opportunities and space for both sides to score as seen in the game, but it was Deutschland who made full use of their opportunities and exploited the Argentine weakness.

Maradona’s Messi, Tevez and Higuain tried their best, but the Germans could somehow repel their every attack, preventing them from equalizing, even preventing them from scoring a consolation goal. One thing I find disturbing was that Argentinian strikers fail to deliver crucial through passes that could have otherwise turn the tides of the game. Seems like they thought that they could score, which they don’t. If only they could deliver the through balls at the right time. Things could have been different!!

The Germans were up and about throughout the game. After exposing the Argentine weakness, almost every German side – from forwards, to the midfielders, and even the defenders went for the kill, as was seen in the match where the Argentine box was filled with black shirts. Eventually, a German defender, Arne Friedrich scores.

In the end, Argentina fails to avenge their Quarter finals defeat to Germany as was the case in 2006. Sigh, it’s a sad day. But I hope that Germany would really go further, perhaps to win the World Cup, since they won over Argentina! *pumps fist into the air*

As for Messi, he did well to maintain possession of the ball, did brilliant assists, but failed on his own personal goal, to score at least a goal in the World Cup matches. If I were him, well.. I wouldn’t know how the feeling of not scoring a single goal feel like! But that doesn’t take away the fact that he has been awesome throughout the matches.

And the man of the match is … there isn’t any in my opinion because all the Germans played exceptionally well.

I won’t be watching the following match between the Spaniards and Paraguay as it is just too tiring! Based on the odds, it is needless to say the ESP Giants would definitely without a shadow of a doubt, beat Paraguay. But hey look, based on what’s happened so far (Italy, France, England, Argentina) ousted, you might never know.. For all you know, Paraguay might win, go into the Finals, and win the World Cup!?!!

Well, even if the Spaniards does win, it is simply bad fortune that they are paired up to play against Germany in the Semi finals. Something’s gotta give. It would be a match to remember if they were to play in the Finals.

Anyway, that’s all for today. As for Maradona, it’s perhaps time for him to gather La Albiceleste, kiss and hug them and sing along together, ‘Don’t cry for me [us], Argentina’..

Yours Sincerely,
Reuel Eugene


Argentina FTW!

Hello all! I’m back from my Bintan trip and I am glad to say that I did not miss much of the FIFA World Cup action because it is being shown over at Indonesia on National Television for free! So, I could enjoy the football matches at the comfort of my villa. Anyway, I caught the 2nd half of the match where Argentina destroyed South Korea 4 -1, adding 2 more goals to their 1 goal lead.

Although Messi didn’t score any goals throughout despite coming that close to scoring one at the 91st minute, I must say I am totally rooting for this fella! Meanwhile, the 2 goals by Gonzalo Higuain was quite ‘tyco’. For the non-Singaporean visitors of my blog, the word ‘tyco’ is a Singaporean slang for lucky or by chance. It just so happened that the shots by Messi missed and the ball after the rebound from the upright found its way to Higuain, whom himself (with a confused and shocked look) kicked the ball into an entirely open net. But I must still give credit to him for being at the right place, at the right time! Haha!

I went back to review the own goal scored by Park Chu Young on youtube, and I must say, I feel for that Korean. I mean, there was no way he could have foretold his leg’s position would deflect the ball into the net. I am also rooting for Korea! But my apologies to any Korean here, I am a bigger Argentinian fan!

I also managed to catch the last 10 minutes of the match between Germany and Serbia. I’m at a loss for words by how Germany lost 1-0 to Serbia. Apparently, the whole German formation crumbled when their key striker, Miroslav Klose was sent off on the 36th minute. Serbia, capitalizing on that went in for the kill, sending the ball into the net at the 37th minute. The future of the Germans seem bleak unless they win the key match against Ghana if they hope to keep their World Cup dreams alive. Meanwhile Serbia, a relatively unknown team have shown the world that they are very determined to leave their mark in the World Cup 2010.

Following that, more upsets of the favorites as France takes an embarrassing 2-0 defeat with Mexico while favorites England continues to disappoint when they fails to break the Algerian defense, causing the match to head to a goalless draw.

How much longer would the goalless drought endure for the heavyweights? Only time will tell (not the girls scandal for goodness sake!) Meanwhile, I’m glad that Argentina got their act together! My guess is Argentina should be able to reach the Finals, or the Semi-Finals for least. Argentina FTW!

Yours Sincerely,
Reuel Eugene

South Korea’s own goal vid: