syafeerul: WC2010 Final Review

2010 World Cup ends yesterday.. Spain won their first world cup trophy with some style after defeating holland 1-0. although they needed extra time to win it, they fought hard and well. holland gave somewhat a tough and very challenging game. they lost but they did fight hard. congratulations to both for making it to the finals and both showed why they deservedly be crowned as champions and runner-up.

SEMI-FINAL Review

Uruguay vs Netherlands
as i predicted Netherlands played very well to seal a place in the finals. Uruguay showed some flair as well but Netherlands ended the better side. 3-2.

Germany vs Spain
Sad for us German fans as Spain advances on a single goal advantage. they scored from a corner set-piece which was headed in by Puyol. Germans weren’t able to play at their usual pace. Outplayed by possession-play of the Spanish side. Germans got stucked. Spain got lucky again… 1-0.

My FINAL and 3rd PLACE Prediction and Result

3Rd Place: Germany vs Uruguay
for sure im with Germany on this one. and that ended as expected. the game was nicely played. Uruguay didn’t hold back. and the Germans came more alive after being outplayed by Spain in the semi-final. Germany ends their World Cup 2010 campaign by finishing 3rd. 3-2.

Final: Spain vs Netherlands
i like Netherlands game better. they were brave in attacks and they have some awesome pace in Robben. but being realistic i choose Spain. i thought they might play like they played Germany. keeping the ball and attack whenever there’s real opportunity. so i thought they might end lucky like they did against Germany.
however, in this World Cup Final, Spain came with a different look. they utilized their midfield prowess to dominate the game. they were not the same Spain that keep the ball for possession but this time they bombarded and pierced through Netherlands defense with awe. when Navas came on, they became more alive. the midfield combination of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets proved to be one of the best midfield combination in the world. at the end, although they played to a 0-0 draw, the game was flourished by dozens of shots and some magnificent saves by both keeper. Netherlands played hard as they had to suppress the Spanish flair. all Dutch except Sneijder and Stekelenburg were carded. finally, with just few minutes before extra time ends, Heitinga made a professional foul that costs him the second yellow – giving him a red card. with 10 men, Netherlands did not give up just yet. they still attack. but a Fabregas lob-pass found Iniesta unmarked. and he placed a firm shot beating Stekelenburg and into the net. Spain went on to win the World Cup Trophy by a single goal margin. they played well and they deserve to win this. congratulations Spain. 1-0.

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syafeerul: WC2010 QF Review and SF Preview

ROUND of 16 Review

Uruguay vs South Korea
as i predicted earlier Uruguay won. but the Koreans fought well. only that Uruguay were the better side when they needed to. 2-1.

USA vs Ghana
USA played well and so did Ghana. needed extra time for Ghana to seal their progress. 2-1.

Argentina vs Mexico
no problems for the Argentinians as they crushed Mexico 3-1 here.

Germany vs England
the German side showed some exciting football. no one expected this big win. despite England showed some good attacks but they forgot how to defend. the Germans did well with their counter-attacks. 4-1.

Netherlands vs Slovakia
Netherlands were the better side through the 90 minutes. the Dutch was just unlucky to concede a penalty at the end. 2-1.

Brazil vs Chile
i thought Chile would’ve fought better after what they’ve showed in group games. but Brazil showed why they’re one of the best from South America. 3-0.

Paraguay vs Japan
Paraguay didn’t play very well. Japan did better i guess. but as much as i had predicted earlier, Paraguay went on. beating Japan on penalty shoot-out.

Spain vs Portugal
both did not play well. boring game from two exciting team. Spain advances after Villa’s goal. 1-0.

QUARTER FINAL Review

Netherlands vs Brazil
two good teams played each other in the QF. i must say its quite early for them to meet in the QF. i was hoping they’d meet in the SF at least. anyhow Netherlands played an exciting attacking football whilst the Brazil under Dunga displayed more possession and defense. although i like Netherlands more, but i predicted Brazil to win this game.
surprisingly Netherlands advances after beating the Brazil side 2-1.

Uruguay vs Ghana
if the two had been split-up, more exciting teams would have the chance to qualify to the next round. no offense to this two but they were slightly less powerful than the rest. anyhow the two showed some good game. Ghana was the better side all over. they had the chance to qualify but they blew it right at the end. Luis Suarez gambled by stopping a goal with his hands and was given red card for that offense. professional foul. the gamble was worth it as Gyan failed to score from the spot. Uruguay went on to win from penalty shoot-out.
this game goes as i expected as both have their own strength for advancing to this stage.

Argentina vs Germany
i predicted a draw and would have ended through a shoot-out. but the Germans conquered the game with some fine display of confidence and such coolness. they defended well, absorbed attacks from the Argentinians and counter with such terrorizing pace. schweinsteiger was my favourite as he showed why i want him to sign for Man Utd since 2004. no one expected Germany to win this big but they did. 4-1? Maradona was speechless. and the part that i loved the most, i could somehow shut my Argentina fan friends who have been bragging of Messi and the attacking options of Argentina. so much for an attacking team eh.. no goals?? haha.. priceless.. 🙂

Paraguay vs Spain
easy one for Spain i thought. but again Spain showed some dismal performance. they were just lucky to advance from another lucky Villa goal. 1-0.

SEMI-FINAL Prediction

Uruguay vs Netherlands
I’m going with Netherlands here. although Uruguay could fight hard in this game. Robben would do his job again. just like how he outplayed the Brazilians.

Germany vs Spain
Spain might be lucky again. but nevertheless i’m with Germany. attack and attack. Germans can win this game.