Archive for the ‘World Cup’ category

Video: Reaction of Women’s World Cup Final against Japan

July 17, 2011

Here is a video that covers the loss the USA Women’s Soccer went through today against Japan:

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Video: The Sports Cycle Update Wednesday

June 8, 2011
Donnie Dwyer covers the updates in Wednesday sports from MLB, NBA, Soccer, and college football. There are a ton of video highlights and interviews from players and coaches! Enjoy…
 

Video: The Sports Cycle Update

June 5, 2011

Check out my new summer feature, The Sports Cycle update. It is Sports fans guide to highlights, news, and information you need every single night. Check out today’s post and come back for more…

“Viva España ” – Spain Wins 2010 World Cup games

July 15, 2010

After a month of really good soccer in the Republic of South Africa, the final game between Spain and the Netherlands was a special one.

Even before the game started it was special as  former South African president Nelson Mandela was driven onto the field on a golf cart. A smiling Mandela waved to the fans as the vuvuzelas buzzed throughout Soccer City.

Game Recap

Both teams have never won a world cup championship and both teams won games they were not supposed to. In this game however, there could be no ties. The game went into extra time and Spain midfielder Andrés Iniesta in the 116th minute took a pass from Cesc Fabregas and put a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with about seven minutes left to play, including injury time to win the match 1-0 and take home the trophy.

This finals game was a very physical but very dirty game. The referee gave out a finals-record 14 yellow cards and the Dutch ultimately finished with 10 men.

Spain won its last four games by a score of 1-0, a tight margin that characterized the month-long tournament. The World Cup featured a record 31 one-goal decisions out of 64 matches,  four more than the previous high set in 2002, according to STATS LLC.

…This game went down to the wire and it was all about who wanted it more. Both teams had so many opportunities including the Netherlands Arjen Robben‘s attempt in the 62 minute. Robben had a break away and it was taken out by Spain goaltender Iker Casillas. In the end it was the smart play of Spain to not get themselves into too many yellow card situations like the Netherlands and get the key goal in extra time when needed. Spain is now the champions of the world when it comes to soccer and the whole country went bonkers after the game. They played really well especially in 1 goal wins. This was the first time that the finals was between two teams that never won and it made the game even more special. Well now that the games are over, fans have to wait another 4 years to see if Spain can repeat and if the USA can make it past the second round. We shall see…

Game Notes

•Spain is the eighth country to be crowned World Cup champion, winning its first title and becoming the first European country to win outside of Europe.

•Andres Iniesta scored his second goal of the tournament in the 116th minute, the latest game-winner in a final.

•The 14 total yellow cards are the most ever in a final, more than doubling the previous record of six set in 1986 (Argentina-Germany), and third-most in any game (cards began in 1970).

•Spain’s eight total goals scored are the fewest ever by a champion, three fewer than the previous mark.

•Spain is the first team since 1970 Brazil to win the title after winning all of its qualifiers.

•The Netherlands’ 10-game winning and 25-game unbeaten streaks were snapped, as the Dutch lost for the first time since September 2008.

•Spain controlled possession with 59.3 percent of the touches. That’s the highest total by a team in a World Cup final since the stat was first tracked in 1966. Spain controlled 60.9 percent of the touches in its seven World Cup matches, the only team ever to control over 60 percent for an entire World Cup.

•The Netherlands had its worst-ever passing day in a World Cup match — completing a paltry 69 percent of its passes. Since 1966, the Dutch had completed fewer than 75 percent of their passes just twice.

•The goals per game finished at 2.27, just ahead of the 2.21 at the 1990 World Cup, the lowest of all time. Goals per game in the knockout stage of this World Cup were 2.75, the best since 1998 (2.81).

Quote of the game : Vicente del Bosque

“This is immeasurable for Spain.” 

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World Cup Semifinals game 1: Netherlands vs. Uruguay

July 7, 2010

The boys have reached the Final game

  Netherlands advances to 1st World Cup final since ’78 

The Netherlands are going to the World Cup final and they are doing it by winning by a one goal margin. That was their 5th straight win by a one goal margin and this win meant the most because it leads them one step closer to that highly coveted trophy.   

Game Recap   

Netherlands got on the board early to take a 1-0 lead and scored in the 18th minute on defender Giovanni Van Bronckhorst ‘s goal from 42 yards out (Check video below)   

– Uruguay got frustrated early getting two early yellow cards from defenders Martín Cáceres (29′)and Maxi Pereira (21′).  But they fought back.  

– Uruguay tied up the game in the 41st minute on a nice goal by forward Diego Forlán. That would be the score at halftime.  

-Then Netherlands late in the second half decided to take control and score in bunches. Midfielder Wesley Sneijder  would score in the 70th minute and then 3 minutes later, Midfielder Arjen Robben would score to make the lead 3-1.  

– Uruguay never gave up as they scored in the 90th minute to cut it to one, 3-2 on the goal by Maxi Pereira but that’s the closest they got.  

Analysis 

…This game wasn’t as close as it seems. Netherland’s offense is proving to be a huge weapon and the 42 yard goal scored by Van Bronckhorst was just plain and simply the best goal of the tournament and was plain and outright dirty. It was something I have never seen before. Just truly amazing. But to be honest, Uruguay played really hard but they look frustrated early with the yellow cards and could not get into their rhythm. Statistically both teams were even but in the end Netherlands played well enough to win and advance to the final. It should be interesting to see how they fare this Sunday against Spain or Germany. It should be fun… 

Game Notes and Information  

• The Netherlands advances to its third World Cup final. The Dutch lost to host countries West Germany in 1974 and Argentina in 1978.  

• It’s the first time a team scored three goals in a World Cup semifinal since 1982, when West Germany and France tied 3-3 (Germany advanced on penalty kicks).  

• Dutch captain and defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst opened the scoring in the 18th minute with one of the best goals of the tournament, a beautiful 58-mph strike from 42 yards out, his sixth career goal in 106 appearances. The 35-year-old van Bronckhorst, who had already announced he will retire after the World Cup, is the second-oldest player to score in a World Cup semifinal, behind only 37-year-old Gunnar Gren of Sweden in 1958.  

• Wesley Sneijder scored in the 70th minute. His five goals are tied with Spain’s David Villa for most in the tournament, and he also ties a Dutch record for most in a single World Cup.  

• Diego Forlan became the first player to score three goals from outside the box at a single World Cup since Germany’s Lothar Matthaus in 1990.  

• The tournament has seen goal scoring rise during the knockout stages. Teams averaged 2.10 goals per match during the group stage, lowest since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1998. However, goal scoring has risen to 2.85 goals per match in the knockout stage, second-highest since FIFA adopted its current knockout stage format in 1986. The 1994 World Cup (2.93) was the only tournament with a higher goals-per-match average in the knockout stage.  

Quote of the Game

“If you win the final, you make yourself immortal, at least in our country.” “We will do everything we can to take the Cup back.” – Netherland’s midfielder Arjen Robben  

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Recap of World Cup Quarterfinal Game 2: Paraguay vs. Spain

July 4, 2010

Game 2: Paraguay vs. Spain

In the pre-game soccer fans thought this game would be high scoring just like Argentina-Germany game. But in the end it was just the opposite. In the first half it was all strong defense by both sides shutting each other down only holding Paraguay to one shot on goal and Spain only had 4 shots in the entire first half.

But the second half was a whole new game. In the 59th minute, Spain’s Gerard Piqué committed a costly foul in the box against Paraguay’s Óscar Cardozo. Cardozo was awarded a pentaly kick but his attempt was saved by Spain goaltender Iker Casillas in the left post. In the 61st minute, Paraguay’s Antolín Alcaraz fouled Spain’s David Villa in the box area.

Here is where it gets interesting. Xabi Alonso converted the initial penalty kick but had to take it again after the referee ruled Spain’s players had entered the box before the kick was taken. Alonso put the second attempt low to the right, similar to Cardozo, and Paraguay goaltender Justo Villar guessed correctly to make the save.

The game stayed tied until the 83rd minute where David Villa came to the rescue. After a beatiful pass by #4 Carlos Marchena to # 10 Cesc Fábregas who shoots off the post and then David Villa gets the rebound and puts it off the right post and into the net to take the 1-0 lead and never look back as they advance to the semifinals.

This game was all Spain as they completed 355 more passes than Paraguay, the sixth-highest difference since the stat was first tracked in 1966. They also controlled 60% time of possession and had 16 shots in the game.

Paraguay faught as hard as they could to try and reach another penalty kick shootout but were not able to do so. They fouled 25 times in the game and they only had 9 shots on goal. They were lucky to get here but did play their style of soccer to almost advance to the semi-finals.

Game Notes

Each keeper saved a penalty, marking the second time in World Cup history that has happened, and first since Argentina-Mexico at the first World Cup in 1930.

-Paraguay completed 140 of 233 passes (60.1 percent), and the passes completed and completion percentage are fourth-lowest in a World Cup match since 1966. Paraguay completed 55 passes in the opposition half, tied with Serbia in 2006 for third-fewest in a World Cup match.

– Three European teams are in the semifinals, the seventh time in the last eight World Cups Europe has put 3-plus teams in the semis. No European country has ever won a World Cup outside of Europe.

Quote of the game:

“The post wanted it to go in.” David Villa on his goal in the 83rd minute.

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Recap of World Cup Quarterfinals Game 1: Argentina vs. Germany

July 4, 2010

The other side of the World Cup Quarterfinals was on today and the games were not what people expect at all.

Game 1: Argentina vs. Germany

Before the game even started, all soccer fans thought this would be a very close game with Argentina being the favorites. However, in the beginning of the game during the third minute, Germany forward  Thomas Müller scored to take the early lead and the goals kept raining for the Germans after that. 

At Halftime the score was 1-0 and Germany had the advanatge but Argentina still had a chance. When the second half started, the Germans started pouring on the goals making them look easy. Forward  Miroslav Klose  scored in the 68th then defender Arne Friedrich scored in the 74th and Klose wasn’t done and scored his second goal in the 89th miute to finish off the 4-0 defeat over Argentina.

This game was over once the second half started, the German offense was very effective all game and scored at will even only with 47%  time of possession.

Argentina didn’t have it’s usual swagger and with Messi not playing well from the start of the game, it didn’t look good for Argentina the rest of the way.

I am surprised it was such a blowout because Argentina is a true powerhouse and they didn’t play like the team they were supposed to be much like the Brazil team that lost to Netherlands a few days ago.

Game Notes

Germany eliminates Argentina in the quarters for the second straight World Cup and reaches the semis for a third straight World Cup.

– With his 13th and 14th career World Cup goals, Miroslav Klose passes Pelé and Just Fontaine and is now tied with fellow German Gerd Müller for second-most in World Cup history, one behind Ronaldo’s record of 15.

 – Argentina’s Martin Demichelis completed all 51 passes he attempted, the second-most by a player with 100 percent passing accuracy in a World Cup match. West Germany’s Paul Breitner completed all 57 passes against Chile in a group-stage match in 1974.

– Germany is the first team ever to win by 3-plus goals in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals.

– Thomas Müller scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the third minute, The 20-year-old had two appearances and no goals for Germany before the World Cup.

– Müller will miss the semifinal after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament (on a handball).

Quote of the game:

“It was absolute class.” – Germany coach Joachim Loew

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