Sunday, 4 July 2010

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010: Quarter Finals Day 2 (3 July 2010)



A rampant Germany had put four past Australia and England, but had anybody expected this scoreline against the Argies? Only Joachim Loew and his charges, who had the self-belief to score within 3 minutes (from Thomas Mueller, this World Cup's new star), and hang on before counter-attacking to devastating effect. Miroslav Klose's brace new means he equals Der Bomber Gerd Mueller's record and might soon overtake Ronaldo's 15 goals in the next two matches. Messi and Co. had no clue what hit them, and can the Germans go all the way? Thank goodness for this result; we will be spared of Maradona and his obelisk. Rating: 4/5


David Villa does it again! While El Nino flopped, it was Villa who applied the finishing touch to a tense encounter which could have gone either way. Both teams had second half penalties, saved by Iker Casillas and Justo Villar respectively, and extra-time was looming. Enter Iniesta's wriggling move, Pedro's strike against the crossbar and Villa's killer blow. Paraguay, spoiler and surprise quarter-finalist, is out. Does that now mean we don't get to see Larissa Riquelme and her Nokias? Rating: 2/5 (first half), 4.5 (second half)

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