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Semifinal – The Netherlands versus Uruguay

Quietly the best player in the world!

TWEEEEEEEEEEETT TWEEEEET TWEET. Game over! What an ending!

95:00 – Everyone thinks the game is over but Van Bommel gets a yellow.

94:00 – Nervy times for the Oranje!

92:00 – GOOOAAALLLLL. Its not over till its over! Periera. Uruguay 2 – Dutch 3

88:00 – Back to the Bloody Mary. It had an asparagus in it instead of a string bean or celery. That’s a point for the Phoenix. Unfortunately they are the Uruguay in this competition as Danny Coyles is winning the Bloody Mary off 3-1.

86:00 – RVP intercepts the ball well and lays of to a rushing Robben who brings the ball into the penalty area but his receding hairline tries to be too cute, and he fails to chip Muslera who comes out well.

84:00 - In the possibly the most asinine move of the tournament, Uruguay take of Forlan off and replace him with Fernandes…. please explain!

83:00 – There is no way Muslera is allowed to legally drink in the US. He looks like he is about 7 years old.

78:00 - Bloody mary is much better now that I 1. Doused it in Tabsaco and 2. Drank half of it.

77:00 – If any team can come back its Uruguay. They’re very very good at switching mentalities and will go on the offensive. Problem is…will they get caught out at the back.

73:00 – GOOOAAAAAALL – ROBBEN and his receding hairline heads powerfully home after a great cross from Kuyt. He was unmarked and froze the keeper. Dutch 3 – Uruguay 1

70:00 – GOOOAAAAAL Sneijder. The “best player” in the world sends a slowish dribbler that might have bounced of RVP into the corner of the net. That was not offside as RVP was level. Dutch 2 – Uruguay 1

68:00 – Robben gets a golden chance to go up but his shot is skied over the bar after Muslera punches a rebound

67:00 – Forlan sends a lovely dipping free kick into the bottom corner but Stekelenburg is up to the task and parries it away for a corner.

62:00 – So am the Phoenix who have a lovely bar staff and decent food but their Bloody Mary’s do not compare to those of Danny Coyles. Their saving grace is that they come in a MASSIVE glass which is reminiscent of something from the container store….but I had to add my own tabasco. Also Danny Coyles come with more veggies!

59:00 - The Dutch are not communicating with each other as Van de Vaart as all the time in the world but is tackled fairly from behind. A little  “HEY WATCH OUT” would have helped.

51:00 - Apparently Cavani has an Orthodontist. He flashed his pearly whites due to a no call and showed the world a mouthful of metal.

47:00 - We’re back on and its all tied up. I believe the Dutch are getting more than they bargained for.

HALFTIME

47:00 – Sneijder sends a beautiful ball to Kuyt whose diving header goes wide. The idiots in the bar scream for offside not knowing the rules at all. Almost threw my Guinness at them!

41:00 - GOOOOAAAAL. FORLAN. Another spectacular long range effort. Stekelenburg could have probably done better but that shot was swerving the whole time. Great power and control by the Atletico forward. Uruguay 1 – Dutch 1

36:00 – Uruguay might be labeled properly as a defensive team but they are remarkable at changing tempos and are now all offense. The dutch are defending well though.

32:00 – I have a feeling this will turn into a bit of a circus of game with at least 1 person being sent off.

28:00 – Well that was a boot to the head for De Zeeuw as a bicycle kick goes awry and he gets a BOOT TO THE FACE! The argy bargy is a result of that kick but unclear why.

27:00 – ARGY BARGY!

22:00 – I don;t think anyone expected that from the 35 year old left back!

18:00 –  GOOOOOOAAAAAALL. GVB (Jon Remucal..sic )the captain with a SPECTACULAR SHOT that sails over everyone and into the back of the net. He was the most surprised person in the stadium! Netherlands 1 – Uruguay 0

17:00 – RVP robs a lazy Pareira but no one is in the box and three defenders close him down quickly.

11:00 – Forlan and Cavini are making intelligent runs but they’re not in sync. They have Suarez to thank for that!

10:00 - Kuyt showing some skill as he rounds 2 Uruguayan defenders and sends in a cross that is skied in the air by a defenseman. Ball comes back to Kuyt whose second cross ends up in Muslera’s hands.

3:00 – Kuyt with volley that sails over the bar. He should have done better as he had time and space but as expected he is everywhere on the pitch. Harkes claims he’s the first person on his team sheet….hmmmmm I would take that Wesley guy first, then that Arjen fellow.

TWEEEEEEEET and Uruguay kick it off.

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GVB and Forlan exchanging pennants…i wonder what happens to those.

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Odd, a random guy wearing a French jersey in the crowd.

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Line ups

Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 3-Diego Godin, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 5-Walter Gargano, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 22-Martin Caceres, 15-Diego Perez, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 10-Diego Forlan.

Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.

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Uruguay have done well to get here but haven’t beaten any “big team” to get this far where as the other three have beaten at least one of the traditional footballing powerhouses. Does that even matter?

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Well it’s down to 4. Uruguay and Suarez’s new hand of god versus the Oranje Machine. Not your fathers Dutch team but effective none the less.

Round of 16 – Uruguay versus South Korea

Ji-Sung Park and his teammates can run all day. Will they score a last minute goal?

PEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEEP. Game over. Uruguay leave winners but South Korea played admirably. They had their chances but Uruguay’s two real attempts at goal were all they needed to progress to the quarters. Ghana or USA await.

3 minutes of stoppage time.

87:00 – Korea have a great chance through Lee Dong-Gook and his scuffled shot slips through Muslera’s legs and trickles toward goal, but in the end Lugano has all the time to clear.

86:00 - Uruguay resorting back to defensive mindset. Amazing how a team can switch back and forth so effortlessly as a unit.

80:00 – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAL. Suarez with an excellent shot from the edge of the penalty box as he curls it over the defenders and off the post and in. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 2

75:00 – Well to answer my question from a couple of minutes ago…quite easily as Uruguay shift into attacking mode with some slick one time passing and intelligent runs. Unfortunately for the South Americans, their finishing touch is left wanting.

74:00 – Suarez misses an easy header as he is found all by himself at the back post but his header is very poor.

71:00 - South Korea really going for it as they attack down the right and waltz into the penalty area, but shot is softish and straight at the keeper.

70:00 - Question is how quickly can Uruguay switch from their complete defensive mentality to one that requires some real attacking intent.

68:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL. Lee Chung Yung gets a headed goal. From a free kick, the ball ricochets up in th eair and falls to the Korea striker who nods it in the goal. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 1.

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Group A Match 3 – South Africa versus Uruguay

Forlan on a hat trick

PEEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEEEP PEEP. Uruguay are deserved winners and have to feel good about qualifying for the next round. South Africa are still in it but they have a large mountain to climb. France = New Zealand in a Rugby world cup final many moons ago.

95:00 – GOOOOOALLL. Suarez sends in a chipped cross that goes the South African defense and Periera easily sends a header into the back of the net. Uruguay 3 – South Africa 0

92:00 - Well regardless of what happens tomorrow, South Africa do have a chance still to qualify for the next round…but it will require them beating France by several goals. For now they’re hoping for a draw tomorrow.

5 minutes of extra time

87:00 – South Africa seem to be playing a little more freer down a man and have troubled the Uruguayan defense a little more.

80:00 – GOOOOOAAAL. Forlan. Penalty into the roof of the net. Uruguay 2 – South Africa 0

80:00 – well after all the subsitutions, Pienaar sits out and Josephs comes on

76:00 – PENALTY…and a red card for Khune. A deflection of a shot lands at Suarez’s feet who then is then fouled as he was attempting a shot hence the red card. Was it a clear goal scoring opportunity?

73:00 – A very poor corner from Tshabalala as it goes way over everyone’s head.

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Group A Match 2 – Uruguay versus France

Are his facial growing skills better then his team management and strategy?

Well Domenech cost Les Bleus a win here as Uruguay defended tremendously and the French coach left his most creative players on the bench. Everyone is all tied with a point in Group A. See you tomorrow for South Korea versus Greece.

93:00 – Henry takes it and its right at the wall. Poor from him but he should have started.

93:00 – A free kick has been give on a foul on Diaby right outside the box. Who will take it? Will it be Henry?

3 minutes of extra time

89:00 – Now thats irony. Henry claims for a handball! It was one but not deliberate. Hmmmm maybe karma is more appropriate.

87:00 – France really going for it but Uruguay are parking the bus and doing it spectacularly. Eguren on, Perez off for Uruguay.

85:00 – Govou off and Gignac on.

84:00 – Can Les Bleus capitalize on having an extra man on the pitch? France attacking from out wide and an Offside Henry heads just wide?

81:00RED CARD for Lodiero for a very late challenge on Sagna. In slow motion that looked nasty.

80:00 - France playing better with Henry and Malouda on. Game is now reaching an urgency as both teams realize that 3 points will really help control the group.

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June 11th Preview – Group A Games

One hell of a Vuvuzela.

The World Cup is upon us and the traditional first game between the hosts and another team is only a few hours away. South Africa will open the tournament against Mexico in Jo’burg and a couple hours later France will play Uruguay in Capetown to round out Group A action.

For every day of the world cup we will have a preview for the following days action as well as a recap of the past days games. As stated by Matt, I will be trying to do live commentary for every game (though might miss a couple). So please come and check us out AT LEAST three times a day, and as always comments are welcomed and encouraged.

SOUTH AFRICA versus MEXICO
South Africa might be the first host nation not to make it out of the group stages. There are no world beaters in this group but none of the teams are mugs either.

South Africa are also the second lowest ranked team at the World Cup, ranking 83rd according to FIFA;  5 spots below New Zealand (though 22 above North Korea…Kim Jong Il is not pleased). But they will have the hopes and desires of an entire nation blowing Vuvuzelas pushing them on. Crowds are often a 12th man and a crowd blowing these plastics trumpets can make for a 13th as well.

Pienaar. Bafana Bafana's best player.

South Africa are also currently playing well and are undefeated in their last 5 warm up games (4 wins and a draw) including a 1 – 0 win against Denmark 5 days ago; so look for them to come out strong against Mexico.

Mexico have been the busiest of the 32 nations competing at the world cup playing 8 warm up games between May 7th and June 3rd. That’s more games in a month than a club team playing in a league, domestic cup and champions league, so one might assume that either Mexico are incredibly fit or already burnt out.

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