Monday, July 14, 2014

The Final Word: Germany 1 - Argentina 0 (ET)

photo by Miriam Poppevia PhotoRee

Scott has some final thoughts about the Final:

  • Germany didn't look nearly as dangerous as they have in previous games but they did just enough.
  • I can't help thinking that a healthy DiMaria might have swung this game the other way.
  • That was a spectacular take and finish by Goetze.
  • Messi looked so dangerous throughout and it was almost a pity to see him go home empty handed. His last gasp free kick, however, perhaps belied his concentration.
  • I never thought I would see they day when more Germans were diving than South Americans.
  • Except for getting the Neuer/Higuain clatter spectacularly wrong, this was a well-officiated game.
  • I really love how the refs were instructed to hold their cards as the more free-flowing games were very entertaining. Only the Brazil-Colombia game got out of hand. 
  • Is Muller a diver?  He sure went down easily a couple of times.
  • Higuain blew 2 primo chances - the first because it seems he is intimidated by Neuer and couldn't get a 1 on 1 shot even on target and the other because he doesn't seem to understand the concept of offside even when he has a clear view of the last defender.
  • Manuel Neuer is a studly sweeper-keeper. Did you see him take the throw in!?
  • Argentina chicks are hot.
  • Ian Darke is one of the best announcers ever - astute, witty, knowledgeable and gracious. Plus, I feel like I'm playing FIFA Soccer on the Wii when he speaks.
  • Schweinsteiger looked like the Allstate mayhem guy by the end of the game.
  • Bottom line - this game could have gone either way but Germany were the better team over the tournament so I suppose it's fitting that they won.
  • Does Klinsmann get any credit?
This is farlieonfootie for July 14.

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