England always seem to be the victims of something other than their play in most major competitions. They have on their grievance list Beckham’s sending off , then Rooneys, oal disallowed at the Euro’s at Portugal and of course the famous Hand of God. This time they were outplayed but a really bad decision, which has been talked about in great detail, snuffed the fire out of them. If Lampard’s goal had been allowed, we might have seen more of a fight from the Lions but I think Germany were clearly the better team and it shows the fragility of the English Psyche that they let a decision affect their performance. England have to stop whining and believe that they can win against all odds, if they have to become a champion team.
I felt that the offside decision in the Argentina match killed the Mexicans. They were the superior team till that point but the Goal knocked the wind out of them. A mistake by Mexico leading to a goal and a spectacular strike from Tevez followed, which made it a mountain too high to climb. Thats why I think , teams should not question the refereeing decisions, right or wrong. With the decision in mind , they feel wronged and make the silliest of mistakes. At 0-1 down, Mexico could still have stretched Argentina but mentally they were disturbed and got beaten easily.
The other matches were ok, somewhat disappointing in quality.
Uruguay look good, Germany seem speedy, Paraguay are boring, Brazil are clinical but with no flair, Argentina need to step it up or be left behind, Ghana have overachieved, Holland have moved on unnoticed and the brilliant Robben has come to the party, Spain’s Villa stands out and the others need to contribute.
My wishlist for the semifinals
Hits in the round of 16
- Ronaldo and the overrated Portugal team
- The Paraguay v/s Japan game
- The Spain v/s Portugal game