Awww to bad the Brazilians aren’t in it anymore. How about those final four teams!!
The last South American team has to deal with in-form Dutch. Uruguay will try and oust the Oranje without two of their main starters. Defender Jorge Fucile and Striker Luis Suarez are both out due to cards (Suarez for his game-saving red card). On top of that the Sky Blues will have to deal without young Midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (broken foot) and their Captain Diego Lugano (knee) due to injuries. 4 important starters to replace may be to tough of a task. The Dutch will have some missing pieces as well. Defender Gregory Van Der Wiel and Defensive Midfielder Nigel De Jong are both sidelined because of yellow card accumulation. They’ve had central defender Joris Mathijsen out due to injury since before the Brazil game. With all those folks out their is good news in that Uruguay’s defender Diego Godin is returning from an injury that kept him out of the quarterfinal victory over Ghana.
I know I know Diego – God might be your only hope. The South Americans do look the worst for wear of all four semi-final teams. The Dutch pace and control should make this game a very one-sided battle. The fill-in players for Uruguay are not actually that big of drop offs, but Sebastian Abreu is still not Luis Suarez.
Vet Mark Van Bommel anchors the Dutch from central midfield and his hard-nose style holds the team together. I really think the Dutch will come out trying to control possession and find the weakness of Uruguay’s defense. The first half will be a 0-0 struggle with only Robin Van Persie able to rattle off more then one shot on goal. The second half will see Uruguay come out firing all cylinders. A surprising rocket from the blond-haired wonder (Diego Forlan) will give Uruguay a 1-0 lead. The Dutch will answer almost immediately as Elia and Robben hook up on a nice give and go. Robben sneaks a cross to the waiting head of Dirk Kuyt. 1-1 going into the extra time pushes both teams to there limits. Uruguay looks the worse for wear after their epic battle with Ghana. A late push of Arjen Robben in he box leads to a penalty kick for the Dutch. Wesley Sneijder smacks home the game-winner and set-ups an ALL EUROPEAN FINAL.
“Gadi, What does KNVB stand for?” = Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond which is Dutch for Royal Netherlands Football Association.
The all-European semi-final pits two teams with VERY DIFFERENT World Cup histories. The Germans have one the big game three times (1954, 1974, and 1990). The Spanish are on the other spectrum as this year’s Semi-Final game is the deepest the team has ever been. The constant underachievers are hoping they can take advantage of Germany’s yellow-card suspensions. The young striking sensation Thomas Mueller will have to sit out tomorrow’s game due to yellows. The loss of the goal-scoring youth really hinders a potent offense. The Germans have been able to push their impressive attack through the speed of Mesut Ozil, the power of Muller, the touch of Podolski and the finishing of Klose. Muller not only scored against Argentina, his pace (from the “floor”) to Podolski setup the easiest goal of Klose’s career. Mueller’s blend of size, pace and vision has really opened up the field for the Germans. Ozil has been the real spark of the offense, but Mueller has been the connection between that spark and the goal-scoring. Spain’s midfield really needs to show up defensively for the Germans to be upset.